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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 84
Gots: 60 | 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 EvanEngelstad
1/5  rDev -75.3%

EvanEngelstad, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.65 single from Abe's.

Hzy orange body, topped by three fingers of rocky bubbly off-white foam. Moderate lacing.

Strong aroma is a mix of pine, grapefruit, and alcohol.

Sweet, maybe too sweet, malt beginning. Quick flash of fruit. Overpowering abrasive bitterness. Extreme sweetness returns and battles the bitterness to a stalemate in the aftertaste. Late alcohol burn. No winners here.

Ok mouthfeel, maybe a little light for the style.

A disappointing IIPA.

RonfromJersey, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of drewba
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A - an aggressive pour wasn't a very good idea - we're talking a 4 finger head, but does give me a chance to check out its' white fluffy goodness and shows me that it has decent head retention. The beer itself is a cloudy blood orange color.

S - loads of orange and grapefruit, a hint of alcohol and stale bread with caramel.

T - This honestly has a dominating dish soap and windex flavor that hangs on and won't let go - it even goes into the aftertaste....It's as if palmolive accidentally put their Tropical Citrus & Pine Burst soap into a 12 oz bottle. The citrus in the front is fresh, inviting, bright, highly lemon peel and orange, then a grapefruit and pine bitter comes in sharply and hangs. I don't want to make this out to be a bitter bomb, but it is impressively bitter and seems to be sitting right on the center of my tongue not wanting to leave. A small amount of sweetness comes in the finish in the form of shortbread and caramel, then right back to that soapy goodness/gag.

M - Nice and creamy, bubbly with a pretty hefty body that coats the mouth.

O - The soap aspect dies down a bit as the beer warms, but not enough to redeem itself or for me to ever recommend this to anyone. The underlying fresh citrus and impressive bitter qualities mixed with a very nice mouthfeel are well done, but even those things can't save soap. Fucking soap.

drewba, May 29, 2011
Photo of MooseBoose
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

MooseBoose, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of hwwty4
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to CosmoHophead for this one.

I don't know what it is about IPA's and beautiful looking beers. I don't know, but I would bet if you look at my top 10 looking beers, 7 or 8 are IPA's. Really this is one fine looker of a brew. 3 finger creamy white head that leaves massive lacing all the way down the glass. Spectacular. The aroma is massive pine bordering on the pine sol/car air freshener pine. Maybe a bit of grapefruit pith bitterness. I don't know what does it but something just pushes piney hops over the limit to that artificial aroma. Honestly, it really pushes everything else that might help the aroma way back. A bit of bread, caramel and toast all make it through representing it s malt core. The flavor is massive pine. The pine blocks everything else out. Other hop profiles, malt, booze, just everything. Its overwhelming. I've never had a beer that is this piney. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I just don't get piney IPA's. They remind me of urinal cakes, floor cleaners, and that powder janitors put on the floor after kids puke. Maybe its a mental associating thing I cant get over. That's really what it is. You couldn't pay me to drink another one.

hwwty4, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Hopstout, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of B33R501
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We'll have to call this "Tale of two beers".

Very disappointment considering this is on my favorites list from last year. But that was me drinking it from 6 - 10 months of age, when this beer had mellowed into a beautiful vanilla malted bright hoppy beer with a very nice bitterness. But that's a review for another day. Sometimes a hoppy beer needs time, at least for me.

The previous reviewer nailed it. Pretty gold to orange pour, great smelling citrus hops, but what happened to the taste. Way too bitter with a horrible, metallic finish.

Sometimes it's such a fine line between a great beer and a lousy one. The Port Mongo I enjoyed today is damn close to the perfect West Coast IPA. This needs alot of work. Then again I've said before when it comes to this double west coast ipa style you have the Plinys, Stone Ruination, Racer X, and Port Brewing.

So this remains a favorite from last year, this year I'll pass, at least until July or August.

B33R501, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright orange color with a big and fluffy white head, tons of carbonation running throughout.

The nose is very mild for a double IPA, a bit of citrus hops and a touch of honey malt, surprisingly balanced.

The flavors are a bit bland for a beer this big, the hops are full of juniper with some floral qualities and not much else, the malt is a light slightly sweet mix of bread and honey flavors. There is a bit of peppery spice and mint in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and oily with a fair amount of resin.

A pretty average double IPA.

bashiba, Jul 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Travcofarms, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Dylan_Z, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -25.9%

mendvicdog, May 21, 2013
Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -25.9%

vicsju1991, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by largadeer. Thanks, Chris.

From notes jotted after I got home.

A: Pours a clear amber body. Sudsy head with good retention for the style. Some lace.

S: Malt-forward. Caramel, some biscuit, and (interestingly) brown sugar. Hops are a citrus variety with some candied orange and a touch of grass. Some booze on the nose (bizarre).

T: Malt-forward here, as well. It seems to have used a lot of bittering hops, as the clash between brown sugar/caramel and earth/grass sets the stage for most of the taste. Some hop flavors come through (candied grapefruit, as noted in the nose). It's boozy on the finish. After I have some fish and chips, all I can taste are the bitterness and booze.

M: Overcarbonated, and boozy. Malty.

D: Maybe I'm just spoiled, coming from the West Coast. But this isn't a very good DIPA.

