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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%


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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a bright, somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a thin white head, minimal lacing. I really loved the aroma on this one: lots of fresh, citrusy hops, pineapple sweetness, orange, biscuity malts in the background. Another nice blast of juicy hops in the taste, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, honeysuckle, subdued bready malts. Some grassy and piney bitterness in the finish with a good drying effect. Smooth, medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 11:43:16 | More by Rifugium
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky orange color. The head is thin and leaves a light lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer to me is hoppy but is also had some minor aromas going on that were that appealing to me. The taste of the beer is hoppy for sure, it's got quite the bitter taste. Not much in way of citrus really it's more of an earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's not a terrible IIPA but it doesn't compete with others out there that are much better in my opinion.

Revisit On Tap: 7-27-11.
The aroma has a ton of citrus, the flavor has a lot of pine and grapefruit, the who beer overall I feel is much better on tap. Leaves a wonderful lacing and just a lot more impressive all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 22:26:13 | More by Knapp85
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also fairly attractive, showcasing orange citrus and considerable tropical fruit. Given the aroma profile with this beer, I was sort of expecting a sweeter style DIPA, and that's pretty much what I got. There is a lot of tropical fruit flavor in this beer, and it tended to overwhelm the hoppy bitterness. There was some bitterness on the finish, and I appreciate the fact that this beer isn't too boozy (a frequent problem with sweeter style DIPA's), but still.... I really felt the sweet malt in this beer dominated the flavor profile, to the point it was a bit difficult to drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, malty, slightly bitter finish.

A decent DIPA, but just not made in the style that I appreciate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 13:29:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:59:39 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 01:15:33 | More by Blanco
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed orange color with some golden yellow hues. Fluffy white head with filmy retention, rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

Really strong citrus, orange and grapefruit, heavy hop presence, bit of sweet caramel and honey as well to balance it out.

Nice bite of citrusy hops with grapefruit and rind up front. Very bitter, softer sweetness tempers it, bready caramel malt backbone with honey in the middle. Slight alcohol towards the finish, strong hop bitterness, a little dry and lingering on the tongue.

Medium body, nice carbonation, a little creamy and dry. Huge citrus, nice flavors and booze isn't out of control for 9%, would defintely drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 23:50:07 | More by xnicknj
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a hazy dark golden range color with golden yellowish tangerines hues when held to a light and a one finger creamy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy and floral aroma with resinous oily pine notes as well as some sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of tangerine, orange peel and dry soily hops. Subtle malt backbone but the nose is all hops.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy pine bitterness that lingers throughout over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a long dry finish. Lots of earthy pine and sticky dank hops balanced by grapefruit and orange peel. Slightly watered down with a decent malt backbone with hints of biscuit and toast. Nice dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 05:06:08 | More by corby112
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick, messy, mesa of stained ivory sits on top of the lightly hazed bronze-orange liquid. The head erodes over time, but leaves scree-slopes of lace all the way down.
The nose is all about pineapple, muskmelon, and lime. But the closer one's nose gets to the surface, the more variety of fruit is teased out. Apricot, tangerine, kiwi, lemon, orange, papaya....but those first three do the heavy lifting. Some toffee and breadiness add balance, but stay in the background. As does the alcohol. It's there, and it's not.
Taste-wise, it's re-shuffled a bit. All those same things are here, but in a different order, and with some newcomers.
Maltiness makes some elbow room with caramel, burnt toffee, and dates. All that ebbs as the hops force their way in, and malt takes up a breadier, backing role. Hopping is much more piney and abrasive than it was on the nose. Fruit is pushed down, though melon and pineapple and mango still are still integral. The strength of the hops rest on pine sap and resinous bitterness. The former forward fruitiness is now auxiliary. Earthier and danker now, but the booze is still barely noticeable.
Fleecy, full bodied, given perk and bubble by the steady, low-level carbonation. It's heavy, but it's not heavy. And that's how good DIPAs go.
There is a world class DIPA in here somewhere. It's got everything it needs. And while very good, with a small tweak or two this could be off-the-charts.
In reality, that's all nitpicking, and only because I really like it. I'll gladly hope for and anticipate it's return, as is, every year.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 08:23:05 | More by cokes
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Central Waters Brewing Company's Tap House on 5-29-10 and presented in an 8 oz. snifter.

