Hop Rise Session Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Hop Rise Session AleHop Rise Session Ale

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Duff27 on 05-19-2012

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From taste notes. Had on tap. Appearance: Has a chill haze that turns brilliant gold to amber as the beer warms.The cap is finely bubbled, 1” thick and off-white. Smell: Big grassy hop aromas over light malts. Taste: Starts with malt to biscuit and then finishes with lingering hops with a grass and grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing, sessionable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A crisp and juicy hop driven aroma with lots of citrus and earthy esters. Very hoppy scent upfront with citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of grass and some oily pine resin. Fairly herbal. Balancing presence of sweet pale malt with hints of bready grains and biscuit, sweet caramel, yeast, and crackers. A pretty solid light IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bright, crisp, juicy, and zesty hop driven taste with notes of citrus and grass. Upfront citrus fruit esters with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy and herbal hop notes with some grass and oily pine resin. Decent sweet malt backbone with notes of caramel, bready biscuit, grains, crackers, and yeast. Nicely bitter and smooth. Solid hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Juicy, bitter, and somewhat oily. Very drying and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very solid session IPA. Good bitter and juicy hop flavors with a moderate body and lower alcohol.

Photo of waitforit
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden-red, decent foam but no lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy, but not overwhelming. Paradigmatic pale ale.

T: A sharp and resiny beginning -- almost too much so -- with kind of a grapefruit finish. Almost too much sharpness, unfortunately.

M: Lingering spiced notes.

O: Pretty good, and very flavorful for such a low ABV. I realize that's what makes it sessionable, but I can't picture drinking very many of a beer that didn't have a bit more sweetness to balance it out.

Try it again? 3 - Maybe.

Photo of jeonseh
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap and served in a pint glass

A - Orange and golden in color with a light crisp white head. Slightly reflective and clean looking. - 3.5

S - Very floral in the nose as I get hints of hibiscus and lemon peel - 3.5

T- Very floral in the flavor profile as I get hints of hibiscus and other very floral flavors. Slight lemon peel that gives it a bitter aspect in the finish. Reminds me of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker by FFF. It is a bit too floral for my taste. It seems to overly rely on the floral aspect and, in my opinion, that prevents its from being sessionable- 3

MF - Light body that makes it easy to drink with light carbonation as well. Has a slight stickiness to it as well - 3.5

O - A decent and very floral IPA from Central Waters. It really relies on the floral and isn't my cup of tea - 3

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- A hint of hazy in the bright copper body has a lumpy white head that sticks to the glass in sheets and last the full glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the glass.

S- The green woody bright hops has some pale malt fresh finish.

T- The bright green herbal hops has a slight juicy finish with some hints of pale malt. There is a note of some biscuit malt that comes through as it opens. There is a slight minty quality to the soft pungent green hops that linger.

M- This beer pours a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz.

O- This beer has a nice full hop flavor with a light bitterness and it is in that classic N.W. Coast character.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters "Hop Rise Session Ale"
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

Hop Rise is a good looking glass of beer with a rocky off-white head that holds well and leaves nice wide-sheets of thick above a slightly hazy golden-orange body. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen rising quickly to take their place beneath the head, ensuring that it remains for at least a little while longer.

Hops are quite clear in the nose, offering pungent citrus and pine notes over a bready malt base. I find grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, some apricot, soft pine (lots of it), and a bit of grass.

Not surprisingly, the hops return in the flavor bit-time, again riding atop the bready and biscuity malt base. The hops dominate but they don't overpower the malt completely. In fact, given that it's supposed to be a very hoppy beer (I'd assumed that based on the name, although I know that doesn't necessarily mean anything) I'd say it's rather well balanced. The bitterness does stay with you though, lingering after the swallow for quite some time. And it's a bitter beer. I'd guess that it's at about 70 IBU's. Still, somehow it holds together. I almost can't believe it's just 4.5% as it tastes like an IPA. Maybe even a double IPA... nicely hoppy!

The term "session" threw me at first, but now I get it now. It tastes like a much bigger beer but it's not. If it is, indeed, just 4.5% abv that's less than Budweiser. Oh, but what a hoppy Budweiser that would be!!! Also, somehow it's got a great malt component. Really, really nice! Worth seeking out.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Hop Rise Session ale offers a burst of flavor that is well worth the taste. The beer poured a clear pale orangish color with thin white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent has much citrus and subtle pine. The taste is powered from start to finish with bitter citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and is quite sessionable at 4.5%.

Photo of mobius387
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap, taken from notes

Appearance: nice hazy gold, big white head.

