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RATINGS: 370   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Bright deep golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma is a blast of pine. Taste is pine resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Keg at Top Hops - NYC. Pours amber-gold, clear, with a frothy white head. The nose has some leafy hops, dry bread, toasted caramel, ripe orange. Medium-strong sweetness with some further lightly dry and toasty bready malts, ripe tropical fruits, some papaya, mango, orange juice, full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, moderately resinous, with more ripe fruits, melon and mango, pine, alcohol, dried leaves, light dry bread. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18188) - Göteborg, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose/taste of perfumy hops, resin, pine cone, caramel malt, sticky sap and citrus peel. Medium body. A bit to perfumy for my liking, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
12 oz. bottle, pours a clear copper / golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out piney hops, citrus notes and lots of biscuity malt notes. Flavour is fairly unbalanced and rugged, unfortunately skewed towards the sweet malt, cereal malt, and grassy hops. Doesn’t seem as sweet at first, but leaves a slight cloying quality after a while. It’s got some rough edges, but it’s okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14090) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13272) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - 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.

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