TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of fresh, citrusy American hops. Some floral notes...love the hop aroma on this one. Balanced with some malt in the nose...but can tell just from aroma that this wasnít going to be one of those too sweet double IPAs. Flavor is right on. Some malt sweetness but a nice citrusy grapefruit flavor. Hop bitterness is perfect for the style. Was worried this was going to be another overly sweet double IPA and it wasnít!
miyauchi38 (669) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4110) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce shared bottle. Pours golden red with a decent off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, pine, and malt. Tasty.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: pours orange. Bright white head. Very clear.
Smell: grapefruit. Cutie oranges. Lemons. Pineapple.
Taste: grapefruit. Pineapple. Lemon. Oranges.
Feel: dry on the back but a smooth finish.
Overall: nice beer. Like the dry and sweet combo.
First drank: home 4/6/15
BananaBi11 (27) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very heavy. Zero sweetness, and a bitter citrus taste. Golden-brown, kind of a bland color. Very hoppy as well. Somewhat odd that the hops dont entirely go with the bitter citrus. EIther way is a very good DIPA, somewhat different than the DIPA norm.
ChrisSc (395) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottled 30 days ago.
Pours a golden copper color. Hazy. Medium white head.
Aroma is heavy on hops. Grapefruit and resin dominate. A little bit of lime.
Taste is heavily bitter. A small touch of sweetness.
Body is fairly full. Average carbonation. Very long bitter finish.
This is a very heavily hopped DIPA.
GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity/pineapple hops. Taste is thick, malty, light fruity hops. Nice lacing. Tasty hop finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Okay, so the off-white head fizzled into a film shortly after the pour. The golden amber body still looks inviting. The aroma is earthy and herbal, mixed with a bit of zest. The malt finally shows up as a light cereal with a drop of caramel. Then the hops take over, much like the nose suggested but with a touch of cat box. The bitterness is solid and lasts long into the dry finish. Decent stuff.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle -
I nice example of a DIPA, although clearly inspired by the East Coast school of brewing with a heavy dose of malts. Aroma is super fruity, tangerine, orange juice concentrate with some dankness lurking about. Flavor is much more aggressive with some earthy/peppery hops, light pine and resin, with a buttery caramel malt base. A nicely balanced DIPA.
mrjaxson (341) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If itís possible to have a balanced 2X IPA, this is it. So many imperial IPAs can be unpleasantly grainy. Illumination is not. I donít think a second palate-slapping Illumination is advisable, but a single snifterful is worth the trouble. Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.
slowrunner77 (6742) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
"iíll have to be the dissenter here. this bottle was marked May and the age showed. It had potential with some spicy resinous hops present, but the presentation was flat. The aroma overly sweet, the hops and bitterness subdued. 10 months is just too long on the shelf for an IPA to be at itís best. got it in a trade w/John, so Iím not sure if Iíll ever re-rate this one. So far, I love CWs strong, dark beers and have been less than enamored with their hoppy offerings (this and hop harvest)."