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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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788 Ratings
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 86
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/copper with a finger thick off-white head. Fresh aromatic hops, bubbly citrus zest, whole wheat and creamy malts. Big, full, strong aroma overall. Blast of fresh bitter hops with spicy orange peel and honey malts on the first sip. Boldly spicy with a lot of earthy hop flavors. Hop bitterness follows through into the sticky, mildly nutty aftertaste.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottled MAR-2012
Pint glass

A: Illumination pours a hazy golden amber color. Big thick two to three finger head of ecru colored head formed. Nice broken lace cling down the glass.

S: Smell is dank pine with some florals and spiced herbs. Good amount of breadiness present in the aroma.

T: Taste is spicy grapefruit with a real organic leafy herb note. Some orchard fruits. Moderate bitterness. Balance focuses more towards a sugary bread malt character with a lending of Crystal malt influence. Has that caramel presence. Spicy hops. Some alcohol slightly warming and noticeable. Not bad by any means.

M: Medium in body with nice carbonation that gave a real creamy texture and nice sleek feel. Finish is a bit wet with a touch of crisp to it.

D: A solid offering that might already be starting to fall off at three months. Not sure. I would love to try an even fresher sample. Has some real nice hoppy flavors and balance was nice overall. Just a touch more towards the malty side of the spectrum.

Thanks Allen for the MW hook up!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma of citrus, resin and floral hops, caramel and lightly toasted malts. The taste is citrus, resin and herbal hops with toffee malts. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Overall, a very good DIPA!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters Illumination Double I.P.A. India Pale Ale. "Can you say palate wrecker? This double IPA comes in at 108 IBUs as hoppy as it gets with a mouthful of citrus flavors. Grab one today and illuminate your senses." 9% ALC./VOL. Brewed in Amherst, WI.

Well, I've already grabbed, so let's start illuminating. Clouded, apricot-ish hue, smallish head. Looking okay, I'm ready to go.

Oooo! Deep and dank hop bitterness all up in the nose. A massive attack of citrus and pine, grapefruit, orange and lime. Small sweet notes, amid the big, bad bitterness.

Tasting it: Boom, boom, boom. Bitter hop attack spread all over the palate. Slamalamadingdong. Getting tropical now, some pineapple-ish elements emerge, still with a unrelenting hop smack-up.

I like this. Good, if not great. Enjoyable, if not "the best."

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in February. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinted gold with good clarity and a half finger of nice, dense off white head.

S: Rich caramel and some pine and citrus supporting aromas.

T: Mostly toffee-like, with little hops evident, finishing with moderate bitterness which overwhelms the other flavors.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Solid effort. I have to think that a fresher bottle may have shown more of the hop character and subdued bitterness.

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Received as an extra from Chefbergo. Thanks buddy!

A: Deep coppery pumpkin color with a fingers head. Solid lacing.

S: Oranges, sweet malts, citrusy hops.

T: Follows nose, very bold flavors with a nice citrus kick.

M: Clean finish with just the right amount of carbonation for a DIPA.

O: Very enjoyable, would love to pick these up around here if they came to NY. Don't let the less than mediocre bottle artwork fool you, this is top notch stuff!

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.