Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) | Enlightenment Ales

Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)
BA SCORE
4.04/5
137 Ratings
Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)Illumination (Farmhouse IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Enlightenment Ales
Massachusetts, United States
enlightenmentales.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,290
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
137
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at The Glenville Stops in Allston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow with no vision of anything. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, citrus, pungent, powdery yeast, green apple, pilsner, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as the aroma with mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Mild tingly bitterness, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and a little chewy.

Overall: A good hoppy farmhouse ale. Enjoyed over the past few years and many more times in the future too.

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ACBF pour

A-Hazy yellow in color. Big head fills up the remainder of my sample glass.

S-Tropical fruit hoppiness. Grassy hops as well. Funky, barny yeast complements the hops.

T-Hops are citrusy, herbal and grassy. I get some peach as well. The rustic Saison yeast is quite zesty and funky.

M-Medium bodied. Reasonably bitter. Alcohol hidden. Lots of carbonation.

O-A good blend between two styles of beer.

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Illumination (Farmhouse IPA) from Enlightenment Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 137 ratings
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