Central Waters Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,023
Ranked #19,461
4.01 | pDev: 11.47%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: Coffee pumpkin milkshake IPA with pumpkin, coffee & spices

If you've met one "Ryan", you've met them all. That's how we saw it when we hired the third guy named Ryan on to our crew. Before his first day we had a new name for him..."Wendy". Wendy loves his Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and ever fall when the leaves begin to change, he's in him minivan racing to the drive-thru. This one is for you Wendy!

30 IBU
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Blogjackets from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wendy by Central Waters. A coffee pumpkin milkshake IPA. Bottled on 20300910. What a mashup of flavors and styles. I’m not picking up lactose that ostensibly makes this a milkshake.

Virtually no head or lacing. Nose is the most forward of aspects - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger are prominently on display, but not the typical cloying aroma that is standard for pumpkin anything these days. Coffee is sadly (for me) in the background. I would have loved so see this balanced with the spices. Sweetness and a bit of hoppiness at back end and swallow of the hazy orange body. The spicing reminds me more of mulled cider than a pumpkin spice latte. Surprisingly not offensive as the seemingly impossible mixture in the subtitle would suggest.

Sunday at 07:24 PM
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity coffee beans and pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the coffee beans aren't nearly as fruity and the underlying hops lend a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of pumpkin pie spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather unique, but I wouldn't really call it a "Milkshake IPA" as I didn't really get the lactose or sweetness as it was more of a straight hybrid between an IPA, coffee beer, and pumpkin beer. For some strange reason the initial smell of this beer reminded me a little of of being on an Amtrak train - perhaps the aroma might be a little like what they use for cleaning supplies.

Serving type: can

Oct 24, 2020
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a murky, ugly brown with a solid head. The aroma is massively intense, with a huge hunk of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger. The coffee is present but in the background, with a creamy brightness, and an herbal earthy funk. The flavor is less intense than the aroma, but starts with a big hit of clove and ginger, followed by sweet cream, and ending on a hint of pine. The mouthfeel is soft and rich with pillowy carb and a yeasty finish. Overall a surprising beer - one that on the surface should not work, and yet really does - the pungent spice marries with a herbal hop note, and the coffee floats creamily in the background.

Oct 23, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is cinnamon/nutmeg/spices, malts and a hint of coffee. The flavor is citrus/fruit, nutmeg/cinnamon, malts, coffee, pumpkin and a creeping hoppy finish. A little too much going on but not bad.

Oct 17, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pretty skeptical that this woud work, but its actually a pretty tasty beer. Light hop bitterness that fades into a hint of pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, & nutmeg with a light coffee lingering finish. Really unique beer from CW that was very well executed. Even has a slightly creamy body and is very smooth to drink. I could drink a 6 pack of this myself and I am not a person who would usually order a pumpkin spice latte at the coffee shop.

Oct 15, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/10/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and murky burnt golden; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of apple along with some pumpkin spices. Mild hints of coffee and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More pumpkin spices blending well with some citrus notes. Some cinnamon and ginger along with some nutmeg. More apple notes. The coffee is subtle but there. Moderate to low bitterness. The bitterness is clean and crisp. It's not syrupy or sweet. Malts do their thing without dominating. It finishes clean and somewhat dry. It's not as juicy as you might expect. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, spritzy, slightly fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great brew. It's extremely unique. The pumpkin spices shine without being overwhelming. The coffee is subtle but does its thing. It does ultimately come off as an IPA. Everything works. The craftsmanship and execution is on point. Well done. I really like it. It's definitely worth checking out if you come across it.

Oct 05, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hooh boy. I had to see how this one panned out!
First October beer.
12 oz can, born on 9/10/20, into Full Sail Pint Glass.

If this were anything but beer, I'd be puking in my mouth. The color of this beer, well, it's basically turbid back-up, just a murky orange brown sewer water sitting here with a creamy cappuccino-like head. But, given its context, it has a neat glow to it, and is actually rather attractive in beer form. Whoda'thought?

The aroma is surprisingly wonderful too. It brings some soft fruity kviek yeast, a hint of orange juice, some pleasant shoe sole/basketball, then a nice balanced mix of clove and spices. Then I get a huge hit of caramel macchiato. I'm really impressed by how this is coming together so far with all of the bizarre adjuncts in this beer.

Flavor, coming off like a spiced chai latte with a soft NE IPA twist, this thing is marvelous. There's sweet caramel, followed by notes of ginger and coriander, slight nutmeg, and then a caramelized orange juice finish. Some nutty notes remain on the palate on the finish.

Feel is creamy and soft, smooth, supple, with a good dose of carbonation while not going overboard, with mild to moderate alcohol heat, and some tongue numbness. Heat comes up more after the swallow.

Overall, this is crazy but it works. I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers per se, but I do love IPAs. This thing is perfect for me. If you are wanting to kick fall off the right way but don't want to give up your IPAs, this is the way to do it. I'm just impressed they pulled this off and my scores reflect that accomplishment. Phenomenal execution on what could have been an absolute disaster.

Price paid : $2.49 / can
Would buy again : Yes

Oct 01, 2020
Wendy from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 15 ratings