The Illinois
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,384
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,015
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
1,218
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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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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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 1,218
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3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New one for me from Goose Island. Not sure if its because I am from the East coast and am just visiting the Chicago area right now.
The abv and IBU just intrigued me.
The pour was exactly what I would expect from a high IBU hoppy beer. That orange hue was so present.
The aroma was pine resin, but there was so much more going in here... More than my nose could detect.
In fact, part of the aroma was something that threw me off a bit. It was a malty sweetness, but not like what I've smelled before.
That did have an impact on my first taste. I could not get rid of that aroma. Now, it wasnt bad, just different, so when I tasted the beer, my senses were wrapped around the nose
Enjoyable, but not a repeat , at least for me

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle in a Perfect Pint. A very appealing deep amber color; about a finger's worth of head.

Smells like citrus and an array of tropical fruits.

Not my favorite DIPA; it's a bit too sweet. I want a bigger hop profile. But it's enjoyable
nonetheless.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Showing that there's an IPA for every season, the new year rings in a refreshing citric hop taste and with the warmth of alcohol and the elevated body to suggest sustenance. Perhaps we don't need global warming to help us drink IPA year round after all.

The Illinois pours a firm goldenrod with hints of light amber and orange sprinkled in. Its creamy foam cap rolls with the earthy perfume of hops- boisterous in citrus, lightly herbal and sprucy. To taste, its the simple syrup character of confectioner's sugar, light honey and a hint of aspartame that lays a sweet foundation first.

Pungent in hop flavors, the citrus grows quickly to dominate the middle palate and while the sweetness begins to loosen its grip. Pink grapefruit, lemon, peach and the tang of under-ripened orange bounce off the tongue and are given a sweeter branch-ripened character from the trailing sweetness still acting in support. Bitter and spicy late, the lasting flavors are of resinous pine shavings, citrus peel, light chive and a peppery bite of solvent-like alcohol.

Medium-bodied, the IPA achieves a high degree of dryness and drinkability as the sweetness retreats and takes the bulk of the beer's weight along with it. What's left is crisp and refreshing warmth on the throat to accompany the bitter grip on the gullet. Aftertastes of citrus and spruce provide echoes of hop remnants long afterwards.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Artisans Craft Beer Festival.

A: Pours a copper color with a creamy head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with a bit of malt sweetness and grain.

T: taste of citrus with a mold malt sweetness and grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body and crisp.

O: Nice beer for the style without being overly hopped.

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Draft serving in a 12 oz. snifter glass.

Dark amber orange with a slight haziness to it, off white foam forms a compact layer on the surface that sticks around for a good while, leaving behind sticky clumps of lace that ring the glass and drip down the edges.

Minor tangerine and candied orange peel, a sweet aroma, some caramel malt underneath.

More citrus in the taste than aroma, tangerine and orange peel again, sticky sweetness, specialty grain and caramel malt present also. Dry aftertaste with a little sweetness that sticks to the lips. Full bodied with a hefty malt balance, a slow sipper though pretty enjoyable.

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On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that reminds me a lot of a hoppy American style barleywine.

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1218 ratings