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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandiose vision for a mile-high skyscraper dubbed "The Illinois," we set out to brew an imperial IPA that would be similar in name and ambition. "The Illinois" Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with three of our favorite hops: Cascade, Meridian, and Citra. the result is a harmoniously hoppy ale with a flavor and aroma that is uniquely Goose Island.

fattybladdy's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2013
On tap @ Beer Exchange. Dark orange in appearance, nice floral scent. Taste is grapefruit, fresh citrus, floral hops, juicy and bitter. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (10740) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
Draft - Sweet sticky hops and caramel. Clear gold with a decent white head. Sweet and lots caramel with a touch of booze. Boring but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Sampled at Classic City Brewfest 2016. Pours a clear golden yellow from the bottle with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is nice citrus diesel hop profile, with a hint of caramel and pale malt behind. Taste follows, big IPA, but nicely balanced and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3380) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Sampler at the Missouri Beer Fest. Nice citrus hop aroma and taste. Will have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polo_marco (219) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Smells of sweet malts lemongrass and salt water. Beautiful cloudy golden in color. Taste starts of with sweet malts Some lemongrass strong bitter bite at the end. Medium body with light crisp carbonation with nice creamy texture.really enjoy this brew has all the right things that make a great IPA. Goose island makes some,of the best brews I’ve ever trled.Nice work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a golden amber color. Aromas of floral hops, some sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Flavors of hops, pine and citrus. Light body with a bittersweet finish and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OsuStu (194) - - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. Golden with a white head. Citrus, hops, and alcohol aromas. Similar flavors: sweet citrus, pine, and booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt amber color. Mild little white head quickly dissipated. Semi-sliding lacing. The smell takes on some sweet to bitter grassy with bitter citric hop driven components. Some floral qualities involved. The taste pretty much sums up all of the previously mentioned flavors. Dry sweet citrus to floral aftertaste. Quick dry floral sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Sipping to sessionable quality. Overall, as a DIPA, it definitely works. I’d have again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1507) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2016
Well it’s unique. Very medicinal and a bit spicy. Pretty clear gold color. Not much fragrance but some nice lacing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3268) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 13 JAN 16. Hops are Calypso, Galaxy, Cascade, Chinook 8.4% ABV per the label, so this is a new recipe. Pours a medium thick, well retained, ivory head, with moderate lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 14) body......nose is pine, citrus, primarily grapefruit, orange, tangerine, from the hops, mild toasted malts, balance to the hops......taste is moderately sweet, with light toffee/caramel tones, from the malts, heavy citrus, with orange, tangerine, grapefruit notes, pine, resin, licorice, finishing moderately bitter, balance to the hops.....mouth feel, medium body, mild alcohol, moderate carbonation with moderate acid. This is a showcase for the hops. The malts are present, but simple and subdued. The hops are definitely in the newer style of I/DIPA with loads of citrus, fruity notes in both aroma and flavor from the hops. As a result it is a bit trite although drinkable. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Clear golden brown with a light head. Quite piney, some light citrus. Some hay. Quite bitter. Light sweetness. Medium body, kind of oily, not much carbonation. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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