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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

772 Ratings
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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 84
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010)
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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple more 4 packs at Tournament. Poured from a glass into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip Imperial Pint Glass

The pour produced an impressive THICK one inch or so head. The beer is a hazy golden orange with plenty of carbonation and alot of lacing.

Upon opening the bottle I could smell fresh citrus, mango, grapefruit and pine. Just awesome.

The taste pretty much follows the smell, which is right up my alley. A little malty sweetness and then the bitter taste of the hops hangs on till the bitter end.

The mouthfeel is nice. The oily hops and carbonation combine to make just an incredible beer.

Does knowing that this is only around 6 or 8 weeks a year, if that, make me love it more? I'm not sure. But as far as the season DIPA parade, this beer gets a front float ride with Hopslam.
If it was available year round that would be cool. But it's probably best it isn't.
Golf clap for Central Waters.

SortaAmbivalent, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of bld81
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the bottle, kort27!
No date, bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: dusty honey yellow appearance, nice sticky head
S: fruity with peach fights alongside pine and grass, nice and fresh hop aroma
T: Amazing, mouth puckering citrus, grapefruit, lemon and hay, malt follows long behind to prove its there
M: medium dry finish, alcohol hidden by carbonation and lingering bitter notes
O: Really tasty, wish I could get this in my area, can't wait to try again.

bld81, Jul 08, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber, huge head.

Smell: Pretty strong citrus/grapefruit.

Taste: Pineapple and sweetened pink grapefruit. Big sweetness before a dry but not super bitter finish.

Drinkability: I really like sweeter DIPA's and this one goes down fast. Not too bad at $10-$11 a 4 pack.

A double IPA that I haven't reviewed, so picked up a 4 pack. I like my DIPA's on the sweet side and this definitely hits that target. Plenty of hop bitterness too and easy to drink, not too heavy feeling. Highly recommended!

Mdog, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of DeschutesNut
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pour yielded a golden amber color with an off white, two to three finger head that leaves thick lacing.

S-Smells of pineapple and mango and some light malt noted with a bit of pine.

T-Bitter and pine in the forfront with some very ripe pineapple and a slight hint of alcohol.

M-Refreashing mouth with light body and a medium to high amount of prickly carbonation.

D-Love this beer. Im gonna go out and say this. My favorite DIPA out there. Well that I have tasted. Cant wait till next year.

DeschutesNut, Jul 08, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a perfect 1 finger head with clingy sticky lacing..the smell is mango.peach,pineapple,grapefruit..its a tropical feast for the nose..it follows with juicy hops/malty smells..the taste is exceptional it starts with a tropical barrage of fruit then some grapefruit infused hops..all balanced out with some sweet malts..a perfectly balanced dipa of supreme creamy taste..CW has hit this style out of the park.the mouthfeel is medium/full for a 9% and finishes in the end with a bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth that tells you that you want more..the drink ability is off the chart you just want another sip or another serving..so easy to down 2 of these very fast.exceptionally smooth ,creamy and very hoppy/ flavorful..very very recommended

gatornation, Jun 23, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant cloudy amber color with a terrific looking bubbly head that dissipates very slowly leaving lacing along the glass. This is the definition of what a DIPA should look like.

As soon as a pop the top on the bottle wonderful citrus notes bombard my nose. The aromatics here are stunning, tons of citrus and grapefruit, simply amazing.

Here is where the beer really shines with big bold citrus and grapefruit hoppy flavors up front followed by a nice big wave of bitterness. I love how this beer finishes bitter, but balanced. The malt is present, slight caramel, but takes a backseat to the massive hops, the way a DIPA should taste.

Mouthfeel is full and also slightly creamy. Medium carbonation compliments this beer excellently.

Very drinkable beer, the booze is no where to be found. I am blown away by this beer and recommend it to all hop heads, truly a thing of beauty.

pmccallum86, Jun 20, 2010
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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.