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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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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

1Nrwyscotch, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

esullivan880, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thin white colored head; moderately carbonated; clear golden colored body; not much lacing; head doesn't hold for long

S - Beer has a floral nose; caramel; touch of pine; dry malted barley; sweet, almost cotton candy; dried hops

T - Light malt flavored taste; very bitter pine; white grapefruit citrus; sour and tart; very bitter hops

M - Thin body; watery texture; very bitter aftertaste; sour and tart feel on the tongue; not very carbonated

D - Pretty average APA, could certainly use a bit more body; not an easy drink for those unfamiliar with the traditional APA taste; would pass if offered another

ferrari29, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

danjw, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

DustyDust79, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

TonyTalon, Oct 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

elcrawl, Oct 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

PeterOrlando92, Sep 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Mick-e-d, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Happy Heron pours a clear straw yellow color, with a nice with standing head. There is a slight hoppy aroma, but its more floral and sweet then dry. There is a strong bitter taste, but its doesn't have that typical floral hoppy flavor; it finishes almost sweet. Has a unique flavor, not watery but lacking. Overall its a nice beer, has a strong bitterness, but not that floral taste with other pale ales.

vette2006c5r, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

JamesShoemaker, Sep 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MrTana, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ystazi, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

robbyc1, Aug 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JonathanSuarez, Aug 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sgttibbs, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

pirmannt1, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

runwild99, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 7/31/12

Bottled on: Jun

Deep gold hue with a faded appearance. One finger head dissipates in short order. Retention is a combination of a soapy skim and bubbles. A good amount of drippy lace remains.

Happy Heron smells good - crisp, fresh grass with pepperings of orange peel, citrus zest and herbal hops. The malt offset isn't too much - cracker, grains and a dusting of baking flower. The hops become juicier as it warms.

Flavors of orange, grass and pine are all over the place, as is a bitterness that stands in stark contrast to the timid, toasty malts. Simple overall, it's well-constructed. I could go for a touch less bitterness, though.

The feel is my biggest gripe; the body is watery - beyond crisp, it's far too thin for the style. On top of that, the carbonation is too aggressive and distracting. The finish has a lingering pith and herbal bitterness before cleaning itself up.

This is a beer that lends itself to drinking far more than reviewing.

Ryan011235, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DreaminBeer, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Cooper, Jul 25, 2012
Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.