Central Waters Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #2,130
Ranked #14,221
3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a darker, bronze, amber colro with a small, just slightly off-white head. SRM of 15. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of rich mango, papaya, melon, and guava. All dark and ripe fruit with a sweet toasted bread sweetness. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor is much different than the nose. Here I get a lot of grapefruit, pine, and florality. It is follows by a strong dark tropical fruit and toasted bread, caramel sweetness. Finishes rather sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Heavier-bodied. Medium carbonation. A moderate syrupy characteristic that lingers on the palate. (3.5)

Overall: A great northern midwest IPA. Modern tropical hop flavors with a strong and heavier malt backbone. It's sweet, heavy, and delicious. It's probably even more heavier and sweet than Founder's. It's a thick and rich, wintery IPA. (Final Rating: 3.98)

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defunksta from Illinois, Aug 10, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 34018. A thick and frothy ivory head coats the glass with thick foam as it slowly fades atop a copper colored ale. Aroma is bold citrus, pine, and earthy hop; bready caramel malt, and a bit of skunk in the nose as well. Old school IPA flavors meld very well on the palate creating notes of grain & sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and orange zest, pine, and earthy/grassy fresh hop pellet. Medium body, resinous hop oils stick to the palate, bitter and semi-dry finish. Solid beer but I doubt I'd get it again.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, May 12, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 1 finger of white over a somewhat cloudy body of golden amber; almost no visible carbonation; leaves patches of lace

S - tropical fruits, citrus, pine

T - bright citrus, honey-sweetened biscuits, touch of pine, hint of pepper

M - chewy medium body, medium prickly carbonation

O - a rather pleasant IPA

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lwillitz from Wisconsin, May 19, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a rather cloudy amber color with a one half inch, white cap, spotty retention and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, cocoa, molasses, and pine.
T: Flavors of lemon citrus, caramel, and biscuit predominate. Bitterness nicely complements the flavor pallet.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Chewy.
O: A very enjoyable and well constructed American IPA. Would certainly have it again.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jan 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy amber gold under a 1" white cap with fair to poor retention

S: smells like a wet pine woods with some citrus

T: Fruit, citrus and biscuit lead the flavors finishing with a moderately high citrus pith and rind bitterness

F: The body and carbonation are medium

O: a very drinkable, bitter, yet enjoyable, IPA

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pat61 from Minnesota, Dec 21, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange-amber color with mild head and nice lacing
S - Citrus, Tangerine, slight pine, mild sweetness and balanced malt
T - same as above with a dry feel on the finish
F - Nice slick mouthfeel with low-mod carbonation
0 - very nice and balanced IPA. Just the right amount of bitterness. Very enjoyable!

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Me0773 from New York, Nov 22, 2017
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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rift IPA has a thin-to-medium, white head, an opaque, gold-orange appearance, and a bit of glass lacing. Aroma is heavy on tropical citrus fruits and white bread. The taste is hop forward, with bitterness, apricots, resin, and white bread crust. Sugary sweetness is strong, too. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Rift IPA finishes mostly dry.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Nov 17, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright gold with an average head. The aroma is very powerful - lemon peel, peach, watermelon, guava, and pink grapefruit. The flavor is also very expressive - pink grapefruit, guava, peach, apricot, lemon peel, mandarin orange, nectarine, and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with copious fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a really excellent IPA - big step up for Central Waters on hops in my opinion.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Aug 05, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with white head. Sweet pine, light grass, light fruits, and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with more of the same from the nose; very nice. This is a very nice easy drinking IPA. Well done.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of pine and mango. Tropical and citrus hops with some light sweet malt and piney bitterness. Nice hop combination with a sweet bitterness that sticks in your checks.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a really good and fairly new school ipa with some varietals that must include some of simcoe and amarillo or citra and mosaic, its just that tropical juicy thing, but its also oily in feel, bigger, and its bitter, clear, and wet coasty at the same time, kind of what we are used to in the style, but better made than so many, and one of the best not barrel aged beers i have ever had from these guys really. on tap its bronze in color and fully heady, with a lot of bubbles but still sort of weighty. i like them sticky and sort of dank, which this is, and it feels almost like a double ipa in some ways, still super fresh but just more robust overall and heavier than many, a big beer for its stature, and just real well done. i liked the old ipa they did too, but its nice to see these guys evolving all the time still. its almost funny to me that despite how highly rated and truly epic some of their barrel aged beers are, how good the basic ones are too, and how much they fly under the geeky radar. i almost feel bad for them, like they do it so well and have for so long, and the squeaky wheels dont care. one of the best breweries in the country for my money. they do it all...

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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this new beer from CW awhile ago and am revisiting it tonight. I previously had some HHG which initially I felt was pretty good but then it lost it's appeal. Probably I am more of an IPA guy than just pale ale person. This has a nice nose to it w decent flavor. Not a world beater, but not bad.

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scream from Wisconsin, May 15, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, fresh bottling. Served in a Central Waters snifter glass. Pours a mildly cloudy copper body, medium orange hue, one finger thick white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smells of caramel, crisp floral and grapefruit notes, a bit more citrus than in the past. Straight forward IPA, smells reasonably balanced. Flavour is citrus and grapefruit, moderate caramel sweetness, touch of grain, and a slight caramel sweetness on the backend. Not particularly bitter, reasonable citrus zest notes on the end. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, drinkable with a mild bitterness. A nice change of pace from Glacial Trail IPA, which I believe this one replaced. I still prefer HHG APA, even though they are technically different styles.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Apr 27, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. It's a dull orange with a 2 finger white head and plenty of webbed lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus and some pine bitterness with light malts. Flavor of tropical, citrus hops with some light sweet malt and piney bitterness. Nice carbonation with a juicy and mildly dry feel. Not all that distinguishable from many IPAs, but enjoyable on a warm day.

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Ri0 from Wisconsin, Apr 26, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color, clear with great lacing. Nice balanced citrusy, piney aroma. Taste follows, balanced and subtle. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Great to see a solid newer-style IPA from Central Waters. Has Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra.

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Dharmelink from Wisconsin, Apr 18, 2017
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