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
Ratings:
1,209
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
174
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Churchkey.

Pours a clear amber color with a very white fizzy and fluffy head.

Nose is full of citrus fruits. Orange, grapefruit, hint of lemon.

Flavor is not as strong as nose would lead to believe. The flavors are muted. It's a fruity DIPA, little sweet, light on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very light/thin. Reminds me of a session type style, rather than a DIPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts, citrus hops and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of tropical fruits and oranges along with notes of caramel malts and hints of alcohol. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste more like an IPA compared to a double IPA as there's not much in the way of hop flavors or bitterness.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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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2.78/5  rDev -28.7%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and a branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a Colorado beer store. Bottled 14 FEB 14.

9.00% ABV. 95 IBU. Reviewed live - as an imperial IPA - because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served at fridge temp, into a mini nonic glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, consistency, and complexion. Retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper with orange and gold hues. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Generally appealing.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, hints of pine, floral hops, and a light hint of soap (indicating this may have spent too long in primary). It's not particularly appealing, and is rather generic for an imperial IPA.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. Meh.

TASTE: Pale malts, generic floral hops, a kiss of pine, a kiss of nectary hop character, and some indistinct tropical fruit character. Overall, it's a boring and relatively bland build for an imperial IPA, and offers little of interest. Simply built, with a loose cohesion and no real intricacy or subtlety. I like it in a general sense, but there's nothing here to intrigue the discerning drinker. Very generic across the board.

Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, full-bodied, and overcarbonated. Has too much heft and weight on the palate considering the relative lack of diversity and depth of flavour. Slightly oily.

Not syrupy, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture suits the taste generally well, but never feels tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: A generic imperial IPA on par with Sierra Nevada's mediocre offerings. This is the Goose Island I expected after the takeover, not the Goose Island that has surprised with its continued quality. Drinkable and forgettable. Not worth picking up. Very pedestrian. Hides its ABV decently...

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA! All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,209 ratings.
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