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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

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

timc100, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

split with some asshole, who I believe goes by blackie on this site

appearance: pours a pale amber with a bubbly beige head and significant lacing...beer is see through, a little pale for the style in my opinion

smell: quite earthy, mildy floral hops, kind of grainy aromas, slightly biscuity

taste: not that great, a little chalky, malts are more prominent than the hops, which is not too my liking...a little grassy, slightly biscuit like

mouthfeel: a dry hoppy finish, moderate body

drinkability: drinkable but not that great

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kunstman, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MrTana, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

troyvar, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mdimeglio, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

teamwiggum, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade.

Pours slightly hazed (murky?) orange amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, dough and slight citrus.

The taste is of caramel, doughy yeast and a tangy citric zest. A bit of tea-leaf (tannic-like) dryness in the sharp finish.

It is almost medium-bodied with a touch of creaminess to the body.

Hops add bitterness, though not much to the overall flavor, and a bit too caramelish for my taste (personal preference, I suppose) but sharp. All-in-all though it's a decent pale ale.

jwc215, Apr 13, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MCain04, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sobapan, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

HoistinBrews, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

esullivan880, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BYOFB, May 14, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I found this APA to be a bit thin in mouthfeel for my tastes, but it had a rather pleasant floral quality that I enjoyed and found to be somewhat unique among APAs.

The appearance of this beer was ugly. Head was nice, white, fluffy, and plentiful. However, the body of this beer was an inconsistent color from top to bottom (sort of gold on bottom, sort of rust on top). Aroma was hoppy, but rather rosey floral more than it was piney, citrus, or grassy. Flavor was pretty decent...a perfume-y floral taste with a mild amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought.

It seems like everyone in the world makes an IPA/APA/DIPA, and as a result, there are many bad ones. This beer is not one of those, and offers a somewhat unique floral character that makes it worth recommending.

BeerBelcher, Dec 09, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

muddyh2oblues, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.