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Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

roostor07, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GatorLCA for the bottle. Poured into a Worthy Burger tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, one finger mocha head that disappears somewhat quickly.

Smell: Strong. Lots of chocolate, wine, some fruit. Smelling some oak in there, too. Expecting this one to have a lot of flavor.

Taste : Lots of dark roasted berries up front, just a tad sweet. Chocolate. Wine aftertaste. Tasting a bit nutty, raisins, figs? Follows the nose well. Not a lot of heat.

Mouthfeel. Very slick. Creamy, not too thick, but enough to make it a sipper for me.

Overall: Not what I was expecting when I traded for it. Thought this would be more sour. This is a nice beer, though. Very flavorful and everything seems to mesh well.

Mikeypnh, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BullBearHawk, Dec 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

bsuedekum, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mendvicdog, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

duceswild, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

yourefragile, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

oline73, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ucsbmullet, Dec 21, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of scotchzi. Opaque deep brown with caramel colored head. Thick collar with some swirls of the caramel head across the surface. Aroma is of red wine, dark berries (raspberry), and some yeast funk. Taste is crazy delicious. Exactly like the aroma and so much more! The red wine and deep fruit really shine! Nice medium carbonation and medium body as well. Aftertaste is of that wine/berry blend that works so well. Awesome brew!

mverity, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mobius387, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cardsfan, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Lare453, Dec 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

jokermanboy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Auror, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

SpdKilz, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

CJS, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sblank, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

travisdiener32, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

madtowndmb1, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bcm75, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

johntfox, Nov 27, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. 25.00. Bottled 10/24/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep brown with a finger and a half khaki head. A modest ring of bubbles remain and leaves tiny ocassional clumps of lace.

Smells of chocolate, red berries, oak and wine. Nice.

Very interesting blend of flavors. Rich chocolate, plums, berries, nutty, raisins, oaky vanilla, tawny port, wine and a healthy shot of alcohol. Serious waves of flavor.

Creamy, medium heavy feel with light carbonation. Chocolate and port finish.

A really unique and quite tasty brew. Nice interplay of fruit, wine barrel and beer. I should have bought more.

ThickNStout, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ncaudle, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

smartassboiler, Nov 24, 2013
Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.