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:
1,210
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
174
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,210 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Illinois has a thin, bone-colored head, a clear, burnt orange appearance, some bubbles, and minimal lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, sugary, malt, and fruity, hop resins. Taste is of those elements, with a very forward and robust hop oil bitterness. Sweetness and white bread are also noticed. Mouthfeel is high medium, and The Illinois finishes puckering dry. RJT

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Photo of MJ64
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of eheinz
1.98/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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

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

Photo of chris826
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jarrett123
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of punkmama
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of Goose Island but this beer was fantastic. Balanced and not too bitter--I'd drink it again....and again!

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Photo of msscott1973
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of MrMustard2012
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkmarth
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrStiffington
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a chalice. Pours cloudy orange with a tiny white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, especially orange peel. Tastes of sweet grain with powerful citrus hops, with some lingering on the tongue. Beer is medium bodied with nice carbonation, definitely a sipper. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice clear golden amber beer with a nice off white head that sticks well and leaves nice lacing
S - big juicy tropical fruits, candied orange, clean juiciness to it. Balanced by caramel/bready malts.
T - juicy, sweet fruits. Orange, lemon zest, kiwi. Grapefruit is more on the back end. It's a really clean tasting ipa. A little bit of a medicinal sweetness to it. Sweet caramel malts.
M - medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is present and warms your stomach as you drink it. Aftertaste is sweet, lots of citrus.
O - there's a little extra alcohol burn in this one, especially for the 9%abv. It's a real sweet, clean tasting ipa though.

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The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,210 ratings.
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