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Lac Du Bay IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Lac Du Bay IPALac Du Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2002)
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Reviews by steveh:
Photo of steveh
1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From Central Waters Brewing, Amherst, WI -- a the gift of a co-worker who lives for this brewery -- told him I'd give it a sample.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some red highlights -- not quite stout-looking, but maybe brown ale. Thick, off-white to tan head.

Malt nose with fruit esters; almost strawberry or kiwi, light caramel and earthiness back. Some pininess with warmth.

Hmm, bit of an astringent first kick, followed by toffee flavors and dry bittering hops, finishing very band-aid-like.

Light to medium body with a dry mouth-feel.

Interesting that the hops sort of balance against the astringency to create a very dry beer, but there's not much in the way of flavor but some fleeting malt and then bitter hops. Not sure I'd spend my time with another of these.

steveh, Feb 01, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alchemy in Madison, WI.

Impressive. This beer has really improved since I last had it...that or this is just an exceptionally fresh batch.

Clear copper body with visible carbonation and a healthy but short-lived khaki head that leaves only minimal skim.

Big malt aroma of caramel, raisons, bread, and biscuits as well as fruity yeast notes, and citric hops.

Taste offers a wonderful bready/caramel base with truly fresh citrus fruit flavors throughout. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a touch of British tasting hops.

Mouthfeel is fresh and lively with average carbonation. Fairly smooth. Bitterness is not overly aggressive but is present. Finish is fairly dry. Very well balanced.

I never cared much for this beer in the past. It always tasted powdery and muddled to me on tap but this last batch is wonderful. I will be revisting often.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting green on yellow label on this one. Pours from the bottle a clear red hue with a splash of orange. A half inch of tightly bubbled white head pops up on the brew. Aromas start off with big toasted breadcrumb malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Big earthy, spicy herbal hops bust out all over the place.

First sip brings a strong toasted maltiness followed by the flow of herbal, earthy green hops. I get a bit of bready/biscuity flavor halfway through each sip along with some fruity notes. Goes down with a sturdy bitterness that grasps onto the tongue and leaves its mark. Finishes a touch dry with a lingering herbal hoppy bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with mellowed out carbonation. Goes down really easily and quite refreshing at that. Fairly strong bitterness from a standard IPA. If you're craving a blast of English hops and a bitter lip smackin brew then this is one you should seek out!

orbitalr0x, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, pours darker amber, clear, under a dark tan head, and leaving some scattered lacing. Actually has a bit of a malty nose, sort of unusual for an "IPA". Hops present but reserved, to fit the style. Malt/hops in balance to make this a heary sessioner. Another respectable offering from Central Waters, I never made it tot he brewery, but I was happy to sample and enjoy several of their brews. Thanks to Randy Shukar for being so giving and sharing this one as well as tons of other brews with us.

Billolick, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Atron67 for a bottle as part of a trade. Cheers!

Pours with a real nice & thick head. Dark amber in color. Real yeasty smell with a bit of sweetness. Taste is a classic English IPA with sweet carmel blended with the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A fine example of the style. Recommended.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, May 09, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.2%

bpfrush, May 01, 2014
Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy deep ruby body, with a chunky beige head that fades to a film, but does not disappear.
The smell is floral and buttery with backings of cocoa and toffee. The taste does not falter. Floral hops dance merrily on top of a solid malt base (caramel, with a hint of roastedness). Grainy chcolate hues pop up in the distance. A bit chalky too. Lightly buttery with evident diacetyl. The bitterness is not quite to par for the style, but the integration is fairly solid. Toffee appears to a greater extent as this warms and becomes sweeter.
Very drinkable. Large, lightly creamy mouthfeel is a selling point
To top it off, the beer rounds out a 7.2 ABV. Not a major player in the taste however, just the faintest hint around the edges.
This beer, as well as the rest of the Central Waters line, comes recommended.

But I wish these folks would use the dating system on their labels. Why print them there and leave them unmarked? I've had this IPA before, and thought it to be quite hoppy. This one is not. Could have been old. I'll never know. Luckily it's not a factor here (as it has been with their Red And Pale). This is still a decent British styled IPA.

cokes, Mar 13, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with some good initial foamy head. Hop and rich dark fruit wine aroma. Very bitter leaf winterminty finish and dry.Middle-mouth feel, drinkable good ipa.Fairly malty but leaning on bitter side for sure. Above average carbonation. Thanks jpm30 for the sample.

Sammy, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark amber/mahogany with a nice finger or two of khaki head and evena bit of spotty lacing.

Nose is unique for an IPA - lots of caramel/toffee malt, a hearty nuttiness and finally, some citrus/medicinal hops.

Taste is a nice blend of earthy toffee, almost nut brown malt, citrus/grapefruit and a nice lingering hop bitterness and almost roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, on the slick side, and well-carbonated.

This is a unique IPA with a lot of nut brown ale characteristics. Perhaps a little
Junc-town Brown fell in the batch - a happy mistake seeing as this is a tasty, well-balanced, complex pale. Central Waters continues to impress me with their flavorful, unique takes on standard styles.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a bright ruby/amber color, on the darker end of the ipa spectrum, foamy white head with significant lacing

smell: smells like a rusty fart...well maybe not, but the aroma is not very positive on this one...there some sweet buried, some grapes, apple, and a touch of citrus, sweet malts are more noticable than hops

taste: not nearly as bad as the aroma thankfully...sweet but chalky...solidy lightly toasted and sweet malt structure...grapefruit, white grape, apple, slight citrus...grass and earthy hops

mouthfeel: chalky,,,medium bodied

drinkability: above average


the other two central waters brews I have tried were much better

dirtylou, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty nice English IPA. Maybe the best I've had. It's got a great /Fuggles/EKG-type hops flavor, nice and earthy. The malt profile is sweet and mellow, like light caramel. And there's an added fruitiness from the yeast that isn't too strong but acts as a nice compliment. If you're looking for a citrus/pine American IPA, this isn't it, for something British, this is where it's at.

tempest, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
2.2/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Color was a dark amber/brown with a little cloudiness. Small tan head that dissipated quickly. Smell reminded me of fresh air. In other words, it wasn't bad but it wasn't anything special either. Taste was quite bitter on the finish and a little too sweet in the middle. I really didn't care for this one very much but will finish the 6 pack because I hate to waste beer!

