The Illinois | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,212 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
The IllinoisThe Illinois
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by nmann08 on 06-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,212
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
174
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,212 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pabney
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzarooski
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a custom glass: color is copper, a little hazy, head is 1 inch thick and off white in color with fine to small bubbles, extensive lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, caramel, citrus hops, lighter earthy bitterness. Citrus hops pop and linger well.

Taste is on the sweeter side of dipas: caramel and brown sugar like flavors noticeable; hops are prominent with citrus and more earthy bitter flavors than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is bitter, a little sweet, near cloying and drying on the tongue; linger quality is biting on the tongue.

Overall a sweet, hoppy dipa with some stronger mouthfeel notes. I've been drinking or thinking about hoppier amber ales and this beer seems stuck between the dipa and stronger amber category.

 736 characters

Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kitesurferdude
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
03/20/2014
Aroma Is plentiful with hops, pine,fruits,grapefruit, raisin.
Appearance is Clear red color. Creamy white head.
Taste: creamy. Alcohol, tar, pine grapefruit. Very complex. Pretty nice.
Smooth feel. Goes down easy."

**

 235 characters

Photo of Marklaker
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

08/12/2016

10 characters

Photo of SierraStonePoint
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ByronDBeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Citrus orange, a bit dark going onto copper, hazy. Nice decent head
S: Fruity, grapefruit, hops. Some sweet malts trying to come out. When warmer, smell becomes a bit unpleasant old beer.
T: First malt note similar to dogfish head 90. Woody, earthy hay. Grapefruits, then finishes bitter hops. Also grainy, rye. More barleywine-like as it becomes warmer.
F: Bitter finish lingers, as expected of IIPA therefore dry.

 418 characters

Photo of njbusa
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of King_Lich13
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Griphon
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,212 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.