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The Illinois - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The IllinoisThe Illinois

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very good

1,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | 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:
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 very cloudy dark gold/copper color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left decent lacing and a layer on top. Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and mango up front, with strong but not exactly fresh citrus hops coming through in the nose; smelled like the citrus mixed with brown sugar, toffee, malt, bread pudding, syrup, apple, cereal, piney hops and a general sweetness that makes this a coin flip on whether the hops or malts control the aroma. Pretty good overall and just strong enough to reach the DIPA nose level. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the juicy citrus combo of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, citrus hops and fruity candy like Skittles or Sweedish Fish mashed together with graham cracker, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, syrup, piney hops, toffee, light spices like pepper and tea leaf, and some mild booze which makes this taste more like a Barleywine than a DIPA. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a heavy body, light carbonation and more of a syrup or honey flow than a watery beer feel. Above average DIPA that lacks the massive hop attack I was expecting but hides the ABV quite well, I think this bottle may have been 6 months old so I’d like to try this fresh is they keep making it. I would have it again for sure.

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.