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Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Illuminating the Path is a collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. The concept behind this beer was to connect Oregon and Florida, which brought several raw materials to mind. John Harris of Ecliptic and myself decided to use rose hips and marionberries, indigenous to Oregon, plus hibiscus and acai berries from Florida. The recipe for the beer was designed with these ingredients in mind, and then aged in pinot noir barrels from Oregon. The result is dark, with big fruity notes, balanced by vinous wine-like notes. We wanted to balance the concept of beer and wine and believe we have done that successfully.

(Beer added by: GatorLCA on 10-31-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottled 10/24/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, funk, red wine, and slight cheese flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has some off flavors that aren't all that pleasant.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

zestar, Feb 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

nmann08, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

largadeer, May 18, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

heck of an interesting beer right here. pouring a purple tinted brown color with a lot of cloudiness and a short tan head. I smell a lot here, especially the pinot noir barrels it was aged in. I also smell blueberries, although they aren't present, that's the fruit I get, although I am admittedly not particularly familiar with the berries in this beer. I taste a lot of chocolate in the finish, a very interesting combination with the tart fruit. its quite acidic and tannic, likely from the influence of the wine barrel, but it compliments the sweetness. darker than expected malt bill with some toasty roasty notes, but still light enough to let the fruit shine. honestly this one was a little odd for me. no doubting the quality, but the mix of flavors was just foreign and strange to me, and reduced its drinkability as a result. smooth feel though despite the acid, and an enjoyable brew overall, but not one I am in a hurry to drink again.

StonedTrippin, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

nickfl, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

oline73, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

mendvicdog, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Rifugium, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MarkyMOD, Apr 01, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/26/14 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour on tap at Bondurants in NYC. Served in a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown color with two inches of medium tan head moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sour red wine, spice, earthy notes, floral notes, sweet dark fruits, oak, and lightly sweet and sour berries. Nice nose, tons of sour red wine and fruits as it warms up.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, berries, sour red wine and dark fruits, oak, tannic, spice, herbal, earthy notes, floral notes, dirt, pepper, light toasted and roasted malts, and light chocolate. Some more dark fruit than the nose and lightly sour; not as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No heat and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good beer; pretty interesting. Lots of sour wine and dark fruits come through, especially as it warms up and in the nose. Wouldn't trade a ton for it but would definitely recommend trying it if you see it on tap.

mdfb79, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

beernads, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

drewone, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

yourefragile, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

orangesol, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

duceswild, Dec 23, 2013
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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.