Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) - Enlightenment Ales
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4.11/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is my first try of up and coming Massachusetts brewery, Enlightenment Ales (now a joint project with Idle Hands of Everett, MA, I hear). I'm excited to try it, as it comes well recommended from the Craft Beer Cellar Newton beer geeks. Let's pour Illumination into a glass and check it out!
Appearance (4.75/5): Golden and hazy, the head is massive (three fingers-plus), tightly bubbled, and snow white. It looks wonderful and it seems the carbonation is on point–I've found that hoppy Belgian pale ales really suffer when they don't have some vigorous carbonation to make their flavors "pop".
Smell (4/5): Grassy, earthy, lighter citric hops and a very noticeable saison yeast aroma. Fresh, clean, herbal, with a bit of interesting yeastiness that plays off the hop aromas nicely.
Taste (4/5): Illumination's taste is definitely hoppier than the aroma, but still on the milder side. It packs plenty of grassy and citric/grapefruit hop flavor, though lacks (appropriately in my opinion) the piney astringence of many straight-up IPAs. Its solid malt base is clean and lightly sweet–it serves to compliment the citric-grassy hop profile and yeastiness. This beer is highly drinkable. The bitterness is really in the mild to moderate sweet-spot, which seems just right for a beer that is supposed to be a Saison/American IPA hybrid.
Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Medium-light body and a nicely spritely feel from the carbonation. It has the dry finish you'd expect from either a Saison or American IPA. The bottle conditioning does wonders for the feel, helping the flavors really pop.
Overall (4.25/5): Enlightenment Ales really has something good in Illumination. The smell, taste, mouthfeel, and appearance are all very good. I especially like how the beer artfully bridges the gap between IPA and Saison, bringing in citrusy American hops in the dry-hopping stage to compliment the restrained maltiness and characterful yeastiness of a traditional saison. What you get is a bold beer that is still refined and complex. This is a hell of a hybrid.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 18:26:31 | More by hagbergl
3.81/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Lumpy and large head. Plenty of lumpy, webby lace. Extremely cloudy--it gives the beer a white hue to the otherwise straw to gold color.
Soured malt aroma, but I don't notice any hop. Unusual even for a Belgian style IPA.
The taste is more muted than the smell suggests, except for the presence of the hop. Still this is quite mellow for an IPA. Good body and the carbonation (slightly low) enhances this feel. The Belgian yeast flavor is dominant.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 23:23:03 | More by smcolw
Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.