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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Ratings: 1,209 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of milwaukee512
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
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 -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdilauro
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -10.3%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B1G
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captainkrad
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StL_Rob
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keng1343
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of RMelyon
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Elimav
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of onlymurderers
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Maclin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great Finish

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Photo of JDizzle
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

on tap into a tulip glass.

good looking beer, on the darker side for an IPA/DIPA. Hoppy but more of a sweet, malty DIPA than a hop bomb. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter from a growler filled at Appalachian Vintner Asheville.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Herbal hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone. Slight booze edge.

T- Reminds me of a barleywine as the semisweet malt character plays along with the generic hop flavors. Moderate bitterness with a bit of a glassy taste.

M- Somewhat sharp and a tad oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- There's something a bit off with this one that I can't put my finger on but it's a mostly serviceable DIPA.

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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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