Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 259
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rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 92
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

45°F

A: Huge rocky head over a bright dark straw body. Sediment visible on the bottom of the bottle. Excellent head retention, generous cover, and thick rocky cover.

S: Pineapples and pine needles. Slightly sweet, and somewhat aggressive, but pleasant.

T: Strong citrus flavor on the front end, pine immediately after and following through to the end. Lingering bitterness, and a very slight caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium body and fairly high carbonation. Hop astringency is the overwhelming characteristic of the beer's mouth.

D: Great beer to drink one of over a meal. Not really a session style beer even if you disregard the 9% abv.

O: Good beer, but not great. Hop heads will love this beer, but I'm looking for something with a little better balance. (804 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Traded to me by Kegatron. Bottle -> Tumbler around 45 degrees.

Pours a hazy tawny orange, with good sparkling carbonation and a pillowy light yellow 2 finger width head. Darker than many DIPAs I'm used to on the west coast. A thing ring of head persists for a long period of time, and the lacing it leaves behind is moderate.

Smells like a whole hell of a lot of pine and dark caramel. Definitely smells east coast in style, but I haven't had much luck with east coast IPAs lately so I'm hopeful for this guy based on the smell because it's quite good. Maybe not so complex, but good.

Pretty malty for an IPA. Lots of biscuit and caramel flavors along with a tongue twisting raw bitterness. Hops are there at the end, more pine like there was in the nose, and maybe some citrus here or there. I was hoping to get a bit more hop flavor instead of such a raw bitterness, but it's still tasting good overall. Lot of caramel/butterscotch flavor in the swallow/aftertaste and a bit of heat.

The feel seems pretty heavy and damp. This falls in line with a lot of other east coast IPAs and tends to be fuller than the west coast style, and even a bit chewy. I think I like the full body better, but it's less refreshing than wehn I think of most IPAs.

Overall I think this is pretty well crafted for what it is trying to achieve. Seems like there's quite a bit of Simcoe in there. I'm always up for trying these east coast style IPAs/DIPAs, but I generally find the west coast style much more appealing. The alcohol actually does get in the way a bit and negatively impacts the drinkability, as does the bitterness. (1,616 characters)

Photo of klikger
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- The color is medium-amber with a hint of redness when looking through the glass into the sun. A normal pour produces a 3/4 inch white head which dissipates within minutes but leaves behind modestly sticky lacing as the glass is consumed.

S - Honey, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. More distinctive nose than the majority of the (mostly very good) DIPAs which I've had recently.

T - Loads of maltiness up front and a nice combination of flavors. Although none of these stand out, at times, I taste oak, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Caramel is noted as it warms. Citrus helps to offset some of the sweetness after a few seconds in the mouth, but the malts continue to dominate until the very end. The finish is nicely bitter, and I can taste the hops for minutes afterward. The impact of the hops increased slightly as the glass was consumed, which was much appreciated. I can't in good faith call this a hop bomb, but it has enough to keep me interested.

M - Significantly heavy for the style. There's a lot of carbonation here, which helps with the overall feel.

D - In spite of the thick mouthfeel and malt-heavy front end of this brew, it's relatively easy to drink. Two bottles down, and if it weren't for my liver waving a red flag (in anticipation of a tasting tomorrow night), a third would be enjoyed.

I'm a big fan of Central Waters, and I probably had unreasonable expectations for this beer. It's well-crafted and nicely balanced, but this keeps it from being amazing for me. I crave the bitter, and this isn't the ultra-hopped masterpiece which I hoped it would be. That said, this is a very good beer.

Edit: After having a few more bottles of this and a pint or two on tap, I'm enjoying it more and more. This truly is a great DIPA, and I can't pinpoint a single thing that detracts. I'm sincerely giddy about the prospect of drinking Illumination for the next XX years. (1,926 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of daveytheformer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden honey or light burnt copper. Tiny off white head that fades to some moderate lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, lots of grassy hops and a slight malt backbone.

