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Illumination - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 82
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-27-2014 03:20:20 | More by captainbearcat
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 01:23:02 | More by robwestcott
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-27-2013 13:46:18 | More by Drucifer
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-20-2013 02:23:32 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-02-2013 02:52:21 | More by TonyTalon
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-09-2013 01:45:52 | More by Omnium
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has a cloudy golden color. smells of sweet hops and tastes very similar to another double ipa I have had, couldn't put my finger on it at first but then figured out it was Bell's "hopslam". for about 4 bucks cheaper (taking into consideration the four pack this came in over the 6 pack the bells comes in)a good deal. if you see this one and like hopslam you gotta try it!

(had again this year {2013} and liked it just as much if not more than i remember liking it last year, awesome double ipa, better than hopslam was this year in my opinion!)

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:45:59 | More by Beerlover
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-17-2014 21:50:31 | More by jzlyo
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, gold/amber color, growing a thick and creamy, 1/2 inch, white colored head that deposits just a butt load of lace on the glass.

Aroma is fruity, pineapple, grapefruit sugared lemon. Very citrusy with a touch of malt character in the form of light sugary pale malt, sweet and honey-like. Very hop-forward and absolutely mouth-watering!

The flavor follows suit...a delicious hop punch, pineapple, grapefruit to my palate with a touch of lemon and maybe even a hint of spice after the swallow. The malt characteristics are evident in a sugary light pale malt presence. That said, the hops absolutely dominate but there is just enough malt character to balance the finish from being a pure bitter bomb into more of a clean, crisp hop flavor.

Illumination is one delicious DIPA. I hesitate to say the best in the Midwest...but the best in Wisconsin? No doubt!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 22:48:17 | More by Soneast
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2012 22:22:46 | More by jwat
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date notches on bottle says brewed in March.
Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange with an exceptionally creamy textured two finger head which leaves gorgeous lacing and lasts for quite some time. Sets a gold standard IMHO for IPA appearance.
At cold temperatures, the nose is nothing but Piney Resins hop smell. And I really mean it when I say that that is ALL there is. But once it warms up some, the nose turns into about 60% Pine Resins and 40% Floral Hop scents. Cannot detect any malt, and for this lack of complexity which can be found in other DIPAs it has lost some points in my book. This brew can be used as a good example for demonstrating pine family hop scent aspects to somebody unfamiliar with the way those smell.
While the flavor has more lemony citrus hop in equal measure to the pine cone barrage, there is a strange oily alcohol hotness which wouldn't be a problem if it didn't seem to randomly appear and disappear at odd intervals. Its as if the ABV is alternating between being blended in well and jumping out of a shrubbery and surprising you from sip to sip. That being said, there is nothing I can recall ever having yet tasted which does a better job of showcasing Hops as miniature Pine Trees than this brew! Now unfortunately, the malt gets lost sometimes unless you really look hard for it. It does also have a rather pleasing and sticky thickness to the body that can back up the brutal one-note hop flavor, but once again I say that there are several DIPAS available that pull off FAR better complexity than this beer does.
I'd say that this beer is a promising start which only needs a season or two of tinkering and fine-tuning to truly come into its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 21:32:28 | More by WastingFreetime
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-17-2011 01:10:22 | More by doucmehu
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated March 2012 from my most recent trade with laymansbeerfan (thanks man!), poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful soft hazy sunset orange with a fingers worth of brilliant white head, good retention and decent lace.

S: Citrus dominates, mango, orange, peach, sweeter hops and a floral bouquet, minor pine herbal notes, and not a trace of malt.

T: First sip overwhelms with bitterness but as your palette adjusts its obvious that this beer is more about hop flavor in the form of juicy, citrus-type hops...tropical fruits, mango, orange, hints of grapefruit dryness, fresh floral hops, with a good amount of sweetness.

MF: Light to medium mouthfeel, refreshing, soft carbonation, moderate-to-high bitterness levels, with some dryness.

O: No real malt presence at this age...this beer is indicative of middle-of-the-country IPA's, and it reminds me of a less-boozy Hopslam with its hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 14:43:16 | More by Scotchboy
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-22-2014 18:07:25 | More by Jamison85
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy white/yellow foamyness sit on top of iced tea looking brew. Moderate lacing.

Mango and pineapple dominate. Lots of sugary malt.

Hot, heavy, sugary, buttery, missing over amounts of bitterness, sweetness is nearly overpowering, lots of apple, orange, and bread. Wet and enjoyable. Carbonation is Medium and sits well.

Recommended for a try, couldn't use as go to DIPA. Good brew, solid, but not amazing or anything to "hunt".

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 02:23:55 | More by chugalug06
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 05:45:23 | More by mjtiernan
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2012 02:31:54 | More by HoistinBrews
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2012 07:03:08 | More by pirmannt1
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-30-2013 03:46:25 | More by calcnerd
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-26-2011 20:42:00 | More by plumcrazyfx
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2013 20:13:48 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-18-2014 02:57:34 | More by smutty33
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Half-inch white frothy head that thins to a thin layer with awesome retention (whole glass), slightly hazy golden orange color, lots of carbonation, very appealing lacing

S: Awesome smells, fresh hops, sweetness, grapefruit, orange peel, earthy, lemon

T: Bitterness (to be expected as it's 108 IBU's), grapefruit, earthiness, sweet orange, bitter palate wrecker is right

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, oily

O: Very good Double IPA, I look forward to this every year, I think it was a touch tastier on tap last week, but I'll have to do a review on that soon to be sure

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:24:56 | More by derkfromwi
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-10-2012 01:06:29 | More by oldvines
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my La Choffe tulip

Pale orange pour is quite clear when hold to the light. Head sinks to a whispy quasar along the surface as a ring settles around the edges. I tend to enjoy the look of an orange-y IPA and this nearly fits my visceral visual enjoyment.

Initial scent of candied orange is short lived, followed closely with some grass and a healthy amount of brown sugar. It's pretty nice, but doesn't stick around long enough to make this particularly memorable.

Bitterness rules the Illumination. With a tongue battering bitterness throughout, this beer's a bit like what I would imagine eating the forest floor might taste like. So hungry from hiking, so famished, near death, need food or drink...must...eat...the ....forest floor. Before you consume nature and have the Sierra Cub all up your business, I have a beer for you that will satisfy your needs. Crisis averted, we can breathe easy and return to the review. When aggressively swirled, some of the brief citrus from the initial nose returns, but similarly, doesn't last.

The palate has been assaulted. Each sips seems to launch an unprovoked bombardment of my tongual region. I did not notice until now that the bottle has warned me that such debauchery would result in my opening this bottle. Shame on my lack of reading.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:45:08 | More by BarrytheBear
Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.