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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Independent Ale House. Pours golden orangish amber with white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, resiny hops, and some caramel. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, caramel malts, little toast, and good dose of bitter hops. Finishes with bitter hop burst ad residual sweetness of the caramel malts. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2208) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Clear tannish orange in color... Aroma of herbs, basil, citrus hops.... Flavor is light and crisp, not overly malty, herbs and grassy hops dominate... Lightly bitter on the palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2013
On tap at 2SP. Pours a clear amber color with a very white fizzy and fluffy head. Aroma is full of citrus fruits. Orange, grapefruit, hint of lemon. Flavor is not as strong as nose would lead to believe. The flavors are muted. It’s a fruity DIPA, little sweet, light on the bitterness. Dry aftertaste with a little sweetness that sticks to the tongue. Mouthfeel is light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2132) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Hazy orange-amber. Off-white head. Caramel, herbal, orange, bready aroma. Taste is mildly sweet, somewhat fruity, and moderately bitter. Medium body; dry. Lacing is heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2014
A really nice double IPA! The Illinois pours a light copper color with a substantial off-white head. The head leaves a cascading, sticky lace around the edge of the glass. The nose is full of fruity hops, but balanced nicely with some caramel and bready malts. The body is perfectly drinkable, smooth and well-balanced. The only characteristic of this beer I don’t really care for the overly malty finish. I get a little too much rye-type of flavor toward the end of the flavors. Other than that, this impy IPA is a real winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2085) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
A solid dips. Amazing dark orange pour with great lacing. Some dank and resiny aromas. A well balanced dipa that isn’t all malt and isn’t all hops. Really good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
pours a clear amber with a very small light tan head, and a little lacing. smell is faint, some caramel, and hops come through. taste is oily, hoppy, caramel, citrus, and a nice malt back. ends thick and a bitterness that grows as you drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2067) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle about three months old according to the date on the bottle. Pour has an orange color with an off white covering of head. Aroma has resins, sweet malt, and mild citrus. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation average. Flavor has a large malted side to go with the hops, resins, mild bitterness, sweet throughout, with caramel and some heat into the finish. To me this is really a hoppy barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2057) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
On tap at HOTB. Pours a clear dark orange with a slight white head. Aroma is of tangerine and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel and slightly sweet. Still well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
July 31, 2013 - on tap at iTap Chesterfield during GI tap takeover. Copper pour with big head and lacing. Aroma was malty and both piney and citrus hops. Taste was a nice blend of the malt and hops. Finish was clean and this had a nice medium body with soft carbonation.

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