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Horicon Session IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Horicon Session IPAHoricon Session IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Rise Session Ale

Added by Duff27 on 05-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 fenlop54
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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Horicon Session IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 344 ratings
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