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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

866 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 866
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 59 | 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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Snow81

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-30-2014 01:19:03 | More by Snow81
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larryarms847

Illinois

5/5  rDev +27.6%

03-02-2014 23:11:52 | More by larryarms847
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cestlavie

New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-22-2013 04:49:34 | More by cestlavie
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ejane

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.6%

06-01-2014 11:44:50 | More by ejane
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tp05lg

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-16-2014 22:33:51 | More by tp05lg
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Bradley_Benbow


5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-10-2014 04:11:02 | More by Bradley_Benbow
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

5/5  rDev +27.6%

08-29-2013 04:39:54 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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RAlmeida77

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW....those were the first words after tasting this Imperial IPA. It has a nice, darker color which leads you to the wonderful malt/hop aroma and well balanced flavor of this beer. Very well balanced Imperial IPA that is smooth and easy to drink. It's got just the right balance of malt and hops. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 15:07:27 | More by RAlmeida77
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-23-2013 10:32:10 | More by Travcofarms
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-02-2014 19:30:58 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-12-2014 05:36:50 | More by Thickfreakness
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ffshore545

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-04-2014 01:10:50 | More by ffshore545
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samibr

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-12-2014 21:19:10 | More by samibr
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

06-27-2014 16:02:44 | More by sammyg832
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

05-03-2014 17:16:10 | More by blameo
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psumjl269

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

05-02-2014 15:24:56 | More by psumjl269
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MattTastrophee

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

05-03-2014 02:09:40 | More by MattTastrophee
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zavalagv

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

05-01-2014 03:37:50 | More by zavalagv
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

06-17-2014 02:22:34 | More by captainbearcat
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-22-2014 03:10:20 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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TerranceCullen

Iowa

4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a chilled pint glass at Es Tas Sports Bar Ames, IA. Great muted citrus taste, no after taste of alcohol even though its 8.4%. The cloudiness and haziness make it look great in the light. The feel in you mouth was very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation (just a little.)

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 15:39:42 | More by TerranceCullen
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 20:24:05 | More by nickapalooza86
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burnt orange color nice clarity. Fluffy white head. Smells of pine, resin, hop, citrus. Very inviting for a fan of dipa. Nice hop bitterness at the start, drying but not overly bitter. Very pleasant. Some boozyness but nothing too overpowering. Very easy to drink this one could be sipped or enjoyed a little quicker. Would seek this out again if given the chance.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 01:58:30 | More by alk3kenny
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pkalix

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow. darn near perfect smell!!! this is really nice. citrus- tangerine, lime (not sour), very juicy.
looks very nice also with streamers of tiny bubbles rising straight to the top in a pine-y gold colored liquid.
taste drops off a little though as there is a dull twang of bitterness where I was expecting a more sharper bite, but still a nice taste of citrus and grapefruit and some bread-y malt.
I think I was expecting less from this beer because it's goose island and it really surprised me. but this really is a sound brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 23:37:55 | More by pkalix
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JuniperJesus

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-12-2014 03:05:29 | More by JuniperJesus
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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.