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.
sunevdj (3208) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a foamy off-white head and nice lacings. Bitter with lots of hoppy grape fruit aromas. Medium bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Long bitter finish.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hezron, thanks Nathan!) Central Waters is rapidly becoming one of my favorite midwestern breweries. This is now my fourth from this place, and once again, I’m impressed. It seems an ample toasty maltiness is their signature; as with other offerings, this pale ale is noticably maltier than many others in the style, with a modest toastiness contributing to the pleasantries. It’s mildly sweet, and balanced by a moderately bitter and citrusy hoppiness. The nose is very aromatic, showing plenty of toasty, grainy malt and a lighter contribution from hops. Medium-to-full bodied, stimulating all corners of the mouth for a few seconds before trailing off, finishing crisp, somewhat dry and bitter. Dark golden color, somewhat hazy in appearance, with a steady supply of carbonation bubbles still rising long after the pour. The off-white head shows solid retention and fully coats the glass with a curtain of lace. A solid pale all in all respects, one which isn’t widely distributed, so make the extra effort to trade for it.
Brigadier (3030) - 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.
Frank (2935) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent pale ale but with a somewhat soapy bitterness in the finish. Pretty though with a long lasting head.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Rating #120. Dark amber with a little gold to brighten it up, nice sticky white head that left some good lacing. Nice piney aroma with a little sweetness. Above average bitterness, a little tropical with some more pine and a nice malty sweetness. Tasty stuff. (2296)
madvike (2761) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours clear yellow amber with a small foamy white head. Grassy and herbal on the nose, with a bit of lemongrass. Real clean and understated with the hops. Bready malt with a bit of grassy hops coming out through the finish. A touch of metal distracts, and a bit of syrupy caramel rears its head. Biting carbonation really takes away from the taste. It’s too bad--this started out great, until it actually went in the mouth.
keepersj12 (2723) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good example of the style. ours amber with a small head, The aroma is floral, earthy, and a bit of hops. The flavor has a great beer base with an assertive hop profile. Crisp and clean on the finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - 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.
MIBRomeo (2562) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice apa... a light orangish pour a touch cloudy w/ a fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly hopped traces of grass and toucehs of citurs not much malt pieces of grahm crackers. Palate is nicely coated smooth. Flavor is a nice lightly hoppy citrus toucehs of pine/grass a very light malt easy to drink, quite good.