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RATINGS: 378   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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3.7
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Fairly clear amber, orange with two fingers of foamy white head after a pretty vigorous pour. Sweet aromas of candied orange, mango, peach, caramel, alcohol. Taste is like the aroma, sweet hops, bready maltiness, caramel, alcohol sweetness. It’s good more malt than I prefer, I’d like it to finish drier, hide the alcohol better and up the carbonation slightly.

3.6
jflopsu (1591) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours a hazy rust orange. Has a faint citrus hop and berry aroma. Taste has a bit of fruit to it but finishes with some pine and citrus hops. A decent bitter hop aftertaste.

3.6
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottled February 10, 2014.
Appearance: The body has a very slight haze with an orange hued amber body. A short but dense light tan head sits on the body with great retention.
Aroma: The aroma has a prominent citrus aroma of grapefruit, candied orange and orange juice with hints of honeydew rind. The malts add a subtle sweetness to the aroma, but the aroma is mostly the hops.
Taste: The flavor is slightly skewed towards bitter, but the malt base is no slouch either. Big citrus through the mid-taste offering bitter orange and a slight spiciness. The finish is prominent of grapefruit which lingers for a bit. The finish shows some alcohol and hop astringency, but is enjoyable.
Palate: Full-bodied with sharp but mild carbonation.
Overall: I find that this beer is going to be very hard for me to recommend. I am not fond of the hop profile and I find the finish a bit harsh in comparison to other imperial IPAs of the same ABV. The price is the last nail in the coffin, more expensive than other imperial IPAs by a wide margin.

3.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (7670) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a vibrant orange-caramel color with a medium sized creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet grapefruit and lemon. The flavor was tangy, sweet, yet bitter with notes of lemon, grapefruit, a bit of resin, light caramel, and a bready undertone. Long sweet grapefruit and resin finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid.

3.9
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3/23/2014. 12oz. bottle. Pours cloudy amber color with a white head. Aromas of hops, caramel, tropical fruit. A little boozy but with refreshing flavors of hops, malt, pine, citrus. A solid DIPA.

3.7
hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Rated on 3-21-2014 at 800 Degrees Three Fires (Fort Wayne, IN). This draft beer pours a small beige head with a short retention, transparent gold body, minimal carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aromas are caramel malt, sweet, bitter, and very citrus orange hops. The taste is sweet, bitter, caramel malt, alcohol, and citrus orange hops. The mouth feel is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, the hops play the part that they should with this beer given this beer’s style. This is a beer for the hop heads and worth trying.

3.1
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange with a large off white head. Some citrus and hop aroma. Taste is the same just seems watered down from the aroma.

3
vyvvy (6391) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours crystal clear light copper with a modest off-white head. The aroma has tangerines, funk, floral notes, cotton candy and lots of maltiness to offset the hops. The body is fairly full with light graininess and fairly soft carbonation. The taste starts off with lots of sweet maltiness, piny / tangerine/ mild fruit hoppiness. There is a big big malt backbone to this one. The finish has gentle hoppiness with fairly aggressive sweet caramel maltiness. For a double IPA this is one sweet cloying example. The hop are definitely here, but they can’t overcome the sweetness that it’s up against.

3.6
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
On tap at HOTB. Pours a clear dark orange with a slight white head. Aroma is of tangerine and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel and slightly sweet. Still well done.

4.2
thedm (6144) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a head of finely sized white colored bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a typically carbonated transparent dark orange colored body. The mild aroma was hoppy. The hot sharp mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of bitter mild citrus crisp and hops. A wonderful best in class brew.


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