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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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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
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.

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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Madison...

A nice red ale with an off white (almost tan) head. Large bubbles in the head and it faded slowly but surely back into the beer. Some modest lacing remained. The beer was a slightly hazy reddish color with some tan highlights.

Aroma was slightly sweet and also a bit of toasted malt. Slighty fruity and also some yeast.

Flavor was nice. Almost a burnt/caramelized quality to the malt flavor. Some fruits in the middle and some nice aggressive hop nature. Malt is the star but the hops let you know they are there. A little citrus note towards the end.

Medium bodied and nicely drinkable. Glad I tried it. A "good" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:28:26 | More by Reagan1984
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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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this from the local market in Madison, WI. I poured a 12oz. bottle of this into a pint glass. There is no freshness date. Currently listening to "The Air Force" by Xiu Xiu.

A: What a good looking beer! Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head sit atop a orange-red haze. The color of this red ale is perfect and a little light will bring out some beautiful highlights. As the head recedes, the foam remains stuck to the side of the glass.

S: The smell is mild. Definitely more malty than hoppy. The label reads that there is a "subtle flowery nose," which I could agree with, especially towards the end of the glass.

T: There is a very strong malt presence; toffee flavor, almost coffee-like roasted malt. The beer's flavor is well-balanced, however, with hop bitterness and a minimal amount of hop flavor coming in at the finish and lingering for a while after the swallow. The taste is definitely packed with flavor!

M: Medium to full body with stickiness from the hops. It coats the mouth and gums for some time afterward. Mellow carbonation means that this beer feels smooth, but the alcohol is present and stings the mouth with its warmth (despite its low ABV).

D: A delicious American Red! This beer has found a big, bold flavor without leaning too far left or right. Absolutely something to look at when searching for good examples.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 19:48:27 | More by MusicaleMike
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 12:50:17 | More by GbVDave
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lowbrau

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazel colored with low carbonation and a thin head. Left a fine lacing on the glass. Unexpected for a Amber/Red ale. It has the appearance of a nut brown.

Smell: Bright malt smell with notes of hazelnut, almond, and caramel. Very yeasty and sugary.

Taste: Again, notes of hazelnet, and an almost buttery character. Strong malt sweetness up front, but well balanced by hops in the finish. Finishes relatively clean for such a malty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The level of carbonation is perfect. The beer has a silky/buttery feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer. Well balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 23:08:15 | More by lowbrau
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet red in a Duvel glass, clear ale, bit of a white head, some lacing left. I fell in love of this type at Flat Branch Pub in Columbia, MO. last month, wanted to try this one. Of course that one was on a cask, lovely. This one is from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Intriguing nose, is it deep red malts, with signals of deep cherries or even plums? Very nice.

Taste has solid malt, good body, smoothness, easy to drink, not a sign of hops to surround the malt, but not sweet at the end, just right. The flavor reminds of dark vegetables like a nice ratatouille, yes fresh mown grass, the good kind. Very intriguing, glad I bought a 6 pack when in WI, can't get this here in IL. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 20:46:24 | More by robbyc1
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 14:52:44 | More by ibashmuck
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with no head retention. Opening the bottle yielded a huge foam tube, which makes me think my glass may be tainted. Nice lace ring left .

Smell is of toasted nuts and roasted malt. Sweet dark caramel and nuts. Grains are very prevalent on the nose.

Flavor is fresh fruity hops and grain. There is a nice floral note to the flavor. Grassy, lewisite like flavors prevail, like fresh mowed grass. Very deep caramel malt hits the back sweetly. I can't get over the grassy quality to this one...it is very refreshing. Very...juicy, sorry thats the only descriptor that hits me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet, not too dry, although there is a dryness that balances the sweet.

Very good, I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 00:30:32 | More by wheatyweiss
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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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ejquin

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first central waters beer (I'll be having the satin solstice stout later tonight).

