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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2847) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2818) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Aroma: Oranges, Sweet Malts, Mildly Floral Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head Ring, Great Lacing Taste: Oranges, Sweet Malts, Lemon Rind Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet, Balanced

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy apricot color with golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind. Earthy floral hop aroma with dank, resinous oils, grass and pine needle countered by citrus fruit, sweet malt and biscuit. Nice grassy character followed by pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus peel. Subtle caramel malt sweetness along with bread, biscuit, toffee and cracker. On the lighter end of medium body with a blast of dry, earthy hops that lingers over the sweeter citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malts into bone dry finish. Bitter, dry and sticky with pine sap, grass and spruce tip follows by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Underneath, there’s a pale malt backbone but it isn’t as strong as in the nose. Subtle cracker and biscuit flavor with some bread and faint caramel sweetness. Decent balance with good flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2756) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Medium sized tan head, good retention and lacing.Hazy, gold hued brew. Malty, piny nose, caramel. Body is full, soft carbonation, slight astringency, bit sticky. Overly sweet malts, slight danky notes, iced tead and alcohol. Overly sweet finish with notes of caramel and a lame bitterness. Not my kinda IIPA. 12ozer from statelineliquors.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2751) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On tap at MacGregor’s, very enjoyable. Tiny bubbles, dark clear amber, clean thick head. Citrus and mango along with malty notes waft out. Some of the same in the palate, very subtle and delicate. No alcohol detected. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
On draft at Isaac Newton’s. Nice notes of pine, hop, caramel malts and grapefruit. The blend was near perfect and the body was full. A very enjoyable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Had this at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a fairly clear orange with a nice head. Aroma is citrus with some slight pine. Flavor follows with more citrus than pine. A bit hot. Overall, a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2683) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a deep orange color with a medium sized foamy white head. Notes of orange citrus, apricots, brown sugar, and roasted sunflower seeds. Nice sticky mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2674) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pour at Autumn Brew Review 2013. Amber pour with a white head. Nice big hoppy citrus nose. Big citrus again in the taste, strongly bitter finish but still bright and flavorful.


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