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Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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90
outstanding

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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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-21-2013 16:59:21 | More by ucsbmullet
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mverity

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

12-19-2013 04:58:33 | More by mverity
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mobius387

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-16-2013 23:22:28 | More by mobius387
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-14-2013 09:53:38 | More by cardsfan
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Lare453

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-11-2013 15:38:39 | More by Lare453
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jokermanboy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-10-2013 04:31:01 | More by jokermanboy
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Auror

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-09-2013 23:38:33 | More by Auror
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

12-08-2013 13:31:39 | More by SpdKilz
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CJS

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-03-2013 22:20:24 | More by CJS
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sblank

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2013 16:24:19 | More by sblank
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travisdiener32

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-01-2013 01:59:10 | More by travisdiener32
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-30-2013 04:19:49 | More by madtowndmb1
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-29-2013 02:01:44 | More by bcm75
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johntfox

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

11-27-2013 22:32:38 | More by johntfox
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +4%

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.

11-27-2013 04:18:32 | More by ThickNStout
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-26-2013 17:18:59 | More by ncaudle
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

11-24-2013 15:27:04 | More by smartassboiler
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Skrypt

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-24-2013 05:42:10 | More by Skrypt
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-24-2013 03:36:19 | More by wonothesane42
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jkd03c

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-22-2013 04:54:55 | More by jkd03c
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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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cliffjeckel

South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

11-19-2013 14:06:23 | More by cliffjeckel
Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.