gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this one bottled in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Reddish, copper color, nice thick mouthfeel, balanced with a pleasant nuttiness. Very good!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a blurb along the left side of label.
Poured a slightly hazy reddish copper with a foamy beige head that settled into a nice thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Aromas of toasted malts, fruity and floral with a light earthiness.
Good carbonation and a crisp, smooth, but with a little roughness on the tongue, lightish medium bodied mouthfeel.
For me, an off balanced taste, toasted grains, a watery caramel, a subtle fruitiness and earthy spicy hoppy finish, bitter and rough on the tongue. The drinkability is o.k., but I couldn’t spend a night drinking this alone, one or two at the most.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this red ale from Central Waters, I wouldn’t be a regular buyer of this.
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 A very smooth red ale. Pours a reddish orange with a thick foamy head. Flavor very earthy and hoppy. Very smooth and easy to drink. Yet another example of a good wisconsin microbrew. You’ve can’t find this beer outside of central wisconsin.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber with a small lid of beige foam. Light notes of buttered toast, malt, raisins, jicama, lentils, honey. Thin and watery. The flavor is earthy but in a negative sense. Insipid.
Brigadier (3345) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
Caramel brown with a thin but tangible head. Hoppy pine aroma with a slight hint of gingerbread cookies. The taste is more like a brown ale - nutty and slightly hoppy. A faint remnant of grapefruit appears next but soon fades away leaving no trace. Fairly average, and much better than mass produced swill, but still not one I would prefer to try again.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer has a mildly hoppy aroma. It is a cloudy, sediment filled, orange-brown color with no head. It is moderately thick to on the tongue and produces a mild nutty taste. It finishes slightly sour and the taste fades fast.
Ughsmash (7429) - 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 (564) - 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 (3050) - 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.