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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

867 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 867
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 58 | 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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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a tulip appears a clear copper color. 3 fingers of froth hold atop leaving some patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The smell is fruity and floral. Quite weedy and herbal with grass and slight dank/catty appeal overtop some melon aspect. The more I smell this, a little caramel malt comes out.

The taste is bitter, piney and resinous. Caramel malt taste without any sweetness and some warming fruity alcohol. Like in the nose, some melon aspect appears before getting rindy and pulpy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A nice hop presence and something I would drink again. The alcohol is integrated nicely, it never felt close to the listed 9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 18:22:14 | More by stakem
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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!

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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"

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.