Central Waters Illumination

Posted: June 19, 2015 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Central Waters Brewing Co., Reviews

I am ready for a vacation. As seems to be normal, work has been crazy this week and I’ve been pulling a lot of long hours. I’m looking forward to getting some sleep on Sunday. Monday, I’m working from home, but at least I get one day. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was. Since it’s not distributed in Jersey, this was another pick up from Half Time.

illumination

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: This picture was taken on my downstairs bar. The beer calendar in the background was a Christmas gift from Val.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy, deep orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of grapefruit and then a grape must note that is unexpected and not pleasant. It also had some toast there was well. The taste started a bit malty with the white toast that was in the nose, and then pine needles came through. It was definitely a dank pine noted and did not have a lot of citrus, which would have benefited this beer. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation and booze warming that could have been more hidden. The finish was long with pine needles. This was $3.49 for the bottle, which broke down to $.29 per ounce. This is pretty expensive for a beer that I found only to be alright and needing more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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