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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA
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(Beer added by: CaptainIPA on 06-01-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- The color is medium-amber with a hint of redness when looking through the glass into the sun. A normal pour produces a 3/4 inch white head which dissipates within minutes but leaves behind modestly sticky lacing as the glass is consumed.
S - Honey, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. More distinctive nose than the majority of the (mostly very good) DIPAs which I've had recently.
T - Loads of maltiness up front and a nice combination of flavors. Although none of these stand out, at times, I taste oak, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Caramel is noted as it warms. Citrus helps to offset some of the sweetness after a few seconds in the mouth, but the malts continue to dominate until the very end. The finish is nicely bitter, and I can taste the hops for minutes afterward. The impact of the hops increased slightly as the glass was consumed, which was much appreciated. I can't in good faith call this a hop bomb, but it has enough to keep me interested.
M - Significantly heavy for the style. There's a lot of carbonation here, which helps with the overall feel.
D - In spite of the thick mouthfeel and malt-heavy front end of this brew, it's relatively easy to drink. Two bottles down, and if it weren't for my liver waving a red flag (in anticipation of a tasting tomorrow night), a third would be enjoyed.
I'm a big fan of Central Waters, and I probably had unreasonable expectations for this beer. It's well-crafted and nicely balanced, but this keeps it from being amazing for me. I crave the bitter, and this isn't the ultra-hopped masterpiece which I hoped it would be. That said, this is a very good beer.
Edit: After having a few more bottles of this and a pint or two on tap, I'm enjoying it more and more. This truly is a great DIPA, and I can't pinpoint a single thing that detracts. I'm sincerely giddy about the prospect of drinking Illumination for the next XX years.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2010 22:30:25 |
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Served on-tap at Central Waters Brewing Company's Tap House on 5-29-10 and presented in an 8 oz. snifter.
Pours a light copper color with a billowy white head. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.
Aromas of pineapple, pine needles and mango. Opens sweet with blasts of tropical fruits, primarily pineapple and mango. Citrus hops move in and provide a moderate bittering effect. Taste shifts to pine sharpness, before cycling back to citrus hops and pineapple.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
Although I appreciated the fact that this wasn't a typical palate-numbing hop bomb, I expect more bitterness from an American DIPA. That said, the well-balanced nature of this offering made it remarkably refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
06-01-2010 03:09:58 |
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