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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

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Added by CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,898
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
924
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 924 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Riley's. Pours a golden cloudy body with abundant creamy head and creamy lace. Some hop and malt aromas. Above average delivery of a DIPA. The alpha bitterness is right there in a malt sandawich. Very balanced and drinkable. Good craftmanship.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky orange color. The head is thin and leaves a light lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer to me is hoppy but is also had some minor aromas going on that were that appealing to me. The taste of the beer is hoppy for sure, it's got quite the bitter taste. Not much in way of citrus really it's more of an earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's not a terrible IIPA but it doesn't compete with others out there that are much better in my opinion.

Revisit On Tap: 7-27-11.
The aroma has a ton of citrus, the flavor has a lot of pine and grapefruit, the who beer overall I feel is much better on tap. Leaves a wonderful lacing and just a lot more impressive all around.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the citrusy hop flavors seem to be a little more balanced with the pine resin hops. There is a strong amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish. Hints of underlying caramel malts are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an "in your face" IPA that delivers big aromas and flavors of hops along with a strong dose of associated bitterness. It's not overly difficult to drink if you can get past the hops and bitterness as the alcohol is very well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intensely bitter Double IPA with all the flavor, malt backbone, and alcohol complexities to balance and round the beer. A beautiful hop demonstration all the way around.

A golden-copper color shows a modest haze (typical of dry-hopping). Froathy white foam tops the beer and settles into a light blanket of consistent foam. Great lacing and retainage throughout.

Juicy and intense aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine resins, and sharp grasses. A supportive malt character gives the light impression of caramel and cinnamon spice. Light on fruity esters, phenols, and with a modest alcohol scent, this beer is all about the hops.

Strong hop flavor of citrus fruits (ruby reds, tangerines, and pineapple) dominate the flavor with only a background showing of graham cracker maltiness for a modest attempt to balance the flavor. Pine, lemon grass, and fresh cut herbs give an earthy bitterness to the beer and take the flavors from the citrusy start and into an aggressively bitter and drying finish. Chinook hops (or similar) seem to be the driving force for hop flavor and bitterness.

Full and creamy early, the beer smoothens into a moderate malty feel through the first impression. But then the subtle flavors of malt and hops taper off, allowing the intense bitterness to lead into a drying and minty/alcoholic finish.

I like the early malt rebuttal against the showcase of flavoring and bittering hops, and then proceeds to allow for a growing hop intensity into the finish and aftertaste but without completely loosing it's malt flavor or feel- this is what separates the IPA's from Double IPA's. Still, this beer doesn't try to balance either, such as Avery's Maharaja and Bell's Hopslam. True to fashion, but I need a more vibrant and juicy hop flavor with less aggression to set this one apart.

Thanks once again Shango42!

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tapered pint, it has a fluffy cap that rises above the lip of the glass momentarily. The surface is riddled with dimples much like an english muffin. It's very sturdy and has a creamy texture, also leaving puffy lacing in its wake.

Candied orange, passion fruit, and grapefruit in the nose. Resiny and a little bit spicy. Tastes rich and chock full of resiny grapefruit rind, spicy pine, and oranges. Full bodied and malty in the background. Pleasantly dry and bitter aftertaste, true to style. Firmly bitter with a bigger quaff, it really sticks with you. Very smooth and creamy, full bodied without being heavy. Tons of citrus. Enjoyable and tasty DIPA from Wisconsin... you don't see many of those! To me, O'so's Lupulin Maximus slightly edges this one out for the WI DIPA crown.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Holy Smoke: Pours a cloudy honey gold with a cap of head that quickly settles to a collar. Smell off old socks... taste seems also off not quite medicinal.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright light orangey color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with some bitter hops. Taste is not as bitter as expected with some citrus notes and a sweeter then expected caramelized malt base. Body is quite with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Well brewed though not as floral or bitter as I would have expected.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other night side by side with PtE, but not decided to review it so I don't mess up any tastes.

Poured into Bruery glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Pretty decent retention leaving some sticky lace rings. Color is a hazed golden bronze.