Pours a light copper color with a billowy white head. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Aromas of pineapple, pine needles and mango. Opens sweet with blasts of tropical fruits, primarily pineapple and mango. Citrus hops move in and provide a moderate bittering effect. Taste shifts to pine sharpness, before cycling back to citrus hops and pineapple.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

Although I appreciated the fact that this wasn't a typical palate-numbing hop bomb, I expect more bitterness from an American DIPA. That said, the well-balanced nature of this offering made it remarkably refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 03:09:58 | More by CaptainIPA
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ChrisFugiel

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In terms of taste the beer is exceptional. But watch out: the alcohol content is 9%. Not a beer to beer bong, or is it? Definitely worth a try. In fact, I will be grabbing this one again in the near future. Pricey, it is 9 bucks for a 4 pack -- so not a beer to share. Who would want to share this one anyway?

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:57:23 | More by ChrisFugiel
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- double ipa. reported 100 ibus. bottled apr. consumed sept.

A: Murky cadmium orange in the vessel is topped off by a thick, frothy, tan head. Slow rising carbonation builds the head, lacing is speckled band with a moderate rate of retention. Covering is skim til the end.

S: Fresh citrus, pine of average strength, grapefruity toasted grains.

T: Flavor was grapefruit flower and toasted grains. Nice level of bitterness, some fresh citrusy flavor, spicy, toasted grassiness with everything blending nicely together. Woodsy toasted pine, the malting is very well done here.

M: Creamy malty, lush mouthful, tight tingly carbonationdry with a flowery citrus coating teasing the tongue. Spicy pine bite afterwards.

O: The nose could of used some more backing, but the balance of malts and hops flavor/bitterness wise made amends. The mouthful was decent. Consumed 5 months past bottling this still held up and showed a strong hoppiness with little fade. Nice balance of lightly dry bitterness mingles with some wet hoppiness with no aging effects. Maybe even better when fresh. worthy a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:53:14 | More by beerthulhu
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on Feb. 2013.

Light haze in a medium copper body. Pinkie finger of gauzy, light beige head. Good lacing. Rummy fruit malts, caramel, and toffee aromas underneath an umbrella of pine and resin hops.

Toasted malt quickly gives way to rummy fruits, spicy alcohol, and sweetish caramel. Herbal, piny bitterness surges. Prickly, peppery, spicy bitterness goes well with the toffee-ish, caramel-rich malt. Decent balance. Dryer finish with lingering fruit, caramel, and resinous bitterness. Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Tasty and warming.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:10:25 | More by alexgash
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very thick malt base to it. Which meshes pretty well with all of the hops. And the hops seem very earthy and rustic. Pine and resin abound. Minimal saltiness. Pretty nice. I have a feeling this would be better fresher, but it's pretty good now. A nice enough one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:13:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Deep gold to a caramel/apricot, with lots of haze. Thin white head and carbonation on the low side.

S: Not bad, though not a lot of layers to work through. Caramel malt sweetness, booze, and hops (citrus and pine) all hit the nose about simultaneously.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. There's some light tropical fruitiness too. It isn't quite as caramel-dominant as I thought it might be from the aroma. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, significant alcohol presence, and average carbonation sensation.

O: Not bad, though it's boozy and more malt-forward that expected. I think this may be a little old - would be curious to try a very-fresh example. Still pretty decent as it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:22:14 | More by macrosmatic
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy white/yellow foamyness sit on top of iced tea looking brew. Moderate lacing.

Mango and pineapple dominate. Lots of sugary malt.

Hot, heavy, sugary, buttery, missing over amounts of bitterness, sweetness is nearly overpowering, lots of apple, orange, and bread. Wet and enjoyable. Carbonation is Medium and sits well.

Recommended for a try, couldn't use as go to DIPA. Good brew, solid, but not amazing or anything to "hunt".

