Shine On Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Shine On AleShine On Ale

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WJVII on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by scaliasux:
Photo of scaliasux
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Slightly cloudy. Medium tall, off white, foamy head. Good persistence.

Smell - Medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Medium roasted malts. Not real sweet. A subdued chocolaty caramel. Grassy finish

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Hits most of the marks for an american amber. Not especially distinctive or tasty, though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper amber with a 1” lacy foam cap. Smell: Predominantly fresh bread nose. Taste: White bread in a glass with just a little crust. Finishes clean and crisp. Mouthfeel: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in Feb.
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear aged copper body with a slight density to it and a strong carbonation supports a thin wispy film that soon breaks up.

S- The soft dry roasted malt hint is all that really shows up in the clean aroma.

T- The light tart hint leads to a slightly toasted malt flavor with a soft copper hop note in the finish. The finish is pretty dry.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz note and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice malt flavor is a bit soft with some odd metallic notes in the finish and the tartness was a bit out of place.

Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, sunset golden orange with a modest white cap that dwindles somewhat quickly to a skim.
Dinner rolls aroma backed with cashews and crushed dead leaves.
Doughy in the mouth. That's the mainstay. Some nutskin astringency arises, as does a touch of honey sweetness. Yeast arrives in the middles with some brown paper bag oxidized note (and this is pretty fresh). Hops are meager but add some brown grass and fallen leaf notes late.
Medium-light body, somewhat pasty in feel, with a moderate carbonation up front that dies over time.
I'm not digging this so much.

Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sugar Maple. Some hop aroma. Light amber colour, three-quarters of an inch of retained head, light lace. Creamy mouthfeel, but lighter bodied. OK drinkability.Sweet malt with a little bitterness, herbal bitterness. Average beer overall.Little disapointing.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
1.96/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a frothy, two finger head, which is light white. The amber body, shows good levels of carbonation.

S: The aroma is light on the biscuit and nutty aspect, but very well balanced and low levels of hop. A bit of a butterscotch, diacetyl
note.

TM: Body is nutty and very thin, ends way too quick. The flavor that is very light drops off so quick, that it makes the lingering finish or the lack of one a very poor aspect of this beer. Hop flavors are low and very mis-represented.

O: Overall, I thought that this would have not been half bad from the aroma, but this is a bland and low level of flavor that is truly a let down.

Photo of dirtylou
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, riley's i presume

appearance: served in a standard ale asylum pint, clear amber body - light beige froth

smell: light caramel, apple, grain

taste: not a whole lot going on here - a beer for the masses perhaps. toasted grain, light apple sweetness, a touch of caramel

mouthfeel: light, slick

drinkability: just fine

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shine On is a decent session amber ale. The beer pours clear (cut off before bottle settlement could invade) with soft amber color. A 1/2 finger think head forms initially then settles leaving some lace. The really isnt much scent save for waffes of caramel malt. The taste is a basic amber ale, the sweet malt stars and the bittering hops provide a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single from Princeton Liquors and it's notched for April. Overall, this is a smooth, very bready beer with a light orange peel hop finish. There's malt-ball caramel taste in there too with the crust and toast notes. I certainly wouldn't mind if this brew were a bit more crisp or if the malts stood up better, but it's not a bad session beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copper, with a finger of smooth and creamy off-white head. This maintains a nice rich frothiness (at least a ½ finger) that leaves back some very rich lacing which hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is grassy smelling with an overripe fruit presence. A pronounced doughy graininess gives this some thickness in the nose. I wouldn't exactly call this light and breezy but it's definitely got some flavor to it and eases up the feel in the nostrils some as this warms.

The taste gets things back on track, being lightly bitter with fresh citrus flavors and a spiciness that extends outwards across the palate. This works nicely against the sweet graham cracker crust character of the malts. Some leftover gentle dry spiciness soaks the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a soft creaminess that glides easily across the palate. A touch of sharpness in the body lends this some crispness.

