RATINGS: 376   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2013
On tap @ Beer Exchange. Dark orange in appearance, nice floral scent. Taste is grapefruit, fresh citrus, floral hops, juicy and bitter. Solid.

Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2017
on tap gold pour frothy white head aroma is floral and funk taste is same .

BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Third beer on my second flight in Devilicious, Temecula California on 10th Feb 2017. Mini haze to the golden pour, the head an off-white affair. Hoppy nose with the Citra hops doing what they do. Taste is hops on a solid malt base, hops win the battle.

Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle from Chicago. Slightly hazy, light orange. White head. Malty nose, sweet. Hops on the nose but not overpowering. Flavor is malty first with a fair bitter presence. Hops seem subdued. Warmth present.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Light copper color with a smallish ecru head. Full aroma, with citrus, pine, honey, pale malts, hints of alcohol and ripe fruit. Bubblegum sweet start. Hops and grains mingle. Some spice and light licorice. Solid feel. This is not a brew that I could have more than one. Seems to beg to be paired with food. 4/14

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2016, Parsons Green, London in July 2016 - Orangey Gold in colour. Good off-white head. Excellent lacing. Very Fruity; citrus orange and tropical fruits. Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Sweet-bitter fruity hoppy throughout. Nice Impy IPA! (2016-07-02)

GRM (4237) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Glass, 16-ounce, draught, at D’Arcy McGee’s, savoured on August 12 2016; eye: coppery, clear, no effervescence, ring of tan head, good lacing; nose: pine, malt, light tropical fruits, resin, bittering hops, light tangerine; mouth: pine, malt, light tropical fruits, resin, bittering hops, light tangerine, dry finale in bittering hops with presence of alcohol acridness, full body, quite bitter, slightly sweet, harsh texture; overall: once is enough FRANÇAIS Verre, 16 onces, en fût, chez D’Arcy McGee’s, savourée le 12 août 2016; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, anneau de mousse fauve, bonne dentelle; nez : pin, malt, léger fruits tropicaux, résine, houblon amérisant, léger tangerine; bouche : pin, malt, léger fruits tropicaux, résine, houblon amérisant, léger tangerine, finale sèche en houblon amérisant avec présence d’âcreté d’alcool, corsée, pas mal amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture rugueuse; en résumé : une fois, c’est assez

CObiased (561) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2016
12oz bottle - the pour is pretty typical with a clear copper color and a med off white head. Sweet caramel and pine resin aroma. Big flavor here...syrupy maltiness, bitter pine and some citrus peel. Quite tasty

SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with off white head. Sticky aroma of floral. Taste is malty sweet caramel.

Dorwart (2613) - 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.

billtheman (87) - 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.

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