JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear dark golden with bronze highlights. Off-white head with sweeter fruit aroma. Flavored with pine and citrus with some sweet and semi-sweet notes.
Ughsmash (7097) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured medium orange with a short-lived off-white head and lots of particles suspended in there. The aroma picked up sweet grapefruit and redder fruits with caramel and toffee backing.. soft and nicely balanced. The flavor was sweeter with plums and grapefruit represented.. moderate pine and citric bitterness around.. lots of sweetness overall with only somewhat complementary bitterness. Grainy and medium-bodied on the palate with OK balance.. quite bitter right at the end in a raw, unfocused way.. just OK.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark golden bronze with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny citrusy grapefruity hops and a touch of sweet toasty caramel malt. Body starts with about average fullness and some mild sweetness, quickly drying out before a grainy toasty malt bittersweet finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance but has a nice hop profile.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Pours a deep caramel amber with a large beige head and some lacing. Aroma is medium sweet malt with some grapefruit, cherry and pine. The flavor is much more subdued but does show some caramel and NW American hops. A little on the malty side for the style but does have wonderful balance overall as a beer. Lively carbonation, sticky texture. Finishes somewhat short and bitter.
GJF (1230) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad IPA. Plenty of malt and a nice hoppy finish. Straightforward, but well done.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After making a great British-style IPA (Lac du Bay), Central Waters now tries its hand at an American version. I wish it were as good. as the British-style version...
<P>Pours a deep caramel red-orange with a slight haze. Poofy white head forms on pour, quickly settling down to a thinnish layer that leaves nice bits of lace on the inside of the glass. Aroma is sharply citrusy, piney and floral with sweet malt up there too. The flavor was disappointingly subdued compared to what the aroma hinted at. it did not reveal nearly so much of the citrus and floral characteristics that were found on the nose, instead leaving mostly the piney, bitter aspects. But at least this beer is not a complete bitter hop cluster-bomb like so many ham-fisted American-style IPAs, and that just may be its saving grace. It’s somewhere between the citrusy perfection of something like, say, DFH’s 60-Minute IPA and the awful dish-soap-bitter abominations like so many clumsy American IPAs. Medium body with a slightly sticky palate. Not outstanding, but still pretty drinkable.
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a medium sized white head. Grapefruit hop aroma. flavor is biscuit, grapefruit and a bit of floral hops, and a caramel malt background. Finishes slightly bitter, easy drinking. Thanks cole!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color. Smelled of citrus fruits (9mostly grapefruit if I had to nail it down) with hints of caramel and graham cracker. Dry with mild to moderate hop bitterness of about 4 out of 10. Sprucy hops and biscuity malt flavors emerged. So so.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing a bottle, Mark and Mike. The body was medium copper with an off white head. The aroma was sweet cake donuts and black cherries. There was also some oranges, but it’s behind the sweetnes. The taste was grapefruit and bitter bread crust, more of what I was expecting. A decent IPA, but a little bit of a miss form Central Waters.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a thin to medium off white head. Aroma of floral and pine hops, sweet malt. More floral hops in the taste and big sweet caramel malt. Good bitterness that lingers for a while. The bitterness really sticks out in this beer. Medium body. Not bad.