Friday, April 18, 2014

The Illinois Imperial India Pale Ale

During Goose Island's Miami Migration Week around a month ago, I had the opportunity to check out The Illinois, an imperial IPA that was supposed to be coming to our market along with others in their "Imperial" series. I hadn't seen it, so I inquired with the guy that invited me to that event in the first place about it. I'm not sure if it was here in South Florida, was just really limited, or my local liquor store dropped the ball in ordering it. Bottom line is that they shipped me this bottle to check out for DBR.

The label lets you know that this beer is "in homage to the mile high skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the city of Chicago that was never built." On the label is a giant hop cone, in an architectural pattern perhaps in a style that might remind you of FLW (though I never did finish that art appreciation class in college, so not sure). 95 IBU. 9% alcohol. Bottled on 14FEB14.

Terrific aroma, most sniffworthy! Orange, mango, pineapple, awesome tropicals and citruses! Oof! A little more alcoholic POW! than I remembered from those first tastings last month. Not bad, just a little shock. Sweet caramel, malty orange and pineapple, sugary.

Some citrus zest and light piney hoppiness, along with king alcohol, add some bitter (or at least anti-sweet) relief and balance. Big body and quite rich. Great fruitiness throughout including a lengthy finish. Terrific flavors though I'd certainly have preferred a little less sweetness. Check it out for sure and let me know your thoughts below.

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