Overall this beer was fine. Aroma is biscuits with malt and hops. Astringent/herbal smell as well. Taste was simlar to Sam Adams, or GI Honker's. Really eathly and malty with herbal notes and a metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:37:02 | More by ejquin
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jlukasik again with the hook up.

Very good lookng beer, ruby, copper, and amber notes with a good head right after the pour, and some sluggish lacing. Not to mention the colony of tiny bubbles quickly making there way to the surface. The aroma is minerally iscuits with just a touch of herbal hops. The taste is dry and gypsum, hard water biscuity with some astringent and herbal hops. Well put together. The palate is complex, but so much so that you have to sit down and relax. This is a great conversation beer. Not about the itself, but anything other than that. The kind of flavors you can enjoy without thinking about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 06:06:17 | More by scruffwhor
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

It pours a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes. It does have some good lacing.

The smell is very light. I just get some roasted malt, some hops, and a sweetish smell.

The taste has roasted/toasted malt and some hop bitterness up front witha slight sourness in thebackground. I like the way the roasted part of this Red Ale works, but the subsequent hoppy bitterness is a bit too grasy and I don't particulary like that sourness, all be it mild, peeking it's head out just before the finish. The finish itself is pretty roasty and that's ok with me. An interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try it but it falls short of some of the Reds I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 23:23:06 | More by Bitterbill
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svraines

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went with a pint of CW Red on my way to a Badger hockey game, instead of a safer bet of porter that I hear is good.

Very little head on my pour, but carbonation sent up rings of foam after every drink. Dark, hazy amber color that didn't clear up as it warmed.

Metallic-malty smell, in store for some sweetness. Subtle floweriness, in fact very subtle after I consumed some of their IPA.

This one has an overwhelming crystal malt flavor (think of the note you get in SA Boston lager x10+). The sweetness doesn't linger or become cloying, but I just think it is too sweet.

Fairly thick in your mouth, but again doesn't get to a level where it is a bad thing. Pretty heavy for a beer under 5%, could be good or bad thing.

I was getting full by the end of the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 18:46:02 | More by svraines
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HumuloneRed

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 05:11:55 | More by HumuloneRed
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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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BeerBelcher

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 14:44:07 | More by BeerBelcher
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$6.50 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Dark brown with a hint at red. The head is about 1/2 inch and lasts for about a minute and a half. Good looking brew my friends!

Smell - Hops, but there's something more.

Taste - It rolls from a slight malt taste right into the real deal. Hops, but not just any hops. This flavor is smooth and as you'll find out, completely unabrasive. In my opinion there is no better tasting red ale.

Mouthfeel - Never had I enjoyed a smoother hop filled brew like the Ouisconsin Red Ale.

~ Thank you

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 03:11:48 | More by cdkrenz
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Westsidethreat

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the fatkid13 for this beer.

A: Simple auburn toffee color with some haze to it. Head fell quick leaving a film across the top and a medium sized off white ring around the side of the glass. Fairly straight forward so far.

S: Cider, cooked carrots, minor caramel, cheap OJ and Lucky Charms

T: Starts with red fruits across the front of the palate with an eggy custard savory taste lurking under the surface. Quickly turns to your traditional caramel with spritzs of cinnamon and perhaps vanilla. Little bit of tree bark bitterness just a tad on the dirty side adds the next piece of the puzzle, but its blended in well. Finishes with cooked strawberries, watermelon and cotton candy.

M: Medium body and fairly hard across the palate

D: Overall this beer has nice flavor but too watery. It could use a jolt of flavor, but at the level its residing it remains quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 04:03:15 | More by Westsidethreat
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is reddish-amber, a generous head with irregular lacing. Foam stays for the duration of the glass.

Mildly malty, slight spiciness, cereal graininess, mild hop in the nose.

Taste is rye, cereal grain, mild hop bitterness toward the end. Reminds me of Fat Tire, but more sessionable. Not exactly my bag, but a decent session brew. Light in the mouth, fairly thin. Good for a summer session.

