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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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795 Ratings
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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 92
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper in color with a solid white head that holds up well and leaves nice bubbly lacing.

S- Not overpowering to me but pleasantly in the citrus spectrum.

T- I'm getting perfectly balanced sweet, bitter, citrusy, and caramel goodness.

M- Very smooth drinking, mild effervescence with some nice residual stickiness. The mouthfeel keeps you coming back for another sip.

O- This was my introduction to Central Waters and I am sure that we won't part company for too long. This is a top end well balanced DIPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep gold and clear, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that left smatterings of foam behind. A thin cap persisted to the end.

S: lots of dank grapefruit pith with bready biscuit malts beneath

T: the hop action is bitter and crisp and tight up front, barely smoothed out by the malt base's mildly sweet breadiness and chew. Impressions of washed out citrus and pale caramel sweetness.

M: light, tight, crisp, and clean; medium-bodied DIPA that leans toward IPA; nicely bittered and slightly dry

O: a class act in the DIPA genre - not a beer to pass up if you haven't had it yet, and probably not one you're gonna pass up once you've had it. Git some.

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-an orangish amber color with a fingers worth of white head

S-lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, caramel, and pineapple

T-caramel malt and some tropical fruits gives a lot of sweetness but the finish is full of pine and citrus

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall this beer is heavy on the sweetness but still packs a lot of hops in it. The alcohol is very well hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Motozappa
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a growler served yesterday from a freshly tapped keg at Vista Beer and Beverage in Westchester, NY into a VIJF Duvel tulip glass (sil vous plait)

Appearance: When poured little white head developed which is a good thing really( :P ). The lacing was minimal, but what had developed was highly resinous so it stuck for ages. Notably was the cloudiness which a first I thought might be a frosty condensation, but upon whipping both sides of the glass, I knew the opaqueness was quite clearly non-transparent.

Smell: This is where things really get rolling even with my tree pollen alergies trying to stand in the way. To me it seems not all that complex, just straight up lightly florally hops, with a smooth pine aroma and a freshness that can not be compared to many others of the same style.

Taste: Now for a double or imperial IPA these suds are smooth as silk without any bite or a high alcohol blast. First it's hoppy upon the tongue, then mildly dry and lastly if you are paying attention, the persistent flavor lingers nicely on and and on...

Mouthfeel: This part is always hardest for me and no, it didn't feel like a ten thousand pound anchor was dropped upon my palette... I'll do my best: It's almost dry to the entire mouth especially the tongue yet only initially. Then it happens as I open my mouth the dryness dissipates quickly to a well rounded, smooth and sweet finish that is unobtrusive and very satisfying. Oh and it is mildly carbonated, but far from flat which I prefer with most ales.

If you've read this far, I thank you for reading and bearing with my excessive dribble. Enjoy good brews responsibly with good friends and family > goodwill, cheers and peace to all.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.