Junior Astronaut Juice
Illuminated Brew Works

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Illuminated Brew Works
Illinois, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,369
Ranked #12,185
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Yesterday at 04:00 PM
Aug 16, 2018
Very Good
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3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by vinicole from England

Can. Murky, opaque yellow/orange in colour. Thin bubbly head.
Mixed tropical fruit and orange smell.
Assorted fruit juice upon tasting with some balancing malt thank goodness. Decent bittering at the back end.
Sparkling and chewy feel.
A bit OTT for me.

Yesterday at 04:00 PM
3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2021
4.26 by minterro from California on Jun 07, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

hard to miss pink can, my first from these guys, who i know basically nothing about, but seem modern and ambitious, this is quite good, although not as fresh as it could be to my tastes. its hazy but not gross or milky looking, holds a high white head, and has a little deeper color to it than many of these, but really not much of a crystal malt profile or anything, more wheaty to me than toasted barley, a good support structure for all these hops. a big double dry hop here leads to aromas and flavors of fresh sliced oranges, canned crushed pineapple, and wet lawn, some mosaic likely, not sure what else, but relatively distinctive to both senses and packing a little bitterness on the back end, nice for a hazy to have that element too. the fermentation profile is relatively clean but not totally invisible, a slight breadiness to it heavies the beer up some, but this is still pretty drinkable. it lingers on the palate some on the swallow, but its all real pleasant, slightly oily, never harsh, a little weedy to me. it has some trace oxidation coming in, i didnt see a date on the can, but if this were perfectly fresh i bet it would be incredible. a very solid introduction to these guys for me still though, thanks to my brother in law for hooking it up. ill keep my eye out for more from them...

Oct 26, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling an IPA tonight. Lightly chilled 12 oz can poured into my snifter.
THe beer pours a bright clear golden color with a huge fluffy eggshell white with a tint of lemon yellow. Head is easy 6 cm even with a gentle pour and I cant get the whole can in my glass....which has 22 oz capacity!
Aroma is hoppy with some orange notes, plus some lemon and a little mango. The foam is slowly fading with large craters and rocky surface, also leaves windowpane lattice on my glass. Lots of active streams of carbonation rise towards the surface.
The nose doesnt have a lot of malt balance, but isnt overly robust any direction.
The first sip reveals a medium body and smooth texture. The carbonation is tingly and very present making for a crisp mouthfeel overall.
the flavor is briefly sweet biscuity malt and then goes all citrus hops. I get a lot of orange and mango and The beer is pretty juicy overall, without any real bitterness. the finish is drying and encourages me to take another sip.
Overall a decent IPA with no flaws and interesting that it is much clearer than a lot of its contemporaries. Wish the foam had been a little more subtle on the pour. Id probably try this one again if I was in the area, or maybe one of the other beers in the astronaut line from Illuminated.

May 25, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ChiUKfan04 from Illinois

Look: only reason why I got the beer. Colorful astronaut can on 4/20. I mean come on.

Smell: beer

Taste: dayummm good also stoned as a paw in the smaw in the maw

Feel:ing pretty fucking papopped

Overall: Deceeeeennnnnnnnntly good

Apr 22, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by crm871 from Utah

Look: pours a hazy yellow with a light layer of white head. Great looking beer

Smell: The citrus hits you almost immediately as your start pouring. I’m getting hints of pineapple, lemon, melon, grapefruit, and orange

Taste: The taste is a bit more subtle than the smell. Not in a disappointing way, but a bit unexpected. Definitely getting the citrus fruits again on the taste - mostly pineapple and orange, and there are some floral tastes here as well

Feel: pretty light to low-medium body here, easy to drink. Smooth, dry finish.

Overall a solid offering. Great IPA to have during the day while watching a football or hockey game.

Apr 13, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a cloudy pale white-orange body with great head and lace. The aroma struck me as a slightly sour pineapple juicy: slight sweet juice notes with acidic edge. Thicker, fuller body, mix of pineapple and almost a white grapefruit taste. Bitter, slightly sour finish, not too acidic or biting but definitely dry. Not a bad beer but a little cutting for my liking.

Mar 03, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

Normally I do not buy beer because of the gimmicky name or what is in the beer. Junior Astronaut Juice is an awesome name. I have high hopes for this beer, a double dry hop IPA, I would like to see a strong hop presence with a touch of astringency. The can does not have a birthdate, I hope it is not old, fingers crossed. I cracked open the beer and I did not get any significant aromas. The pour of the beer produced a one finger airy, foamy, and creamy with good retention. The color of the beer is bright white. The beer did leave a lot of lacing on the glass. SRM 6 is golden yellow with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness. The beer has a beautiful appearance.

The aromas in the beer are resin, pine, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, floral esters, a hint of bay leaves, grass, and toasted crackers.

The flavors in the beer are resin, pine, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, floral esters, herbal, hay, toasted crackers, melons, and hint eathiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and astringent.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and medium-plus finish.

The dry hop in the gave the beer some character. I am craving depth in the beer from dry hopping. If you did not tell me this beer was dry hopped I could not tell. The pine, resin and grapefruit come through on the front then fades into citrus, floral, and herbal. Then the beer finishes dry. I was so hoping this beer to burst with hop flavors. I am disappointed with this beer. It is a solid IPA, I just wanted more depth of flavors.

Jan 18, 2020
3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Sep 25, 2019
3.81 by Bum4ever from California on Sep 24, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Stooven from Illinois

NEIPA, light on the mouthfeel and ABV, and therefore the calories and the wallet.

Aug 18, 2019
3.82 by TheRock7755 from Georgia on Aug 17, 2019
3.88 by stanale from Illinois on Jun 20, 2019
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3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, golden color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, citrus. Taste is of citrus, a touch of pine, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Mar 18, 2019
4.67 by Chilmer from Iowa on Dec 27, 2018
4.2 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2018
4.38 by StephenBechler from Illinois on Nov 22, 2018
3.83 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Nov 20, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, passionfruit and grapefruit rind.

T - The taste is tangerine,orange peel, passionfruit, grapefrut and resinous hops.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Nice crushable IPA. The flavors are good mix of bright citrus and resinous hops.

Nov 20, 2018
3.62 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Oct 31, 2018
4.3 by NappyB from Illinois on Oct 30, 2018
4.25 by Berknerj from Illinois on Oct 21, 2018
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chicagocraft from Illinois

World Class!

Oct 17, 2018
4 by jrpapajcik from Illinois on Sep 10, 2018
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Aug 22, 2018
3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 21, 2018
4.1 by Beerhemoth from Illinois on Aug 21, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on August 15, 2018. Double dry hopped giving it lots of nice aromas and flavors without the bitterness.

Aug 16, 2018
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