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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber pour with a medium, frothy, manilla colored head. Strong floral and fruity hops up front int he aroma followed my toasted malt and caramel. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, toasted grains, floral hops, tropical fruit, citrus notes and pine notes. Body is medium and chewy with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, lots of floral hops, tropical fruit, citrus oils, pine notes and sweet malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
12oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange with some clumpy, white head. Nose is heavy on the soap, heavy pine needle, some caramel, a little candlewax, some honey comb, blood orange. Flavor is the same, bitter blood orange, grapefruit peel, honey comb, soap and pine. Full bodied, bitter finish. Sticky too.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5068) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottled on 10FEB14. Nose is tropical, slightly rindy fruit, citrus over light, caramel-leaning malt and some dough (not much booze). Pours clear, bright orange with pink accents here and there, supports a short beige head. Taste is strongly bitter but balanced by sugary slashes and some booze; stronger floral and grapefruit hoppiness, lightly tropical, some resin and even roast nearing the caramel. Full body warms but slowly, resin makes ’er fairly chewy, and there’s a bit of pleasant oiliness. Clean with sticky lips. Let this one warm a bit, but a good one for hop lovers.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a vibrant orange-caramel color with a medium sized creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet grapefruit and lemon. The flavor was tangy, sweet, yet bitter with notes of lemon, grapefruit, a bit of resin, light caramel, and a bready undertone. Long sweet grapefruit and resin finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5042) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at Global in Edwardsville. A clear and coppery beer. Minimal head. The aroma is vegetable and cat pee. All kinds of both in the flavor made this a little hard to enjoy. Some pine and citrus with caramel. Not for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit with mango, melon, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and light grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has great retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of mango, tropical fruits, and pineapple. There is a slight touch of caramel in the middle. The finish is moderate-heavily hopped with with good doses of grapefruit and spicy hops. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation a slightly oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5030) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice big hops forward flavor and aroma. This was a very tasty Double IPA. Very good Goose Island.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt and piney hop. Sweet malt flavor with pine accents before a bitter grapefruit finish.

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a head of finely sized white colored bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a typically carbonated transparent dark orange colored body. The mild aroma was hoppy. The hot sharp mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of bitter mild citrus crisp and hops. A wonderful best in class brew.


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