BeerCheese, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a highball. Thanks to tizzod (again) for introducing me to beers of the Midwest.

Clear dark amber brew, off-white head is raised which recedes to a ring.

Roasted buttery caramelized malt predominates on the nose. The flavor is an equal balance of this rich maltiness and a full-on strong bitterness from the start thru a long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly rich with mild creamy carbonation, feels almost like a cask sample. The hops bring grapefruit pith and a bitter floral flavor that is the flavor of English hops. A nice example of a forceful English IPA, definitely contrasts with more complex American IPAs but holds its own as a delectable bitter.

kenito799, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark color, reddish brown with a touch of orange. Hazy sediment is suspended in the glass. Ring of foam in the glass, with irregular webs of lacing.

Slightly sweet fruit in the nose, a hint of candied citrus fruits. Caramel maltiness is appealing, with a distinct barley smell.

Malty and fairly full bodied, it has a little bit of astringent bitterness. Dry, piney aftertaste, a little medicinal.

It's ok and worth a try, not my favorite from Central Waters.

emerge077, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Flyer
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a so-so head and minimal lacing. Aroma of slightly floral hops, some cereal. The taste is consistently clean and hoppy, but with little distinguishing character. Could use a little more flavor punch. My tentative conclusion is that, while Central Waters does a phenomenal job with malty styles (Bourbon Barrel, Satin Solstice, Y2K), they're not quite up to speed on the hoppy side.

Flyer, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

enelson, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace. Very nice appearance I would have to say. Some decent carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom and a good amount of side glass lace was involved as well.

The aroma was pleasant, not as strong as I would have liked, but still pretty decent. There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward.

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to brdc for the opportunity to try this one. Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. No date. The body was a rather dark amber color. The yellowy-tan head was over three fingers tall.

Smell was interesting, malt and hard candy. The British hops perhaps. Crusty, nutty bread with marmalade. Husky grain and leafy hops. Intense and a little unusual.

Taste was hops flavor and accompanying bitterness. Chocolate. Seems more balanced than most American IPAs.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and light/medium in carbonation. Easy to drink.

Cresant, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of light tan head over the reddish brew. Lots of itty bitty floaties suspended in the liquid, don't know what that's about, since it didn't seem bottle-conditioned. Laces excellently. Aroma is fruity and malty, in a way I don't remember experiencing before. Interesting. Taste is maltier than most IPAs I've had, and hops are present throughout, rather than jumping in at the end like I've become accustomed to. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, not quite as smooth as you would expect for as malty as it is, and the drinkability is good, with the complexity of the nose and taste keeping you coming back to make sure you really tasted what you think you did. Too bad I only have this one bottle...

ppoitras, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got this one as a bonus in a trade with EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 22/08.

pours hazy reddish brown with a wisp of dense off-white head. a few spots of lace cling to the edges. a bit dark for the style.

aroma is wacky - not quite what i expected from an english ipa. burnt caramel. toasted multi-grain bread. hint of nutty character. touch of dark chocolate. feels like a bit of raw oak too. earthy.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. earthy. touch of burnt caramel again. multi-grain bread and biscuit. definitely some nutty character here too. there's a bit of raw oaky tannin too. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. some astringency that kind of takes away from things. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is ok. sort of an odd one here. malty, slightly unbalanced bitterness, with little noticeable alcohol. the astringency and clinging bitterness is the biggest detractor from the drinkability. though it's been in my fridge, i can't help but think it's a bit past its prime and i should re-evaluate with a fresh bottle.

grub, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (thanks!).

Poured a dark copper color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, floral, spices, and citrus. Tastes of oranges, caramel, floral hops, and almost a toasted nuttiness to it as well. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 2/4/06

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Hallertau
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Hallertau, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Smells like most Central Waters beers: hops. Notes of citrus fruits also detected. Taste starts out with what else, but bitter hops. This is what I love. Citrus notes come in next followed by a slight note of alcohol and a serious warming in your throat. It feels great going down. Sweetens the mouth towards the end and leaves that great coating in the mouth. A pretty good brew from a good brewery. Tasty all around.

abents, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of HopHeadKen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned ? with a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle;
this beer pours rich copper amber with a creamy ivory head that fades to an archipeligo of thin lace islands and a ring around the edge.

Smell is hoppy, (Cascade ?) and sweet malt;
First taste is sweet followed by citrus hop flavor then carmel malts.

The aftertaste is a well balanced hop bitterness; mouthfeel is good;
nothing thin about this beer.

Very nice ! In my opinion this is better than most IPA's

HopHeadKen, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, a little murky, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Big fuggle hop aroma, brown sugar, light fruity esters.

T: Figs, raisin-bread, burnt toffee & caramel, fairly balanced (only slightly bitter), slight earthy citrus, some fruity ale esters, alcohol is really well-hidden. Really more of a British strong than an IPA.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth; modest carbonation.

D: Good.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
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Lac Du Bay IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.