Taste is noticeably more malty than the aroma would give off with a present bitter aftertaste. Lots of grapefruit citrus, pine and an ever so slight alcohol burn on the finish. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel is medium with really nice carbonation. Spot On.

Overall is great! Had this on tap at Bazil's in Appleton, WI and immediately went to the liquor store and grabbed a 4 pack. Best Central Waters brew I've had yet. (662 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a bright orangish color with a foamy white head.

Smell is very grapefruity, citrusy with a slight hint of pine.

Taste is smooth with the citrus flavors dominating over the pine. A sweet maltyness at the end a slightly heavy alcohol finish

My first Central Waters beer as it is not available in Illinois. A good effort but not enough to shine over the major DIPAS (405 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours out a deep, thick dark golden color with nearly a full finger of lovely sticky head. smell is mango and citrus with resin. really pungent and exciting. taste is a bit of a let down compared to the smell. i get resin and a hint of pine strong up front with slight grapefruit as an afterthought. taste doesnt seem to follow the smell. mouthfeel is thick but good for a double ipa. drinkablity is good, but will assault your palette with hops the hop flavor isnt good enough to overcome this. (500 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of many of Central Waters' beers, though I'm not overly fond of Glacial Trail IPA. But when I saw Illumination in six packs for about $6 more than their staple brews, I had to jump at it. Poured straight from the fridge into a pint glass and enjoyed immediately.

L: Pours a deep copper/apricot with about a half inch of off-white head that persists for a good while before settling down to a ring and broken film. Quite clear, with modest effervescence. Substantial lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: It doesn't have an overpowering nose to it, but the bouquet is beautiful. Lots of citrus/grapefruit hop notes mingling nicely with apricot and more subtle pine and grasses.

T: Some sweet malt/biscuit flavors at the fore, followed almost immediately by a piney hop onslaught that carries into the aftertaste. At the back, the citrus flavors assert themselves before a nice--but by no means overwhelming--bitterness. This description might make the taste seem jarring, but it's quite the opposite: this is an extremely well-balanced and drinkable DIPA.

F: One thing I can't stand about many of the DIPAs out there is their syrupy quality. This beer is not in the least syrupy or overly heavy on the palate. It has a lighter body than many in this style, along with just the right carbonation. The bitter stays on your taste buds without making you feel like you've just swallowed Robitussin.

O: If you can get your hands on this beer, it'll be well-worth your effort. It's incredibly drinkable for a DIPA--it really goes down easy without sacrificing any of the hop glory. You continue to impress me, Central Waters. (1,639 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

I had this on tap at the Malt House around two months ago and it was fantastic. I saw one bottle left at Steve's and I knew I had to grab it.

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber and carrot orange with a finger of head that disappears quickly. There's very little effervescence, which has me happy as I expect the carbonation to be perfect right on the first sip. There's a few splashes of lace along the glass. Even with the final pour from the glass it's still clear; this bottle was filtered well.

Smell: The nose has a small hint of alcohol, caramel malt sitting in the background, with a load of citrus and herbal hops resting on top. Pine, grapefruit, mango and grass.

Taste: The beginning of the tasting starts out slightly sweet, with the bready caramel malt really holding the beer up. More pine and grass come through, with some citrus fruit including grapefruit, orange and mango.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, perfect carbonation right from the beginning.

Drinkability: This is a lovely beer, Central Waters has hit the spot with this IPA. This isn't a beer I could have many of in an evening, two at the most. As the bottle states, it really is a palate killer. The amount of hops in this just destroy the palate, but it's quite worth it. (1,307 characters)

Photo of boomer31
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love all of CW 4 pack releases and have heard this compared to Hopslam?!?!

A - Golden and transparent. Little head that leaves quickly.

S - I get some sweet hop fruitiness here but more malt than hops. This is interesting but nice. I hope the 100+ IBUs come forward in the taste.

