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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Bright, sparkling light copper pour, sticky snow white head, nice lacing. Aroma has some cat urine essence, very resiny and warming. Flavor is full-bodied and delicious with heavy doses of maple syrup sweetness, some mango fruitiness, just the right amount of citrus bitterness. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. An enjoyable diversion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at the Fair Lakes Whole Foods Market. Poured a mostly clear dark orange color with a foamy off-white head. Plenty of carbonation in this one on the edges of the glass. Aroma was plenty of hop notes, light sweet malts. Flavor was light citrus hops, pine and citra. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7268) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Keg @ Sedona. Medium amber pour with a small white head. The nose is hot orange peel citrus, toffee. Pretty aggressive. The taste is similar. Strong malty backbone supporting an intense citrus bitterness. Heavy handed, a bit hot and flabby. Medium body, soft carbonation. No real complexity here. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6945) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Tap. Pours clear orange amber with a medium fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly with decent lacing. Aroma is light citrus, grapefruit, passion fruit, cat piss. Flavor is quite muted, lightly sweet, l light bitter. Light body, a bit oily. Highly drinkable.

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