mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Gold in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Citrusy and fruity notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Smokey notes. Medium bodied. Finish is hoppy. Nice beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Really hoppy and really sharp. Light gold with a rocky head. The only knock I have on this beer is the type of hop used. Some smokeines also detected.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Central Waters managed to make this rather pedestrian style quite palatable. Cloudy amber body under a thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma was of bread dough, citrus/pine hops, lots of malt, caramel. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Some sweetness to the taste, well-balanced, malt and hops. Very nice.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faint amonia, dishwater aroma. Gold color with no visible carbonation. A ring of white head around edge of glass. Nice, cascade sheet lace. Not much head retention. There’s a definite bitterness; well balanced. A little dry. I would drink this again.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (thanks!). Poured a medium amber with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of toffee, citrus, flowers and a little fruity. Tastes of caramel, citrus, toasted malts, and some fruits. Some lacing left on the glass.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
I’ve now worked my way through half of a mix-six Central Waters pack. It was a game time decision between this and the IPA, and this won. Aromas I picked up included floral hops, fruity tones and apple juice. The copper body was actively carbonated with a nice thin head.
After admiring it for a minute or two, I took a sip to discover a strong hoppy taste. Perhaps this is an IPA masquarading as a American pale ale? Other things soon followed, including grapefruit and citrus. There was a lingering sourness - not too strong but enough to tickle the throat. This was a nice suprise from a low key, local brewery. If you can get this and enjoy hops, give it a try. If not, give it a try anyways to appreciate a well crafted beer.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
If there’s one thing I admire about Wisconsin breweries, it’s that they tend to stubbornly retain their own unique character rather than follow whatever trend pours forth from the West Coast brewing scene. (Witness their tendency to produce more lagers than most American craft brewers -- a natural offshoot of Wisconsin’s German heritage and the brewing traditions implied therein.) Don’t get me wrong -- a lot of good things are coming out of the West Coast scene and the proliferation of these trends is not necessarily bad. But neither is the "do your own thing despite the trends" path. <P>And with this curious and unique offering, Central Waters treads down the latter path. Lacking the conspicuous use of Northwest hops that now characterizes most American pales, Happy Heron is Central Waters’ rather tasty twist on the style. Pours golden orange-amber with just a hint of cloudiness and a perfectly formed medium white head. Fascinating aroma of pale malt and dried berries. Both make prominent showings in the flavor as well, with fine balance from medium-high hop bitterness. Long dry aftertaste. Medium body and palate. Only in Wisconsin will you find a gem like this.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is toasted grainy at start. Finish a more defined malt preseance. Dark golden body with off white head, some lacing on glass. Flavor is of grain hop crisp and mild bitterness. By the finish a malty fruit texture to the flavor. Good beer. Picked this one up while on a recent trip to Wi.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-copper. Nose somewhat citric, a few malts. Reasonably well balanced, some citrus backed up by a reasonable amount of toastiness. Reasonably decent.
BuckyinMinn (18) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although this beer is not very well known in Wisconsin, it is one of my favorites. The hops flavor is pronounced like a real pale ale should be.