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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

996 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 996
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 996 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Eriktheipaman:
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a kind of orange-light amber with a nice looking full one finger sticky white crown atop,good clarity and a good head.Sweet sugary aromas with tropical fruit-like hops coming into play,the sweetness is large and in charge here.Flavors are not as big and as sweet as I thought they would be,overripe citrus fruit-like hops and some sugary sweetness at the onset of the palate but a drying leafiness comes in late,but as I say that some sweet booze lets itself be known.More of your typical American DIPA in its sweetness but the hops are big and play a major role,not bad.

oberon, May 14, 2014
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aszatk01, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Max3
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Max3, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

OhioBobcat, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

MadScientist, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ynalak, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

SanFranJake, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SD-Alefan, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TTripp725, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

77apm, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

cincysig, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Boxerjay, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Guinnsslvr, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

virinow, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild copper colored with excellent clarity. A good quarter inch thick layer of tightly knit light beige foam. Brussels lacing. Moderately intense pine hop aroma is what I get out of the nose. The front of the palate is sharply bitter pine hops with a saltine cracker light malt backbone,followed by a fairly sharp pine hop bitter finish. The mouth is thick and sticky.

Franziskaner, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bpfrush, May 01, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10feb14 (just shy of 2 months old)

Pours out a very nice deep orange, very clear body, some nice retentive slightly off white head with some really nice sticky lace. Looks great.

Aroma isn't nothing spectacular or overly hoppy. A nice balance, slight alcohol heat. Some grapefruit citrus and hints of pine resin.

Nicely balanced, slightly sweet light caramel, almost a deep breadiness. Malt forward, just enough alcohol to bring the malt forward. Grapefruit citrus, some resin and pine. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a nice aspect to the beer, in no way overpowering.

Perfect body for a DIPA.

East coast for sure. Good, but nothing too special. Reminiscent of 90 minute. The best thing it has going for it is a nice balance.

dogfishandi, Apr 05, 2014
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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.