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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of GbVDave
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on July 17 2008

A: Pours an awesome looking, cloudy, dark amber/orange color capped with a creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head sporting excellent retention. Rings, ropes, and spots of sticky lace.

S: Strange, slightly off-putting "buttery" aroma at first. As it warms a large malty backbone dominates (sweet caramel, roasted/toasted malt) with considerable help from a distinct nuttiness (almond).

T: No butter here! Sweet caramel malt, dry and crisp toasted malt, and maybe a hint of spicy rye malt. Almond and hazelnut also play a big role here as does some tangy citrus hops.

M: Smooth and full with a sticky, dry, and tangy finish. Tart & tangy citrus dominates the finish. Decent chewy mouthfeel for only 4.8% abv.

D: Pretty sesssionable. Usually not my favorite style but this has a lot going for it. Another really good beer from Central Waters.

GbVDave, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of MPLS
3.93/5  rDev +11%

After feverishly trying the more limited seasonal beers Central Waters has to offer I am determined to try their full range. Interesting that Central Waters wasn't distributing to western Wisconsin until last fall/winter.

A: Color is a light amber with slight lighter accents and the most noticeable thing right away is the head of the beer. The cap is a big deformed asymmetrical beast that upon first observations was 4 cm thick. Head retention good and lacing is equally as impressive.

S: Clean caramel scented malts, toasted grain, a little earthiness from hops as it's not your citrus laden monster. The nose of this beer isn't impressive, but am hoping for clean grain on the palate.

T: Hit with the malt/grain from the nose, but there is an element of spice to it, thought it would have been cleaner. The finish of the beer is enjoyable: Faint citrus, a certain level of breadiness, and I'm picking up some nuttiness too.

M: Thick for the ABV IMO, medium-thick bodies with evident carbonation.

D: A really good looking brew from start to finish and the the price/ABV would make me inclined to drink it again. I find a lot of good taste in this beer, but doesn't get me very excited.

MPLS, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Soneast, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Phocion, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

mynie, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Thanby, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

KTCamm, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Strix, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of WJVII
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

WJVII, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

KI9A, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

SamuelR, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of HarryHood
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

HarryHood, May 20, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Kunstman, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jdkitchi, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

beersdmf17, May 30, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

akorsak, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Will1508
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Will1508, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

enelson, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Hopsiam14, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

ppoitras, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

JamesShoemaker, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

crossovert, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Shy5
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Shy5, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.