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The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The IllinoisThe Illinois

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very good

970 Ratings
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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

bootdown21, Mar 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49%

schmidtmattsays, Jul 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49%

Fettpopps, Mar 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49%

Rekrule, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
2.21/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap at 16 Tons.

An overly malty, copper-colored dipa that is unpleasantly bitter, lacking in Hop flavor, excessively caramelly, this is another chore of a beer. Too full in body, too sticky from the sugar, this pine and grapefruit heavy IPA is unworthy.

DefenCorps, May 26, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

TheBigBoy, Jun 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Beaver13, Mar 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

WritersBlock, Jul 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of hardy008
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber with a one finger off white, with decent retention, and leaves spotty lacing. the aroma has mild citrus, with citrus zest, white pith, and biscuit malt. Nothing special.

Tastes much like it smells, with mild citrus, citrus zest, white pith, biscuit malt, pine, and some toasted malt. There is not enough citrus taste, too much citrus zest and white pith, and the malt that is present doesn't do enough to counter the bitterness.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Finishes more bitter than I would like. I think this recipe needs to be tweaked to get rid of the harsh bitterness.

hardy008, Apr 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and a branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a Colorado beer store. Bottled 14 FEB 14.

9.00% ABV. 95 IBU. Reviewed live - as an imperial IPA - because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served at fridge temp, into a mini nonic glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, consistency, and complexion. Retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper with orange and gold hues. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Generally appealing.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, hints of pine, floral hops, and a light hint of soap (indicating this may have spent too long in primary). It's not particularly appealing, and is rather generic for an imperial IPA.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. Meh.

TASTE: Pale malts, generic floral hops, a kiss of pine, a kiss of nectary hop character, and some indistinct tropical fruit character. Overall, it's a boring and relatively bland build for an imperial IPA, and offers little of interest. Simply built, with a loose cohesion and no real intricacy or subtlety. I like it in a general sense, but there's nothing here to intrigue the discerning drinker. Very generic across the board.

Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, full-bodied, and overcarbonated. Has too much heft and weight on the palate considering the relative lack of diversity and depth of flavour. Slightly oily.

Not syrupy, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture suits the taste generally well, but never feels tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: A generic imperial IPA on par with Sierra Nevada's mediocre offerings. This is the Goose Island I expected after the takeover, not the Goose Island that has surprised with its continued quality. Drinkable and forgettable. Not worth picking up. Very pedestrian. Hides its ABV decently...

Low C

kojevergas, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

d00drey, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

kbuzz, Mar 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Goldndomer, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

user785335, Apr 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

kniles38, Apr 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

HollyHops, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Hellpop65, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Taco_Picasso, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

gwiedman1, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

JohnnyK, Mar 05, 2014
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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.