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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3328) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6596) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours light amber with a rich beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a very nice hop pr ofile. A bitter finish that sticks to the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4778) - 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).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1871) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
July 31, 2013 - on tap at iTap Chesterfield during GI tap takeover. Copper pour with big head and lacing. Aroma was malty and both piney and citrus hops. Taste was a nice blend of the malt and hops. Finish was clean and this had a nice medium body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2013
On tap at 7th West. Pour is a murky orange, tons of citrus hops on the nose and tongue. Creamy, sticky mouth feel. Not bitter, slightly sweet. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1400) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Madison’s pre-GTMW event - Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is dank hops, real citrusy with a clean malt base. Taste has a little more sweetness and booze, with lots of dank mango and citrus hops. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Real nice--not sweet or hot.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2229) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On tap at MacGregor’s, very enjoyable. Tiny bubbles, dark clear amber, clean thick head. Citrus and mango along with malty notes waft out. Some of the same in the palate, very subtle and delicate. No alcohol detected. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zickbeer_ye (282) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Sweet crisp hoppy berry aromas. Light offwhite head and amber orange body. Fresh hops some citrus and berry a little dry grassiness crisp and refreshing.


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