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 02:23:55 | More by chugalug06
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hopoilcrazy

Tennessee

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

50th review! Thanks, to Shagens for the extra!

A - Straw colored and slightly hazy. Small big bubble head

S - Gummy sort of mint. Sweet. Big "mixed fruit" sort of notes. Hay-ish. Hop oil

T - Viscous sort of sweetness. Notes of chartreuse, orange, tequila, vanilla. A good amount going on, but it is subdued.

M - Good body, not too heavy. Alcohol is totally in check for 9%.

Overall, pretty good. Well crafted, but in the ever growing world of DIPA's it is not that memorable

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 07:27:26 | More by hopoilcrazy
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful cascading copper rush pour effect with a generous one inch fluffy white head.

Aroma a bit of a letdown--not much for me except muted tropical fruit.

Taste is very one dimensional. All bitter white grapefruit with mediocre malt filling. Nothing even remotely sweet for balance.

Medium body and decent carbonation. Bitterness lingers.

Taste and smell are everything and this is average at best. This should not be touted in 4 pks almost as if its an exclusive find. Store I purchased this from has always been fair in pricing, but this comes in @ $11/4PK...overpriced IMO. I could only drink one and then move on. I will not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 12:47:14 | More by joeseppy
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arthuro11

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours out very nice with a bit of foaming, but leaves a very nice lacing. The initial hit on the olfactory is very nice, not super fruity on the nose as the hops are strong, but you can tell it's something decent, quite a lot going on.

Taste is very good, a huge fruit hit with a bit of an aftertaste but that's expected of a double IPA. Very complex on the palette, hits the tongue light initially considering the higher ABV. Great hops flavor, and very good aftertaste, especially if bitter hops is up your alley.

Available in a 4-pack, have yet to try on tap but if I get up to north-central Wisconsin or hopefully the MREA will definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 05:43:27 | More by arthuro11
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled in March.

A - Big pillowy white head. Perfect clarity to a light amber beer with orange highlights. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - Citrusy and tropical, mango and peach. Oily/resiny hops. Some sweetness detected.

T - Early bitterness but a layered background of toasty malts holds a gentle sweetness throughout. Big on hop flavors midway; citrus, spiciness and more prickly pine. Bitterness comes crashing in at the finish but not necessarily dry. Those hop flavors never leave my mouth after I've finished.

M - Medium-full bodied, creamy light to medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Solid look to the beer. Huge dank oily hop aroma. Flavor was leaning heavy on hops for the style but still had a malt edge to bring it somewhat into balance. Big creamy feel is spot on but could have been a little crisper.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:47:51 | More by Jparker37
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters Illumination

Appearance: Illumination pours a nice looking golden orange color with an off-white finger of tightly bubbled head. There is a good amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass, and there is definite sediment throughout the beer, which makes the beer a moderately opaque. The lacing is solid and there are a lot of alcohol legs. This looks like a pretty typical IIPA, but the sediment is a bit odd, though not unwelcome. Other unfiltered examples of the style are much clearer (except Heady Topper, which is so ugly it is gorgeous).

Aroma: Grapefruit, peaches, pineapple, mango, papaya, and other tropical citrus fruits stream violently out of the glass. The sheer resinous power of the hop aromas is very nice. There is also a nice combination of bready, sugary, and caramel sweetness, which combine together to make more of a honey aroma. This IIPA has quite an impressive level of complexity. There’s nothing really to dislike.

Taste: While the complexity remains in the taste, it does not quite come together as well. The absolute bouquet of tropical citrus flavors is almost entirely drowned out by resinous, piney bitterness; it is there, but muscled into a corner by the overly aggressive bitterness. The honey sweetness comes in the middle of the mouth, but it is not quite able to cut through the borderline overbearing rindy bitterness. Accompanying the sweetness is a second, slightly stronger wave of tropical fruit, but it too eventually gives way to a final, drying note of hoppy bitterness. There is a lot to like here, but the bitterness is just too much and forces the balance too far off the mark.

