Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
9% ABV, Bottled On MAR notched on the label. (2012)
A - The sexy sound of the beer pouring into the glass is music to my ears. A densely packed cream head rises quietly and sticks around for a while. Thick, chunky lace coats the glass above a hazy goldenrod yellow-orange-colored beer.
S - Mounds of pine needle and sticky, sappy resin overthrow the inevitable grapefruit citrus nose which is nice for a change. Usually it's the other way around with the American hops, though this beer is certainly not without plenty of tropical fruit aroma. A hearty malty sweetness full of dense bread and caramel cube balances the hops well.
T - The taste reflects the nose quite well. A more powerful pine resin flavor opens up leading into a sweet malty backbone that immediately gives way to a tongue-bruising, teeth-hurting citrus bitter kick. Other nuances pull through after the initial shock of the hop-roundhouse kick to the face wears off. Notes of honey-drizzled toast and a slight spicy yeast component share a low-level spot-light with a very subtle alcohol sensation.
M - The alcohol is almost non-existent in this beer save for the miniscule warming finish and light solvent aroma passed through the olfactory upon retronasal breathing! The medium-full body and light, lively carbonation don't do much to mask the severe bitterness that carries through the finish but the balanced sweetness helps tone down the well-deserved hop-smack. I can't think of a thing I'd change here.
O - Illumination is a great beer from home-boys Central Waters. In sticking with their mantra of "balance, even with big hops" as it were, Illumination serves up plenty for the huge hop head but remains different enough to stand out in a sea of hop monsters. Delicious and drinkable, especially for the high alcohol content, Illumination is a double IPA from Wisconsin that makes me proud.
04-19-2012 22:29:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.
A: Pours a brassy orange with a soft white head. Head recedes quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.
S: Weak aroma of orange, marshmallow, with a hint of bitterness behind.
T: Oh boy, this is a grapefruit bomb. Big juicy grapefruit hits the palate, intermingling with a nice dose of bitterness, malty sweetness, and a bit of peppery alcohol. Malt is quite vanilla-like. Notes of vanilla, peppercorn, raw hop leaf, grapefruit, some orange, flowers, tobacco.
M: Finely carbonated with a good body.
O: A little weak in the aroma, but the taste delivers.
04-17-2012 01:18:12 | More by Etan
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
A-golden amber color with a nice thick off-white head and good lacing
S-lots of grapefruit with tropical fruit and pine
T-grapefruit, pine, and some tropical fruit with a nice bitter hop finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth silky feel
O-a very nice DIPA with great aroma and taste
04-13-2012 22:48:52 | More by MDDMD
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
A- Nice hazy golden color. One finger white head, give off some nice lacing. Great looking IIPA with nice color complexity in light.
S- Not the most fragrant Double IPA, it smells good, it just doesn't hit your nose the way you would hope it would. Some nice warm hops here and a citrusy malt background.
T- Dry hop forward. There is some nice citrus in this one but really not a whole lot going on. It has a pleasant flavor but not a lot of wow factor. I'd say a balanced IIPA if there ever was one.
M- Crisp and dry. The mouthfeel is nice. Obviously wish there were some tongue burn but not bad.
O- I really like this beer. However, for a IIPA this one doesn't stand out the way I would like it to. I could drink a ton of it and it's delicious, just not the best.
04-13-2012 06:55:35 | More by Nachojon
4.93/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
04-11-2012 07:49:23 | More by SortaAmbivalent
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
12oz into Duvel tulip, bottle marked 'March'
A Cloudy amber with lacy white two finger head.
S Floral hops, some malt, hint of citrus
T Sweet, floral and herbal hops, very bitter finish.
M Thick, a bit lacking in carbonation.
O This is a very nice beer, but in a world stacked with amazing DIPAs this beer doesn't stack up. 2nd tier DIPA with a 1st tier price.
04-11-2012 01:41:58 | More by Steasy66
Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.