DarkElf (3014) - 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, Iím 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. Itís 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 isnít widely distributed, so make the extra effort to trade for it.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours a very nice deep gold with a hint of orange and a thin, foamy, white head. The nose has a spicy hop note, a bit of honey, grain, and light florals. The flavor has a nice biscuit malt note up front, then an aggressive almost grassy bitterness, and a nice, slightly bitter finish. Iíd be a happy heron too if I was drinking this. Light body with soft carbonation leading to a medium finish. What we have here is a session brew! Definitely quaffable and pretty tasty too.
Hophead22 (2880) - 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)
Headbanger (2861) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle- A copper body with a not so evident off white head. An aroma of hops and fruit with a taste of hops and malt. Not bad.
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
Iíve 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.
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.
madvike (2537) - 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. Itís too bad--this started out great, until it actually went in the mouth.
keepersj12 (2512) - 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.
MIBRomeo (2484) - 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.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Slightly Murky Gold Coloring. Good Head. Roasts and Hops are the Dominating Aroma and Flavors Here.. Woodsy as Well. Not Bad But Wouldnít Drink Often.
Rerated Winter of í07. Light Hop Aroma. Sweet Malt, Light Subtle Herbal Quality to it.. Nice Dry Hop Finish...Dryer the More you Drink...but Nice Summer Pale Ale.