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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This crisp, zesty American Pale is characterized by the sharp bitterness missing in many domestic pale ales. The clean finish and slight fruity notes help make our flagship brew a delightful treat.

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3.1
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours golden with average white head. Nice hop flavor with a light citrus flavor. Not much for aroma... ok.

3.5
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Not a big fan of the aroma of this, but the taste makes up for it. Very easy drinking, not to bitter, enough hop precense there for an apa. Good for drinking multiples of for sure.

2.8
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2004
Hazy yellow/gold with thick white head. Roasted nuts, fruit and pine on the nose. Medium mouthfeel, with lingering bitter finish. Pine, vanilla, citrus, nuts, and light malt make up the palate on this. Not bad session beer!

3.7
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Niffty APA that is light but with lots of flavor. Smooth and not intensely dry or citrusy. A session type drink.

3.5
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
12oz bottle.
If there’s one thing I admire about Wisconsin breweries, it’s that they tend to stubbornly retain their own unique character rather than follow whatever trend pours forth from the West Coast brewing scene. (Witness their tendency to produce more lagers than most American craft brewers -- a natural offshoot of Wisconsin’s German heritage and the brewing traditions implied therein.) Don’t get me wrong -- a lot of good things are coming out of the West Coast scene and the proliferation of these trends is not necessarily bad. But neither is the "do your own thing despite the trends" path. <P>And with this curious and unique offering, Central Waters treads down the latter path. Lacking the conspicuous use of Northwest hops that now characterizes most American pales, Happy Heron is Central Waters’ rather tasty twist on the style. Pours golden orange-amber with just a hint of cloudiness and a perfectly formed medium white head. Fascinating aroma of pale malt and dried berries. Both make prominent showings in the flavor as well, with fine balance from medium-high hop bitterness. Long dry aftertaste. Medium body and palate. Only in Wisconsin will you find a gem like this.

3.6
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Simple but well done APA. Decent American hop aroma, quite bitter, good hop flavors. A little juicy malt and fruitiness to balance. Good for those who like a session brew on the bitter side.

3.5
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Nice golden color, average sized white head. Kind of a flower/pine aroma. Pine flavor over a medium bitterness. I think I like the IPAs that taste like grapefruit more that the one that taste like hops (more experiementation always needed, of course), but this is pretty good.

3.6
SHANER4 (500) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2008
12 oz. bottle..Poured hazy amber color with small white head. Sweet malty aroma. Tasted more like an amber ale rather than pale ale, had a sweet malty grain taste with a bitter dry aftertaste. Overall a good beer and would purchase again.

4.2
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours a beautiful golden hue crowned by a huge white head with lots of effervesence. Nose is malt, hops and a trace of citrus. Creamy on the palate, this is a good tasting pale ale, not too bitter, with a nice hoppy finish. Happy Heron pairs well with cheeses, deli sandwiches and snackables.

2.8
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Draft @ Hilltop in Stevens Point. Really pale yellow in the glass, macro-swill appearance. Aroma is subdued, but some decent fruit and hop character. Taste is watery and fairly bland, with some citrus and a decent kjick from the hops @ the end. All in all - pretty pedestrian, maybe a little less.


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