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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

872 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 60 | 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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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-29-2014 19:26:38 | More by mikeborglum
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California

4/5  rDev +2%

06-29-2014 17:09:08 | More by ottstinate
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-29-2014 15:46:12 | More by rodlavers
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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-29-2014 02:40:59 | More by Hohnbaum
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jimmygord

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-29-2014 00:11:13 | More by jimmygord
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-28-2014 17:47:21 | More by CBrowning88
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Missouri

4/5  rDev +2%

06-28-2014 03:22:33 | More by zeff80
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger head that settles slowly and in a lumpy fashion. Leaves plenty of lace as it settles. Light amber color and quite clear.

Clean, recently ground malt aroma. The hop adds a nice spice to the nose, but this is a more malty brew.

This is a malt heavy DIPA. Even in the swallow, the hop is subtle. The aftertaste has a strong alcohol element to it. The body is thick with lower bubble level.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 17:42:19 | More by smcolw
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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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Jamison85

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 23:14:46 | More by Jamison85
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bcm75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 23:06:11 | More by bcm75
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Sheldog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-26-2014 17:07:54 | More by Sheldog
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-25-2014 22:32:57 | More by jzlyo
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ajevne

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-25-2014 17:35:24 | More by ajevne
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chalkda01

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 23:46:52 | More by chalkda01
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-24-2014 19:20:04 | More by seanchai
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jneff33

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 17:44:34 | More by jneff33
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lochef81

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to find this on a recent buying trip to one of my favorite out of town bottle shops. This imperial ipa pours a clear copper amber color with a small white head that leaves decent lacing and thick legs. You can see just how boozy this bad boy is gonna be. The nose is a beautifully bitter and fresh blend of hops and boozy malt. Pine, citrus, tropical fruits, and floral hops abound. The flavor is very bitter in the best of ways. But it is nicely balanced by a generous amount of caramel malt. The alcohol is definitely present but not displeasurable. Mouthfeel is super sticky and resinous, just how you want it to be. This is very good, reminds me of a hoppier version of 90 Minute. Very balanced but still very hop forward. I will definitely look forward to this one's release each year.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 17:23:03 | More by lochef81
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Drumnart

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 03:31:49 | More by Drumnart
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 01:54:55 | More by scotorum
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the ShopRite Liquors in Wharton, having never had this before. I'm a big architecture geek so I was impressed the with the idea and packaging behind this beer, as it stayed true to the style and design of arguably America's greatest designer of buildings but what was in the bottle was just as impressed, as this had to be one of the most balanced Double/Imperial IPA's that I've ever had. There was enough body and wet, sticky hops to this that it felt like an Amber and of course, it went down just as well as a good beer of that style would!

The pour to this was great, as the deep copper hue paired nicely with the towering head that rose up quite high but never made it over the edge of my pint glass. In due time, that settled and left its mark on the side of my glass as I worked my way through this. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose, which were also equally detectable in the taste. Nice malt underneath this that had a bit of a toasted nature to this but the mouthfeel is where this really shone brightly. Wonderfully balanced with a good amount of carbonation, sticky resin, and understated but sharp hops that came out in the back, along with hints of rye, booze, and sour grassy notes. So much going on here but like any good work of art, the harmony and balance were perfect here and there was a nice minty feel in the back of this, leaning to a clean sensation as each sip slid down the hatch.

Yes, this was strong and it made no bones about it. The alcohol didn't detract from the taste and it added nicely to the imperial nature of this beer. With so many IPA's out there, it's hard to find one that is good, strong, and unique but this certainly fit the bill. Tough to pace through, even with the potent nature of this, but its worth warming up as one warms up to this. I have no idea if Wright was a beer drinker but if he was, he'd be proud that this beer came from his home state and how well it represents it and his legacy. This is for anyone who wants to feel a mile-high level of exhilaration but can't wait until a builder realizes Wright's vision. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 05:58:57 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

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Florida

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Texas

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06-20-2014 21:21:58 | More by SavvyStudent
The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.