Illumination | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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:
Can you say palate wrecker? This double India pale ale is our version of a mouthful of hops. Full of Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, it is as hoppy as a beer gets.

Added by CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,123
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
930
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Incredible to have a double IPA that still has a nice hop bitterness to it rather than a malty sweetness!

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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple more 4 packs at Tournament. Poured from a glass into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip Imperial Pint Glass

The pour produced an impressive THICK one inch or so head. The beer is a hazy golden orange with plenty of carbonation and alot of lacing.

Upon opening the bottle I could smell fresh citrus, mango, grapefruit and pine. Just awesome.

The taste pretty much follows the smell, which is right up my alley. A little malty sweetness and then the bitter taste of the hops hangs on till the bitter end.

The mouthfeel is nice. The oily hops and carbonation combine to make just an incredible beer.

Does knowing that this is only around 6 or 8 weeks a year, if that, make me love it more? I'm not sure. But as far as the season DIPA parade, this beer gets a front float ride with Hopslam.
If it was available year round that would be cool. But it's probably best it isn't.
Golf clap for Central Waters.

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4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the bottle, kort27!
No date, bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: dusty honey yellow appearance, nice sticky head
S: fruity with peach fights alongside pine and grass, nice and fresh hop aroma
T: Amazing, mouth puckering citrus, grapefruit, lemon and hay, malt follows long behind to prove its there
M: medium dry finish, alcohol hidden by carbonation and lingering bitter notes
O: Really tasty, wish I could get this in my area, can't wait to try again.

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4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic double IPA from Central waters. really enjoyed it.

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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber, huge head.

Smell: Pretty strong citrus/grapefruit.

Taste: Pineapple and sweetened pink grapefruit. Big sweetness before a dry but not super bitter finish.

Drinkability: I really like sweeter DIPA's and this one goes down fast. Not too bad at $10-$11 a 4 pack.

A double IPA that I haven't reviewed, so picked up a 4 pack. I like my DIPA's on the sweet side and this definitely hits that target. Plenty of hop bitterness too and easy to drink, not too heavy feeling. Highly recommended!

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 930 ratings