Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)
Enlightenment Ales

Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)
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From:
Enlightenment Ales
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.16%
Ratings:
137
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 23, 2016
Added:
Apr 21, 2012
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  11
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2016
 
3.98 by Ian_B from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2015
 
4.36 by braican from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2015
 
3.88 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Jun 22, 2015
 
3.49 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2015
 
4.14 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island on Jun 07, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

Lord Hobo gave me the wrong beer. Mike had mine - it looked good and I had 1 drink. This review in essence is terrible ....

Jun 06, 2015
 
3.98 by Mikeymcglynnigan from New Jersey on May 31, 2015
 
4.14 by BostonJustin from Massachusetts on May 31, 2015
 
4.21 by Ctruskey from New York on May 29, 2015
 
3.65 by DoctorChugButterman from New Hampshire on May 26, 2015
 
4.09 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on May 25, 2015
 
3.71 by garyloveman from Massachusetts on May 23, 2015
 
4 by jaemeno3 from New Jersey on May 14, 2015
 
4.5 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on May 09, 2015
 
4.63 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on May 01, 2015
 
4.12 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2015
 
3.83 by DRBiser from Maryland on Mar 25, 2015
 
3.75 by pdonovan16 from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2015
 
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 22, 2015
 
4 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Mar 22, 2015
 
4.17 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Jan 25, 2015
 
4.12 by Hophead717 from Massachusetts on Jan 07, 2015
 
4.33 by Ironstutz from New York on Jan 05, 2015
 
4 by brianmandell from California on Jan 05, 2015
 
4.5 by skinny_mcginley from Massachusetts on Dec 13, 2014
 
4.25 by Shaymus from Massachusetts on Dec 13, 2014
 
4 by dtomes from New York on Dec 07, 2014
 
3.5 by DerekMorgan from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by hreb from Washington

750 mL bottle (cap top only) served in oversize blue tinted plastic pint glass (stay classy, beer friends). Botched pour results in a massive glass full of sticky white foam, which appears to be quite durable. I'm going to say the color is pale yellow and hazy, but who the hell really knows. Aroma is mostly on the farmhouse ale side of the genre, but there's a little C-hop kick in the head too. The beer combines belgian blonde and hop flavors in a really delicious way, though I don't think I could quite call it IPA. The mouthfeel is on the watery side, which is a little disconcerting. Reading the brewers' notes I am reminded that this beer has wheat and rye in it, which makes complete sense. In reflection the dry, bitter grainy note is a dead giveaway for rye, and the thin mouthfeel suggests to me unmalted grain. I'm a big fan all of the constituent parts of this beer: rye IPA, Belgian ales, Saisons, as well as any beer brewed with a diversity of grains. It's not that this beer is less than the sum of its parts; it's just that these components combine in an unexpected (to me) way, which is challenging to my palate. And I'm impressed that my palate can still be challenged by a beer without the use of insane numbers of IBUs or crazy spicing. No, I'm really enjoying this.

Overall this is an excellent product, if transgressive, even within the very liberally defined Belgian IPA standard.

Enlightenment Ales No2, Batch #16.

Oct 24, 2014
 
3.36 by dr0ck from Connecticut on Oct 11, 2014
 
3.25 by BradStokley from Maryland on Oct 11, 2014
 
4 by PhatAtUT from Texas on Sep 18, 2014
 
3.8 by markgugs from New Jersey on Sep 11, 2014
 
4 by BenjaminPalla from Massachusetts on Sep 06, 2014
 
3.75 by srgj88 from Ohio on Jul 12, 2014
 
4.25 by TripelMark from North Carolina on Jul 06, 2014
 
4.25 by Jmbbabson from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2014
 
3.75 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jun 27, 2014
 
4 by jim_carignan from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2014
Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 137 ratings