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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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3.6
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight earth, nice orange, mango, slight pineapple in there into a bit of booze, lemon. Taste is a mix of lemon, grass, pineapple, orange, and mango into a bit of caramel, toffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly boozy, slightly tropical fruity.

3.7
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
10oz on tap at Lackman. Clear red orange color. Good bigger off-white khaki head. Leaves some kind of bubbly lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Good, full feel. A very light slickness in the finish. Good bready malt base, light bit of caramel, toast. An enjoyable malt profile. Some spicy hop, pine. Malt shines more than the hop (I’m told this keg is 2 months old), but there is a nice satisfying bitter flavor still. Mild sweet. Solid DIPA. Better than expected. First time I’ve seen that Meridian hop too, that’s interesting.

3.8
douglas88 (9629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Johns. Pours a deep copper color with a medium white head. A big fruity nose, oranges and candy. The flavor is really big, more like a IIPA in terms of being super sweet, candied oranges, some zest, orange peel, bitterness. Quite good.

3.6
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Deep amber with a thin white head. The nose has a lot of bright berry and citrus with a touch of iced tea and some soft caramel as well. Bright and fruity with some lingering yeasty esters on the back. Sort of barleywineish with some lingering sweetness. A really nice brew.

3.7
solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Nice citrus head with good malt profile. Well rounded IPA. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Bitter finish. Average carbonation. Some citrus sourness in finish. Tap at Churchkey .

3.8
bytemesis (9231) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Tap. Pours clear orange amber with a medium fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly with decent lacing. Aroma is light citrus, grapefruit, passion fruit, cat piss. Flavor is quite muted, lightly sweet, l light bitter. Light body, a bit oily. Highly drinkable.

3.6
b3shine (9145) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copperish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells solid too; a balanced hop profile with a semi-sweet pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, light mouthfeel. Good beer.

4.2
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up juicy smelling citrus as well as spicy onion dankess and a mild mango note. Inviting aroma. The taste begins with sweetened juicy citrus hops as well as onion spicy dankness and flowing into mild levels of mango and tropical fruit. Behind the juiciness and the bitter spicy hops is a modest layer of booziness telling you that this big rich flavor doesn’t come free. This is just a solid rich IIPA with plenty of both balance and heft that allows for a pleasing sipping experience.

3.3
nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
12oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange with some clumpy, white head. Nose is heavy on the soap, heavy pine needle, some caramel, a little candlewax, some honey comb, blood orange. Flavor is the same, bitter blood orange, grapefruit peel, honey comb, soap and pine. Full bodied, bitter finish. Sticky too.

3.7
drfabulous (8580) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2016
Draught at The Beer Trappe. Clean orange pour. Bitterness and hops with some resin. Not too heavy. Nice.


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