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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Had this at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a fairly clear orange with a nice head. Aroma is citrus with some slight pine. Flavor follows with more citrus than pine. A bit hot. Overall, a good beer.

3.8
DrewFace (969) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Draft. Fairly hazyX orange color with large tan head. Big danky and citrusy hop aroma, light caramel malt presence. Mostly citrusy hop flavor, some danky sticky hop character. Pale malt backbone. Alcohol definitely present - hi boost.

3.5
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
This one pours a transparent gold. A light white foamy head. A nice tropical hop flavor. Leaves a slight alcoholic lingering note. Overall pretty good.

3.5
obguthr (6454) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Tangerine nose, warm triple sec notes, juicy. Hazy orange, thick yellow head. Tastes as it smells, but much hotter. Orange is present. Alcohol is quite evident. Medium body not over the top with the bitterness.

3.6
MaBeer1972 (2090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Single bottle from W&M Mansfield. Poured into a snifter. Rested for a while and warming. Aroma of booze and sweet burnt rubber. Flavor is of sweet burnt rubber, spice and pine. More on the sweet side than I prefer for DIPAs. Quite drinkable and smooth though. Very filling toward the end.

4.1
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a bright orange with a one finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, sweet malts, light tropical fruits, and some caramel malts. Taste is prett similar to the aroma with a lot of nice citrus, tropical fruits, and a nice sweet malt backbone. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, suprisingly drinkable DIPA.

3.6
bth122 (1576) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Poured a golden orange color with one finger tall head. Aromas of caramel and big floral/citrus hop. Medium large bitterness. Some malt backbone Medium bodied at least. Average carbonation. A tad sticky texture. Pretty good. A big beer.

3.5
AirForceHops (7334) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
12 oz. bottle and I need to stop buying bottled IPA’s. IPA’s need to be draft or growler fill only. A bottle just doesn’t do them justice. Aroma is a mild floral, citrus and light pine hints.

Flavor is more sweet then I was hoping for. Strong amount of caramel and toffee malts, borderline sticky texture on the mouth with a medium in body leaning on fuller. The ABV is nicely hidden. Now as far as hop profile, it’s decent but the sweetness takes over. Citrus, grass and light pine with a light/ mild lingering bitterness after the sip. The only thing that come to mind is.... Well, mild. Very drinkable IPA that I’m sure would score higher on draft.

3.4
raphael (1269) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2014
first whiff is backed up drain, then resin, caramel, distant pickle. lightly hazed golden amber with modest off white head. Woody flavor with a little citrus, slight metallic thread & yes that swampiness. Works well in the mouth

3.6
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2014
bottle, a little old, 3 months old, sweet and still pretty hoppy, your standard dipa from 4 years ago, decent


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