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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

918 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 70 | 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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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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!

06-23-2014 05:58:57 | More by JerzDevl2000
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oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-13-2014 23:11:44 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-29-2014 21:14:31 | More by aszatk01
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-29-2014 00:53:41 | More by Max3
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-25-2013 01:50:26 | More by OhioBobcat
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-02-2014 23:35:18 | More by MadScientist
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-18-2014 21:40:56 | More by ynalak
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-19-2014 22:01:33 | More by SD-Alefan
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -41.8%

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.

03-29-2014 03:26:53 | More by Beaver13
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-01-2014 19:18:59 | More by TTripp725
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77apm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-02-2014 20:52:54 | More by 77apm
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

10-10-2013 21:55:06 | More by cincysig
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Boxerjay

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-29-2014 20:49:50 | More by Boxerjay
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

03-14-2014 02:43:08 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Meyers1023

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-09-2014 02:32:39 | More by Meyers1023
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-29-2014 01:02:21 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-06-2014 04:14:32 | More by mjtiernan
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

03-27-2014 16:55:51 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-15-2014 17:09:11 | More by virinow
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-01-2014 18:35:01 | More by bpfrush
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dogfishandi

New York

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

04-04-2014 23:14:52 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, trxxpaxxs!

A dark copper and dark auburn IPA. Moderately-sized dark khaki head. Great retention and very sticky. This leaves lots of spiderwebs and irregular lines of lace down the glass.

Very bold and hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and dank hop characteristics, along with bold, but very complementary caramel sweetness. Orange peel.

Moderate to high bitterness accompany the orange peel, dank, and caramel flavors found in the aroma. Complete, and fairly drinkable, though aggressive and boldly expressive.

Fuller in body for the style with moderate carbonation. Sticky.

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08-15-2013 01:32:04 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on date of March 27, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fades into a thinner layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of pine, citrus, and a strong malt backbone. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop scent with hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Big supporting malt presence with sweet hints of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. Some hints of booze as well. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, juicy, and fairly sweet hop forward taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of wet grass and pine resin. Some floral notes and a citrus taste of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Solid backing presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Big and nicely balanced. Solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and fairly drying on the finish. Slightly boozy but not overly hot.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an imperial IPA. Good earthy and citrus hop notes with a solid backing of caramel malt.

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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.