Happy Heron Pale Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 daledeee
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Got a golden clear body with a nice white head and some

Nose is typical for a pale ale. Grass and fruit?

Taste is rather malty and some hops thrown in. I don't drink that many pale ales but I would say this one is typical to the style.

Mouth feel is slightly dry. Overall this is not bad but not great.

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Photo of racingkenny14
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sami
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of EdTheEdge
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BYOFB
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Marigold-copper colored brew with a small off-white head (with a slightly yellow tint) and lots of really finely-bubbled lace.

S - Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit over a biscuity base note. Caramel and honey.

T - Sweet and bready at first, moving towards grapefruity dryness at the finish.

M - Light-medium in body with a lingering dry and tangy finish that I really like.

A very sessionable and summery pale ale. Fruity and somewhat light for the style. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam lager glass, color is golden to copper; head is off white and presented at about 1/4 inch thick, light lacing.

Smell is mild caramel malt, some biscuit, light toast flavor, light bitterness no noted hop flavors.

Taste is clean, crisp, malt is not over sweet, light biscuit, hops are crisp and bitter, maybe more pine than citrus.

Mouthfeel is a little drying and over crisp for a pale ale, could be the age of the brew and bottle conditioning.

Overall, a nice drinkable pale ale, nothing out of the ordinary, but a little harsh in the mouthfeel

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine.

T - It had a toasty flavor with some citrusy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer.

O - This is an okay pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Greeted with a 1/2 inch of fluffy white foam and little sediment guess this held up well since the bottle is at least 4 months old. Beer is a bright orange yellow with a mild haze.

S +T - Seems pretty mild in the smell department. Pale malts and mild pine or citrus. Taste is also not very exciting just a regular pale ale with a touch more piney hops. Drinks pretty good though.

M - Light to medium, kind of skunky but easy to drink.

Overall a step down from the craze of dry hopped pale ales but this one holds it own by being very on par with the style. Tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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