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RATINGS: 256   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours orangish golden with a big white head nice carbonation and lots of thick lacing. Nose is sweet and bright. Citrus, pine, juniper, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, grass, a slight barnyard funk and a bit of bread in the background. Taste is reflective of the 95 IBU without being bitterly resiny. Lots of citrusy hops and fruit. Peach, nectarine, pineapple, mango, lemon curd, toast, chamomile, sweet malt, spruce, white pepper and loads of juicy fresh hops. Medium bodied with fine bubbly carbonation. Left a bit to be desired on the back with an almost sticky back of the tongue. I got a weird throat coat that really turned me off. Decent length with a bit of spice to it. I really enjoyed this and considered it a pretty solid Imperial IPA until I swallowed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1147) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
Hazy, copper-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, and pine. It has a medium body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a more bittersweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange, medium off-white head, exceptional retention and very nice lacing. Nose is resinous pine and tropical fruit (passion fruit and pineapple), melon, with some caramel lurking in the background. Mouth is medium dry, juicy tropical fruit (oranges, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit), white grape, mellow caramelly malt backbone, pleasant bitterness throughout, citrusy finish. Nicely balanced and I gotta say, I love the bottle art. Frank Lloyd Wright , were he alive and if he drank craft beer, would be proud of this tribute. Easily my favorite non-BCS brew from GIBC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Clear tan/orange pour, thin carbonation and an aroma of nice sweet hoppy oranges. Flavor is syrupy meld of hops, grapefruit, bitter orange rinds and dry hoppy alcohol on the aftertaste. Not bad for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
screigh (443) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours a beautiful clear copper color. Slightly off-white head with sticky lacing. Thick hop aroma with pine, grass and almost a berry sweetness. Bitterness in the front of the flavor followed by the slightest hints of licorice and a dry finish. The Meridian hops really stand out with fruit and berry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (622) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours a clear orangish-copper, with smallish head. Strong pine floral hop aroma. Flavor is strong, bitter citrus-piney hops, hops, hops. Bitter, bitter finish. Not a lot of balance here, but if you like a strong hop flavor, this is for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (644) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2014
12 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours vivid orangish copper with thin lacy white head. Aroma is sugary sweet caramel malt and lightly floral bright citrusy hops on the back. Taste is is heavy sweet dark caramel malt with sharply bitter hop finish. Thick, rich, sweet, and plenty strong, the 9% even seems a bit conservative. Along with the hops, it balances the sweetness out nicely. Goose Island’s regular IPA is nothing to write home about, but this is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
On tap at the Food Factory and again in the bottle. Aroma is very bitter grass and pine. Pours light amber with decent carbonation and a medium sticky head. Taste is bitter grapefruit rind, grass, and dry pine. Great hop presence and extremely bitter for how strong it is. Very impressive DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4607) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit with mango, melon, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and light grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has great retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of mango, tropical fruits, and pineapple. There is a slight touch of caramel in the middle. The finish is moderate-heavily hopped with with good doses of grapefruit and spicy hops. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation a slightly oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (86) - - JUN 1, 2014
Rich caramel colored DIPA pours a thick tan head. This thick, full-bodied beer was malty and bitter; a rich slow-sipper.

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