npcraig (24) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought this along with Hoptimum, this was far superior. Not saying Hoptimum was bad but this was very very good.
Jow (2670) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange pour small head. Nose is citrus and pine. Tastes of pine needles, caramel, honey, orange citrus, pineapple,and resin. Bitter slightly sweet finish. Decent.
miyauchi38 (701) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4199) - 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 (409) - 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 (1778) - 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 (349) - .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 it’s possible to have a balanced 2X IPA, this is it. So many imperial IPAs can be unpleasantly grainy. Illumination is not. I don’t think a second palate-slapping Illumination is advisable, but a single snifterful is worth the trouble. Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.