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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Clear tan/orange pour, thin carbonation and an aroma of nice sweet hoppy oranges. Flavor is syrupy meld of hops, grapefruit, bitter orange rinds and dry hoppy alcohol on the aftertaste. Not bad for the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
screigh (515) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours a beautiful clear copper color. Slightly off-white head with sticky lacing. Thick hop aroma with pine, grass and almost a berry sweetness. Bitterness in the front of the flavor followed by the slightest hints of licorice and a dry finish. The Meridian hops really stand out with fruit and berry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (747) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours a clear orangish-copper, with smallish head. Strong pine floral hop aroma. Flavor is strong, bitter citrus-piney hops, hops, hops. Bitter, bitter finish. Not a lot of balance here, but if you like a strong hop flavor, this is for you.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (977) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2014
12 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours vivid orangish copper with thin lacy white head. Aroma is sugary sweet caramel malt and lightly floral bright citrusy hops on the back. Taste is is heavy sweet dark caramel malt with sharply bitter hop finish. Thick, rich, sweet, and plenty strong, the 9% even seems a bit conservative. Along with the hops, it balances the sweetness out nicely. Goose Island’s regular IPA is nothing to write home about, but this is quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
On tap at the Food Factory and again in the bottle. Aroma is very bitter grass and pine. Pours light amber with decent carbonation and a medium sticky head. Taste is bitter grapefruit rind, grass, and dry pine. Great hop presence and extremely bitter for how strong it is. Very impressive DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5751) - Plymouth, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (133) - - JUN 1, 2014
Rich caramel colored DIPA pours a thick tan head. This thick, full-bodied beer was malty and bitter; a rich slow-sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1584) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a clear bright orange/amber with a large full rocky lemon yellow head. Laces big time. Aroma is grapefruit and pine cones. Taste is sweet caramel malt and a big, in-your-face hoppiness that is nevertheless well balanced with the malt. Hoppiness more evident as bitterness rather than citrus and pine, so I imagine the majority went into the boil rather than the dry hopping afterwards. Even though I’m not the hophead I once was, this is quite decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3512) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA! All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2480) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a deep orange color with a medium sized foamy white head. Notes of orange citrus, apricots, brown sugar, and roasted sunflower seeds. Nice sticky mouthfeel.


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