Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is fairly clear with a bit of haze. It's gold/apricot/burnt orange in color and sports two fingers of creamy white head that retains very well. The nose has lots of hoppy, citrus-like notes and an underlying bready sweetness. It smells like fresh toast with marmalade, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Very nice.
The flavor is medium-bodied and reflects the nose very accurately. The beer has a nice bready sweetness up front from a substantial malt bill and a well-balanced hoppy flavor thereafter. The bitterness starts out citrusy and gradually sharpens towards the back of the palate as the malt bids you farewell. The hops keep going, becoming resiny and lingering nicely on the finish. Nice firm, oily feel. No booziness. Very drinkable.
This is exactly the kind of beer I would have deemed unpalatable 2 or 3 years ago, but finally appreciate now. There's nothing not to like about this beer and the finish is very prolonged. It reminds me a little of FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf. If I had to nitpick I'd simply say I prefer citrusy bitterness to resiny bitterness. Other than that, this is a beer that any hophead would be fortunate to get their sticky hands on.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 00:04:10 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served from tap in a tulip.
The beer is a dark amber color, slightly cloudy and was served to me with about a one-finger foamy head.
The aroma is grapefruit and citrus with a hint of underlying bready malt.
The taste is big-time grapefruit with maybe a hit of pine resin and a bit of booziness. There is a lingering grapefruit pith bitterness that stays on the tongue for some time. It's quite a potent mouthful.
The beer is medium in mouthfeel and a bit sticky.
This is an excellent brew that I would happily drink again. A big IPA that delivers big flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 03:15:48 | More by SD-Alefan
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, strong pine, and alcohol. Overall, strong and fresh flavors, good appearance, aroma, and body.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 14:10:24 | More by Tone
Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.