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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

853 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 853
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the ShopRite Liquors in Wharton, having never had this before. I'm a big architecture geek so I was impressed the with the idea and packaging behind this beer, as it stayed true to the style and design of arguably America's greatest designer of buildings but what was in the bottle was just as impressed, as this had to be one of the most balanced Double/Imperial IPA's that I've ever had. There was enough body and wet, sticky hops to this that it felt like an Amber and of course, it went down just as well as a good beer of that style would!

The pour to this was great, as the deep copper hue paired nicely with the towering head that rose up quite high but never made it over the edge of my pint glass. In due time, that settled and left its mark on the side of my glass as I worked my way through this. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose, which were also equally detectable in the taste. Nice malt underneath this that had a bit of a toasted nature to this but the mouthfeel is where this really shone brightly. Wonderfully balanced with a good amount of carbonation, sticky resin, and understated but sharp hops that came out in the back, along with hints of rye, booze, and sour grassy notes. So much going on here but like any good work of art, the harmony and balance were perfect here and there was a nice minty feel in the back of this, leaning to a clean sensation as each sip slid down the hatch.

Yes, this was strong and it made no bones about it. The alcohol didn't detract from the taste and it added nicely to the imperial nature of this beer. With so many IPA's out there, it's hard to find one that is good, strong, and unique but this certainly fit the bill. Tough to pace through, even with the potent nature of this, but its worth warming up as one warms up to this. I have no idea if Wright was a beer drinker but if he was, he'd be proud that this beer came from his home state and how well it represents it and his legacy. This is for anyone who wants to feel a mile-high level of exhilaration but can't wait until a builder realizes Wright's vision. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 05:58:57 | More by JerzDevl2000
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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.