The Illinois | Goose Island Beer Co.

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3.92/5
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1,216 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,587
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
1,216
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
175
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,216 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of ByronDBeer
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.

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Photo of njbusa
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of King_Lich13
4.94/5  rDev +26%
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

Photo of Bugs318
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D9sus4
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bglinkin
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breardon1776
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy medium-balanced amber with decent head. Average lacing.

Smell: Pine and earthy resins with mid floral hops.

T: Flavor follows the smell.

M: Heavy and not very refreshing. Low carbonation. WISH IT DRANK AS WELL AS IT LOOKED.

O: will not purchase again. another Goose Island that fails to impress.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is hazy and pale gold. The head is of moderate stature, and the aroma is intensely hoppy. Citrus, spice, and evergreen...nice. It has a fresh hop aroma and dry hop taste. Moderate bitterness, in spite of the hop smell. It hides its alcohol well too, especially for being relatively crisp. Medium in body, with pine and lingering bitterness in the finish. Warmth sneaks up on you.

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Photo of Chris48083
4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Khaack
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toadsmoto
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAFH
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess they lowered the ABV% (not by much) on this beer because mine is listed as 8.4%. It's on the citrusy side for an IPA so it's a good beer in my book.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A stellar imperial IPA. Expertly masks the high ABV with a pure hops flavor. The end result is a West coast style potent IPA that dethrones Green Flash's fantastic offering.

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Photo of MrJuengling
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,216 ratings