Illumination | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a thin wispy head.
Aroma smells like canned pineapples with sweet malts.
Taste is good but sweet. Lacks in the hops dept. so i taste mostly caramel malts. There is a weak hop presence but akin to maybe a pale ale or even amber. there is also a good dose of alcohol warming that lingers deep into the aftertaste.
medium body on the palette with a very aggressive bitterness at end.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.65 single from Abe's.

Hzy orange body, topped by three fingers of rocky bubbly off-white foam. Moderate lacing.

Strong aroma is a mix of pine, grapefruit, and alcohol.

Sweet, maybe too sweet, malt beginning. Quick flash of fruit. Overpowering abrasive bitterness. Extreme sweetness returns and battles the bitterness to a stalemate in the aftertaste. Late alcohol burn. No winners here.

Ok mouthfeel, maybe a little light for the style.

A disappointing IIPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz purchased at Quick 6 Mt Rose, enjoyed from a tulip. No date marked even though there is a freshness date place on the label.

The color is a peachy golden with rosy hues. The head is rocky cream and measures about 1/2 inch with a tight bead. The lace attaches in a wavy pattern. the smell is floral at first but has a subtle pine odor with slight hints of fruitwith mild caramel malt scent. The feel is highly carbonated with a slightly high bitterness up front and mild caramel sweetness with gentle acidity and subtle dry tinges. The alcohol is mild in the feel as it finishes semi-dry.

The taste has a good hop quality up front with more bitterness than hop flavor with slight candy like malt sweetness echoing as the malt fades quickly into a spicy and slight piney hop transition which leads to a mostly dry finish w/ slight fruitiness from the yeast lingering. This is more spicy in flavor than any of the other hop descriptors with more of the malt presence than I prefer, but this bottle was good. I just wish I would have known how old it was, but the freshness dating was not marked. I still recommend this and think it probably just wasn't as vibrant as it could have been.

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

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Cloudy dark orange with 1 finger white head with excellent lacing.

S- Sweet malts and lots of citrus (mostly orange and grapefruit).

T- Citrus is apparent from that start. Sweet malts mixed with citrus hops. Very good balance of sweet malts to bitter citrus hops.

M- Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy texture with low carbonation.

O- Very, very good DIPA! One of the few only beers worth purchasing from CW. And this one is worth purchasing whenever you get a chance.

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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