theisti (4267) - Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mix a six at the Festival in Onalasaka, Wisconsin. Jul bottled on notched on the label. The pour is a lightly hazed orange golden with a one inch light tan head. The aroma is dank, light orange citrus, floral and general dusty bitterness. The taste is a nice blend of dank floral herbal hops and toasted lightly sweet malt. Crisp clean taste. The palate is light to medium bodied, clean, with a slight mineral dry finish. Dank, bitter earthiness lingers nicely. Tasty one, I enjoyed this. 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. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Man, this is going down a lot smoother and tasting a lot better then the half dozen PBR’s I had at the bar. Good stuff, but almost taste more like an IPA. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bright, golden body with a thick, fluffy white head. The aroma is pretty hoppy, but has a nice malty sweetness underneath. Citrus fruit, plants, caramel, grains, and malt. The body is exactly what you’d expect, average thickness to avoid being too filling. The flavors are good, though in consistent. At times I found it bitter, then sweet, and back to bitter. It really is interesting to see it go back and forth. The hops are used generously and offer good flavor. The malt base isn’t much to write home about, that’s rarely the reason I drink a hoppy beer. The malt has a definite purpose, but it is not the focus. Another well-crafted offering from Central Waters. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Bottle: Hazy golden hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple and noble bitter hops, orange rind, toasted bready malts, and an earthy yeast ester. The taste starts sharp and moderately bitter with a good balance of malt undertones. Mildly fruity and almost smoky at the end before another rush of bitters finishes it off. The feel is crisp and sharp with a metallic finish. An well made APA indeed and an improvement over the hefeweizen of theirs I just had. Quaffable and worth a try.
jsquire (4753) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Golden orange hued beer when poured from the bottle with a thin white head and a nose of sweet grains and citrus hops. Initial apple fruitiness but most of the flavor is orange peel and grapefruit juice. Finish had a little metallic taste to it. Good with a sandwich. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Aroma is toasted grainy at start. Finish a more defined malt preseance. Dark golden body with off white head, some lacing on glass. Flavor is of grain hop crisp and mild bitterness. By the finish a malty fruit texture to the flavor. Good beer. Picked this one up while on a recent trip to Wi. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
12oz bottle.Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
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.
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. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
(Bottle) Pours golden with a nice white head. A good balance of hops in the flavor. Some light citrus as well, especially in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, but not watered down or anything. Aroma is kinda lacking, but otherwise I really liked this one.