Horicon Session IPA
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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American IPA
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Horicon Session IPAHoricon Session IPA
Notes: Formerly known as Hop Rise Session Ale
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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is citrus hops, orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit as well as some earthiness. Light bodied, tasty, and one I could have several of. I like other IPAs more, but this is certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour: On draft at The Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a nonic pint. Appearance: Dark amber and clear. Medium white head with excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma: Subtle hops and elements of pine. Taste: Real subtle on the hop flavors on the first sip. Very earthy and somewhat bitter. Kind of strange for a lower IBU (35). Aftertaste: The earthy, tangy and bitter notes last throughout. Really great mouthfeel. Overall: Easy drinking and crushable. Good. 3.22 out of 5.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As always, a Session IPA has no malt back and resembles hoppy water. This is a watery combination of bitter, floral hops and a resiny bitterness. There's a bit of barley malt but it's overwhelmed by a wateriness. It's not Central Waters fault, it's a hard style to succeed with.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/13/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice rings of soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance with minimal hop astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthful that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Even with the labeled age of this bottle, the hop flavors still had good vibrancy, and it was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Horicon Nitro. On nitro @ Howells & Hood. Brief notes below:

A: Gorgeous head, with ample creaminess and froth. Soft in appearance, with great even consistency and good complexion. White colour. Heavy coating lacing. Retention is stellar - about 8-10 minutes, wow.

Body is a clear copper of good vibrance. Clean and yeast free, with obvious filtration.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking IPA.

AROMA: Clean grain, pale malts, floral notes, fragrant citrus, nitro-induced cream.

No yeast, off-notes, or booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The nitro cream does mute the flavour profile somewhat, with repressed hop notes of flowers, herb, and vague citrus along with a blip of chamomile tea. Pale malts and clean barley tame any hop bitterness.

Ultimately, it comes off shallow and simple, with subpar depth of flavour. I do like it generally speaking, but it leaves much to be desired in terms of intricacy. Not a gestalt build, but cohesive and decently balanced.

Texture is creamy, smooth, wet, and surprisingly light-bodied. I think nitro doesn't serve the flavour profile well at all. Well-carbonated and somewhat refreshing. This texture doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Drinkable but forgettable. I hoped for better given the brewery behind it, but the nitro-draught dispense is holding the beer back - so maybe I ought to try it on-draught. Not worth trying - especially not @ $7 a glass. But of fair quality.


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Photo of TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with off-white head. Citrus, lots of citrus notes on the nose, a little grass and resin too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with that same citrus note as on the nose, very well done session IPA.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of BeersOverBaghdad
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definition of a beer that was good, but will be forgotten in time. Dwells in light accents through out, a little hop spice, a little bitterness, a little dash of fruits, especially mango and grapefruit, a little hint of tea, and some subtle malts. Nothing bad, just nothing I will think back to again

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Photo of dhannes
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

From notes on 11/9/13

Pours bright yellow orange with a white head. Lots if bitterness up front finishing off with a wonderful citrus flowery flavor. Very delicious.

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Photo of MNAle
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Strix
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York, having never had a beer from Central Waters before and never hearing about them until I saw this on the shelf. Session IPA's seems to be the Black IPA's of 2014 so I grabbed this and wanted to see if this really fit the bill. While low on alcohol in taste, there was just a bit of something missing from here to really make this fully enjoyable. It would be easy to kick back the whole six-pack in a sitting if the taste was just a bit better and more enjoyable!

What a fabulous pour this beer had, as the hazy deep golden hue, frothy head, and voluminous lacing all combined for a really pleasing appearance. There was enough carbonation in this and I poured it just right that the result was a mini-tornado of bubbles in this beer, spinning its way through the middle of the liquid! Once that settled down, the bubbles were still to be seen in regular carbonated form. Not a strong aroma to this as I could pick put grapefruit, orange rind, and biscuit malt. Then came the taste - why was this slightly burnt? Or was it skunk? This was so weak in the strength of its potency that I had to swish it around for a bit to find out. Some grass and floral notes were in here too but this seemed too complex for something that shouldn't have been. Yet for some odd reason, this wasn't to terribly hard to down.

Of course, this was a session beer and had I not had a shift to complete the day after, I would have given this another go. This seemed like a lighter version of the Southern Tier Hop Sun but not as strong or as bright when it came to the maltier aspects of this beer. Sure, this would be better than grabbing a watered-down "lawnmower beer" but I feel that this has a lot of room for improvement. Having mango, and rings of lacing as the remnants once I finished was decent, but the soapy mouthfeel and lingering dry, burnt aftertaste left something to be desired.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer is lame. Has a decent hop character to it, but the malt bill is excessive to the point of overshadowing everything else that should be overshadowing the malts. Maybe it's not that fresh. I don't know. What I do know is that it just doesn't taste that good right now.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Central Waters Hop Rise Session Ale. Brewed in Amherdt, WI. "Ale, Sun, Earth and Sky", it says on the label, not sure what that's about. 12 ounce bottle. No ABV given.

Very clouded, copper-colored, with a smallish white head.

Aromatics: hoppy, oily, pine-y and citrusy. Fresh and lively. I like it.

Taste: Plenty of hoppitude happening here. Big, bitter bite up front that lasts long through the drink. Bright and vivacious. Medium-bodied, lean and easy-drinking.

Let's read that label description: "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."

Hey, guess what, I liked it.

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange/gold color with snow white head and light carbonation.

Enjoyably light citrus smell just invites you in.

Very nice bitter, not overpowering, makes excellent drinkability

Although it appears lightly carbonated, the appearance is deceiving, because it is jumping once you get it past your lips, combine this with the bitterness and my mouth feel is great.

Overall this is one of my go to beers that you will always find in my refrigerator, and it's priced very reasonably.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just doing a quick review on this one.
Appearance is a nice rich gold with a finger of soapy white head, medium lacing. Smell is very reminiscent of a lightly hopped pilsner, very skunky, and the taste follows it closely, lots of pilsner malt and spice, very minimal earthy hop tones. Lots of bread and biscuit, dry on the end.
This really is a pilsner with some hop profile, nothing great, I really dislike the soapy quality it has.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 lengthy session, but I'd give it a shot.

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Horicon Session IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 343 ratings