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The Illinois | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
1,203
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
27.69%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
171
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by CloudStrife:
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Feb 14, 2014.

A: Pours a copper amber with a dense slightly cream colored head on top. Just a bit of visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real pleasant citrus hoppy aroma in this one. There is a grapefruit or mango quality that makes the aroma quite succulent. A bit of malt sweetness rounds out the backend.

T: After smelling the aroma of this beer for the last couple minutes, the flavor seems to fall a bit short of its potential. Don't get me wrong this is by no means a bad beer. Solid dose of hop bitterness blends with a mild grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. Malts are a bit heavy in the aftertaste and overpower the hops a bit.

M: Medium body with a nectar like mouthfeel I appreciate in double IPA's. Moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol isnt too hot.

Overall I dig the aroma of this beer and would pit that against some of the finer double IPA's out there. Drinks fairly easily and has a bold hop flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/7/14. Pours clear golden amber with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet caramel malt, alcohol and a little grassy, piney, minty hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malt, lots of sharp alcohol, a little fruit and a big green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Too much predominant alcohol, overly sweet and biscuity, and not much hop flavor.

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild copper colored with excellent clarity. A good quarter inch thick layer of tightly knit light beige foam. Brussels lacing. Moderately intense pine hop aroma is what I get out of the nose. The front of the palate is sharply bitter pine hops with a saltine cracker light malt backbone,followed by a fairly sharp pine hop bitter finish. The mouth is thick and sticky.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,203 ratings.
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