Arbitrator, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.9%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Jason1337, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Ilafan
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Ilafan, May 16, 2014
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJs during "The Scraps" this weekend.

The pour gives me a hazy copper beer with a 1-finger creamy head. Sticky and resinous lacing does stick to the glass, leaving a nice pattern.

The aroma when the beer comes to me is full of grapefruit and pine along with a good dose of clean and sticky bitterness. The flavor is similar as long as the beer stays cold, but as it warms, I get an almost overwhelming caramel malt flavor as well as garlic/onion summit hop-like flavors. It's a bit of a turnoff. As the beer warms, the aroma suffers similarly. Quite a shame, as a bit more balance and aroma hops would have really improved this.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard, with the sticky and full texture on with a pretty reasonable level of carbonation. The balance of the beer was just off for me, with not enough hop flavor coming through to temper the flavors from the malt backbone. Also, the summit-like hop flavors just seem off in this beer.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of airohead2001
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to glazeman for getting this one on his day trip to Wisconsin.

A - Thick, hazy, cloudy, dirty, dark orange with a one finger head with nice retention and great lacing. A nice looking DIPA.

S - Not a whole lot here - a bit disappointing. Some mild, stale smelling hops and booze. That's all.

T - Interesting tasting DIPA. Sharp, bitter, piney hop bite through out, particularly in the finish. Very little malts. The bitter hops are most prominent as they bubble against my epiglottis on route to my belly. What makes this one interesting is the finish. Although it is definitely bitter, it is also accompanied by a nutty, wheaty, light pilsner profile. Sort of bizarre, but I like it.

M - Both very thick and very carbonated. I like thick DIPAs, but something's got to go - either the carbonation or the chewiness. Having both around is a bit too much.

D - Overall, this was a tasty and interesting beer. However, the bitterness, lack of malts, and overly intense mouthfeel make 12oz of this beer just the right amount for me.

airohead2001, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Blanco
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes

amber colored with white head. malty smell with a bit of the hops but not the big hop notes you'd expect from a DIPA. Right off the bat I can tell this will be malt heavy and that's confirmed in the taste. Very sweet with huge malt and caramel notes and a hint of piney hops. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. I like my DIPAs to be much less heavy on the sweetness and this one did not do that.

Blanco, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jdhende
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on March/April served in a Bruery Tulip

A: Pours nice burnt orange with a finger white head and decent lacing on top.

S: Very fresh hop aroma's filled the air right away when I opened it. Also lots of sweet caramel notes.

T: Very sweet Malt opening followed by tangerine and orange. Finishes extremely bitter. Was an overkill in my book

M: Medium mouthful with medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O: Just an average DIPA and at $12 a 4 pack I will not be seeking this out again.

jdhende, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

yeah, I can say Palate Wrecker as well as Tastebud Trasher. Just another crank the hops way up and there you are. Prefer a little more aesthetics m'self. Poured with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber. Nose is HOPS, big grapefruit ( not my thang) with a some malt. Flavor's the same as aroma. Finish is the same as flavor plus alcohol and fairly long. Not a session.

drpimento, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a beautiful glowing copper/amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy head that leaves webby lacing down the glass.

The aroma is extremely tropical....lots of mango and pineapple. Not enormous or sinus cleansing or any other adjective such as that, but still absolutely fantastic.

The flavor is not quite the blast of hops I anticipated, but it is still nicely bitter and flavorful. The malt profile is light and bready and brings a balance to the bitter, piney hops. In the finish, quite a bit of alcohol heat (acetone-like) takes over. This brings down the overall flavor profile and drinkability quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is perhaps a bit too prickly.

Overall this one had some promise, but that booziness sticks out like a sore thumb and makes this a beer that I won't be seeking out again. A good attempt I suppose.

alcstradamus, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012-02-22 tasting notes when reviewing was disabled...

on a hunt in chicago found these...bottled Feb/March of this year and couldn't resist such freshness (that plus a helpful tip on the deliciousness from a Binny's employee - thanks mystery guy for the tip!)

a - popped the bottle and filled a plastic cup in my hotel room (classy, i know). has the classic ipa orange witha finger of white frothy ipa head.

s - as soon as i opened the bottle, fresh ipa smell filled the room. upon closer inspection, yep...maximum freshness. there is a strong hop presence, but i'm surprised to say that the malts are equally represented very caramel and almost even barleywine like. candy.

t - much like the nose suggests, this one is a very malt forward IIPA. some fruitiness and then a wash of bitterness. all-in-all, not really what i look for in a uber fresh IIPA. i'd say perhaps this is a year old, but i was told it *just* came in so must be fresh.

m - medium bodied, not as thick as i'd expect and the bitterness at the end is interesting, but not offputting.

o - overall, a double ipa...perhaps, but not along the lines of double ipas that are all the rage these days. too malt forward. i'd swear it was miscategorized, but the label says double ipa. not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to what's out there for the style, this is average at best. i'll happily drink the rest of my 4 pack, but not when i'm looking for an ipa. i am rather surprised by the high ratings on this one (mmm...unexplained high ratings from the locals - D'oh).

cosmicevan, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Jeffrey2310, Oct 18, 2014
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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.