Illumination | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
924 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
IlluminationIllumination
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
924
Reviews:
268
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
95
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 924 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright, clear orange with an average head. The aroma features pine, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and mango. The flavor is very bitter and quite sweet, with orange and grapefruit peel, dry caramel, and a strong pine finish. The mouthfeel is very full and rich upfront, with a dry finish. Overall this is a classic big double IPA - lots of booze, lots of bitterness, lots of caramel malt - tasty and classic.

 424 characters

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a brilliant, hazy, golden Orange. It has a one finger, White, foamy head. Just a little carbonation.
S- smells of candied orange and pineapple as well as other citrus fruits. Very sweet smell.
T- The Taste follows the nose in which the malt makes this a very balanced Dipa. The candied Citrus hop is a very nice experience very juicy Citrus hops. The bitterness does come to the party and resonates for a while but does not dominate The Taste. Also a little pine on the back end and is part of the finish.
F- the alcohol is nearly undetectable. A very balanced mouthfeel with a light to medium bodied the IPA.
O- one of the most balanced dip Asif had. The candied Citrus hops with a bitter finish is very well done. A wonderful example of the Dipa.

 764 characters

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is mild, and I'm not knocking it, it's fantastic. But don't be fooled, this is all hop. It's alot to take in, but as you work your way through this one you start breaking it down. Its a big bold hoppy DIPA.

 216 characters

Photo of Cfred371
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Illumination pours a beautiful, translucent, orange gold. A head of a finger or so rises up top, and carbonation bubbles stream North.

Smell: Waves of dank notes hit the nose. Pine, resin, some hay notes, but stirring leads to more resin.

Taste: Hops are really the main show here. Pine, resin, some tropical flavors, though not terribly dominant. A nice example of an old school IPA.

Feel: Illumination is definitely well carbonated. and presents a medium body. There's some bitterness and drying in the finish, but I've experienced more intense bitterness.

Overall: This is a nice west coast IPA that's worth checking out. The dankness isn't overwhelming to the point that it detracts, but it is certainly the main show.

 736 characters

Photo of Dharmelink
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Rad
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy, juicy appearance, but it doesn't form much of a head. A thin wispy ring is floating on top. 100% opaque but light illuminates (ha), the sides.

Caramel, butterscotch, and toffee come out front in a very sweet way, with brown sugar, some onion and pine.

Pine and grapefruit pith begin the journey, with burnt brown sugar and rotten caramel notes following. Onion and old citrus finish out the profile.

Feel is not exactly palate wrecking, but it is rather juicy and medium bodied. Dry, scraping finish.

Overall, maybe it would be better fresh from the tap, but this one was a miss for me. Nothing inherently wrong, it's just totally overboard with all the wrong qualities that ruin an IPA for me. I'll pass forever and always.

 738 characters

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An intense but balanced take on the style here, big for sure, but it's not just all hops through the whole thing, there is a sturdy biscuity crystal malt base that balances nicely, adds a ton of body, and gives it some legs and depth. The hops are piney and dank, resinous and sticky feeling, bitter for sure, but even a little sweet in the flavor, west coast type, pungent and classic to me, northwestern varietals, high dose, spruce, even juniper and orange here. Lots of body, even for a double, and lots of high alpha hops pushing through it, bitter in the end as sweet as it is to start. Long lasting sticky sappy hops on the palate well after the swallow. I like this one a lot, but it definitely seems wintery to me with all the pine going on in it, Christmas tree, and enough booze cutting in to be very holiday appropriate. It feels like a lot to me in warmer weather, but I really like it still. Definitely one of the better hoppy beers I have had from these guys so far. Starting to seem like they do everything pretty darn well...

 1,042 characters

Photo of simplejj81
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love central waters, and I generally love DIPA's, but I think they can make this even better.

95 characters

Photo of lic217
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superfriend
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Graetzj
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weldchecker
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ricknelson
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.