Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!
A - Pours a color somewhere between dark yellow and light orange with some straw highlights. A very foamy, 2.5-finger head, eggshell white in color rests on top with very good retention for the alcohol in this. The foam is sticky, but prefers to attach to the liquid rather than the glass, but there are still generous spots of lacing.
S - The smell of this is juicy grapefruit hops mixed with resiny pine tar. It smells pretty dank, but there's also a touch of alcohol in the finish that is a little distracting. Not a ton of malt backbone here, but there is some caramel.
T - As in the nose, the taste is pretty hop-forward, but the biggest problem I have with this is that it is a little hot and solventy. It comes and goes, but is apparent throughout most of the beer. Citrus and pine continue to be the driving hop focus of this beer, and they are just as apparent as they were in the nose. The caramel malts do flesh out here a bit, giving a bit of sweetness and curbing the alcohol a tad.
M - The mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is fairly bitter, but doesn't wreck the palate too bad. The foamy head adds some creaminess, and it goes down pretty slickly.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This one's tough to rate. It's spot-on in the way the hops come across, but the alcohol is just still too hot to push it over the hump, which is a shame. Come for the hops, leave from the alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2011 01:25:08 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
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.
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