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Happy Heron Pale Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Happy Heron Pale AleHappy Heron Pale Ale
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Happy Heron Pale AleHappy Heron Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of KarlHungus
1.21/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Upon opening this beer it was made immediately clear that something was majorly wrong. The smell of diacetyl filled the entire room. Once poured the beer was a light golden color, and had a nice, lasting head. However good it looks to the eye can't make up for how bad it is on the nose. The taste is like the aroma in that the only thing going on is a ton of butterscotch....offensive amounts of butterscotch. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture. But again, like the appearance it can't make up for the taste and aroma.

Overall, this is a horrible beer. I make it a rule not to review beers that have gone bad. However, in a case like this were diacetyl runs riot in the beer, the only person who can be blamed is the brewer. What really makes me think poorly of Central Waters is that they must have tasted this beer before sending it off to the distributor, and there is no way that anyone can miss the diacetyl. Thus, they must have knowingly sent out a tainted product. I don't know of any way a brewery could be more disrespectful to its costumers than that.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.36/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Soon-to-be father in law bought a sixer on a whim before visiting for the holidays. Needless to say, neither of us finished our bottles, and the remaining bottles sit in the bottom of my fridge. Appearance was not bad, slightly cloudy orange, and the aroma wasn't awful either. But those are the last nice things I have to say. First taste was a bitterness bomb that didn't get any better with continued drinking. Other's have mentioned a "tobacco" and/or "dirtiness" to the taste and feel. I couldn't put into words exactly what I tasted and felt, but they nailed it. Very poor.

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Photo of meatyard
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a nearly clear, golden/orange with a short, white head that quickly falls to less than a cover while leaving a bit of spotty lacing.

The smell is very light citrus hops, grain and malt finishing.

The taste is: I hope it's not supposed to taste like this. It's dry, bitter, no hops, no malt-just nothing good but it does taste bad.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and dry.

Drinkability: My first CW beer and it just sucks. I hope the others I bought aren't this poor. Drain pour...

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.11/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from R&S. Reviewed 12 Sep 2008.

Small off white head. Slightly cloudy light amber color. Aroma of butterscotch candy, salty popcorn and ethanol. Starts fairly mild and faintly hoppy but butter aroma so strong that it overwhelms anything I'm tasting. Finishes with a nice light hop bite.

Hope that this was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Buebie
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the pour, this doesnt look like a pale ale I've ever had.

A smallish less then one inch head of white recedes fairly quickly to leave no head retention. It resembles a beer poured in a non beer bar that makes a point to not place any head on the beer.
Color also appears off, its straw yellow and looks more like a pilsner.

Aroma...well, lets just say I'm still trying to find it.

Taste is filled with unfermented honey, biscuits, straw, light earthy hops bittering mildly with a lemon lime zest to the flavor. Hop bitters come long after the swallow on the linger and contain a touch of rind and plenty of amarillo aspirin flavor.

This one is highly disappointing not only for the style but overall taste aroma and color are a huge let down. I still dont understand how this is a pale ale. A bodacious pils with ale yeast maybe...

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle

Pours a hazy dark yellow/gold with a small white head dissipating quickly leaving slight lacing.

Aroma consists of light floral and citrus hops. Little malt in this one.

Starts out with a lightly floral hop character. Rounds into a bit of bready malt before finishing with a buttery piney finish.

Low-medium mouthfeel with high carbonation levels.

The buttery taste in the back end turns me off a bit. The other flavors are just ok as well making this a fairly mediocre beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Bottled September 2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Some foam gushes out upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. No real creaminess. Lacks frothiness. Decent consistency. Okay complexion. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark copper. Some minimal yeast particles are visible floating in the body. Average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent.

Overall, it looks pretty basic for a pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has the kind of hop profile I'm not a big fan of in a pale ale: somewhat soapy, with vague tropical fruit notes, sticky nectary sweetness, and generic floral character. Pale malts. Too sweet. Has an unbecoming booziness. This is a real mess. I hope the taste isn't the same.

An unappealing aroma of average strength. No yeast character is detectable.

T/Mf: Candi sweetness. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Some vague tropical fruitiness. Sticky and sappy. Some out-of-place caramel and toffee. Both the malt choices and the hop choices here are poor. It's just a mess. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Too thick. Medium-bodied. Overcarbonated. A biteen oily. Way too boozy for a pale ale. Not soft or comforting. Poor presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Downable but underwhelming. A disappointment from Central Waters. I wouldn't get it again. A very mediocre pale ale with no sense of balance. Not recommended. Central Waters has far stronger pales.

Low C

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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from an Orval glass...A water clear pour of gold laced with copper. An equally watery white head rises and is gone right away...A gag me aroma that reminds me of budweiser with corn and grain and slightly less skunk than the King...The taste surprises as its not a watery skunk, its actually bursting with strong in your faces hops, the hops are strong and bitter but in a rote metallic way. Glad its not the aroma, but still doesn't make it very good... The beer is very light but with an abrasive feel to it.

This is nothing that I would drink again or recommend, a poor attempt of an apa.

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Photo of Jcarrane
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt gold with a nice 1 finger head. For me that's about where the love affair stopped with this one. It's by no means terrible but just another average to slightly above average pale ale. Not much on the nose mild toasty malts. Lighter body for a pale ale in my opinion, yeasty,bread notes to start out, lead into a bitter hop finish. Not my cup tea but there are worse things to be drinkin out there

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Photo of zook74
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4


That about sums it up. This was my first beer from Central Waters and I'm not very impressed.

Not a horrible beer. Good color. Good head. Good aroma. That's about it, though.

The beer is very thin and not very flavorful. I gave it a good drinkability score simply because it's light enough that if, if you wanted to, you could burn through a sixer pretty quick.

Definitely not a beer I could recommend, but had enough going for it that I'd be willing to try other offerings from Central Waters...

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 198 ratings
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