Happy Heron Pale Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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2.76/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
12-02-2013 04:26:12 | More by kojevergas
3.31/5 rDev -6%
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.
10-07-2013 01:51:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.79/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a tulip glass. Got a golden clear body with a nice white head and some
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.
07-23-2013 02:40:24 | More by daledeee
Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.