In this beer blog, we are going to sample out The Illinois Imperial India Pale Ale that is the second of two high-end beers released this year from Goose Island Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this beer.
It has a clear dark copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy floral to a tropical fruit notes. The taste has a heavy tropical fruit to orange notes with a nice dry hop bite to a creamy. It has a heavy citrus notes throughout the drinking experience. It is a nice sipping Imperial IPA.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
“The Illinois” is in homage to the mile high skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the City of Chicago that was never built. Had it been built, it would still be the tallest building in the world today. Inspired by this big idea, Goose Island’s brewers crafted a beer with towering hop character.
Here is a description from their website (www.gooseisland.com):
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.
Style: Imperial IPA
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
International Bitterness Units: 95
Color: Deep Gold
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra, Meridian
Malts: 2-Row, Special Pale, C-20, C-60, Cara Red
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, this was one of my favorite Imperial India Pale Ale back in the day. This one is different than the one back in the day. I love my IPA’s. I love the hops that they used in this one anf The Ogden. The aroma and taste profile is tropical fruit city. It is not in your face bitterest like most Double or Imperial IPA’s on the market. This is a lay back devil that will sneak up on you. It does come off extremely drinkable for the beer style. I would be very careful because it will hit you. This is a great beer at a great price. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser