“Big, like Goose Island’s edgy-but-dependable home Chicago. Big, like the sprawling imagination of our brewers. Big, like the flavor, aroma and mouth feel of our latest series of beers that were created for our beer loving fans.” After that wind-up, beer lovers mouths will begin to water.
Introducing: The Illinois. The first of three new beers in the Goose Island Imperial Series. The Illinois is an Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA) being released with limited national distribution in late-February.
The Illinois is an homage to “The Mile High Illinois,” a skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the great city of Chicago in 1956 that was never built. Had it been built, it would still be the tallest building in the world today – standing 528 stories and 1,600 meters tall. Inspired by this big thinking, Goose Island’s brewers crafted a beer with towering hop character.
TASTE PROFILE: Like the beer’s namesake, Goose Island has crafted The Illinois to be big, bold, and to push the limits of hop flavor and aroma.
Color, Aroma and Taste: Deep gold in color with a complex citrus aroma and a taste that is balanced with clean bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra and Meridian
Glassware: Nonic Pint
ABV / IBU: 9.0% / 95
AVAILABILITY: The Illinois will be available to hop seekers with limited national distribution on shelves in 12-ounce bottles (4-packs) and on tap beginning February 24. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.