Fruit Slave
Illuminated Brew Works

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,345
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,379
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.06%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
65
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Illuminated Brew Works
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
91
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Fruit SlaveFruit Slave
Notes: Double dry hopped with a wasteful amount of Motueka, Citra, & Mandarina Bavaria hops to make you think it's full of tropical delights.
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard hazy ipa, fruity, juicy, tropical notes of pineapple, coconut.. not as over the top as the can would lead you to believe. Nonetheless a good beer.

Apr 21, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy tannish yellow color with a very very slight head and skimming
Smell - pineapple tangerine slight grass, really nice
Taste - A lot like the scent, really easy going, not that bitter at all. Very Fruity
Feel - Medium body and carbonation
Overall - Really tasty

Apr 17, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that settled down but left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries and lime are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has initial citrusy flavors of lime and tangerine along with notes of gooseberries, the latter of which lingers into the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and quite juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is both juicy and citrusy with notes of tropical fruits.

Serving type: can

Apr 10, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This might work within a very tight window, but outside of that I think it shows their lack of expertise. Whatever tooty frooty-ness is there quickly turns bitterly, sharply acidic.

May 24, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/27/2018. Pours opaquely hazy/cloudy green color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, mint, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, mint, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, mint, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight lingering resins/rinds. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a fantastic NEIPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Fantastically soft feel. Amazing Motueka, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweet with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Jan 30, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Turbid golden orange with half a finger of white head.
Smells of sweet fruits, lots of melon, pineapple, really a juicy fruit medley, some light citrus, a good bit of pine on the finish.
Body is amazing, full, creamy, rich feel. Good carb levels.
Overall an excellent NEIPA.

Jan 26, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a completely opaque matte orange color. Looks almost solid its so thick. Huge frothy white head collapses inward slowly leaving some hilly foam.

Aroma is pungent - fruity, sweet, juicy juice like. Some notes reminiscent of hops are noted - light grassy notes, but that is ultimately overtaken by a fruit candy like aroma. Pretty sure you can get diabetes just smelling this beer.

Taste is odd. Its somehow incredibly fruity and sweet while being completely monotone and bland. It lacks any complexity or pop. Some mild grassy bitterness is on the back end lingering to the finish. Otherwise its just juicy fruit juice cocktail with some mild malt backbone - reminiscent of Cheerios.

Feel is thick and full-bodied. Mild carbonation - bordering on under carbonation.

Overall this is an example of the NE Style IPAs that veer so far into the diabetes inducing sweetness that you're left wondering what you're drinking. In addition, this is pretty one-note. A solid, but not exceptional example of the style.

Jan 16, 2019
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Forget about it, are you for real?? Pours an insanely opaque, milky, pulpy, dense pale gold body with obvious sediment, just, everywhere. Not much of the white, soft head, actually. It's so insanely sediment-contaminated that it becomes uniform, and not loathsome like cloudy beers are. C'mon man. Just stop it. Stop. Stop. You went too far. Has a fun label to boot. The nose... c'mon, no way. You're being ridiculous. Tangerine, honeydew, mango, it's so fruity and enticing that I don't believe it. Stop, there's no way you're being real right now. The taste adds to this with more soft juicy fruits, guava and lychee to begin with, but pear, orange, pineapple, honesycrisp, they all crowd the senses in a distinct but collaborative way. Fruit is the key word here, but not harsh or citric like many IPA's are. This is juicy and nearly sweet; think coconut water with more fruits added. Mild wheat is added here, and the bitterness angles in from a piney vector, favorably. Yo dude, you gotta cut it out. The body is soft, full and rich for sure (that'll happen when you have dissolved bread thickened with fruit oils...), mildly but assertively carbonated. Keep acting like a jackass and no one will take you seriously.
For real bro, this beer was insane. All aboard the fruit train. I've never had a beer with this much variety of real, authentic, distinct fruit flavors all derived from hops alone. It really was hard to believe there was none of the real thing added here. Even despite the strong juiciness, it had a good backing of piney bitterness, as well as remedial bready beer-ness. This is what I seek in IPA's. I am its slave.

Feb 15, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy tannish orange, thick creamy head. Big juicy nose, citrusy. Taste is one dimensional-juicy, citrusy. Feel is creamy and sweet. Does one thing well, and that is live up to its name of Fruit.

Jan 21, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 750 ml bottle on December 31, 2017. Look is murky orange haze with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is tropical fruit. Feel is creamy and smooth.

Jan 01, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: heavily hazy golden hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. If it's intended to be of the hazy IPA style, then it has succeeded.

Smell: fruity, herbal, earthy, sweet, complex and interesting. No one dimension makes it stand out, but this is an interesting and fruity beer (if not quite Fruit Stripe).

Taste: the flavor is way more Fruit Stripe than the aroma. I get berry, melon, citrus; it's interesting and complex. It's also rather sweet, which does impart a juicy character to the works. The piney prickliness and earthy character of the hops play against that a bit, but overall it's a great beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a decent creaminess indeed.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It totally has a ton of character going on for it; it's damn good in the bottle, and I'd love to try it fresh too.

Dec 22, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a cloudy dark apricot and poured with a half finger of dirty white head.

Aroma is slight tropical fruit. Mango and maybe others but a bit muted.

Taste is malty mango if that makes any sense. Malt lingers on the backend.

Feel is soft and smooth as carb is low. Real low.

Overall i am certain this one was awesome out of the keg as the potential is there. Unfortunately I think something went wrong with either bottling or transport. Upon opening using a swift fulcrum method (I always do) it was evident that the carbonation is real low. Every bottle I open always gets a nice crack from the carbonation and this one released with almost no pressure behind it. I will be sure to seek out others from this brewery as I think the potential is there .

Aug 23, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Original Review from a 750ml bottle, that got a 3.75 rating - A mid level quality DIPA that finishes with an odd smokey (read: tastes like an ash tray) after taste.
Edit - I had this on tap at a festival shortly after, and it tasted fine, a very respectable DIPA. I think the bottle I had suffered from a capping or heat in transport issue.

Aug 17, 2017
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