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RATINGS: 329   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight earth, nice orange, mango, slight pineapple in there into a bit of booze, lemon. Taste is a mix of lemon, grass, pineapple, orange, and mango into a bit of caramel, toffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly boozy, slightly tropical fruity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Draft from Craft and Capone’s. Pours hazy dark straw toward copper wth clingy off-white head. Nose is huge tropical fruit, with notes of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, heavy black pepper, huge balanced caramel malt bill, and a smooth, delicious finish. This beer kicks major ass, and I dare say in a blind taste test would stand up to and even kick the ass of many of the world’s elite IPAs/IIPAs. I look at Chicago as a slightly better version of Detroit, and I look at Illinois as a superior IIPA. Get ya some now, or be labeled a moron, you moron! And if you cannot get this due to regional considerations, then I will gladly rescind the moron label, punk!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
10oz on tap at Lackman. Clear red orange color. Good bigger off-white khaki head. Leaves some kind of bubbly lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Good, full feel. A very light slickness in the finish. Good bready malt base, light bit of caramel, toast. An enjoyable malt profile. Some spicy hop, pine. Malt shines more than the hop (I’m told this keg is 2 months old), but there is a nice satisfying bitter flavor still. Mild sweet. Solid DIPA. Better than expected. First time I’ve seen that Meridian hop too, that’s interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden orange hue with a large fluffy white head. Good lace. Aromas are of are floral, pine, citrusy, a bit of resin and windex. Grassy, somewhat fruity. Moderate sweet. Flavors are very malt forward, toasted, crystal, iced tea. Low hop, citrus, melon. Estery. Floral. Lively carbonation, fuller bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7604) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Happy Gnome. Mostly clear amber orange pour with a spotty white head. Lots of grapefruit and citrusy hops. Bold and bright. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up juicy smelling citrus as well as spicy onion dankess and a mild mango note. Inviting aroma. The taste begins with sweetened juicy citrus hops as well as onion spicy dankness and flowing into mild levels of mango and tropical fruit. Behind the juiciness and the bitter spicy hops is a modest layer of booziness telling you that this big rich flavor doesn’t come free. This is just a solid rich IIPA with plenty of both balance and heft that allows for a pleasing sipping experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottled. Poured clear, honeyed orange with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweet honey and caramel notes with accents of fresh citrus and black peppery hoppage.. juicy and enticing. The flavor found sticky honey and lesser caramel at the core, with spicy pepper, citrus, and light grassy bitterness around.. finished peppery and warm, but the boozage didn’t take over. Medium-bodied, but fairly filling on the palate.. good feel and flow.. this was well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Draft. AMber beer with a cream head. Big grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Grapefruti and tropical fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruti and triopical fruit lingers with backing malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours light amber with a rich beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a very nice hop pr ofile. A bitter finish that sticks to the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6940) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Johns. Pours a deep copper color with a medium white head. A big fruity nose, oranges and candy. The flavor is really big, more like a IIPA in terms of being super sweet, candied oranges, some zest, orange peel, bitterness. Quite good.


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