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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) - Enlightenment Ales

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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-27-2014 22:35:54 | More by nmann08
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-12-2013 17:08:07 | More by JAHMUR
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Todd. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Big white foam that eventually settles to a thick cap and splotchy lacework. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Quite hoppy, with a hefty dose of tropical fruits and citrus, some zesty herbs, mildly peppery yeast, and some pungent catty notes. Some grain and wheat provide a malt backbone, but this is all about the hops and yeast.

T - Again, a mix of hops and farmhouse yeast, with tropical citrus, stone fruit, and herbal flavors. Finish is a mix of hop bitterness and spicy yeast notes, with no discernible alcohol. Perhaps a touch of wheat and grain husk. Farmhouse IPA is pretty much a spot on description.

M - Medium body, gritty and dry texture, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a clean, crisp finish. No alcohol presence.

D - A nice hoppy farmhouse ale that I'd happily drink again. It's perhaps a bit sweeter than I'd want from this style, but otherwise quite enjoyable. I'd never heard of this brewery, but I'll have to keep my eyes out for future offerings from them.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:03:31 | More by MasterSki
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from them since the brut was so expensive.

A huge fluffy head that takes up almost half the snifter glass, almost 3 fingers, fades semi quickly at first with lots of spotted lacing, hazy honey orange colored.

Nose is nice, plenty of farmhouse saison like funk, little barnyard like, earthy hay, straw, lemongrass, light lemon zest like, some light floral grassy hops, hint of pine, earthy grassy hops mostly with light bitterness it would seem, a light golden malt, chewy bready malts I think, plenty of Belgian yeast with light floral spices and citrus like, as well as the aforementioned funk.

Taste starts with more farmhouse funk, earthy straw and wet hay, plenty of grain flavors, a bit bready and chewy almost, with light sweet golden malts and a hint of wheat. There is plenty of citrus, lemon zest, lemongrass, light clementine from the hops I think. The hops bring a grassy floral hop flavor, some citrus hence the clementine and a light grapefruit bitterness, light lemony hops as well, little earthy and herbal but not much, with a touch of pine and fresh hop resin. There is a juicy fruity flavor as well, besides the citrus, a light pear like fruit flavor. Yeast brings light esters, plenty of that funk, and a bit of the saison like spices, fluffy and airy as well as there's plenty of carbonation and effervescence, and light bitterness with the esters. It's a little bitter but not much, although that picks up a bit on the finish. A long dry finish, with lots of saison funk, lemon rind grassy hops, lemongrass and straw, farmhouse funk and spices, all linger for a while.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall quite nice, great farmhouse flavors as they presented that as the main ingredient instead of the hops, and the hops accentuate the farmhouse flavors well, nice lemony citrus, spices, funk, hay, straw, earthy flavors, etc, light but decent bitterness, drinkable and tasty. I don't mind finishing the entire 750ml by myself, and help myself to a bit of stinky cheese while I'm at it for a nice Sunday afternoon of work on the house.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:55:37 | More by jlindros
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.8% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with intriguing label art and standard brass pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I've not had a beer from this brewery yet but I find the label and description appealing. Batch number 7. Reviewed as a saison-come-IPA.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As soon as I opened it, liquid began slowly surging upwards. Carbonation seems zealous.

A: Pours a healthy six finger head of beige colour. Soft frothy complexion. Good thickness. Light cream. Spotty uneven lacing as the head slowly recedes. Retention is quite good - around six minutes. Body colour is an unexpectedly murky hazy yellow-orange; I can see the "farmhouse" elements starting to emerge here. This is not your typical IPA in that sense. Appears unfiltered. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent but nontransparent.

Sm: Rustic lemongrass and estery lemon zest immediately betray its saison origins. Pale malts and light wheat lend it a light refreshing feel. Biscuity yeast notes are pungent. Lightly grassy. Little spice if any. No milky character. Hop character is floral but seemingly no more pronounced than most saisons I've had; I'm not detecting the alleged IPA hopping in this self-described saison-meets-IPA. Straw, fleeting graininess, light funk. A hint of pear fruit. Lemon is dominant. More a rustic aroma than a clean one. Mild in strength. Soft, approachable, and inviting. Alive and fleeting. I'm excited to try it. If you handed it to me blind and asked me to guess the style, I'd go with either saison or biere de garde - but I'd never guess IPA.

T: Lemon twang is nice here; lightly juicy without going overboard. The foundation is a rustic blend of pale malts, wheat, and more grainy malts. Some light residual sugars lend a bit more body without becoming overbearing or too sweet. Hop character is indeed a bit more pronounced than in most saisons - but still doesn't come off like the description suggests; this doesn't feel like half saison half IPA - more like 85/15. Some biscuity yeasty notes. No real spicy or milky character, nor any peppery character. It's quite tame in terms of conventional good saisons. I get lightly spicy rye when I look for it, but it seems quite limited. Balanced and enjoyable, but simple for a saison - and not really at all what you'd want out of a good IPA (Belgian style or not). It's nicely subtle. I quite like it, but I could go for more complexity and depth of flavour. Well built as an American attempt at a saison.

