Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange with a light layer of beige head... had some nice lacing as this went down. Nose picked up smooth caramel, earth, toasty grains, bread, and pine... became rather sticky and a little remniscent of pine resin as it wamed up. Lighter-bodied. Smooth through the mouth with bitterness around the tongue and a rather sticky finish. Flavors of toasted earth, caramel, and some floral hoppage. Nothing extraordinary about this one, but it was smooth, tasty, and very easy-drinking.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, rather dark ruby red for the style with a thick white head that quickly settles to a thin layer. Good lacing. Aroma is nutty, caramel-y and a bit of medium toasted grain. Grain is a little too toasted for a red ale -- almost makes this more of a nut brown but for the medium-high hop bitterness. Dry nutty & medium toasted grain dominate the flavor. Some malt sweetness is there but not as much as I would like in a red. Hop bitterness is on the high side of the style. Medium body, fun bubbly palate. A clean, competent if not outstaning or rigidly accurate example of the style (as if there’s any such thing); and all the same it’s still yet another showpiece of Central Water’s excellent overall quality. Their beers may not be exciting (except the bourbon barrel stout of course) but they do pedestrian beers rather well.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hezron, thanks Nathan!) I love the name of this beer because it harkens back to the origins of the state’s name, and for those who are interested in history, it’s a great read. But turning my focus to the beer, this is an unusual red ale. On first impression, I detected what seemed to be the distinct aroma of raisins, and thinking my sniffer must be miscalibrated, I compared this beer with my bag of raisins, and sure enough the similarity is there, albeit in a smaller dose. Other aromas include roast, earth and dried mushrooms. The roasty, earthy, minimally sweet malt is very evident in the flavor as well, with a citrusy, mildly sour, moderately bitter hops adding balance to the flavor and dryness to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied from start to finish. A three-quarter inch light tan head forms during the pour, and very slowly subsides to a thin but complete and long-lasting layer, showing excellent retention. A densely packed curtain of lace covers much of the glass. Overall, a solid red ale, much more flavorful than most in this category, but I’d prefer a bit more malty sweetness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber. Nose sweet, light caramel. Similar flavor profile, decent sweetness, some caramel, hops at the end have a mild citric bite. Some dryness at the end. A decent session beer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to another forgotten rater for sending me this beer!
This beer has been sitting in the back of my frig for maybe 5mounths now! Something about the bland label kept me overlooking it for all that time.
Pours a hazy bronze body and a bountiful and long lasting khaki head. The aroma is bready and toasty, a bit nutty. Bringing a nice mention pine like woodsy hoppyness in the dry crusted bread like finish. Not a bad beer but not a good deal going on to hold a long-term interest…. The palate is rather nice though!
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sits a dark amber in color. Malts dominate, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, pecan, toasted butter, and a very light floral bite midway through. Smooth and drinkable all the way through.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color. Very pretty. The aroma is apricots with a little bit of peanuts. The taste is toast and some caramel. There is a hint of cooked apples. The finish is dry with oak. There is sharp carbonation in the mouth.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nuts all the way, from the woody aroma, the hazy red-brown beer. Pours a nice off white head that lasts and laces. This beer is pecans and hickory nuts with some biscuits and honey. Woody with good body. Reminds me of an Anderson Valley Boont Amber, but not as hoppy.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle poured to an off-white fully lasting creamy head atop a very bubbly brown/orange body. The aroma is very bready, pine hoppy, and cherries but then dies down quickly. The flavor is nutty, wheat berries, bread, grassy hops. Appealing for an amber. I don’t normally like ambers. The palate has a dry bitterness to it. There is lots of carbonation. Overall, credit is due to this small microbrew for trying something new.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Hilltop. Very good. Central Waters is an exceptional little brewery. This read was in apperance ideal, adn the taste was an excellent malty excursion.