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The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,066
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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Ratings: 1,066 | Reviews: 145
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that reminds me a lot of a hoppy American style barleywine.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Churchkey.

Pours a clear amber color with a very white fizzy and fluffy head.

Nose is full of citrus fruits. Orange, grapefruit, hint of lemon.

Flavor is not as strong as nose would lead to believe. The flavors are muted. It's a fruity DIPA, little sweet, light on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very light/thin. Reminds me of a session type style, rather than a DIPA.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts, citrus hops and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of tropical fruits and oranges along with notes of caramel malts and hints of alcohol. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste more like an IPA compared to a double IPA as there's not much in the way of hop flavors or bitterness.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft serving in a 12 oz. snifter glass.

Dark amber orange with a slight haziness to it, off white foam forms a compact layer on the surface that sticks around for a good while, leaving behind sticky clumps of lace that ring the glass and drip down the edges.

Minor tangerine and candied orange peel, a sweet aroma, some caramel malt underneath.

More citrus in the taste than aroma, tangerine and orange peel again, sticky sweetness, specialty grain and caramel malt present also. Dry aftertaste with a little sweetness that sticks to the lips. Full bodied with a hefty malt balance, a slow sipper though pretty enjoyable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Beelow's.

Yeah, I thought about grabbing a bottle of Crabbie's from the cooler in front of me, but I went with a new-to-me DIPA from Goose instead. Whatever, there's always time if I fuck up, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, grapefruit zest, light pineapple juice, and a strong vein of pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, the rinds really providing some sharp bitterness at times, with a tiny rivulet of callow caramel trying desperately to run through the proceedings. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little DIPA, but a bit too--prickly, shall we say?--for my liking.

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A small white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace. The body is clear and golden copper. A fruity hop aroma with notes of melon, pine, and a hint of mint as well as some toasty malt. The flavor is full of toasty malt and pine hops with a pithy, grapefruit finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Not bad, it's nicely made and the aroma is pleasant, but it doesn't quite come across as a true DIPA, especially by the standards of the modern hop bomb. Just a bit too much caramel malt, too much emphasis on bitterness and not quite enough hoppy brightness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/15/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of hops bitterness that fades quickly and is followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. There’s also a significant booziness that you don’t typically get from a beer under 9.00% ABV unless it’s a malt liquor. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s decent beer but there are several other 2IPA’s that I would choose first.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice label. Quite unique. And a bottled on date? Say what?! I like.

Nose is mildly citrus with a heavy resin character. Chewy. Somewhat thicker sweetness on this one. Lots of hops. Just piled on top of each other. What comes out is more of a punch to the senses as opposed to a unique ride. I like it though. It makes me happy to see Goose Island putting something with some stank on it out.

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.