mrjaxson (588) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
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. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"i’ll 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 it’s best. got it in a trade w/John, so I’m not sure if I’ll 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)." fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2014
A hazy orange beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is bready malt and resinous hop. The flavor is earthy, citrus, bitterness and alcohol. vandc01 (416) - North Branch, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle with 11414 stamped on the bottle - I assume enjoy by 11/4/14?
Aroma - Interesting. Tropical fruit, but slightly faint - but it is still there.
Appearance - clear golden color - nice.
Taste - very nice. Tastes a lot like Great Waters DIPA which is one of my favorites.
Palate - Nice bite at the front...good stuff.
Overall - very happy. Great beer. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
A double I wanted to like, but really couldn’t get behind. A beautiful pour with a tall head served on draft at the tap house that smelled a bit too piney. Flavor was dominated by an almost astringent piney grassy taste... too one dimensional, lacked depth and supporting notes. Didn’t really enjoy it.
jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2014
A slightly hazy orange copper with a nice light tan that settles to a dollop and leaves great sticky lacing. Aroma has some ripe fruit sweetness with some sourdough and some wood and pine. Taste is light caramel and citrus with some spiciness and prominent piney bitterness. Cracker malt flavor with some tropical fruit,wood character and hint of alcohol. Finishes semi dry with some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a medium/full body and moderate carbonation. Nicely balanced between the mild malt sweetness and the spicy/tropical hops and piney bitterness. All the flavors were well integrated. kambei70 (1075) - - AUG 12, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a foamy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing. Has a big caramel aroma with some over-ripe mango and a bit of bread dough. Taste hits you with an immediate, sharp bitterness up front that's piney, floral and a bit soapy. The ripe mango lays underneath the bitterness with a nice sweetness and there's some cracker and yeast at the end. The bitterness fades fairly quickly and doesn't build on the tongue. Well balanced. Medium bodied with a semi-dry, astringent mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Nearly clear medium amber with a bubbly white head that stays at 1/2", hole-filled curtain of lace. Taste is malt and solid citrus hops. The hops seem strong, but the malt is persistent and holds its own. For the strength, it seems really well balanced. Good stuff. jahshuwuh (567) - USA - AUG 11, 2014
A copper golden orange color with half a finger of off white head. Smells of funky dank caramel, soured fruit of some sort, peach, mango and other citrus, a little woodiness. Taste is a sharp floral/citrus hop bitter at first that bleeds into a slight caramel malt and honey sweetness, some orange peel, lemon, cracker, alcohol. Ends with an ample amount of hop bitter on the tongue and some more cracker with some lingering tropical notes. A pretty amped up hop taste with just enough sweetness and malt to balance it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Draft. From notes. Citrus, grapefruit and light pine dominates. Decent caramel malt backbone. Pretty darn good.