The Illinois
Goose Island Beer Co.

The IllinoisThe Illinois
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,181
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,179
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.2%
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
1,056
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 15, 2021
Added:
Jun 15, 2013
Wants:
  34
Gots:
  175
SCORE
88
Very Good
The IllinoisThe Illinois
Notes: 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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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From June 2016
May 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Based on a review from 2013. had this on draft.
A: pours an amber body with small, white head with nice retention and lacing
S: balanced grapefruit and sweet toffee smelling beer; pretty good
T: sweet, grapefruit citrus tasting beer; some alcohol aftertaste; tangy dark strawberry aftertaste
M: full bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty well balanced DIPA
Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 1/26/15; drank 2/25/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

Big eggshell head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap, pine & grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pine & fresh soap flavors up front; mild grapefruit bitterness on the finish. No booze heat.

Not my DIPA profile, but enjoyable.
Oct 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by craigbelly from Iowa

Oct 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by IsAlexFunny from California

Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 2.66 by CobraDC23 from Florida

Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jun 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by sharpski from Oregon

May 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by pabney from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.57 by TheIPAHunter from California

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by buzzarooski from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jan 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.
Nov 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.72 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by Kitesurferdude from Florida

Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Oct 10, 2016
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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."

**
Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Marklaker from Florida

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by unclekeith from Alaska

Aug 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kwa357 from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
08/12/2016
Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by SierraStonePoint from North Carolina

Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Jul 27, 2016
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Reviewed by ByronDBeer from California

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.
Jul 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by King_Lich13 from Mississippi

Jul 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by Griphon from Florida

Jul 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by D9sus4 from Missouri

Jun 30, 2016
The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1222 ratings