Happy Heron Pale Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 95
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 7/31/12

Bottled on: Jun

Deep gold hue with a faded appearance. One finger head dissipates in short order. Retention is a combination of a soapy skim and bubbles. A good amount of drippy lace remains.

Happy Heron smells good - crisp, fresh grass with pepperings of orange peel, citrus zest and herbal hops. The malt offset isn't too much - cracker, grains and a dusting of baking flower. The hops become juicier as it warms.

Flavors of orange, grass and pine are all over the place, as is a bitterness that stands in stark contrast to the timid, toasty malts. Simple overall, it's well-constructed. I could go for a touch less bitterness, though.

The feel is my biggest gripe; the body is watery - beyond crisp, it's far too thin for the style. On top of that, the carbonation is too aggressive and distracting. The finish has a lingering pith and herbal bitterness before cleaning itself up.

This is a beer that lends itself to drinking far more than reviewing.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kartoffel
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle and in a glass. This beer needs to go in a glass. While great out of a bottle on a summer day. Put in a glass is well worth the trouble.

For calling itself a pale ale it's really an IPA in my mouth. I'm pretty sensitive to bitterness, as a super-taster so they say, but on the bottle it says "sharp bitterness missing from many domestic pale ales". I personally wouldn't characterize a pale ale as having a sharp bitterness. It's nothing like a Sierra Nevada or moon man which are what I would call excellent examples of great however non-extraordinary pale ales. If you want something in between a pale ale and IPA this is it.

A: a little dark and hazy for a pale ale but lots of complexity that works well in this brew work well, therefore it can pull off the color. Head retention is great and the lacing is amazing. The whole glass was covered after I was done from top to bottom.

S: the nose is like a freshly torn open nitrogen sealed packet of C type pellet hops. That's all I detect just hops, pure hop aroma. somewhat earthy but mildly citrus. Like cascade and Amarillo perhaps.

T: For me it tastes a lot better after sitting in a glass for a few minutes, or half way through for the impatient. The beer feels a bit over carbonated and makes it hard to drink from the bottle. More of the malt flavors and subtleties that let you know this beer isn't some crap thrown together really shine through when its in a glass at a little warmer temperature. I get some fruitiness in the middle of the mouth and a zestyness at the front of the tongue. Doesn't really taste like it smells. It's quite earthy and a bit grassy. Really great taste but still a bit bitter for what I want in a pale ale. Leaves a dry bitter(not in a bad way) aftertaste in my mouth that makes me want to take another sip.

M: Feels harsh out of the bottle and when it's cold. It definitely is not creamy and is quite crisp. The mouthfeel somewhat improves in a glass and after losing some carbonation/warming up. Medium bodied and easy drinking.

Overall a great "average beer" nothing extraordinary but for a 6-8$ 6pack it's one of the better ones. I still prefer many other pale ales over this one, but I consider this a between a pale ale and IPA.

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3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average andd a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Grainy and lightly bready malts. Some toastiness and light neutral malt sweetness. Barely perceptible earthy hoppiness.

3.0 T: Tastes like the nose. Mainly grainy with some breadiness. Toasty with a moderate sweetness and light earthy hops.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation. Neither very creamy nor crisp.

3.0 D: Not bad, but screams average throughout.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters' Happy Heron pours a clear deep gold body beneath a massive head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, as is the lacing.

In the nose it delivers a soft fruitiness over a pleasant combination of very lightly sweet and grainy malt and floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied and smooth, almost creamy.

The flavor is as the nose suggests but with a bit more citrusy hop character, and a little more yeasty fruitiness (mainly soft apple). The quality of the grain shows, and it's nicely biscuity with a soft caramel edge. It finishes dry with some grassy notes and a lingering tea-like flavor.

Overall it's a full flavored and well-balanced brew. The clarity, head retention, and lacing also tell me that it's well-brewed with a lot of care. Very drinkable and well worth trying.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear golden honey colored body. big white creamy head stands two fingers tall.

s: caramel, grass, lemon and other citrus.

t: lemon grass. some toffee and caramel. floral hops are there as well.

m: on the thin side. carbonation is good. very small hop presence.

o: not one of my favorites or even one that i will buy again. way too grassy for me. drinks more like a pilsner.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date available. Received as a generous gift from siblings.

A: Pleasing honey-amber with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and a nice banner of lace encircling the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is buttery and toffee-like with a lot of caramel sweetness. The hops are floral and lemon-orange.

T: The caramel malty sweetness is too strong and omboned with the buttery end note turns this cloying by the tail end of the glass. The hop component is underwhelming with a light citrus character but not much counterpoint.

M: Medium body with even carbonation and a nice coating quality.

O: Not a bad brew but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 39.9% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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