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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2872) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1201) - Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2015
At the Goose Island Brewing in ORD. This was an excellent DIPA. 9% was hidden well. Hop bitterness was significant but didn’t linger after the finish. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Overall, could be my nightcap on a regular basis.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10787) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
A golden amber DIPA with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with loads of floral piney hops, light grapefruit notes, light catty notes, very nice. In mouth, a nice biscuit malt with nice piney and citrusy floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice and smooth. On tap at Clybourn location.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (261) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2015
Honey like sweetness in the aroma with only a hint of hops and some wheat. Great looking dark orange color with a permanent white ring of foam. Taste is sweet up front, followed by big grapefruit rind flavored hops. Aftertaste is just the right amount of bitter. Palate is slick with subdued carbonation. I really enjoyed this one. Will definitely buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (888) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2015
Big citrus flavors of grapefruit dominate and grassy hops lingers. Dry and a bit thin, but the alcohol is covered well and it’s refreshing enough. Pretty straightforward overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (929) - Dover, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured hazy, orange in color, with about a finger of off-white foamy head that left spotty lacing all over the glass. Aroma of citrus fruit (lots of it), caramel and grain. Taste is sweet and malty but balanced with citrus notes; quite dry. Very enjoyable; not bad at all.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2015
bottled, amber to orange color with thin foam, aroma is light floral and toffee caramels, flavor is caramel, malty to sweet and bitter, plain finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2731) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2015
On Tap at Boise PreFunk Murky deep orange Thin quickly receding off white head. Middle of the road bitterness and flavor for a double. Rather heavy palate and a lite papery at the end. The hop flavors are tropicla and fruity, if muted a bit. A good DIPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2015
On tap at prefunk Boise. Pours out a copper topped with a sand head. Nose is heavy malts caramel malts and dank hops. Taste is more of the heavy malts sweet caramel and a nice hop mix.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (992) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Copper color , medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of pine , caramel and buckwheat honey. Caramel sweetness and hoppy bitterness in taste. Finish is rather dry . Decent double IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Not good. Just big and way too sweet and boozy. Not balanced at all. Wasted $12 on a four pack. Should've known better than to trust anything from Bud.


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