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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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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.

4.2
milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Excellent blend of malt sweetness, herbal hops and fruity hops. Nice bitter aftertaste, but some alcohol.

4.2
gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle while visiting Chicago. Pours slightly dark amber. Great half-finger foam head. Aromas are rich of sweet caramel malt, citrusy and dank resinous pine hops. Taste pushes back over into the passion and citrus fruits category. Plenty of late bittering hop flavor to balance. Really good beer.

4.2
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2015
At the Goose Island Brewing in ORD. This was an excellent DIPA. 9% was hidden well. Hop bitterness was significant but didn’t linger after the finish. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Overall, could be my nightcap on a regular basis.

4.2
jspencer78 (40) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Very nice, smooth IPA with a great bitter kick late. Not usually a fan but this could help turn me into a hop head

4.1
SoccerDad91016 (2) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013 does not count
I was surprised how much I liked this. For a big company brew it has a lot to offer. Sweet summertime aroma that reminds of a mix of stone fruits (peaches and apricots) and the flavor has a nice mix of the same stone fruit flavors and hops. Finished a little weak but at least doesn’t have that died in your mouth aftertaste of some mass produced IPAs

4.1
thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Aroma of melon, citrus, malts. Very balanced aroma. Citra is there but not screaming. Appears amber gold with ample white head. Taste is citrus with good thorough bitterness. Balanced. Lightness and melon flavor apparent. Malt presence is barely enough. Very good.

4.1
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.

4.1
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Cool to be rating a beer inspired by FLW less than a mile from his AZ campus. Amber colored pour with a white head. Fresh hops hit the tongue, some grapefruit peel, lemony notes, nice floral hop bill that lends to some grassy notes and then there is a nice backbone of malt. But the hops do steal the show.

4.1
Gmoney (465) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Deep golden pour,one finger white head,good lacing.Aroma of orange /grapefruit peel,pine needles and straw/grass.Fresh hop notes, lemon,grapefruit ,melon and grass.Medium body,soft carbonation.Slightly sweet malt backbone,but finish is dry with a lingering orange pith note.Very smooth for 9%. I enjoyed it.


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