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RATINGS: 371   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (1039) - Collinsville, Illinois, 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2266) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (924) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2014
The aroma is more like a smooth, almost bland, Sullivan than knock-your-socks-off Gaudi or sock-you-in-the-eye Gehry that I usually expect from a DIPA. The malt flavor is dominant and quite tasty like Calatrava, and well-structured like another Chicago favorite, Mies van der Rohe. Excellent, an Eiffel, not transcendent, like a Le Corbusier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2014
It's a dipa for the serious beer drinker, it focus more on the deep malt while having a hops wallop. Enjoy this beer, don't waste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
インペリアルIP 甘い、ホッピ&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2015
I keep drinking bottle after bottle of this over the past month, but never seem to get around to rating it. Guess now is the time... The aroma is stuff full of toffee malt and resiny hios with dried citrus fruit; burnished copper orange color with an off white crown; the flavor is complex and contains lots of dried fruit (apricot, peach, dates), chewy toffee malt, leather, toms of herbal and spicy hops, a dollop of resin, moderately bitter overall, warming alcohol speaking out; chewy and sticky texture, medium full body; this drinks almost like an American style barleywine, buy goes down easier and seems more enjoyable and complex overall; I think this is a really good beet and I’m thoroughly enjoying it... Fantastic label, too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

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