Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured clear reddish-orange with a short-ish cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel and redder fruits paired with a hit of vanilla and peat.. candied overall complexion that I enjoyed. The flavor had sweet caramel, toffee, and red fruits at the core.. spicy pine and earthy bitterness around.. finished with some sharp boozy notes and bitterness, losing some balance. Light-medium bodied and dry on the palate.. OK on the front half, but unnecessarily sharp on the back.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Near copper color with a somewhat fizzy type head. What I might consider typical for the style. Dark caramel to toffee aromas, with just a hint of earthiness and light herbal hops. Has a bit more zip to the feel than I would prefer. Flavors are about right with some dark caramel, toasted malt and a bit of earthy hops. A bit more character than your average amber.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Citrus aroma. Amber color with very slight head. Pine notes in the flavor with a slightly hoppy finish that lingers for just a little bit
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent brownish amber color with a clingy but thin, tan head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Taste is hoppy, grainy and a little soapy.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mildly hazed deep amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of grains, caramel and mild hops, very light on the nose. Taste of mild caramel and hops, grains and light honey. Very mild all around.
nuplastikk (4335) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at OF. Murky orange-brown, maybe a hint of amber. Some amber malt nuances, relatively middle of the road. Soapy, minute hop balance. Medium body, overall just pretty unimpressively standard. Sweet and certainly malt centered.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Easy drinking indeed. I’ve has this a couple of times now at the Old Fashioned. Pours a clear reddish colour with a large white top. Aroma of cloves, and carmel malt on the nose. Taste is smooth, very rich, firm maltiness and balanced. A real filling beer.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
There are some great Central Waters beers but this isn’t up to that standard. Musty caramel aroma and vegetal notes (I second the suggestion that the hops could be interpreted as stale). Good head, moderate amber color. Light bitterness in finish, quick finish. On tap at brewery.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Central Water’s newest beer of 2009. On draught during the Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some flowery hops and a hint of roasted nuts with honey. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth texture with flavors of roasted caramel malt, and a hint of bread crust. Finish is medium bodied, with no bitterness but a malty and semi-sweet aftertaste.
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW 2009
Central Waters had another strong showing but as with most breweries that have a full slate of solid beers it is hard to squeeze in new ones. This was an Irish red according to the guy doing the pouring. In the heat it made a nice change of pace from high gravity and over the top beers. A nice example of the style this might be a brewpub only release; as far as I know I have never seen it bottled anywhere.
Aroma / Appearance - The yellowish body has a golden tint that catches the sun’s rays nicely. By the time it reaches the base of the glass it turns a smooth brown. The nose was a bit flat as if the hops were stale. Otherwise the malty hints were balanced against a calm background.
Flavor / Palate - The malt is the star of this one. Not very complex it can be figured out by the second sip. The overall impression is not unlike stale brownies which have had too long to cool and lost that chocolaty touch. Mostly average this still makes a solid regional option for those who can find it in Central Water’s market.