T - Here are the hops. Grassy hops. A deninite double IPA up front with sweet malt and bitterness only in the back. I can see where some may taste a bit of hopslam in this but it doesn't live up to it. The bitterness lingers but not overwhelming. Also a touch of alcohol which fits nicely in this beer.

M - Nice low carbonation and residual sweetness.

D - This is very smooth, sweet and drinkable.

A nice beer for CW. I would buy this again but won't seek it out. There is some sweetness but I'd like to increase hops in the nose. (818 characters)

Photo of adman08
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly cloudy, probably due to me pouring too much yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Straw colored. Very good head that stays around to the end and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S-Nice citrus with a bit of pine aroma.
T-Obvious malt presence. Good citrus hop flavor.
M-Malty, slightly sticky but not a bad thing. Good hop biterness with citrus tartness.
Overall a very very good beer. Very similar to New Glarus IIPA. Good hop and malt balance. This beer is very well respected in Wisconsin and rightfully so. (517 characters)

Photo of drewba
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A - an aggressive pour wasn't a very good idea - we're talking a 4 finger head, but does give me a chance to check out its' white fluffy goodness and shows me that it has decent head retention. The beer itself is a cloudy blood orange color.

S - loads of orange and grapefruit, a hint of alcohol and stale bread with caramel.

T - This honestly has a dominating dish soap and windex flavor that hangs on and won't let go - it even goes into the aftertaste....It's as if palmolive accidentally put their Tropical Citrus & Pine Burst soap into a 12 oz bottle. The citrus in the front is fresh, inviting, bright, highly lemon peel and orange, then a grapefruit and pine bitter comes in sharply and hangs. I don't want to make this out to be a bitter bomb, but it is impressively bitter and seems to be sitting right on the center of my tongue not wanting to leave. A small amount of sweetness comes in the finish in the form of shortbread and caramel, then right back to that soapy goodness/gag.

M - Nice and creamy, bubbly with a pretty hefty body that coats the mouth.

O - The soap aspect dies down a bit as the beer warms, but not enough to redeem itself or for me to ever recommend this to anyone. The underlying fresh citrus and impressive bitter qualities mixed with a very nice mouthfeel are well done, but even those things can't save soap. Fucking soap. (1,364 characters)

Photo of newk340
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a golden hue with a thin head with moderate carbonation climbing from the depths of the 6oz sampler glass.

S: a strong citrus aroma that is very pleasing is omnipresent.

T: a very strong IPA that blasts citrusy hops onto the tastebuds, but quickly recedes leaving a hole in the palate craving more.

MF/D: a subtle buzz of carbonation compliments a smooth finish leaving the mouth 'illuminated.' (400 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: (8/12)
Very malty for a Double IPA. Surprisingly little hop aroma. Slightly reminds me of a barleywine. Some citrus, but very little.

Appearance: (2/3)
A quite cloudy orange. This beer looks like it could be a wheat beer.

Flavor: (16/20)
The taste is pretty malty up on the front of the tongue. Midway through, the hops show themselves. At the back end, it turns really hoppy and dry. Earthy hops as well as citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: (4/5)
The mouthfeel is a little heavier than most DIPA's I've had. This version is definitely more malty and less crisp.

Overall Impression: (7/10)
This beer is a nice drinker, but the flavor isn't very crisp and the hops used in this brew would have benefitted from the usage of more citrusy, grapefruity varietals!

TOTAL: 37/50 (779 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with bottled on punch taken out of label between March and April, poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/6/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film, some lacing left on glass.

S: Pleasant citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt and alcohol in the background.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front that is balanced nicely with a sweet caramel malt backbone. The bitter hops and sweet malt come together in complete harmony leaving my tastebuds thirsty for another sip. Finishes sweet and smooth.

M: Nice medium body and carbonation, nothing to complain about here.

