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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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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 15
Gots: 70 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle from the El Cat club & the first (Forgotten Island) set the bar insanely high. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is generous with the carbonation, dark brown with reddish-tinged edges. Smell is teeming with fruit, fruit, & more fruit. I have no idea what most of the alleged fruit on the label are, but that must be what I'm smelling. Surprisingly, no sharpness from the wine barrels. Super sweet.

Illuminating the Path should be called Disguising the Barrel. The wine that vacated the nose has all nine feet in the taste: more wine-like than some wines. Sharpness of the Pinot Noir (my favorite varietal, when I take a rare glass of wine) plays off the sweetness of the base beer & the fruitness. Coming & going are chocolate, vanilla, thoughts of Heidi Klum naked, reams of tannic dryness. Almost as dry as it is fruity, as the barrels suck the moisture from my gums. I'm assuming this is around 5% ABV, because that's how fast it's disappearing.

First few sips left me shruggish, but this grew on me fast as expectations shifted. Lovely barrel, lovely fruits, drinkable as all get out...damn, now I'm really wondering, who was complaining about these El Cat beers? Unique, but better, it's flat-out excellent.

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Overall an enjoyable and complex beer. Was a bit vexing at first, but grew on me over time. The 2nd glass was definitely the best as my palate was warmed to the complex fruit/spice/oak flavors. I can see this aging well.

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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.