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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (5977) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
On draft at Lost Dog in Mclean VA. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Piney hop nose. Strong malt presence with some grassy notes. Moderate to high carbonation. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
12 oz. bottle and I need to stop buying bottled IPA’s. IPA’s need to be draft or growler fill only. A bottle just doesn’t do them justice. Aroma is a mild floral, citrus and light pine hints.

Flavor is more sweet then I was hoping for. Strong amount of caramel and toffee malts, borderline sticky texture on the mouth with a medium in body leaning on fuller. The ABV is nicely hidden. Now as far as hop profile, it’s decent but the sweetness takes over. Citrus, grass and light pine with a light/ mild lingering bitterness after the sip. The only thing that come to mind is.... Well, mild. Very drinkable IPA that I’m sure would score higher on draft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5949) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5864) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle: Pours hazy orange-amber with a short, creamy, tan head. Aroma is orange/tangerine, tropical fruit. Taste is orange-peel, caramel malt....peppery, herbal bittering. Strong citrus. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5709) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2015
On tap at prefunk Boise. Pours out a copper topped with a sand head. Nose is heavy malts caramel malts and dank hops. Taste is more of the heavy malts sweet caramel and a nice hop mix.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5564) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Draft at District Tap House. Murky orange with s beige head and mid-heavy lacing. Aroma of orange, pine, and butterscotch. Flavor is odd. Almost reminds me of a creamsicle or something with game orange flavor. I can’t exactly pinpoint what, but it definitely tastes different than I expected. It’s almost creamy. A bit of boozy heat comes through on a mid-plus bodied beer with an okay overall feel. Decent, but not something is rush out for again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5557) - 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).

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedm (5555) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5549) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Aroma is citrus, pine and a hint of syrup/sweetness. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, fruit, mild syrup/sweetness, a hint of hop resin and a mildly bitter/tangy finish.


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