1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

762 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 762
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 86
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 762 | Reviews: 252 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

CWhite, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Hopstout, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of MooseBoose
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

MooseBoose, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of krazybartender
4/5  rDev -1.5%

krazybartender, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of vic21234
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a bottled on date of March 2012.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a half finger of white head. Once the head fades some lacing is noticeable along the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet hop notes, some citrus along with some caramel is noted.

T- Starts off with some sweet caramel-like malt notes before giving way to all hop. The hops seem to be mostly piney in flavor. The citrus I noted in the smell is not apparent to me in the taste.

M- Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, very bitter on the backend of the sip. The alcohol is noticeable but not bad.

A decent DIPA. A nice offering from Central Waters but nothing I would buy again.

vic21234, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sukwonee, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

FreshHawk, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure how old this one was, whether it came from a local trader or out of my cellar. As such, I employed a very gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may have been present. I got no head as a result, but it had NE-quality clarity in its light-amber color. Nose smelled of pineapple and caramel, again causing me to question its freshness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of minty hops, caramel malt and HEAT! Holy alcohol burn, Batman! This held up really well and could have sat even longer. Jesus, I was openly sweating after my first mouthfeel. I wonder what this might be like young. After a couple of swigs, I began to settle into the spearmint/peppermint-like hops and the caramel sweetness underlying the hops. The heat began to subside, but it remained a big beer. Finish was literally breath-taking. Phew!

woodychandler, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of lern
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

lern, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TLA
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TLA, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

M1A2, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of msarver16
4.75/5  rDev +17%

msarver16, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AaronBurr, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mychalg9, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and lots of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hoppiness with orange leading the pack. Pineapple and grapefruit to follow. Clean malts with a light crystal malt vibe.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this is clean and drinkable. It's not too sweet or too bitter. It's just right. Citrusy hops again - orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Some pine as well. Light crystal maltiness with a moderate sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but good enough here.

4.0 D: Solid DIPA. Easy to drink and with good flavors.

DavoleBomb, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

hilgart1, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of NeutroMan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

NeutroMan, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ejimhof, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev -1.5%

slavall, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Hazy orange and light copper in color with an off-white head that lasts forever and eventually leaves messy stick all the way down the glass.

Mild aroma, with some light citrus, bread, and caramel.

Bready flavor, with some mild citrus, somewhat high bitterness, and some sweetness. Relatively well balanced, but unexciting.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Just ok.

ehammond1, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Renae
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Renae, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mealhouse, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

rjacobs6, Jun 17, 2012
Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.