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Grand Illumination - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Grand IlluminationGrand Illumination

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very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 27
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 12-20-2007)
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Had on tap day before, plus did bottles from 2013 and 2014:
First off, the beer didn't age well. It wasn't bad and was able to drink it, but oxidation was obvious enough to throw out for this review.

The beer pours a hazy to cloudy amber brown. The head if foamy white, some larger bubbles, but lasts well into the pour and provides lacing. The nose is caramel, raisin, banana, copper. Note the tap version the day before had a tart note to it that the bottle did not. There is also a hint if alcohol.

Taste is a bit of raisin and plum. Hops is quite subdued. Spice is also present, cinnamon and cloves, perhaps. It appears that a Belgian yeast was used, but I can't be sure (nor did I check). The feel (warmed) is medium light, a little flat feeling, although there is carbonation.

A decent offering, but not a must have. Fair amount of flavors, but they don't work together to produce a really nice beer, just a defeat one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a well made but disappointingly generic american style barleywine. i have loved everything I've had from alewerks so far, so this was a bit of a reality check. gorgeous glazed bronze color with an inch or so of spiderweb lace head. it smells like a ton of cascade hops, high gravity ale yeast, and some sweeter medium toast malted barley. hops are heavy all throughout this beer, bitter up front and in the finish, with a slightly floral middle ground that meshes well with the malts. touch of brown sugar and a little caramel, in the taste too, but i find this to be lacking a few key components. the first is balance, this is a hop bomb, and works better as an american strong ale than a barleywine. second is the body. its just not big or round enough, maybe a little overcarbonated for the style, which makes the whole thing seems thin to me. it also gets less appealing as it warms because of the hops. somewhere in the mid to low B range.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage

A - pours a deep muddied ruby muddy dark brown with a finger of great chocolatish colored head, OK retention and lacing.

S - sweet sugary malts mix with alcohol and dark fruit sweetness.

T - sweet slightly mediciny/boozy but no burn. Cherries

M - super smooth medium bodied. Minimal carbonation

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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2013, poured into a large snifter glass.

A little bit lifeless on the pour. Deep orange apricot with a bit of hazy and filmy appearance. One finger of light tan head is made and disappears pretty quickly to quite a thin but stable collar. There's a little bit of hint of orange glow towards the edges.

Nice little nose. Juicy fruit qualities, and tropical sweetness. Sort of a juiced papaya and passion fruit richness. Not overly sugary or sweet either, quite impressive but not too complex or diverse either.

Palate comes with a little bit of hop richness. Sharp bitterness and hints of oily zesty lime and lemon. Juiced tropics finish, but with large bitterness and bite. Slightly sour aftertaste, which feels quite a bit odd. Quite a good amount of sharp fizz on first sip, but slowly dissolves to a thin coating in the palate. Just a bit wet too in feel.

Overall it's not bad, quite unique, but probably not one I would want to gravitate to or have again in the realm.

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Grand Illumination from AleWerks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.