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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Thin light beige head of fine bubbles with decent carbonation. Rich malty aroma with lots of sweet caramel, fresh laundry, fresh pumpkin, piney hops and some toffee. Color is a hazy dark copper. A lot more hops presence in the flavor. Lots of piney hops, mild malts, cough syrup and tea leaves. Bit thin in the body and the result is a pretty hot brew. Sort of an unbalanced brew but still a tasty one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
billtheman (86) - milford, Delaware, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Well alright, FINNALY a place in Delaware had the real thing. Stores out here had some Goose Island beers, but when I looked on the label it was brewed and bottle in New York. Bought a 6 pack and no where near the taste of the original Goose Islands. Now I went in a store in town and they had the real McCoy, brewed and bottled back in sweet home Chicago. I hope that they continue to carry the real thing .I live 10 miles from the Dogfish brewery, not I’ll have a pick n choose option between brew from two great brewery’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Bright orange with a white head. Aroma contains orange, lemon, and perfume. The flavor is slightly bitter with some reisiny presence. Orange peel balanced with some sweetness. Overall great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1715) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Poured way too gently by the new girl at WOB in Pensacola. No head, but it’s a murky, pretty golden-orange. Bubbles emanating from the bottom seemed to fight slowly through viscous liquid. Candied pineapple on the nose. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is less fun than the nose. Orange and candied pineapple flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
PhillyCraft (5916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Another beer from Goose Island that harshed my buzz. Small sample at mile, pours clear brown gold with medium lacing and small white head. Notes are grain alcohol and stale wood. Maybe a touch of orange booze to round out the grossness of this brew. Christ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jspencer78 (32) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Very nice, smooth IPA with a great bitter kick late. Not usually a fan but this could help turn me into a hop head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2016 On tap. Pours a clear copper with moderate head. Aromas of toffee, dry grapefruit and trail mix. Flavors of same with additional sweet malts and dry fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (12909) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
Draft - Sweet sticky hops and caramel. Clear gold with a decent white head. Sweet and lots caramel with a touch of booze. Boring but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4116) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Sampled at Classic City Brewfest 2016. Pours a clear golden yellow from the bottle with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is nice citrus diesel hop profile, with a hint of caramel and pale malt behind. Taste follows, big IPA, but nicely balanced and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Sampler at the Missouri Beer Fest. Nice citrus hop aroma and taste. Will have it again.

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