O: Nice well balanced imperial IPA, not world class but well above average, very drinkable for its 9% ABV. (728 characters)

Photo of mikul93
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a beautiful hazy orange/gold color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S Citrus, Pine and malt. It's not bold and in-your-face, but it's a nice smelling beer.

T Lots of citrus. Grapefruit and orange. Malt hits the middle of the tongue. Bitterness hits at the end and lingers. It's a nice linger.

M Very crisp beer. I thought it was nicely carbonated. Medium viscosity. A dry finish.

O This is a solid DIPA. So well hopped that my burps are delicious. (ha gross but true) Definitely should seek this out. (539 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a medium veil and a generous downy head.

The pillow of head lets loose a fruit salad of smells on the nose: Mango, strong pineapple take the lead, but there's a interesting cake batter and bread mix hanging out in the background with just a faint pine smell.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to bring out some of the citrus flavors to come.

West coast purists may not love the taste, but I think the flavors are pretty spectacular. It starts out with the rich mango, pineapple and citrus flavors that were present on the nose. A strong malt backbone emerges with caramel and sweet wheat bread notes. Only then do the hop jihadis get their way: a pine and lemongrass punch fades in and leads you into a deep satisfying bitter finish. A really well crafted tour of IPA flavors. (818 characters)

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Central Waters snifter..how fitting:

A - Pours a golden hay, slight amber hues. Tiny bit of grapefruit ruby rays shine through the sides. At first there is a decent foam cap but dies to a nice foam ring around the edges with a few clouds and foam patches in the middle. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Great smell of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, papaya, and other citrus notes. A bit of a pine presence. You can also pick up on a bit of thick, slight boozy notes. Tiny bits of caramelized notes. Overall, pretty great smelling.

T - Bits of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, and pine. Bitter resin notes. There is also a noticeable booze presense. Its not offensive, but it does make up a bit of the flavor. The taste is not as good as the smell, but still pretty good.

M - A bittering effect lingers in the mouth. The carbonation is pretty good. The bitterness leaves a bit of a dry feeling. It is also slightly thick but at 9% it is kind of understandable.

D - This is an enjoyable DIPA. The smell is just fantastic but and it looks great, but the taste and mouthfeel just don't meet those standards. It is still a great brew to come out of a great brewery. Worth trying if you can track it down. (1,218 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Darkness Tulip on 5/9/11.

Pours a deep hazy golden yellow with a huge frothy white head that takes a bit to dissipate leaving some very pretty lacing all over the glass. The color is a little off but the head and lacing is beautiful.

Smells of citrus and pine as well as a nice sweet malt backbone that sneaks into your nose in the end. Malts are a carmel sweetness. Nice smell but I would have like a little more sweetness in the malt character to balance out the pine and citrus but it does smell very nice.

Taste is much like the smell with lots of pine and citrus hops. The sweet malt character is more apparent in the taste especially as the brew warms. Booze is almost non existent in the taste with just the slightest alcohol burn at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is light in weight with a nice pine resin that sits on your lips and the roof of your mouth. Has the slightest bite on the front of the tongue at first but fades quickly, bitterness is well done.

Overall I am really impressed with this beer. I wasn't really expecting much but I was blown away. Its not very complex and I would have liked to see just a bit more sweetness in this to balance the huge hop notes and the high ABV gives it a hit as well though you can't even taste it. Great job CW. (1,289 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light honey colored copper. Big fluffy off white head. Moderate carbonation visible, looks pretty thick, yum! Lots of big sticky lacing.

S - Lots of sweet ripe citrus. Hints of peach and mango. Tropical. Floral and grassy pine notes are there as well, but the sweet tropical fruity esthers dominate.

T - Yum indeed. Earthy hops and biscuit malt at first. The sweet lucious fruity hop flavors come in next. Peach and mango for sure. Lemon grass and clementine then give way to some piney bitterness. The finish is dry and more bitter, but not overwhelming. The sweet fruity flavors do remain on the tongue. Alcohol is completely hidden.

