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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Draft. Large off-white head atop crystal clear amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, light straw. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some straw. Medium-full body, some resin, low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aroma is citrus over a warmish light treacle. Med body or better. Flavor is very citrus with suggestions of pine. And odd fruits. Not like Mosaic, but makes me think of that. Heck, I’m even imagining a little anise. This is very different and unusual. Finishing hoppy and bitter and pretty dry. Quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
On tap @ Hollingshead. Orange pour with a white head. Nice lacing. Floral hops, orange rind, and pine. Bubblegum, grapefruit, and some caramel. Weird. Flavor is sweet caramel, some bubblegum, and pine. Floral hops, orange, and a touch of grass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2014
Draft. Poured clear light copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10119) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle at Goose Island Clybourne, Chicago. Clear golden/orange beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy pine apple aroma, grassy, mango, oranges, peach, passion fruit, citrus, caramel notes, biscuits, lemongrass, some hay. Hoppy floral flavor, grassy, biscuits, pine apples, raisins, peach, passion fruit, some lemongrass. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Bright deep golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma is a blast of pine. Taste is pine resin.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, pine, orange zest, pink grapefruit and light tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, pine, grapefruit and light orange zest with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Cool to be rating a beer inspired by FLW less than a mile from his AZ campus. Amber colored pour with a white head. Fresh hops hit the tongue, some grapefruit peel, lemony notes, nice floral hop bill that lends to some grassy notes and then there is a nice backbone of malt. But the hops do steal the show.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Poured an amberish color with a small sized off white head. Pine, floral hops, and some caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8420) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at Cole’s, Buffalo. This did not come across like a DIPA, closer to a hoppy imperial lager. Mild citrus, well carbonated, minerally. Light grapefruit coloured body.


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