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3.92/5
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1,214 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:
#6,243
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
1,214
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
174
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,214 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of DrStiffington
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of dukeandduke
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/11/16 Chicago ($7 12 oz draft pour into chalice at Goose Island Tap Room). Darker yellow pour, clear light head, minimal lacing. Citrus aroma. Nice strong hops and clean taste and texture. Pleasant bitterness, decent kick. Overall very good beer.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A surprisingly good beer that I am glad I tried; I am a fan of Goose Island's Honkers Ale and IPA, but this one tastes more like a west-coast style IPA than a tradional English style one. Good carbonation, great balanced hoppy taste and smell. A winner from Goose Island.

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Photo of 4truth
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdilauro
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely rounded DIPA, deep amber color, initial creamy head dissipates over time. Caramel, malt and light hoppy aroma. Taste brings in more hoppiness, but still fairly malty.

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Photo of tharley
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B1G
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captainkrad
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StL_Rob
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of keng1343
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgarvis
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMelyon
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Elimav
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice dark Amber color with a nice silky head. A malty grapefruit smell. The beer has a nice amount of hops but is very smooth. A really nice imperial IPA!

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Photo of richbossert
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of onlymurderers
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,214 ratings
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