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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrightís 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - 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 doesnít come free. This is just a solid rich IIPA with plenty of both balance and heft that allows for a pleasing sipping experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6851) - 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 (6438) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6318) - 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 (Iím 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 Iíve seen that Meridian hop too, thatís interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6318) - 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. Doesnít seem as sweet at first, but leaves a slight cloying quality after a while. Itís got some rough edges, but itís okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6263) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle:   Big IIPA for sure, a bit hot and young.   Feels very green, with a somewhat perfume like alcohol profile.   Big and malty, lots of candied citrus peel but its a bit over the top.   Malt driven example, fairly sweet but not sticky.   Noticeable alcohol.   Could be more floral or bright, but its not out of bounds for me.   Still a little young tho.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6128) - Burnsville, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
12-oz. Thanks J! Pours a crystal-clear pale amber with a dense and creamy white head. Big bright fresh grapefruit and tropical fruit notes on the nose. Light, fairly watery body with lively carb. Lightly toasted caramel with bright and tantalizing grapefruit and tropical fruit notes; crisp and refreshing finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5936) - 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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