Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Darkness Tulip on 5/9/11.
Pours a deep hazy golden yellow with a huge frothy white head that takes a bit to dissipate leaving some very pretty lacing all over the glass. The color is a little off but the head and lacing is beautiful.
Smells of citrus and pine as well as a nice sweet malt backbone that sneaks into your nose in the end. Malts are a carmel sweetness. Nice smell but I would have like a little more sweetness in the malt character to balance out the pine and citrus but it does smell very nice.
Taste is much like the smell with lots of pine and citrus hops. The sweet malt character is more apparent in the taste especially as the brew warms. Booze is almost non existent in the taste with just the slightest alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.
Mouthfeel is light in weight with a nice pine resin that sits on your lips and the roof of your mouth. Has the slightest bite on the front of the tongue at first but fades quickly, bitterness is well done.
Overall I am really impressed with this beer. I wasn't really expecting much but I was blown away. Its not very complex and I would have liked to see just a bit more sweetness in this to balance the huge hop notes and the high ABV gives it a hit as well though you can't even taste it. Great job CW.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2011 01:28:04 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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