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The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The IllinoisThe Illinois

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BA SCORE
88
very good

864 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 864
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first Imperial beer of the year is The Illinois, a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. Deep gold, complex citrus aroma, balanced clean bitterness, medium to full body.

(Beer added by: nmann08 on 06-15-2013)
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/7/14. Pours clear golden amber with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet caramel malt, alcohol and a little grassy, piney, minty hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malt, lots of sharp alcohol, a little fruit and a big green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Too much predominant alcohol, overly sweet and biscuity, and not much hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:26:53 | More by Beaver13
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arizcards

Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Total Wine back in early June for $2.99. Bottled on 2-10-14.

Beer poured orange with a pretty good white head on the initial pour.

Nose is full of citrus.

Taste is citrus and pine with a hint of tropical fruit. Caramel and pale malts attempt to balance this out but the alpha hopping leaves a piney hop residue.

Mouthfeel is pretty lively and prickly on the palate.

Overall another nice example of a double IPA. Not bad considering this is almost 6 months old!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 00:14:17 | More by arizcards
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-27-2014 23:46:03 | More by Hostabob
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-27-2014 19:03:02 | More by alexsergio
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2014 18:43:26 | More by Zackyj23
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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-27-2014 18:41:51 | More by mikepcarney
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

07-27-2014 01:57:56 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-26-2014 18:23:37 | More by griffey123
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

07-26-2014 17:40:15 | More by Scottqc15
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California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-26-2014 02:12:56 | More by funkel81
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-25-2014 23:51:10 | More by enelson
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Shafaegalo

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

07-25-2014 23:49:59 | More by Shafaegalo
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l0rddavis

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

07-24-2014 19:03:57 | More by l0rddavis
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BigHead

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-24-2014 01:24:23 | More by BigHead
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

07-23-2014 14:11:58 | More by Chuffbomb
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BuzzFee

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-22-2014 23:57:16 | More by BuzzFee
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-22-2014 23:01:18 | More by AOShabaz
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-22-2014 22:27:53 | More by shehateme
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rhynosorus

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-22-2014 22:07:07 | More by rhynosorus
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-22-2014 17:45:47 | More by curlybird
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Hopheadhiker

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-22-2014 00:55:44 | More by Hopheadhiker
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic, as instructed on the packaging. Thanks for the service tip.

A: Totally clear golden hue with a high impossibly rocky head that hangs around forever. minimal lacing with minor legs. Easily stirred back into a thick head indicating higher than average carbo

S: Malts are way more up front at 5 months post-bottle age versus fresh, and the lemony hop combined with the malts are pleasant. some white peppery yeast notes creep in.

T: Piney and lemony bits present immediately, followed by a very nice,, rich malty backbone and a lead into...

M: Creamy finish. none of the nose or taste lasts into the creamy finish except a very slight malt note. A little hot in the throat toward the end of the 12 oz.

O: Very well thought out and balanced at 5 months. Not terribly complex to my palate, and kinda says "here is a big ABV example of a very nice, pleasant IIPA that essentially turns into nicely aged barleywine at 6 months"

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 04:26:06 | More by Scrapss
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atorres

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-20-2014 17:25:29 | More by atorres
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Bikeboy1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

07-20-2014 16:06:16 | More by Bikeboy1
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass, hazy dark bronze with a ring of white foam. 6/19

Strong sweet malt nose, caramel. Little brown sugar too. Really strong bitter, bordering on harsh. Pine, spruce. There is a nice malt below, but the tongue scraping bitter holds serve and controls the palate. Flavor's a bit intense.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 13:17:56 | More by KTCamm
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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.