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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1002) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2014
A solid imperial IPA. Pours dark golden with an impressive head. Bitter-sweetness, hints of grapefruit and apricot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (774) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
pours a hazy peach with a lasting white head and some spotty lacing. Surprisingly malty aroma with notes of vanilla and stone fruit. taste has notes of vanilla, apricot, green apple and a hint of orange. finish is note overly pronounced but present and pleasant. a fine beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Drank out at Prosperity this year. Remember being blown away actually. Great DIPA. Flavor packed and resinous through the finish. Doesn’t stick, it’s clean but packs a punch!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste fruity, floral, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-11-14- Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber orange color with one finger of a fizzy white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a good amount of sweeter fruit aromas of tangerine, some apple, and a bit of pear. Along with these fruity aromas are some light bready smells as well as a bit of caramel. Other hop aromas are there too, with notes of pine and some light floral aromas making for a very citrusy/fruity, and smooth smelling double IPA. Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating. It begins with a bready flavor mixed with just a hint of tangerine. Right from the start the hops hit the taste buds with a good dose of grapefruit as well as a moderately strong pine hop taste. As the taste advances the sweeter tangerine fades almost to nothing being replaced by just the tinniest amount of a toffee sweetness. The hop flavors all the while grow stronger with the grapefruit becoming rather potent and being joined by some earthy hop flavors. In the end with the loss of the sweet and the increase in all the hop, one is left with a somewhat snappy and bitter hop taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both really accentuate the grapefruit, earth and pine hop flavors rather nicely really allowing them to shine, all while further accentuating the lack of sweet flavors and yet still bolstering the bready base of the beer well. Overall – A rather nice bready and drier hoppy double imperial that yet still maintains a great drinkability. This was a rather enjoyable brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (717) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Grassy aromas from a slightly murky tangerine/yellow body with a frothy white head. Dry, spicy, biting bitterness with more grass, orange and citrus pith. Excellent sweet sticky caramel malt balance to this bitterness that both tames and highlights it at the same time. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Leaves a spicy bitter flavor behind on the tongue along with a little candy sugar. Excellent DIPA!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Surprised I’m number ten on this one. Draft at Mekong. Medium amber, clear, great head. I was looking for something to destroy my palate after doing the tasting part of BJCP, and this did the trick fairly well. Aroma was pure hops, loads of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit. Flavor was a match, with a good malt backbone to keep things together. Not as scrubbing with the hops as expected, the bitterness was in check. Well balanced. Very nice IIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
I personally would not call it a DIPA but this really tastes good. The mixture of Citra and Meridian work well together. Definitely citrus forward and a strong with bitterness but it does not ruin the palate at all. Good carbonation too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1515) - - JUL 23, 2013
Draft. Clear gold with a thin white head. Nose is piney and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with solid malt backup. Finishes very clean. This is one of the better Goose Island offerings I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft. Loads of pine and citrus with a huge caramel malt backbone. Very good, although a bit boozy.


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