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RATINGS: 326   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5186) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5160) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5117) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedm (5006) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Nice crisp light copper body, perfect 2 centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, alcohol and more resinous hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour with a good malt backbone, some pungent sweetness and a biting hop note. Aftertaste is very well rounded with a great maltiness, some light sugars, a lot of alcohol and a bunch of residual resin, grapefruit and piney hop notes. Overall, a very nice strong imperial IPA with a complex and somehow smooth finish! Great to try at the pub here in Whole Foods. I sampled this pint on draught at Whole Foods in New York, New York (Columbus Circle) for US$9 (way too much, but i’m paying for real estate).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4902) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Snifter at Eddies. Filtered copper-orange color, nice amber hues. Big, steady off-white head. Nice, cool, crisp hop tones. Really solid IIPA. Rindy, grapefruit, very resinous yet cool and crisp too. Toasty malt background, some caramel, richer malt tones than, say, FFF. Resinous finish, dry, sweet, nice balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4878) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Nice citrus head with good malt profile. Well rounded IPA. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Bitter finish. Average carbonation. Some citrus sourness in finish. Tap at Churchkey .

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 A medium-strong hop aroma. Very clear, un-bubbly. This is fairly sweet and sugary with a hop alcohol note that’s more noticeable near the end. Decent but not what I’m feeling at the moment. Had again and had to raise this up. Truly fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, lightly citrusy hop and pine notes. Too sweet and malty for me. Some dank hop character as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Well, while I was debating with drowland on the merits of appearance rating, I failed to notice the head on my glass of The Illinois. This would be a big deal to drowland, but alas all foam is ephemeral and I can move on to rate the brew and the bottle’s appearance. Super clean art deco label, would make a nice poster in your office. Oakwood/citrine clear beer. Standard US longneck. Candied aroma with nice hops - I’m starting to take a real shine to Citra. Lightly sweet, stiffly hopped, a little mineral, the occasional funky-off woody note. Medium to slightly heavy body. Good carbonation. Warming, and woody in the finish. This was well done. New Leaf Market.


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