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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Sampled while I’m pouring GI at Blarney Stone’s Brew Fest. This assaults my nose right away with the big piney catbox smell of big American hops. Then a big malty smack in the face that stands up to the extreme bitter these hops put down. Thick malty mouthfeel, and you can sense the alcohol doing its dirty work. Alternating between sipping this and BCS. Life is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Poured from draft at sheffields. Darker orange. Tons of foamy white head. Sweet and hoppy fruit aroma. The citra hops give an amazing smell and taste. Smooth. Delicious IPA. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (520) - - NOV 30, 2013
Growler from Keyport. Clear orange with a filmy head, mild carbonation and decent lacing. Nose and flavor consist of citrus hops, apricots, caramel malts and a bitter piney resin aftertaste. Body is heavy and moderately carbonated. Pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5253) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geraldusek89 (22) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Really excited about this one, being from Chicago. Beautiful color, moderate lacing. Aroma is fantastic. Fruity and resiny. Taste is a balanced, hop powered yet fruity wave of deliciousness. Four pack for $9.99. Great value for a great beer. Try if you can. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1737) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a light copper with a lot of hops in the nose. Sweeter floral taste to start with a more complex, hoppy, bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol. Very drinkable. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle-pours bright orange with a small soapy white head with sparse lacing. nose is massive-lots of tropical notes along with grapefruit, pineapple, lite resin, very sweet smelling (flowers). flavors of grapefruit (pink), pine, lite cleaner, cheese, speramint, and lots of tropical notes. flavors are pretty complex. reminds me alot of their old IIPA they used to make back before the AB buyout. long sweet citric finish with lingering grapefruit, pineapple, and fresh hops. a very solid IIPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle to glass. Amber body with a medium white head. Nose is resinous pine and citrus, hot boozy malt. taste is nice resinous pine bitter hops, sweet malt, and a bitter booze hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12947) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aroma is citrus over a warmish light treacle. Med body or better. Flavor is very citrus with suggestions of pine. And odd fruits. Not like Mosaic, but makes me think of that. Heck, I’m even imagining a little anise. This is very different and unusual. Finishing hoppy and bitter and pretty dry. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit. Flavors are citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, and a tiny bit of pine. Nice solid double Ipa, love that it’s not overly bitter or piney. For a big beer it’s actually kind of balanced.

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