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Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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90
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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 71 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

06-03-2014 05:42:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-02-2014 02:01:17 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

06-29-2014 02:07:31 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-23-2014 04:24:07 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-19-2014 22:54:40 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-19-2014 23:39:54 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-18-2014 23:49:35 | More by kylehay2004
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

05-17-2014 23:59:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

05-17-2014 23:59:42 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-18-2014 23:50:35 | More by nickfl
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

11-20-2013 17:49:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-26-2014 03:29:25 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-22-2013 05:53:23 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-26-2014 16:53:49 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-23-2013 17:41:17 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

07-20-2014 22:02:35 | More by XmnwildX12
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Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

04-01-2014 04:02:38 | More by MarkyMOD
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-14-2013 16:55:39 | More by beernads
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-22-2013 06:23:31 | More by yourefragile
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

05-05-2014 13:12:44 | More by InspectorBob
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-16-2014 06:06:18 | More by orangesol
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California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-01-2014 06:03:20 | More by drewone
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-23-2013 03:25:36 | More by duceswild
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.