Aroma: huge huge citrus nose. Smells fantastic

Palate: hop character is noted well with a nice sting. Medium body, mild carbonation, can't notice any alcohol. This is a great mix between a hop forward beer and a summer session beer!

Taste: Just hop deliciousness. Big grapefruit and lemon flavors, a smooth malt backbone. Some pine but mostly citrusy.

Overall: Just a huge surprise from cw here. I knew they could make top notch ba beers, but this is one of the best ipas I've ever had. It rivals zombie dust, heady, and Pliny!! I really hope they bottle this gem and get it on the shelves

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12/6...pours cloudy hazy copper dark tinted. Light layer of foam. Pine nose, very faint. Light malt taste, strong pine bitter, firm carbonation, burnt toasty taste. Bitter aftertaste.

Photo of dhannes
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

A=Very appealing golden hue, slightly darker than norm, with a touch of cloudiness and nice head.
S=Awful...like spoiled grapefruit.
T=Very sour and way too much hops to be billed as a session beer. Grapefruit and pine...I received this as a gift about two months ago, so it this was in the warehouse or store for awhile, that might explain the taste.
M=Not a session beer--very sour and very hard to drink.
O=I don't like many IPA's and this is certainly one that I won't drink again...contemplating drain pour at the 25% done point.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, but left a thick collar around the edge of the glass, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—mango seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but also seems to have some notes of pine toward the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and definitely can be considered sessionable given its low alcohol content and lighter-bodied nature. I wouldn’t have any problem knocking back a six-pack of these in one sitting.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Central Waters. Expectations are moderately high based on my previous experience with this brewery.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright burnt sienna orange colored body with good carbonation presence, and some dark & light yeast sediment visible. About one finger of creamy off-white head sitting on top. No lacing sticks to the glass as the beer recedes. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Nose is a bit more subdued: white bread, biscuit malt, light citrus fruit / pine, some graininess, & some musty wood character. Not a very powerful aroma.

T - Some fresh grapefruit hop presence is noticeable, some overripe green apple, with a light earthy herbal bitterness. A clean bready biscuit malt finish. Reminds me in some ways of many of the Mikkeller single hop beers I've tried. Lots of good flavor for such a low abv beer.

M - Feel is quick and clean with just a hint of oily hop resins lingering on the palate. An otherwise clean finish. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, definitely a nice sessionable pale ale from Central Waters, I could see this being a good seasonal of theirs for the summer months. Would definitely have this again, if they choose to brew it more.

Central Waters Hop Rise Session Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of MNAle
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable. The hop bitterness is there, but not overpowering, more like an APA than an IPA. I like the "session" level of alcohol if you are having more than 1 or 2.

Photo of Ri0
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a light sun color with a slight hue of peach. Nice 2 finger white bubbly head and lacing galore.

S - Light citrus and floral hops, with a bit of malt a sweetness to it. Better than the offerings from Lagunitas and Founders.

T - Some floral, citrus hop juice, but this at least carries some malt and sweetness to it. Founders and Lagunitas lack the malt.

M - Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O - As an IPA it is weak since there light malt and sweetness to go along with the citrus hops. As a session ale it is pretty good as a light, refreshing drink on a hot day. A bit better than Lagunitas Daytime or Founders All Day

Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a golden amber color mostly clear with a white 1 finger head and adequate lacing looks good
S- light floral hops with melon and orange zest some caramel bread and grass all light to me
T- was better picked up the floral and tropical hops notes of pine,grapefruit,melon and grassy notes along with sweet malts
M-nice carbonation with a dry bitterness from the hops its crisp and sweet
O-a nice session brew with enough hop punch to satisfy quite drinkable try it i will buy more of this

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a creamy head. Thin lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of orange rind, grapefruit, with biscuit / wet cracker in the background.

The taste is of orange, tangerine, grapefruit with a biscuit-like malt supporting the hops. There is an aspirin-like dryness in the finish.

It's a bit thin in the middle, but the hop taste holds through in the aftertaste.

It is a hoppy, lighter-bodied IPA, as intended. A hoppy IPA without the alcohol kick. Well-done, and certainly "sessionable" if you like a brew filled with American hops that have a firm pale malt support.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro pour on draft. Looks inviting with an inch high foamy head and a solid body (thanks to the nitro). Lots of bitterness on the back end, almost like a hybrid between an English ESB and a lighter session IPA in the way it goes down. Decent enough but wouldn't make this a go to.

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I find it amusing that PA is the only state outside of Wisco that has dCWBC's beers and that is because the owner/brewer has a personal connection here.

