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Illuminating The Path | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Illuminating the Path is a collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. The concept behind this beer was to connect Oregon and Florida, which brought several raw materials to mind. John Harris of Ecliptic and myself decided to use rose hips and marionberries, indigenous to Oregon, plus hibiscus and acai berries from Florida. The recipe for the beer was designed with these ingredients in mind, and then aged in pinot noir barrels from Oregon. The result is dark, with big fruity notes, balanced by vinous wine-like notes. We wanted to balance the concept of beer and wine and believe we have done that successfully.

Added by GatorLCA on 10-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 24
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/26/14 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour on tap at Bondurants in NYC. Served in a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown color with two inches of medium tan head moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sour red wine, spice, earthy notes, floral notes, sweet dark fruits, oak, and lightly sweet and sour berries. Nice nose, tons of sour red wine and fruits as it warms up.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, berries, sour red wine and dark fruits, oak, tannic, spice, herbal, earthy notes, floral notes, dirt, pepper, light toasted and roasted malts, and light chocolate. Some more dark fruit than the nose and lightly sour; not as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No heat and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good beer; pretty interesting. Lots of sour wine and dark fruits come through, especially as it warms up and in the nose. Wouldn't trade a ton for it but would definitely recommend trying it if you see it on tap.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a sleeper. Looks all dull and brown...even smells a bit funky and weird...but the taste...whoa....awesome. The fruits and the spices are all blended perfectly...this is a really, really good beer. It is so smooth and the wine barrel aging puts it over the top and rounds out a very smooth, superbly balanced beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to cleg for this one.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thick khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smell is kinda muted. Once I swirl the glass around the first thing I get is some sour notes. Tart lactic acid, sweet dark fruits - mainly berries and some vinous/wine characters.

Taste - Taste blows the smell out of the water. Super fruity and slightly tart up front. A little chocolate as well. Aftertaste is the wine barrel and slight oak. And it's perfect. Sweet but the slight tartness protects it from being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium but syrupy mouthfeel. Not sure what the abv is but no alcohol in the nose or flavor.

Overall: Just an amazing beer. So unique. One of the best I've had from Cigar City.

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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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