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. BBB63 (6557) - 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 (4490) - 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 (2628) - 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
Eyedrinkale (3214) - 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. 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. fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
Cloudy orange-amber color. Strange aroma; it’s not strong, with grass, manure, ripe apples. Smooth mouthfeel, good and strong toffee flavor, and strong hopping too. Good, but something’s odd. laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
not much of an aroma. a pretty mild and slightly fruity front finishes super bitter. refreshing and very drinkable.