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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
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle:   Big IIPA for sure, a bit hot and young.   Feels very green, with a somewhat perfume like alcohol profile.   Big and malty, lots of candied citrus peel but its a bit over the top.   Malt driven example, fairly sweet but not sticky.   Noticeable alcohol.   Could be more floral or bright, but its not out of bounds for me.   Still a little young tho.


3.7
wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Aroma is citrus, pine and a hint of syrup/sweetness. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, fruit, mild syrup/sweetness, a hint of hop resin and a mildly bitter/tangy finish.

2
Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Standard visuals, golden amber with a medium, creamy head. The aroma is over-the-top perfumey, with an almost off-putting floral sting. The beer drinks with an average mouthfeel, neither thin nor as heavily bodied as some DIPAs. That same odd sense of spring pollen is evident in the taste, particularly in the too-mushy finish. (#5487, 4/17/2014)

3.7
Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle: Pours hazy orange-amber with a short, creamy, tan head. Aroma is orange/tangerine, tropical fruit. Taste is orange-peel, caramel malt....peppery, herbal bittering. Strong citrus. Very good.

3.1
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2015
bottled, amber to orange color with thin foam, aroma is light floral and toffee caramels, flavor is caramel, malty to sweet and bitter, plain finish

3.9
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit with mango, melon, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and light grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has great retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of mango, tropical fruits, and pineapple. There is a slight touch of caramel in the middle. The finish is moderate-heavily hopped with with good doses of grapefruit and spicy hops. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation a slightly oily mouthfeel.

3.5
ben4321 (6503) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Draft at District Tap House. Murky orange with s beige head and mid-heavy lacing. Aroma of orange, pine, and butterscotch. Flavor is odd. Almost reminds me of a creamsicle or something with game orange flavor. I can’t exactly pinpoint what, but it definitely tastes different than I expected. It’s almost creamy. A bit of boozy heat comes through on a mid-plus bodied beer with an okay overall feel. Decent, but not something is rush out for again.

2.1
JStax (6482) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Hazy bright orange. White head of foam. Papery and fruity taste. Big body and medium carbonation.

3.5
RobertDale (6471) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
On tap. Comes golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, other citrus fruits, pine, malt, and caramel. Nice.

3
vyvvy (6465) - 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.


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