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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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220 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Jnaustin114, May 30, 2012
Photo of ibashmuck
1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured small head on a dark amber body. Smelled fruity and floral, with a snap of citrus at the end. Sadly, the only thing I could taste was the citrus, and it was much too strong for me.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Buebie
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour produces a decent sized frothy off white head, hanging out for a while leaving a good cap. Lace is sticky with great cling age. Color has some mild red in a caramel goldish amber. Transparent filtered looking. Could be a bit darker really as this resembles more of an amber ale then a true red.

Aroma has left me empty handed, it really smells like nothing. Except for mild grainy malt, and a very small grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is somwhat thin with just a light slickness and abundance of carbonation.

Taste has also left me high and dry. Very little flavor in here other then some cara 60 rasiny malt backing and a sharp cheese kind of hop funk.

Not pleased...

Buebie, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of HumuloneRed
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up this 12 oz. bottle with some others when my wife and I went on a 6 day road trip to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest in '07.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy dark red with an off white head and silky lacing.
The nose not only hops and malt but also n some off-putting sour notes. The beer taste good. But it could taste a lot better. I can tell it had good hop and malt balance but the sourness from the aroma is there in the flavor as well. I did hang on to it to long but you would think a red ale that is well hopped beer like this one would up more than 5 months (most the time under refrigeration). I had a similar problem with another CW beer. Short shelf life could mean there were (or are) some issue at the brewery. I will try it again next time I find some.

HumuloneRed, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As much as I’ve been impressed with other Central Waters beers, I was genuinely not impressed with this beer. An attractive appearance led to an indistinct aroma and odd flavor.

Appearance was a bright, clear, brilliant red. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Flavor was strangely metallic and liquorice-y, which was not what I expected. I did not detect the "nutty" flavor discussed in the original description. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not really remarkable one way or another.

Can’t say I’d recommend this beer...particularly not given that places that sell this also likely sell some of the various wonderful stouts from this brewery.

I picked up this bottle from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Rborre321
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Cougar990, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of chickenflea
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in a sample pack on my way through WI. It produced a soapy beige head on a clear red-brown body. Malts and a touch of herbal hops in the nose. Fruit malts in the flavor with herbal bitter piney notes. Touch of chocolate in the taste was unexpected and not welcome in a scotch ale. Strange metallic taste as well. Might have been a bad bottle.

chickenflea, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of hopdog
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, floral, and buttery. Tastes of caramel, nutty, grainy and a light butteriness. That butteriness detracted from the overall experience. Bad bottle? I bought this while on vacation in WI and opened it the next day...

Notes from: 7/24/07

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overly murky copper with a short-lived bone-colored head.
Citrus hops overlay some mustiness on the nose.
Decent intially (and cold), as the hopping is in control. Somewhat sharpe and citric, though not very bitter. Touches of burnt crust, raisin and chocolate in the background.
Once this begins to warm, it udderly collapses. Becomes mushy, yet harsh and astringent. Gauze-pad like medicinals. Encroaching and invasive tartness. Earthy mud-like qualities replace the chocolate and the hops are muted.

Drink this fast and cold or feel its wrath. A let down from Central Waters.

cokes, Mar 24, 2003
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2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has biscuit malt, a little caramel, and a some hops.

The taste is just like the aroma with biscuit malt, a little caramel, and some hops. Bready, slightly sweet, with a little hop bitterness. Somewhat bland, since the biscuit malt stands out the most.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, somewhat crisp. A bit disappointing.

hardy008, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Skidz
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out dark copper with a small head that fades fast to the sides. Smells of hops and some citrus. When put to mouth, this beer doesn't live up to expectations. The citrus tones combined with a slight bitterness rip through this leaving your tounge feel like it was just attached to a 9volt battery. I did like the way it ran around my mouth, as it was particularly smooth and refreshing. I could drink a couple of these at a time, but not many more.

Skidz, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Atricapilla
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing, considering I like reds so much...Pours a copper brown color, with a medium sized head. There was a predominately caramel and malt flavor to this brew, a little sweet (not cloyingly) with no hint of sourness. The aroma primarily consisted of malt and a little hint of floral tomes. Goes down okay, but I was just a bit disappointed...

Atricapilla, Jan 05, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

green_plastic, Jun 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Ejayz, Feb 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

fuzzcherry, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber body, topped by threee fingers plus of off-white foam, bubbling away.

Slight hay/grass aroam with ahint of bakery, but really nothing to speak of.

Semi-sweet beginning, balanced quickly by earthy hops. Slightly lingering malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is halfway between light and medium. Ok drinkability as there are no flaws, but not particularly memorable either.

An ok red ale, one to accept when offered, but not one to feverishly hunt down.

RonfromJersey, Feb 11, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been looking for Central Waters brews for quite awhile so I was pleased to discover this beer at a local store. However, after tasting this beer I was left unimpressed and hope that their other beers are better than this.

The beer poured a hazy copper color with no head of foam. The beer was rather bland ala Killian's red. No real malty taste and nothing spectaculor to speak of.

lampkins, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of abents
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber bown with a thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma is stricly hops here as with most Central Waters brews. Slight citrus notes as well. Tastes of citrusy hops and thats about it.. not too impressive. Drys out the mouth but goes down smoothly. Pretty drinkable brew, but nothing too amazing.

abents, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of JerUrbans
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber red color with 1" white head with big foamy bubbles. Malt smell but nothing to big. Tastes of malt, some caramel, toast, a little bitterness and iron at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and with a little carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall, an ok beer I would drink in a pinch but Central Waters has some way better offerings than this. Worth trying but don't go out of your way to get it.

JerUrbans, Feb 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

bigbeers84, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Masonlamb, Oct 06, 2013
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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.