chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
12oz bottle drank from an Orval glass...A water clear pour of gold laced with copper. An equally watery white head rises and is gone right away...A gag me aroma that reminds me of budweiser with corn and grain and slightly less skunk than the King...The taste surprises as its not a watery skunk, its actually bursting with strong in your faces hops, the hops are strong and bitter but in a rote metallic way. Glad its not the aroma, but still doesn’t make it very good... The beer is very light but with an abrasive feel to it.
This is nothing that I would drink again or recommend, a poor attempt of an apa. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Nose is floral hops. Taste is rich with crystal malts, though the hops jump out later on. Refreshing and light, packed with flavor. caramel and bitterness. Nice. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours to a thick creamy, rocky, bubbly white head atop a hugely bubbly straw body. Excellent lacing. The aroma smells exactly like homemade strawberry fruit rollups (my mom has a dehydrator). I suppose it’s really sweet grains and some kinda spicy hops (amarillo?). The aroma is VERY bright and crisp and strong. It also smells very good. The flavor is also like homemade strawberry fruit rollups. Very sweet with tons of concentrated fruits, sweet malts, fresh and crisp, pine. This is VERY good. I’m am startled by this beer. The palate is crisp, clean, medium mouthfeel. Holy crap! This is an APA? Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2011
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. I’d 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. Capa (3301) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Orange with a white head. Aroma has a nice hops profile, floral, pine, light sweet citrus. Medium body. Flavor is full of hop goodness. Floral, citrus, light pine, and a bit of background sweet malts. Finish has a bit of a hard hop bite. Real nice Pale.
madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
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. It’s too bad--this started out great, until it actually went in the mouth. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
12oz bottle picked up at the Historic Casanova Liquors in Hudson, WI on my way back from Minneapolis. Pours a crystal clear, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, rocky, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, sticky lacing. Aroma is lighter with some caramel and floral hops. A few citrus hints, grass, and touch of bread. Flavor is similar with more of a citrus-grass hoppiness. Light caramel and cereal maltiness with a fresh, crisp grassy hop bite. Citrus grows into the finish where this ends with a light-moderate, dry bitterness with some floral fruitiness. Medium length aftertaste following a light, smooth, crisp body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a refreshing pale ale. Easy drinking, lighter, crisp body with a balanced, pleasant, citrus-grass hop presence. Not bad. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
12 oz bottle. Really hoppy and really sharp. Light gold with a rocky head. The only knock I have on this beer is the type of hop used. Some smokeines also detected. keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2012
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. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
(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, I’m 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. It’s 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 isn’t widely distributed, so make the extra effort to trade for it.