Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) | Enlightenment Ales

Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)
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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)

Brewed by:
Enlightenment Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

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4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 1 pint champaign style bottle poured into tulip style glass
Appearance: hazy golden color with a thick and lasting white head.
Smell: wonderful grapefruit and citrus aromas all intermingling with the smells of a beautiful saison
Taste: like biting into a fresh juicy grapefruit however unlike most ipa's with similar quality the bitterness is subdued to the beginning if the sip and it finishes with a wonderfully fresh and crisp aftertaste reminiscent of some of the most decadent saisons I have ever had
Mouthfeel: the perfect amount of carbonation balance with a crisp mouthfeel that makes you long for more
Overall: up there with some of the most beautifully crafted ales I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. With the price being under $10 I would happily add this to my weekly rotation. I just hope it remains available!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for quite a while now... Batch 11.

A- Poured into a snifter-tulip glass with a semi-hazy golden-peach hue. Even on a side pour a creamy head starts forming instantly and ends up being over an inch out of the glass while still holding shape, looks like uber-whipped eggs whites or cream frozen in time. Retention is just as impressive as the texture. The head never falls down and lace is as thick as I have ever seen. Maybe the best looking beer I have ever witnessed, a new standard for Belgian styles.

S- Juicy hop aromas emanate from the glass upon pouring. Not quite modern IPA levels but fresh and strong. Tropical and stone fruits with a nice citrus edge. Pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest and apricots come to mind. Just beyond the hops is a rustic, spicy Saison yeast profile with some fresh cracked wheat. Fades out a bit to Saison spice after a while but still nice.

T- Hops once again lead the way with a somewhat bitter stone fruit feel followed by notes of citrus peel, pine, spice, floral and tropical fruits. Hoppy but doesn't feel as bold or overbearing like massively hopped IPAs, maybe the yeast helps mellow everything out. More so than the aroma, the spicy Saison yeast blend rounds everything out nicely here. Hints of cooking herbs, orange zest, tangerine, white grapes, grass and pepper come to mind as well.

MF- Foamy and creamy texture to a light, moderately-dry body. Carbonation is super high but the super creamy feel to the body allows it to be very smooth overall. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't know if I have just hit a warm spell lately with my beer choices or have been in a great mood for some time but I gotta give this beer some major credit. The balance between juicy fruity hops and yeast is quite nice and both can be appreciated equally. Tons of complexity and the amount of flavors keeps me interested after each and every sip. Also the best looking beer I have ever seen.

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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from them since the brut was so expensive.

A huge fluffy head that takes up almost half the snifter glass, almost 3 fingers, fades semi quickly at first with lots of spotted lacing, hazy honey orange colored.

Nose is nice, plenty of farmhouse saison like funk, little barnyard like, earthy hay, straw, lemongrass, light lemon zest like, some light floral grassy hops, hint of pine, earthy grassy hops mostly with light bitterness it would seem, a light golden malt, chewy bready malts I think, plenty of Belgian yeast with light floral spices and citrus like, as well as the aforementioned funk.

Taste starts with more farmhouse funk, earthy straw and wet hay, plenty of grain flavors, a bit bready and chewy almost, with light sweet golden malts and a hint of wheat. There is plenty of citrus, lemon zest, lemongrass, light clementine from the hops I think. The hops bring a grassy floral hop flavor, some citrus hence the clementine and a light grapefruit bitterness, light lemony hops as well, little earthy and herbal but not much, with a touch of pine and fresh hop resin. There is a juicy fruity flavor as well, besides the citrus, a light pear like fruit flavor. Yeast brings light esters, plenty of that funk, and a bit of the saison like spices, fluffy and airy as well as there's plenty of carbonation and effervescence, and light bitterness with the esters. It's a little bitter but not much, although that picks up a bit on the finish. A long dry finish, with lots of saison funk, lemon rind grassy hops, lemongrass and straw, farmhouse funk and spices, all linger for a while.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall quite nice, great farmhouse flavors as they presented that as the main ingredient instead of the hops, and the hops accentuate the farmhouse flavors well, nice lemony citrus, spices, funk, hay, straw, earthy flavors, etc, light but decent bitterness, drinkable and tasty. I don't mind finishing the entire 750ml by myself, and help myself to a bit of stinky cheese while I'm at it for a nice Sunday afternoon of work on the house.

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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
Beer rating: 90.5% out of 100 with 137 ratings
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