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RATINGS: 335   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7330) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
draft at Coles. Orange amber pour. medium to fuller body. piney/grapefruity bitterness. big caramel malty backbone. decent IIPA not great

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6931) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Had a deep copper glass from draft .. . medium foam .. . quite a malty dipa, light hoppiness .. . not what i was expecting from the goose .. . . everybody values honesty, until they have an ugly baby.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6753) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells solid too; a balanced hop profile with a semi-sweet pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, light mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6731) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
[Bottle (355ml)] Pours a deep clear orange-copper with a large lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt, fruity and floral hops, tropical fruit and light alcohol. Flavour of tropical fruit and citrus hops along with sweet malt, light alcohol and a short moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not great, but pretty good indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6464) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
1/V/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ThirstyBird’s place - BB: 14/II/14 (2014-455) Thanks to Uli for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark orange beer, big aery yellowish head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very soapy, floral,c itrus, bit sweet, caramel, malty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, honey, malty, citrus, floral, bit fishy (no really, like fish), weird, spicy touch, little bitter. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, bit soapy, grapefruit, peaches, more soapy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6377) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Pine, spicy, citrusy hop aromas. Spicy, earthy, dank hoppy bitter flavors with a cracker malt base__tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Sampler pour on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (Chicago, IL). Big props for Adan helping me out with an extended sampler. Pours a darker golden orange hue, mellow haziness starts to clear out. A frothy whitish head dies to a mellow filmy layer, loose lacing overall as it rings thicker. Aromas present a firm earthy hop influence, lots of florals and grass meet a gentle citrus twist, more resiny and piney influence assaults. Firm but earthy, understated fruit qualities for me, just a touch of citrus. Mellow bready malts are clean, but do show up a touch. Initial is a considerably different offering, showing medium firm fruit presence. Grapefruit and some gentle tropical fruit, gumball/wad element is a bit presence, touch sweet. Florals, citrus rind, and some gentle girthiness. Bigger more potent and complex hop presence offered. Middle shows a touch of body, fruity and crystal malt sweetness, bready and biscuity but still a firm hop presence holds the reigns. Backend is more dry as we start to head on out. Florals, a but of fruit and decent citrus presence tapers. Finish is dry, bitter, a bit of girth in body still hangs around. Soap, florals, firmly bitter finish. Solid, pretty fresh. The nose really didn’t present everything that was in there for me. Pretty solid DIPA though once you get into it. Perhaps a touch sweet at times, but good enough. Not a standout or anything

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - 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.



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