Illumination | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of dheldman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of richkrull
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice cloudy golden color with quite a bit of fluffy slightly off-white head on it. Great lacing on this beer as well. Heavy hop aroma with maybe a hint of caramel coming through. Flavor is definitely hoppy with quite a bit of citrus and pine coming through. It's a good tasting beer. No alcohol flavor at all despite being 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is light but the presence is known. Very smooth drinking beer. Overall a great tasting DIPA. I'm glad it's a Wisconsin beer.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has a cloudy golden color. smells of sweet hops and tastes very similar to another double ipa I have had, couldn't put my finger on it at first but then figured out it was Bell's "hopslam". for about 4 bucks cheaper (taking into consideration the four pack this came in over the 6 pack the bells comes in)a good deal. if you see this one and like hopslam you gotta try it!

(had again this year {2013} and liked it just as much if not more than i remember liking it last year, awesome double ipa, better than hopslam was this year in my opinion!)

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Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

Bottled On: MAR 2011

This was two months old when we took notes on this.

A: Pours a nice and hazy glowing orange color. Off white head reached about three fingers before settling down to 1 1/2. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Interesting blend of grapefruit, pine, and mint. Pretty leafy and with a touch of orange creamsicle for balance.

T: As above, with a 'slight' touch of onion or garlic. Pretty earthy.

M: Pretty slick and sticky with hardly any alcohol presence. Our cheeks felt warm by the end of our glasses.

O: Pretty enjoyable, but this was a one and done for us. We just don't buy much in the way of IPA's that are north of 7% anymore.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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 zimm421
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of CTHomer
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: ripe pineapple with grapefruit in the background;

T: all pineapple - like drinking pineapple soda; no bitterness until the very end of the finish; some booziness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; somewhat one note, but that note is pretty good; I would have liked more bitterness and some more complexity in the flavor;

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of einman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma of citrus, resin and floral hops, caramel and lightly toasted malts. The taste is citrus, resin and herbal hops with toffee malts. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Overall, a very good DIPA!

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Photo of Soneast
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, gold/amber color, growing a thick and creamy, 1/2 inch, white colored head that deposits just a butt load of lace on the glass.

Aroma is fruity, pineapple, grapefruit sugared lemon. Very citrusy with a touch of malt character in the form of light sugary pale malt, sweet and honey-like. Very hop-forward and absolutely mouth-watering!

The flavor follows suit...a delicious hop punch, pineapple, grapefruit to my palate with a touch of lemon and maybe even a hint of spice after the swallow. The malt characteristics are evident in a sugary light pale malt presence. That said, the hops absolutely dominate but there is just enough malt character to balance the finish from being a pure bitter bomb into more of a clean, crisp hop flavor.

Illumination is one delicious DIPA. I hesitate to say the best in the Midwest...but the best in Wisconsin? No doubt!

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Brewed in March, 2011 according to the label notch. Fresh!

Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with foamy sustained head and great lacing.

Smell: Wonderful aroma of tangerine, pine, mango, pineapple and some light toasted malts. Sweet, dry and almost tart all at once. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

Taste: Onslaught of fruity, tropical hops. Some caramel and toasted malt backbone, but it is kept to a minimum. Finish is spicy, bitter and pine-like with some lingering tartness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium smooth body, extremely dry finish. A little bit of a warming feeling after each sip.

Overall: Just a fantastic DIPA - one of the best I have had. I love that it is so dry and hoppy that it is borderline tart. I had only had Central Waters Glacial IPA before (which was somewhat disappointing) but I may need to try more from them after this beauty.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Illumination is another beer sent to me by Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike; as usual, I am in your debt.

The pour reveals a hazy, copper colored body and a finger or so of off-white head. The retention is fairly good, lacing is spotty.

The aroma reveals a ton of citrus hops and just hints of malt.

The taste up front is all citrus flavors, with grapefruit playing the starring role. Next comes powerful pine flavors and bitterness. Hops dominate this beer, especially in the early going. The malt comes through toward the end, but it is only lightly sweet and it is inferior to the hop profile. Just a hint of warmth.

The bitterness is palpable in the mouthfeel, but the body still remains light and and well-carbonated.

I liked this one. Central Waters makes some good stuff.

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Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Pours a golden with tan hues with a thumbs worth of head. Decent lacing. I found the smell mild, but what I did pick up was pine hops and malts. The taste was pine hops with a touch of citrus up front, malts in the middle and a bitter resiny finish. Medium carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

Good beer, but the nose seems a bit mild for what I would expect. Definitely hoppy enough, and worth a try for the IPA/DIPA crowd.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mcallister
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Looks like carbonated orange juice or maybe a mimosa. Pours with a large, pillowy head that mushrooms over the edges of my tulip yet holds enough weight to not ooze down the sides. Beers don't look much better than this.

Juicy citrus aromas with some stone and tropical fruit esters as well. Fresh squeezed grapefruit, peach, flint, light lemon and apricot. Light bready malts lie underneath the resiny hop aromas.

Nice hop forward DIPA here. Major flaw is in the finish where the hop bitterness gets a little astringent and out of whack leaving a chalky, filmy residue on the palate. Again the bread driven malts show some toffee notes in the middle are balanced by high alpha hops leaving a resiny citrus burst throughout. Grapefruit and lemon, with some hints of orange, peach, pineapple, and other fruity flavors. If not for the finish this would have been spectacular.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent from MilwaukeeCrusher. Bottled Feb'11 and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Illumination pours with a vibrant, glowing orange body with just the right amount of yeast haze that allows one to see the streams of carbonation in the middle of the glass, but not entirely through to the other side. The custard head is tall, creamy, and slow to recede--good lacing to boot. Vibrant applies to the aroma, too, perhaps a bit of a surprise since this is a >4 month old IIPA. Big notes of sugary citrus peel, mint, and tropical fruit with a healthy backing of pale malts. Hop candy!

The flavor piles on the bitterness without overriding the hop flavor too much, but I wish Illumination was a little more restrained in its tongue-lashing. Still, it's a decent flavor profile as piny, raw hop cones coat the back of the tongue with a tinge of booze and bready malts. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, but the bubbles are tiny within the medium body. Dry and bitter linger together on the finish. To sum, this IIPA is a grade below top notch, but I'm assuming it tastes even better at the peak of its freshness. Give it a try.

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 926 ratings
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