This wasn't bad at all. The nose was a little heavy handed but I thought the flavors and body were well done and this had quite an all around refreshing feel to it. I'd wouldn't have any problem putting a few of these down.

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of white head that had very good retention before a thick cap forms. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. The label on the bottle was a bit deceptive describing this beer as malty. Well, it is malty but there is also a nice hop presence. The hops are nicely featured in the aroma. Hints of apricots and pineapple. The malt adds a grainy and musty element. Hops also play a large part in the flavor. Again with the apricots and tropical fruit. The malt adds some sweetness but otherwise it is not really adding much overall. The flavor is light substantiating the session beer claim. The body is light and well carbonated. Would of liked to have a little more body but otherwise good. A nice tasting lighter beer that is inexpensive. Just what I am looking for in an everyday beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark reddish orange tones with a tannish creamy-frothy like head that was lengthy in stay. Carbonation was healthy, strong, and quick paced. Lacing was moderate.

S: Gentle hay, fresh pale grains, green flowery hops mixes with some semi-dry apple and lemon peel.

T: Apple citrus flavor with some soft hay backing. Some background toastedness, caramel, just enough to give you an appreciation while still maintaining a pale, grainy and straw like taste. Green hops, leafy, warming flowers, almost nobel like.

M: Medium consistency, medium carbonation, syrupy texture and flowery pollen coats the tongue there-after.

O: Overall easy drinking, fresh grainy pilsner like feel with some caramel sweetness, light bodied, not heavily hopped, some nobel flower indications and goes down smoothly enough. Nice flowery fade that lingers gently behind.

Photo of akorsak
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12 oz bottle from Al's.

A: This amber ale is also amber (see Ouisconsing), also clear, also with a finger of head that has laced over. So many similarities, so why a separate ale? Only the website reveals the MREA clues.

S: More pale malts, biscuit primarily. The nose is not very exciting. Vegetal hops, quite green, hang around.

T: The taste is significantly different from the Ouisconsing. Here, the hops are leafier, more vegetal against the hmalts. The biscuit flavors, toasted, hang around admirably, especially with the lower carbonation in the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-centric, toasted with just a bit of hoppy bitterness. Another quaffable amber from CW.

D: Appreciate the ale for what it is, a simple amber. The toasted flavor is more prominent here, as it a vegetal hoppiness.

Photo of TheDTrain
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heavily carbonated medium body american amber. Pours a translucent golden orange color and leaves good lacing around the glass. Nose is nonexistent! Sweet light taste of mild hops, earth tones, piney, peachy, and a bitter bite at the end. The heavy carbonation almost makes it feel like your drinking an amber/club soda mix.

Drinkable but pretty bland overall.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on Dec. notched on the label. No info.

A - A tiny light haze forms over the golden-orange beer. Carbonation streams up the middle to a cream head that expanded quickly then dropped just as fast. Lower retention with sticky lace is left over.

S - Timid fruit pokes out of the low nose. Light white grape to be exact. A small bit of English malts and sweet caramel float around but the nose is almost absent from this beer.

T - In comparison to the nose, the flavor just erupts in the mouth! Lots of fruit undertones from the hops and yeast. White grape, peach, and a mild citrus on the finish. This fruity component doesn't resemble a fruit beer but definitely overshadows the grassiness of the hops and soft caramel malt backing. I like it.

M - Medium-high carbonation contributes to the medium-light body of this beer. A sharp carbonation finish tingles on the way down and a light dryness creeps up afterwards.

D - Solid drinkability from Shine On, I like the fruity aspect that doesn't kick you upside the head even if it's not completely intentional. It's a smooth one to put back.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had

Photo of ommegoose
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from "The Rookery" sample pack, bottled in May

Color looks rather pale for an amber. It's not an incredibly appealing start. The first pour didn't really yield much head, and a second, harder one did not do much better.

Smells a lot better. Hits the notes to style while being potent enough. Biscuit notes of course. Medium sweetness, low hop presence in the nose.