From the bottle: "An explosively hoppy yet sessionable IPA, bursting with a citrusy array of mango, orange and pineapple pleasantries, Hop Rise is a brewer's beer for one and all. Generously hopped throughout the boil, then dry-hopped at the tail end of fermentation for a large bouquet."; "Ale, Sun, Earth and Sky".

I went with an aggro pour, which drove the ex-Old Lady up a wall, but unless they tell me to be gentle, I am going full-bore pour! This created a finger of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. They were not kidding about the nose - I could smell it straight away! It reminded me of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers from when I was a kid. Definitely orange and pineapple and if they say mango, I am not going to disagree. Color was a hazy deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was riotous with hops! Man, my tongue was getting assaulted from every direction with citrus flavors and I was totally digging it. Groovy, baby! Finish was very dry from all of the hops and I found myself shaking my head at the relatively low ABV of this beer. It certainly tasted much bigger. Great sticky lacing began to develop as I drank through this one. Another worthwhile offering from CWBC, IMHO.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

Man, it's clear I have no idea what goes on in European soccer games... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, grass, and light leek. For once, the leek really doesn't hurt things all that much. Right on. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the leek has transmogrified into mildly-earthy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little relatively low-ABV pale ale, nothing close to special, but I could see drinking a few of these at the bar while watching random European soccer games and pondering the mysteries of the sport.

Photo of Strix
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, frothy head that leaves a curtain of lace.

Citrus and grassy hops over a biscuity malt base, a hint of pineapple.

I'm getting mostly grapefruit atop the biscuity malt, which mellows into a slightly grassy/green pepper note that lingers throughout.

Clean, light mouthfeel.

I'm really surprised that this was 4.5. Nice amount of hopping, good balance, and light enough you could have a couple - I think they nailed what they were going for here. I'm impressed.

Photo of BeersOverBaghdad
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells really citrusy and hoppy, which is what I was looking for. Great nose for a session.

Taste under delivers; it's too harsh and doesn't go down smooth. Shouldn't be that harsh for a session

Appearance was a lovely dark orange. Cloudy but not a lot of head

Feel was solid. Not too thin which is always a concern with sessions

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip with mild anticipation. Excited for the possibilty of a good local hop session.

Golden pour with puff and some lace.

Smells mostly like vegetated malt. Rather so so on the nose.

Well, if you like your beers tasting like salad greens that do I have the beer for you. Like arugula liquified for your quaffing pleasure. Peppered greens all up in my face

Fickle, thy name be session IPA. Founders All Day.... too bland for its own good. Lawson's ...really really good. This, eh....what good is this style, despite the low abv, if the hops don't suit your fancy?

Photo of TheSSG
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soapy head that collapses and laces nicely. Very bright, assertive citrus notes. Gold with a slight amber color. Starts with a burst of bitterness and pine sap/grapefruit. Builds into a good citrus rind bitterness, peaks at about a medium-high bitterness, then mellows as the malt makes an appearance. Lingering citrus rind bitterness.

Overall, a pretty nice IPA. It's thinner than a standard, but that's okay with a session IPA. It is very assertively bitter for a session, though; I imagine after my second one, my palate would be a bit fatigued. I like my session IPA's to be more aromatic, and less bitter (but still hoppy). If you like pine/grapefruit IPA's, then you will like this.

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark golden body with a creamy white head that lasts the entire pint though. Lacing coats(!!) the side of the glass.

Bright floral hops on the nose.

Clean crisp hop bite. Malt backbone is there but again the hops are the star of the show here. Low perceived ABV.

Creamier mouthfeel than you'd expect.

Wow, I'd rated this one step below Zombie Dust because I feel it's in the same vein. Excellent hop forward session ale here, the world needs more of them. Another great one from Central Waters.

Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Julian dating on bottle neck of 18513, so assuming bottled sometime early July. If so, then 3 months old.

Poured a nice deep yellow, slightly cloudy, with a decent 1-2 finger head. Big bubbles in the head, some carbonation. Head retained in some form throughout. Lacing was minimal.

Getting some fruitiness on the nose, not much else.

Bit of a jolt with the first taste, this brew is quite bitter. Then the hops and fruits butted in and smoothed it out. A few more mouthfuls had the same result. Enjoying this one quite a lot.

Mouth was mostly bitter and hops various places, with a clean fruity wash. Good stuff.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer. Not sure if the bitterness would hold up over a lenghty session, but I'd give it a shot.

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Hop Rise Session Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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