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The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.

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88
very good

1,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: nmann08 on 06-15-2013

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.
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pours a nice amber color, finger of off white almost cream colored head, nice lacing

Smell is tons of tropical and citrus notes a ton of lemon, kiwi, mango, pineapple, pear, orange, pine sweet bready malt, papaya

taste is tropical fruit, papaya, kiwi, pineapple, citrus, bitter grapefruit peel and orange peel, light pine, a bit of a astringent note, a nice malt backing of sweet bready and caramel backing but the real show here is the tropical and citrus hops

Mouthfeel on the fuller side of medium, nice carbonation, finishes quite dry with a light lingering bitterness that builds as you drink

Great DIPA, grabbed a single will probably get a 4 pack or two sometime!

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.