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Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 61 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GatorLCA on 10-31-2013

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.
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to cleg for this one.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thick khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smell is kinda muted. Once I swirl the glass around the first thing I get is some sour notes. Tart lactic acid, sweet dark fruits - mainly berries and some vinous/wine characters.

Taste - Taste blows the smell out of the water. Super fruity and slightly tart up front. A little chocolate as well. Aftertaste is the wine barrel and slight oak. And it's perfect. Sweet but the slight tartness protects it from being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium but syrupy mouthfeel. Not sure what the abv is but no alcohol in the nose or flavor.

Overall: Just an amazing beer. So unique. One of the best I've had from Cigar City.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.4.14
Bottled on 10.24/2013

A - Pours a dark brown with a fine head that bubbles down slowly.

S - Spices, cherry, figs, tart.

T - WIne, oak, cherry, dark fruits.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Lots of wine and oak for such a dark heavy beer. Not sure how I really feel about this one.

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a purple tinge.

The flavor is quite intense and intriguing. There is chocolate, sweet toffee and caramel. Dark fruit of raisins and dried figs. It has a beautiful forward red wine barrel and oak.

One of the best red wine barrel beers I’ve had.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from El Catador
Pours a solid dark brown color with a huge fluffy tan head that for its size dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of brown sugar and molasses offset with a tart non descript berry as well as a bit of a vinous vibe with a hint of vanilla and oak. There is a touch of floral in there as well. At first I thought this might smell a bit lactic, but it seems more like tart berry aromas the more I sniff at it. The flavor is rich dark sugars and bits of chocolate with a huge tart fruity and vinous flavor to counter. Hints of vanilla a bit of oak and a touch of ethanol round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary but tart mouthfeel. Interesting brew for sure. The floral component is extremely subtle and I wonder whether it needed to be there at all. Nice thick fruity brew.

Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.