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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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for this one, cheers Jeff! Bottled in May.

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, some breadyness. All aromas fade as this warms up

T: Grapefruit, breadyness & apricot up front, but mostly grapefruit, & some woody herbal bitterness. Woody hops, pineapple & slight boozeyness as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes with slight astringency, a bit of grapefruit, woody hops & dryness

MF: Chewy, firm carbonation & alright balance

Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden, a good DIPA that works for me, but doesn't get me too pumped up. I would love to try fresher, I'm sure the DIPA aspects are more pronounced..

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for the opportunity!

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a white head on top, moderate retention, leaving a solid cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Lots of juicy citrus, grapefruit, orange, orange zest, and a little bit of grass. There is a little bit of bready/caramel malt on the back end.

T: More citrus fruits, similar to the aroma with orange zest and grapefruit. Very faint bready malt undertones reel this one in a bit. There is a little bit of grass on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth and easy for 9%.

O: A pretty good DIPA. Not as exciting as I was hoping, but still very good, nothing wrong with it Would be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure how old this one was, whether it came from a local trader or out of my cellar. As such, I employed a very gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may have been present. I got no head as a result, but it had NE-quality clarity in its light-amber color. Nose smelled of pineapple and caramel, again causing me to question its freshness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of minty hops, caramel malt and HEAT! Holy alcohol burn, Batman! This held up really well and could have sat even longer. Jesus, I was openly sweating after my first mouthfeel. I wonder what this might be like young. After a couple of swigs, I began to settle into the spearmint/peppermint-like hops and the caramel sweetness underlying the hops. The heat began to subside, but it remained a big beer. Finish was literally breath-taking. Phew!

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

had the pleasure to enjoy this one at my hotel the other night with dinner. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/12/2011.

nice pour with a lightly hazed over orange amber that really held its own. thick head of white that reached a height of around two inches before settling down really dropped some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is very big. lots of grapefruit and pungent citrus notes. really very big with a huge alcohol note present in it as well. crisp and clean with a tongue shredding ibu presence this was a monster ipa. medium feel with adequate carbonation there was no doubt this was huge with tons of grapefruit and almost lemon like notes just tearing the taste buds apart. nice ry and smooth finish with a hint of warming in the belly as it passes.

overall not bad at all. it was a little hot, but defintely a nice addition.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, tropical fruits, and earthy malts.

t - tastes of grapefruit, other citrus hops, and tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice IPA. Lots of nice citrus hops to it. Would like to have again.

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending this one my way.

A: The beer pours orange in color with a big, fizzy, off-white head.

S: A bit sweeter than I was expecting. Caramel and toffee with a bit of bread. Still a pretty good hop character to it. Piney and grapefruit hops with a little bit of orange peel.

T: Like with the nose, a bit too sweet, but still nice hops. Toffee and bread, but plenty of grass and citrus. Pine bitterness as well as a hint of pineapple as the beer warms up.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Central Waters, but this wasn't bad.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

Second DIPA of the day, this time a Wisconsinite instead of a New Yorker. Right on. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, mandarin orange, and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some lemon zest and a touch of pineapple. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky-ish feel. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, one of the better beers I've had from Central Waters. Makes me think I should keep giving them chances in the future...

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chippo33
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very thick malt base to it. Which meshes pretty well with all of the hops. And the hops seem very earthy and rustic. Pine and resin abound. Minimal saltiness. Pretty nice. I have a feeling this would be better fresher, but it's pretty good now. A nice enough one.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with an off-white, lasting head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is hoppy - citric and tropical fruits greet the nose in a robust way. A hint of biscuit mixes in. Very pleasant!

The taste is of citric and tropical fruits with a hint of pine/resin. Hops supported by a firm, caramel-ish malty backbone. It has a spicy, refreshingly dry finish.

Very smooth. Medium-to-full-bodied, the alcohol is dangerously well-hidden.

A wonderfully hoppy DIPA. Great interpretation of the style! Also, it comes in a very reasonably priced 6-pack! Certainly recommended!

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Illumination from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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