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RATINGS: 309   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle from Brook Falls Discount. No bottle date, so no idea how old. Pours golden orange with a high foamy white head leaving a lot of lace. Aroma has tropical fruit, pineapple, and sweet caramel with a bit of pepper. Later down in the glass the honey really kicks in. Taste is led by sweet caramelly malts, with pineapple, mangoes, honey, pine and some alcohol. Medium boided and sticky. Finishes nicely blended between bitter and sweet, with length, and some of the pepper showing in the late finish. Goose’s homage to Hopslam? Perhaps 80+% of that super quality brew, and overall a solid tasty offering. 14.8

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (159) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Four pack into the pint glass, nice orange foamy glass of beer. Lacing to the tune of 6 drinks per pint. Very nice, I lived in the neighborhood of FLW which is Riverside, IL and this beer has the creativity of his architecture. Very unassumingly strong, before you know it all 4 bottles are gone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3353) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
En fût au Riverside Market Cafe, Fort Lauderdale. Une bière orangée. Un bon col mousseux qui s’accroche. Des arômes d’oranges avec d’autres fruits, des fleurs et un soupir caramélisé. Des saveurs florales et fruitées. Pin ou épinette. Orange et pamplemousse. Mange mûre. Malts pour balancer. Pointe résineuse qui s’étire avec l’alcool résineux. Une bière pétillante avec son corps moyennement arrondi. Une finale amèrement fruitée qui chauffe un peu ma langue. Une bonne bière. Respectable buvabilité. Branchée lors du Black Friday.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Thanksgiving bomber 11-27-14. Prominent alcohol, with strong orange hops flavor. Med bitter finish. Cloudy hay color, good creamy off white head. 9.22 bd, 7.8 bry a little bitter, good flavor. 5.5 kevmar not a good IPA, not good flavor unlike Ballast point IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2014
On tap at Dixie. Murky golden Amber pour with a white head. Pine resin hop aromas. Lots of malty notes with tangy grapefruit and mineral hop notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from State Line. Bottles in Feb and consumed in Nov. I guess that is my fault and State Lines fault. . Cloudy straw pour with smallish head but good lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus. Sweet. I wonder if my bottle is old or if this beer is just really susceptible to aging. Sweet with hop flavors of citrus, resin, but not much kick. It tastes like it would be better if fresher. I rated it higher than I otherwise would have because of the age, which I won’t hold against the brewer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (2998) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2888) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Appearance is deep amber with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is bready, malty and citrus hops. Flavor is malt, citrus, fruit and resin. Resin and citrus on the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (145) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Draft @ WOB, RSW. Hoppy aroma. Rusty orange color. Hoppy flavor, little citrusy. Full bodied. Nice DIPA!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (259) - 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.


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