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Happy Heron Pale Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Happy Heron Pale AleHappy Heron Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 95
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3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From taste notes. Appearance: Pours gold with a slight chill haze that becomes brilliant as the beer warms. Has a very finely bubbled 1” white foam cap. Smell: faint malt and hops, traces of fruit. Taste: Light fruit – plum or peach – light malt, the major impression is the light fruit that carries throughout and then there is a mild, lingering hop in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation, very creamy Overall: a very pleasant and drinkable beer but could use some more hop to balance.

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3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Robloc303
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Wobbly
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of green_plastic
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Bottled September 2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Some foam gushes out upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. No real creaminess. Lacks frothiness. Decent consistency. Okay complexion. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark copper. Some minimal yeast particles are visible floating in the body. Average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent.

Overall, it looks pretty basic for a pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has the kind of hop profile I'm not a big fan of in a pale ale: somewhat soapy, with vague tropical fruit notes, sticky nectary sweetness, and generic floral character. Pale malts. Too sweet. Has an unbecoming booziness. This is a real mess. I hope the taste isn't the same.

An unappealing aroma of average strength. No yeast character is detectable.

T/Mf: Candi sweetness. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Some vague tropical fruitiness. Sticky and sappy. Some out-of-place caramel and toffee. Both the malt choices and the hop choices here are poor. It's just a mess. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Too thick. Medium-bodied. Overcarbonated. A biteen oily. Way too boozy for a pale ale. Not soft or comforting. Poor presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Downable but underwhelming. A disappointment from Central Waters. I wouldn't get it again. A very mediocre pale ale with no sense of balance. Not recommended. Central Waters has far stronger pales.

Low C

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I don't know why, but "Happy Heron" kinda sounds like the name of a seaside Chinese restaurant... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grass, mild pine resin, light grapefruit peel, and a bit of white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread taking on a more caramel-y note at times. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent enough pale ale, nothing at all noteworthy, but it seems to be easy enough to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of daledeee
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Got a golden clear body with a nice white head and some
lacing.

Nose is typical for a pale ale. Grass and fruit?

Taste is rather malty and some hops thrown in. I don't drink that many pale ales but I would say this one is typical to the style.

Mouth feel is slightly dry. Overall this is not bad but not great.

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Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.