Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Goose Island The Illinois Imperial IPA

Goose Island The Illinois Imperial IPA. 8.4% ABV. Here's what they say: Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandiose vision for a mile-high skyscraper dubbed "The Illinois," we set out to brew an imperial IPA that would be similar in name and ambition. "The Illinois" Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with three of our favorite hops: Cascade, Meridian, and Citra. the result is a harmoniously hoppy ale with a flavor and aroma that is uniquely Goose Island.

Clear, amber-ish appearance, vast, tall and proud head of cream white foam that drifts down slowly.

sticky-icky, resiny nose, plenty of citrus and pine… slightly sweet, while overwhelmingly bitter. Lemon rind, orange zest, pine needles, and booze.

Taste: surprisingly smooth, yet pleasantly bitter and lush. Bittersweet texture. Grips the tongue, grabs, pulls and tickles. Smothers, spills, and sputters. Along comes caramel and toffee and creamy bits of cocoa (just a hint, a whisper). Wet and wild. Growing alcohol. Increasing hop buzz.

All in all, it's an imperial IPA, no better and no worse than any of the rest of them. Doesn't stick out in any way, just delivers the hops, just the way you want it to. No fuss, no muss, no tricks, no unpleasant bending. Not a dream, not an imaginary story. Despite those caveats, it's a pleasant affair for any hophead girl or boy.

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