Mf: Soft and easy on the palate, presenting lightly yet subtly. Smooth and wet with some fizzy character from the crystal malt. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Suits the flavour profile well. Clean and refreshing, if rustic.

Dr: A highly drinkable American saison from Enlightenment Ales. Make no mistake - this is no IPA. It's at best a somewhat highly hopped saison. I doubt any beer judge would dare call this an IPA of any sort. This is one case where the brewer's description seems more for marketing than for accurately describing the beer itself. I'd happily age this, for example - if I though it would develop with age (and I don't). But the hop character won't drop off noticeably; there's not much to start with. Hides its ABV well. I'd get it again. An interesting beer, and one that makes me more interested in the brewery. I look forward to trying more of their beers. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but it's pretty tasty for what it is. Worth trying.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 04:57:25 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-21-2012 05:14:04 | More by rab53
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-03-2012 17:34:31 | More by PEIhop
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-14-2013 23:09:51 | More by liamt07
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3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ACBF pour

A-Hazy yellow in color. Big head fills up the remainder of my sample glass.

S-Tropical fruit hoppiness. Grassy hops as well. Funky, barny yeast complements the hops.

T-Hops are citrusy, herbal and grassy. I get some peach as well. The rustic Saison yeast is quite zesty and funky.

M-Medium bodied. Reasonably bitter. Alcohol hidden. Lots of carbonation.

O-A good blend between two styles of beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 17:32:17 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dope for sending this!

Pours an intensely cloudy golden yellow with a massive effervescent head, a steady rush of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is dominated by an intense, zesty lemon and tangerine citrus, just tons of orange peel; some spicy yeast and pepper and lavender.

Taste is pepper and farmhouse yeast, citrus peel again, less hoppy in character than I expected and more like a particularly zesty Belgian pale.

Lots of carbonation not surprisingly, effervescent almost to the point of distraction. Good body too though, and good drinkability.

This beer is pretty unique stylistically, not exactly an IPA really but very good.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:54:24 | More by AlexFields
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

04-22-2013 05:53:11 | More by kscaldef
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-05-2013 23:28:08 | More by ZEB89
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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for quite a while now... Batch 11.

A- Poured into a snifter-tulip glass with a semi-hazy golden-peach hue. Even on a side pour a creamy head starts forming instantly and ends up being over an inch out of the glass while still holding shape, looks like uber-whipped eggs whites or cream frozen in time. Retention is just as impressive as the texture. The head never falls down and lace is as thick as I have ever seen. Maybe the best looking beer I have ever witnessed, a new standard for Belgian styles.

S- Juicy hop aromas emanate from the glass upon pouring. Not quite modern IPA levels but fresh and strong. Tropical and stone fruits with a nice citrus edge. Pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest and apricots come to mind. Just beyond the hops is a rustic, spicy Saison yeast profile with some fresh cracked wheat. Fades out a bit to Saison spice after a while but still nice.

T- Hops once again lead the way with a somewhat bitter stone fruit feel followed by notes of citrus peel, pine, spice, floral and tropical fruits. Hoppy but doesn't feel as bold or overbearing like massively hopped IPAs, maybe the yeast helps mellow everything out. More so than the aroma, the spicy Saison yeast blend rounds everything out nicely here. Hints of cooking herbs, orange zest, tangerine, white grapes, grass and pepper come to mind as well.

MF- Foamy and creamy texture to a light, moderately-dry body. Carbonation is super high but the super creamy feel to the body allows it to be very smooth overall. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't know if I have just hit a warm spell lately with my beer choices or have been in a great mood for some time but I gotta give this beer some major credit. The balance between juicy fruity hops and yeast is quite nice and both can be appreciated equally. Tons of complexity and the amount of flavors keeps me interested after each and every sip. Also the best looking beer I have ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:06:03 | More by cbutova
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date, just lists Batch #2. I believe this to be super fresh however.

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw. Huge fizzy white head. Looks a lot like a witbier to be honest. Fades slowly, excellent head retention. Nice fluffy tufts of lacing on the glass.

S: Pungent and sharp citrus. Actually caught me by surprise. Lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Some wheat to boot and a touch of belgian yeast spiciness. Kinda smells like a hoppy witbier. Not super hoppy like a west coast style IPA, however.

T: Whoa, lot going on here. Smooth and sweet citrus up front. Not super strong and in your face, but it's there. Wheaty malt behind it continues into the middle and then there's a BIG hit of spicy rye and black pepper. It has sort of an astringent character to it. Lingering belgian sugar and citrus in the aftertaste. Big drying effect between sips. What an unusual beer.

M: Smooth and slick up front but astringent and drying in the finish. Medium bodied otherwise. Higher carbonation.

O: I'm not really sure how I would classify this beer. It's sort of a belgian IPA, witbier and saison hybrid. It's hoppy and sweet, yet wheaty and super spicy with rye and pepper. Smooth in parts and very drying in others. Great complexity at least, though balance of flavors seems a little sketchy. The spiciness of the rye and black pepper definitely dominates once it kicks in towards the finish. I give it bonus points for just being so unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:42:46 | More by Dope
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.