Mouthfeel: Unsurprisingly, given the immense, towering bitterness, there is a whole lot of astringency throughout every drink of this beer. The 9% ABV comes through heavy, with an awful lot of warming bordering on actual alcohol burn. Combined with the astringency, the alcohol creates an interesting mouthfeel. The jury is hung if “interesting” here is good or bad. The carbonation is on point, but it cannot serve its purpose of spreading flavors around because of the impenetrable wall of bitterness.

Overall: This is a perfectly passable IIPA that really excels in the nose, but just cannot cash the check that the aroma wrote. It is so incredibly bitter that the flavors just cannot flourish. This is easily as bitter as any IIPA I have had, and I love my bitterness, but something about this just does not work. Perhaps it is because the aroma was so promising and the taste so disappointing in comparison. Also, the price point is a bit high. I would not buy it again, but I am certainly glad I tried it. 16/20

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:06:01 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade. Poured into my Southern Tier tulip.

Pours a golden hazy copper amber color. 2 inch head forms, good lacing down the glass.

Smells like sharp dank pine needles, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange.

Similar taste. Palate shredding bitterness here from the pine and grapefruit- large amounts of both. A little bit of an alcohol burn on the mouth with each sip. No real malt character that I can detect.

Full bodied, crisp dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

A great IPA, and a great extra to receive in a trade. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:03:20 | More by GreesyFizeek
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy, resiny head that laces slightly. Big notes of grapefruit dominate the nose. Hazy, burnt umber-straw color. Starts off with an intensely bitter hoppiness that is dominated by grapefruit and citrus rind. Builds into a high bitterness that becomes very citric, then the malt comes through a little bit as the bitterness lingers and lingers.

Overall, this isn't bad. I tend not to go for the grapefruit/citrus rind IPA's, but this one works well. I like it. I would buy this again, and I definitely recommend it. Again, not my hop profile preference, so if you DO like that, add a point to the overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:23:10 | More by TheSSG
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mobius387

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into snifter, march bottle date

appearance: rich golden/bronze in color, frothy white head about 1", little to no carbonation bubbles noticed. the coolest part is you can see some sediment floating around, which is a nice touch

aroma: molasses, pine tree, honey, nutty, a little musty, and some malty background

palate: bitter, boozy, and biting. not great, but at least it satisfies the hop head in me

taste: it starts out nice, some pine and some sweet flavors, but then just ends really resinous. kinda a bad aftertaste, like mouthwash, the booze is definitely loud in this one

overall: not a bad beer, but not up to par with other dipas in the MW, and definitely not any where near CW's BA beers. a nice offering, worth a taste

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:03:16 | More by mobius387
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours into my Duvel Tulip a hazy copper/ orange color with about a finger of white head. It dissipates moderately and a ring lingers around the glass with lacing noticeable along the sides of the glass.

S- Bitter and slight floral hop notes with a very faint earthiness and maybe citrus. I can smell the sweetness of the malts.

T- The beginning for me is strong bitter pine hops followed by a touch of sweet caramel from the malts. The finish is very piney with a lingering earthy and very faint citrus.

M- Nice carbonation and a slightly resinous mouth-feel. Kinda sticky and dry afterwards.

O- One of the better IIPA's available in WI and CW does not disappoint. I prefer the New Glarus IIPA as it is not quite as bitter. If you are a bitter hop lover this would be one to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:26:02 | More by Ri0
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label indicates bottling in March.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward mix of citrus, pine, and earthy hops with a caramel malt background. Citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Also in the hop mix are some hints of spicy pine, grass, and herbal hops. Solid bready malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, toffee, and grain. Very hop forward with a good mix of fruit and spice esters. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a sharp and bitter hop forward taste with a good mix of citrus and earthy pine. Big ripe citrus fruit upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest. Also a big presence of spicy pine resin. Floral, grass, and herbal hop hints as well. Solid malt background behind the big hops. Notes of caramel, biscuit, grain, and toffee. Overall very hoppy with a nice sharp dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat oily. Very drying and nicely bitter. Alcohol heat is fairly tame with the heavy hops.

Overall: A really good Double IPA. Nice sharp biting mix of hops with a solid caramel backing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 06:00:00 | More by MattyG85
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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.