M - Medium to full body, coats the tongue nicely. The carbonation is much more active than the appearance would suggest. Tight and prickly carbonation hits the tongue and keeps the tongue excited and alert.

O - Wow, why haven't I had this before? This was bottled in March, and I was apprehensive about reviewing it. This bottle was awesome and I can only imagine how it would be fresh. This beer is very tasty and easy to drink. The abv is completely hidden. Yum! (1,116 characters)

Photo of prg1976
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy straw color. Kindof disappointed in the appearance. Doesn't look very appealing, but maybe I'm just being harsh.

Smells like a mix of pine and citrus hops. Quite a bit of malty sweetness in there too.

Tastes like it smells, with a good bit of citrus and a little less of the piny hops. It is sweet, but it's pretty well balanced with the hops.

Not overly carbed, medium bodied. You can tell it's 9% by the time you're half done the glass.

Overall, it's pretty decent. Not the best DIPA I've had, but far from the worst. I'd definitely buy some again. I don't see a bottled date, so that would be one thing I would change. (644 characters)

Photo of cvaypai
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to dfh signature glass.

Appearance - Pours with a fluffy white 1 fingered head with some large bubbles throughout. Leaves a wonderful lacing down the glass as I drink. Hazy golden orange with not much visibility through.

Smell - This beer smells absolutely wonderful. Tons of grapfruit and grapefruit fly right out of the glass. I can smell it from feet away. A bit of pine, honey and orange comes through also. A faint little hint of sweet malt.

Taste - Tons of fruity flavors, the grapefruit and the pineapple come out immediately. A bit of resiny pine comes through as it warms along with a great bitterness, albeit a bit harsh. I like the harshness though and the biscuity malt rounds it out, you can't taste much of it, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - The weight is right where this beer should be, medium to heavy mouthfeel and good carbonation. The bitterness bites the tongues and coats the tongue but it's maybe just a bit harsh at times.

Drinkability - For a 9% dipa the drinkability is pretty darn good. 1 or 2 a night is it for me though. I will be buying this again, if that is any indication of its drinkability.

Finally the DIPA I've been looking for out of a Wisconsin brewery. (1,214 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Label says it was bottled in March.

a-beer pours a hazy orange/yellow, nothing overly spectacular for a DIPA. The head on the other hand is awesome. huge 2" frothy white head. I mean this stuff is thick, looks like slightly melted vanilla ice cream sitting on top of my DIPA. fades pretty slowly and leaves some awesome lacing. pretty sweet stuff.

s-sweet caramely malt. slight resin hops. nose isnt as huge as I had hoped, but still pretty good.

t-piney resin hops followed quickly by sweet malt. finishes with more floral hops. a nice bitter end. a nice balance in flavors, which lately seems like a rare thing.

m-nice body and carbonation. a bit oily texture. for 9% abv, its very drinkable and the booze is not noticeable. a very drinkable beer

overall, I think this is another great seasonal from Central Waters. This is one of the better DIPA's I have tasted, and I love it that its made about 40 minutes from my hometown. I will definitely seek it out whenever possible. (1,023 characters)

Photo of B33R501
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We'll have to call this "Tale of two beers".

Very disappointment considering this is on my favorites list from last year. But that was me drinking it from 6 - 10 months of age, when this beer had mellowed into a beautiful vanilla malted bright hoppy beer with a very nice bitterness. But that's a review for another day. Sometimes a hoppy beer needs time, at least for me.

The previous reviewer nailed it. Pretty gold to orange pour, great smelling citrus hops, but what happened to the taste. Way too bitter with a horrible, metallic finish.

Sometimes it's such a fine line between a great beer and a lousy one. The Port Mongo I enjoyed today is damn close to the perfect West Coast IPA. This needs alot of work. Then again I've said before when it comes to this double west coast ipa style you have the Plinys, Stone Ruination, Racer X, and Port Brewing.

So this remains a favorite from last year, this year I'll pass, at least until July or August. (955 characters)

Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.