Aroma:Very similar to pliny. Big hop bite right up front. Lots of floral and pine notes. Tons of citrus fruit flavors. Just a touch of bready malts show. A very nice aroma.

Taste: More bready malts show here than the aroma. A very big chewy taste to it. A strong floral hop profile with an instant rush of grapefruit citrus. Also has some orange notes in there.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but also creamy. This was one of the biggest differences when comparing the beers. Pliny didn't have this creamy feel to it. A fairly big body with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a massive amount of hops in the aftertaste.

Overall, I was really shocked with this beer. It is a great dipa and something I would have a hard time believing came out of the midwest (despite the malts showing through a bit). It is pretty drinkable at 9%. Hats off to central waters for this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in March so not super fresh, so i'll have to try this again when very fresh.

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a decent lacing, over super hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose has that typical aged IPA candy hop aroma, earthy hops, citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, almost chewy hops as well, with some sweet malts, reddish caramel and nougat like malt aromas, and a hint of booze.

Taste is nice, lots of bitter hops hit right away, plenty of bitterness with a big IBU count. Hops bring tons of earthy almost spicy flavors, chewy and candy like aged DIPA flavors, and again citrus with a bit of tangerine and bit of orange rind. A really nice soft malt flavor with some reddish caramel and candy malt flavors, nice rich almost syrupy but not quite. A bit of a booze kick but not much as well, more warmth. Finish is even more bitter as it dries and gets spicy and earthy hop kick, with a bit more sweet reddish malts. The hops get astringent and salty/briny even, tons of earthy hops way on the finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, gets a bit astringent and briny, big sweet malt base with a touch of booze, nice hop flavors that I bet would be a whole lot better fresh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for sending this out as an extra.

Pours a light apricot color with nice lacing as it goes down. Pretty hefty hop profile dominated by citrus and flora notes. Tastes very nice with a good hop blend, although not nearly as strong as the nose suggested or is common amongst the style. Somewhat dry in the finish with good carbonation. Fairly sessionable for a DIPA and hard to believe that it is 9%.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Chunky haze in a dried apricot brown body. Nice, fine white head has good retention and lace.

S - Citrusy on the first pour, with more plant-forward notes as the beer sits. Pine, dandelion.

T - Bitter and herbal with cilantro and rosemary. Lemon zest and waxy resin bitters on the backend. Clean and light with a dry finish.

M - Crisp like body for the style. Par carbonation.

O - A really nice DIPA. Light and dry for the style, perfect for the summer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a bright, somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a thin white head, minimal lacing. I really loved the aroma on this one: lots of fresh, citrusy hops, pineapple sweetness, orange, biscuity malts in the background. Another nice blast of juicy hops in the taste, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, honeysuckle, subdued bready malts. Some grassy and piney bitterness in the finish with a good drying effect. Smooth, medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable overall.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of off-white head. This retains with a solid ½ finger cap that doesn't quit and leaves back some thick foam that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral with sharp notes of pine and spice and some earthy dankness. Some tropical fruits sit underneath the more bitter aspects of the nose, as does some tight grainy malt. The nose has an alcohol presence to it as well that fluctuates between warm and hot.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit, resins, and peppery spice which then trail off into notes of pithy citrus peel. Underlying fruit is sweet but not overly so and melds with the more herbal character that is present in the profile. Malts are toasted and grainy feeling the back, as the citric fruit flavors bring most of the balancing sweetness to this. This finishes bitter but not harsh, thanks to some residual sweetness that hangs around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little heavier, with a light creaminess to the carbonation but this is mostly slick feeling in the mouth. The ABV unfortunately really shows itself as this warms, with a solvent like heat that stings the throat as you swallow.

Things to like (full hop flavors, decent balance) and things not to like (rampant ABV) having me giving this big DIPA from Central Waters a solid thumb in the middle. Maybe that alcohol is better hidden when this has a maximum freshness going on with it? I'd be willing to find out.

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 924 ratings
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