Lac Du Bay | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by cdkrenz:
Photo of cdkrenz
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - It pours to a deep caramel color with a thin tan head. The caramel color has a hint of red to it in the light.

Smell - Firm malt scent with a tone of hops. There is crispness to the aroma that makes this brew very difficult not to drink.

Taste - It has a medium bodied malt flavor to start out and moves quickly but with a smooth segway into a strong hoppy finish. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - Smooth from lips to tongue to throat. Considering the large gap in flavors this IPA is brewed to near perfection.

~ Truthfully, I was ever much for beers with a strong hop as their base. This has changed my mind. I am bordering on this, Lac Du Bay - India Pale Ale as taking over as my favorite beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Loganpatrick503
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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.


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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper amber under a stiff, lacy 1” gold tinted white foam cap. Smell: Nose is malt, light grain, buscuit with large pitted fruits in the background. Taste: Starts very creamy smooth like a biscuit foam with peach that finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness that persists long into the aftertaste. Citrus flavors come out more as it warms. Mouthfeel: The body is medium, the carbonation is fine and soft. Overall: A very drinkable English Style IPA.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Look: Deep amber with a very durable head.

Flavor: There's a hint of hops in the finish leading into a moderate-mild lasting bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cokes
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dirtylou
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerCheese
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
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!

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Faunland
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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Lac Du Bay from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 143 ratings