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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ouisconsing Red AleOuisconsing Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a 2 finger, fluffy, off-white colored head, that recedes fairly slowly to a bubbly layer.

Quite a bit of malt character in the aroma, toasted grains, caramel malts and a somewhat spicy hop presence.

The flavor is earthy and heavy with caramel and toffee flavors, with an overall "toasty" quality and that spicy hop presence definitely makes an appearance.

The beer feels nice, with a good amount of carbonation, it packs quite a bit of flavor into it's 4.8% ABV package. Well rounded, with an earthy malt presence giving way to a spicy hoppiness. I thought this was quite a well done Red.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 15:24:48 | More by Soneast
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Thin, fizzy white head with decent retention but minimal lacing. Copper-colored with little transparency.

Aroma is light grassy/floral hops with a healthy malt backbone; toffee/caramel, cookie, toasted, and very earthy.

The taste is significantly better balanced than the scent. Floral German hops take a step up to match the sweet and even somewhat nutty malts. Somewhat of a doughy finish.

Medium-bodied and overall a very smooth drinker. One of the better non-English session beers I've seen under 5%. Reasonably complex but subtle and in no way overpowering. It is, unfortunately, a little too much on the sweeter side, but still remains fairly drinkable if nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 19:15:09 | More by Phocion
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We need some sort of standardization for reds. And olds. And strongs. But first the reds, because they're so common and yet you never know what you''re going to get with them. Paying good money for something that might be anything is no fun. Surprises are rarely joyful, even more rarely anticipated. Forest Gump was full of shit. I'll bet he never actually met a single president.

Anyhow, what's this? A red. And it's from a brewer I admire deeply so I assume they know what they were doing. Bottled in February, so it's maybe not 100%.

This here is a medium beer. Pours reddish and hazy; more like a pale wheat than an amber. Smells and tastes mildly hopped, medium roasted. Flavor's a bit more effervescent than the aroma, getting all pleasantly PopRocky in the back end which brings some fruit into the biscuit'n'hop fold.

How's this within the style? Medium-good. Nice drinkin'. Something like this should replace Fat Tire and Shiner Bock as the "go-to" beers at places like Applebees, imho, because they're cleaner and don't leave any funk in your mouth. Reds like this are in the same spirit as the macro micro popular beers--medium flavor and easy drinking--but I always thought they'd be more appealing to the uninitiated because of their cleaner bodies.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:50:47 | More by mynie
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Thanby

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber mahogany with minimal tan head (probably due to being too cold, the fridge was accidentally set too high). Smells slightly nutty but dominated mostly by sweet honey and caramel with a hint of the floral described by the brewery. Initial taste is a rich, round malt right up front. Nutty and floral as it progresses, and the sweetness from the caramel and honey emerge as it warms. Medium body, slightly lightened from the carbonation, good smooth drink. Potent malt makes it good for pairing with sharp cuisine. It didn't blow me away, but it's a solid amber in my book. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 03:54:10 | More by Thanby
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with 1/4 inch of white foam. Caramel nose. Light watery malty taste. Slight sweetness. Mild hop bitter at the close. Mild malty flavor, pretty typical red. Sure is good though. Nice Wisconsin offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:32:10 | More by KTCamm
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber.

Bready, malty aroma.

Lots of malt in this one, with a nutty flavor. Nothing too extreme, but a nice caramel and bready note to it.

Medium mouthfeel, more substantive than some.

This was nothing particuarly notable, but it was better than I expected. I could drink more of this as an everyday-type beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:45:58 | More by Strix
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this last night from CW. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a great amber color that is semi transparent with a wonderful 2 inch cream white head. The nose was floral similar to an IPA but had a nice balance of malt as well. The flavor was extremely smooth. There is noticeable hops, but it isn't very bitter, almost a sweet note at the end. This was a fantastic brew. I am not one for a red ale, but nice work!

Serving type: growler

10-19-2008 18:56:39 | More by WJVII
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KI9A

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured agressive into a tulip glass. Dark ruby, with tan head. Dissapates quick, into neat lace in a beer-clean glass.

S: Malty. Citrusy.

T: Rye. Sweet malts backbone, cinnamon, nice hop hit on back of the tounge. Not being a real hop-head, it is about perfect for me.

M/D: Bitter on the backside, but, balanced with sweet malts. A bit of a boozy feel, with it only being under 5%. Reminds me of a Fat Tire, but better. No doubt a session beer for me...if they sold them here in IL!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 21:03:49 | More by KI9A
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HarryHood

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-20-2014 02:57:55 | More by HarryHood
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-21-2012 03:44:52 | More by Kunstman
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-11-2013 01:46:06 | More by jdkitchi
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-30-2014 23:39:21 | More by beersdmf17
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's. Central Waters arriving in PA is going to kill my trading.

A: The amber is, appropriately enough, an amber color, darker but still translucent. The murkiness, this time of year, could pass for a wassail. A half a finger of white head came with the pour and laced in minute quantities.

S: Grainy sweet malts waft out of the glass. A very simple aroma, grainy with little in the wat of hop bitterness.

T: The ale seems to revolve around all kinds of malts. Caramel and biscuit flavors appear throughout the ale, both grainy and bready. The flavors are full, better than I was expecting. For a red ale, the malts are spot on. Likewise, the relaxed hops play second fiddle throughout. The flavors, while they hang around pre-swallow, vanish once the ale goes down the proverbial hatch. Better than I was expecting.

M: The toasted biscuit and caramel flavors carry the ale. It's nothing fancy; just a comforting solid ale.

D: Quite drinkable, especially under 5%. My experience with CW beers (apart from stouts) has been so-so; this is a step in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:02:44 | More by akorsak
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Will1508

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-30-2014 17:44:25 | More by Will1508
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

10-30-2012 23:45:29 | More by enelson
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-27-2013 04:26:00 | More by Hopsiam14
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-07-2012 03:02:03 | More by ssimpson89
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the slightly reddish copper brew. Aroma is well-balanced, seeming to end up a bit on the malty side. Taste is also well-balanced, still leaning towards the malt a bit, but I would expect a bit more hoppiness for a red. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and maybe drinkability is even a bit higher. Goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 23:30:59 | More by ppoitras
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-23-2012 16:55:31 | More by JamesShoemaker
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crossovert

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I got a free glass with it.

It pours into my new Central Waters pint glass a very nice color. It is a clear reddish amber that has a nice foamy slightly off-white head that recedes to some very nice lacing.

The smell is of caramel, toasted grain, and a hint of hops. Subtle, but nice.

The flavor is better than expected. I usually dislike red ales because they are mind-numbingly boring. This one is still pretty pedestrian but it is pretty tasty for a red ale. It is bready and toasty with a hint of metallic flavor, caramel sweetness, and a surprising bit of hops. The hops don't really bring much flavor just a very blunt, medium bitterness.

Central Waters makes something out of nothing.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:22:49 | More by crossovert
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Shy5

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-15-2014 23:48:22 | More by Shy5
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-13-2014 22:40:38 | More by mattmarka1
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-31-2013 21:24:55 | More by Gotti311
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-15-2014 15:20:20 | More by MattSharpless
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DustyDust79


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

10-31-2012 00:41:23 | More by DustyDust79
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.