Big thanks to thefatkid13 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 05:26:31 | More by emerge077
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Beertron

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a 12 oz. bottle from my place, poured into your standard pint glass.

A - Absolutely gorgeous! Deep copper red color. Light/medium head that dissipated very slowly, maintaining nearly through completion. Lacing was relatively significant and body showed steady carbonation. This beer looked healthy!!

S - Scent was strong with malts and yeast, akin to some fresh-baked rye bread. A light piny/floral note gives some insight into the hop content. It also has a mild off-scent, something along the lines of fresh-mown hay/silage or the resinous tones of cut timber.

T - Roasted malts are thick and prominent -- think toast. Suspicions were proven about the hops...they were heavier than normal for the style, adding a slight orange citrus taste. I'm telling you...take a slice of home-baked rye bread, put it in the toaster until it's just shy of burning, spread on a very thin layer of orange marmalade. That's the essence of this beer.

M - More watery/thin than expected, but typical for the style. Soft tingly bite from the yeasts linger on roof and back of mouth.

D - There's something about the combination of the thinnish mouth-feel and the yeasty dryness that don't just invite you to drink more...they demand it. I session the hell out of this bugger.

Overall, this is a pretty damn great red ale, a style that I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of. While I like hops, there's a slight imbalance towards them that prevents this from being out-of-control good, but its still leagues above many in this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 21:38:44 | More by Beertron
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a reddish hue and a white head that dissipates quite fast, leaving almost no lacing behind.
It has a sweet smell that resembles burnt sugar and cracker jack, with hints of alcohol.
Taste is somewhat sweeter that expected as well, with the same sugar predominance but there are also some bitter hops to balance it a bit.
Light to medium body, easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 17:58:28 | More by brdc
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown-amber with a large white head.

The aroma was nutty grains, with a caramel sweetness.

Flavor is heavy in toasted malts and toasted nuts. There is a sweet caramel body tying it all together. Plenty of hops end this beer with a pleasnat bitterness.

Mouthful seemed creamy and slightly foamy.

After a long day working outside, this was the only bottle I had in the fridge that night. I mention this because this glass I poured barely lasted 5 minutes. Obviously I was quite thirsty. However, despite that, I believe this is the best Red I've ever had so far, and would definately have it again. Very drinkable. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 15:10:13 | More by terrabyte
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of beige head.

S - Slight caramel and toasted grain with a subtle hop aroma.

T - Biscuit with a slight spicy hoppiness. Some caramel and toasted malt qualities but for some reason the flavors just don't seem to blend together well.

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy with a dry chalky finish.

D - There was nothing bad about this beer but there was really nothing that stood out either.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 00:05:41 | More by brewcrew76
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color with a sizable head, goog lacing.

aroma is dominated by toffee malt, not much else that i could detect.

taste is well balanced with sweet malt up front followed by bitter hops, not very fruity, but i like it like that.

mouthfeel is moderate viscosity, nicely carbonated.

drinkability is pretty high, definitely a good session beer.

overall, a very drinkable red ale, yet another nice offering from a Wisconisn micro. definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:40:26 | More by evanackerman
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blackie

California

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually recedes to leave an appealing chunk of carbonation on top and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing is left behind as I drink. The beer itself is a medium, reddish-brown in color.

smell: Toasted nutty grain upfront with notes of even more grain...quite grainy. Browned pie crusts and oxidized apple. Well balanced, somewhat spicy hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and the body are both medium, with a sharp, dry feeling after the swallow.

taste: Big nutty, toasted malts with a light sweetness at first. After the swallow the flavor really dries out and becomes even more nutty and woody. There's a surprising, though somewhat pleasing hop bite and flavor.

drinkability: one of the more refreshing reds I've had...nothing groundbreaking, but and interesting take and a well done beer

single bottle purchased at Riley's and smuggled back from my trip to Madison

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 04:36:03 | More by blackie
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.