The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4/5 rDev +2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 12FEB14. Sampled on August 22, 2014. So it is 6 months old. Within reason I suppose.
It pours a milky looking orange-copper color that leads up to a big off-white cream colored head. The head lingers and laces.
Such a bright hop character on the nose. Floral, grass, resin, and citrus all envelope the senses while the malt character stays deep in the background.
Medium body. But a tad astringent.
Again, like the nose, a robust floral hop bitterness in the flavor that really coats the back of my throat.
08-22-2014 20:11:10 | More by puboflyons
2.78/5 rDev -29.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and a branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a Colorado beer store. Bottled 14 FEB 14.
9.00% ABV. 95 IBU. Reviewed live - as an imperial IPA - because the label clearly identifies it as such.
Served at fridge temp, into a mini nonic glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, consistency, and complexion. Retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.
BODY: Clear copper with orange and gold hues. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.
Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Generally appealing.
AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, hints of pine, floral hops, and a light hint of soap (indicating this may have spent too long in primary). It's not particularly appealing, and is rather generic for an imperial IPA.
No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. Meh.
TASTE: Pale malts, generic floral hops, a kiss of pine, a kiss of nectary hop character, and some indistinct tropical fruit character. Overall, it's a boring and relatively bland build for an imperial IPA, and offers little of interest. Simply built, with a loose cohesion and no real intricacy or subtlety. I like it in a general sense, but there's nothing here to intrigue the discerning drinker. Very generic across the board.
Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour.
TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, full-bodied, and overcarbonated. Has too much heft and weight on the palate considering the relative lack of diversity and depth of flavour. Slightly oily.
Not syrupy, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.
Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture suits the taste generally well, but never feels tailored specifically to it.
OVERALL: A generic imperial IPA on par with Sierra Nevada's mediocre offerings. This is the Goose Island I expected after the takeover, not the Goose Island that has surprised with its continued quality. Drinkable and forgettable. Not worth picking up. Very pedestrian. Hides its ABV decently...
08-17-2014 21:26:39 | More by kojevergas
The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.