RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrights 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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Sampled while Im pouring GI at Blarney Stones Brew Fest. This assaults my nose right away with the big piney catbox smell of big American hops. Then a big malty smack in the face that stands up to the extreme bitter these hops put down. Thick malty mouthfeel, and you can sense the alcohol doing its dirty work. Alternating between sipping this and BCS. Life is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (7092) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4642) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6176) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3041) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Glass, 16-ounce, draught, at DArcy McGees, 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 FRANAIS Verre, 16 onces, en ft, chez DArcy McGees, savoure le 12 aot 2016; il : cuivre, limpide, pas deffervescence, anneau de mousse fauve, bonne dentelle; nez : pin, malt, lger fruits tropicaux, rsine, houblon amrisant, lger tangerine; bouche : pin, malt, lger fruits tropicaux, rsine, houblon amrisant, lger tangerine, finale sche en houblon amrisant avec prsence dcret dalcool, corse, pas mal amre, trs lgrement sucre, texture rugueuse; en rsum : une fois, cest assez

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (492) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with off white head. Sticky aroma of floral. Taste is malty sweet caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2581) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
billtheman (86) - 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 Ill have a pick n choose option between brew from two great brewerys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Bright orange with a white head. Aroma contains orange, lemon, and perfume. The flavor is slightly bitter with some reisiny presence. Orange peel balanced with some sweetness. Overall great stuff.

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