Malt-forward amber ale with some grassy hops at the end. Biscuit notes recall a certain ubiquitous amber ale. Pleasant dryness keeps this drinkable, but the hop profile almost seems more apt for a mild pilsner. By about halfway through my second bottle, musty grain is more apparent, and other flavors start to get muted.

Feel is average. Body and carbonation both seem medium-light. I'd be a little surprised if this beer broke 5% abv.

Will appeal to fans of Fat Tire. Solid local alternative. Pretty quaffable summer drink with enough flavor (barely) to keep my interest. Tempted to drop this another notch, but it seems to meet its goal just well enough. Better file this in before I drink any more. Seems to be the rare beer that is best in the first serving, and less so when you have more time to pick at it.

Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy light tan head. Head falls to just about nothing. Not much lace.

Aroma is of mild malts and not much else.

Malt taste I guess but sort of tangy. Some bitterness at the end and a clean finish. Something is just off a bit.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and sharp on the tongue.

Average. Something is missing but not a bad beer.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap yesterday, had high expectations for it. As my name might imply, I do enjoy a good amber.

Pours an unenthusiastic dull red/brown. Head is gone almost immediately, no retention, no lacing.

Smell was the only decent thing going for this beer, and even that was fairly unimpressive. Doesn't make a strong push to be malty or hoppy, just kind of out there in no-man's land.

Taste is about the same. Unpronounced, undecided flavor that doesn't really strike any impressive notes.

Can't say I'd recommend this one.

Photo of lurpy1
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a, oh, I don't know what the hell it was, not a bottle though. Light amber pour with a little bit of head. Citrus and hops announce themselves in the smell. Very clean. Taste is also clean, but also meek. Could use a lot more flavor. Makes for an easy drinking beer but also seems to lack substance. My wife, who tends towards the farmhouse style, was quite impressed,but while it's a long way from drain pour, this beer underwhelmed me. Just too damn tame. I will pursue other CW beers but not this one.

Photo of JLeege
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in April, poured into a standard pint

Appearance- Pours a light copper color, crystal clear, with a frothy two fingers of white head. Good retention and lace left behind.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little caramel malt sweetness and that is about it.

Taste- A little caramel malt again. A breadyness throughout the drink, with a hint of darker fruits. Fairly grainy on the finish. A bit watery, even metallic.

Mouthfeel- light body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Unimpressed with this offering. A session beer it may be, but it is really bland. The sales of this brand may support a good cause, but it is a very unmemorable beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. A little over one finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is about average and a very small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a light floral hoppiness. A bit of dry nuttiness as well. Simple, but quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Like the nose, but even more well rounded. Plenty of toastiness, light floral hop flavor, nuttiness, and a balancing neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp with a light creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Super tasty, clean, and infinitely drinkable. This is a damn good amber ale despite how retarded the label is.

Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful amber/orange color (looks like a nice IPA)with a nice creamy head that dissipates nicely to a great looking fresh ring with sticky lacing..the smell is malty and yeasty with toast and biscuit aromas..a little caramel some hops in the backgroud..the taste is sweet malts and bread and butter im not tasting a lot of hops but there is some..not a lot of flavor in this one and the sweet malts overpower ..the mouthfeel is silky and smooth but the amber is just not highly drinkable IMO..

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a musty undertone.

The taste is of caramel with vague dried citric sour fruity aftertaste. Sweetish with a metallic dryness in the finish.

It is somewhat fizzy. Rather abrupt, slightly watery finish.

Because of the odd finish and things just not coming together greatly, I wouldn't "session" this.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a huge 3 finger white head. The lacing is spotty, and a little blah. But I like the huge head

S- very mild piney hops. Very minimal and blah

T- really...mild. Almost smoky...mild pine. Not a lot going on here

M- kinda thin, actually, Very underwhelming

D- drinkable, I guess...but there are SO MUCH better ambers on the market than this one. This comes off more like an amber lager than an ale...the hops are so muted that it's a huge turnoff.

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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.