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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Darn fine, hoppy, bittering, DIPA. Complexity from caramel malts and nutty, toast notes. Pine, a whole forest of it, and lots of floral aromas. Leaning more pine/citrus on the palate. VERY long and very tasty. Also, it is this kind of wonderful glowing amber brown in the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Independent Ale House. Pours golden orangish amber with white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, resiny hops, and some caramel. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, caramel malts, little toast, and good dose of bitter hops. Finishes with bitter hop burst ad residual sweetness of the caramel malts. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (997) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
This one is the gas. Tastes like rubbing alcohol with some hopps. Has a slight hint of citrus. Smells like alcohol. Had at home ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (371) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a copperish light amber color with a light tan head. Pleasant aroma with citrus, fleshy fruits, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is a bit more astringent, with a moderate bitter and hints of ctirus and caramel. Medium body, somewhat oily, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. One of Goose Island’s better IPAs, but doesn’t get anywhere near the bourbon county series.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white head that hangs around for a little while. Citrus, grapefruit and floral notes dominate. Smooth mouthfeel with above average carbonation, tastes of grapefruit, caramel malt, slight hop tartness on the finish. Was hoping for more body but it works here. Some alcohol burn noticeable. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a minimal white head. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is bitter and sweet - citrus hops, hint of spruce, mild cracker at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2014
12 oz bottle. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of pine, floral notes, lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is of caramel, booze, grapefruit, mango, and light resin and bitter florals.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (118) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours dark hazy copper with foamy white head. Smell is hops, citrus and mango. Taste has big notes of pine and resin and hints of citrus with a malt backbone. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2014
Very nice showing from a beer I didn’t know Goose produced! Quite assertive in the hop department, almost lip puckering. Overall, nice balance is reached. Happy to find and try! 12oz bottle pour.


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