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Ouisconsing Red Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
270
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 270
Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, with a hint of floral hops. It is a nice aroma, but a little on the weak side. The taste is stronger, and has a bigger hop presence. It is still very well balance though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly on the high side, and seems to get in the way a little bit. Overall, this is a very nice tasting amber. If only the aroma were on par with the taste, and the carbonation weren't so high this would be a very nice beer. As is it is simply mediocre.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a typical amber. a touch hazy with fervent bubbles dancing through the toffee hued brew. a meager half-finger head wisps away to a thin collar leaving bits of froth.

aroma is clean and simple. crystal malt and pale malt. very toasted malt aroma. crackers. hints of sugar, a bit of green herbal hop earthiness. nothing fancy. but certainly doesn't smell bad.

malts up front. caramel and a bit of woodiness. then some hops. herbal and green. sweet and bitter, pleasantly balanced.

mouth is impressively creamy. the syrupy bitterness is washed away by the clean carbonation that leaves behind an almost refreshing hint of bitterness.

All in all, a solid amber ale. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's damn good. interesting and endlessly drinkable. If only I had another bottle.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a touch of haze and an egg colored head. Head turns into a handful of bubbles on top of this brew, and leaves not a whole lot of lacing, spotty at best.

S- Smell is pretty light overall. Picking up sweet floral hops, alonng with quite a bit of malts caramel and bready. A toffee and butterscotch smell also standout.

T- This one follows the nose pretty well. A good balance here between the hops and malts. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

O- A pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark amber. Short just off-white head with little persistence. Appears slightly hazy.

Smell - Light sweet malts and caramel. Only faint citrusy hops.

Taste - Begins sweet, though a little watery, with a touch of caramel or toffee. Finishes with a medium dose of citrus and floral hops that I wasn't expecting after the nose. Flavor is good, but comes across as a little thin.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light.

Overall - Not a bad tasting beer, reasonably to style, and certainly not something I'd avoid, but the dominant impression I get from this beer is that its a little watery.

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Photo of richkrull
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy amber brown color with very little head. Smell is pretty faint, some hops. Not a whole lot else coming through. Some light hops flavor as well with a bit of malt as well. Very smooth light bodied beer. Pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled September, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber body with a vague smattering of beige foam that recedes to a mottled surface layer and a micro-collar. Poor retention, very little lacing.

Described as nutty and floral - not far off the mark. Also hints of sandalwood, leather, and cinnamon in the nose.

The palate follows the nose closely with a bit more depth of malt and a little more pronounced (though still restrained) hoppiness. Finishes dry with hints of rosewater and lavender as it warms.

Light-bodied, well carbonated...

Not bad, not great...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber, with 1 ½ fingers of frothy off-white head. This sticks around with a smooth finger of creamy retention that skims the surface and leaves a rich foamy cascade of lacing back (which occasionally sticks to the sides of the glass). The aroma is floral feeling and a little citric, with caramel sweetness and buttered toast rising up underneath. This has a moderate depth to this. I like the flavors but just wish that there was a little bit more here.

The taste mirrors the nose, giving off notes of toffee, toasted bread, and a light diacetyl flavor that spreads out in to the mouth. Some green feeling hops tingle the roof of the mouth, as bitterness carries over into the finish with some dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess that carries some sharpness that runs through the center of the feel and give this a crisp feel down the tongue.

Solid Amber Ale here from Central Waters. The butter character wasn't distracting, as this stayed well balanced and easy drinking during the duration of the glass. I would have another.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Ouisconsing. I assume that's a play on "Wisconsin".

Appearance (4) : 3 finger head. 70% opaque Sherry wine body.

Aroma (4) : Hops are the first thing you smell. Some woody, barrel aged notes of malt and barley. A little bit of anise candy. Malts are very sweet smelling...caramel-like, with a fresh clean chlorinated water smell. The bouquet is rich and strong.

Taste (3.5) : Malty presence with a serious punch of hop, bursting with red flavor and starchy grain. The taste is great but gets old fast. Bitter hop on the finish with more barrel aged wheat/malt mixture.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy and robust, zing of carbonation underneath. Ends lightly hopped with a slight dry finish.

Overall (3.55) : An impressive red ale but not one I could drink all the time. The taste is great, shows character, could even win awards - but after a few sips I'm pretty much done here. Overwhelming hop presence and not exactly easy to drink. A harsher, hoppier take on the red ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured dark amber and slightly orange in color. It had a small off-white head to it that lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma has a malty and nutty flavor with a bit of caramel and toasted malts coming through. Some floral hops come through a bit in the nose as well. The taste shows more of the caramel and nutty flavors with some toffee coming through as well. Some hops come through towards the finish with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down pretty easy this afternoon. It wasn't really outstanding in the flavor department but it was pretty decent overall and was an easy drinker.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then quickly settles. Fairly clear body. Amber to ruby in color. Nice thin lacing on the drink down.
S) Toffee notes. Toasty. I'm picking up a butter popcorn aroma... weird. Overall, not a very aromatic brew.
T) Mellow caramel malt mixed with some toffee and toasted grains. Just a subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy then creamy. Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A decent red, not to dry and very drinkable.

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Photo of ejquin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good refreshing session beer that meets the below 5 abv mark. Obtained from TMoney2591 in a trade. Pours into a pint glass, a hazy caramel color with a good size off white head and some lacing.

Smell is biscuity malts. Tastes good, a malty Red Ale....Biscuity and bready..no caramel or other flavors, a little grassy hops at the end for balance.

Mouthfeel is a hair light, still crisp and not too sweet. Nice malt forward balance. A good session beer. Would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep amber and gold hue with lite carbonation and a one finger head that quickly receded.

It smelled malty with a buttery undertone. No hops could be detected.

It was slightly hoppy up front. The flavor then gave way to roasted malt with a touch of butter. It had a medium body and a slightly bitter finish.

It is an ok beer to drink. Not quite my style but good none-the-less.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red, slightly orange, with a one finger offwhite head. Retention is decent. No lacing.
S- Aroma is disappointing. Nose in the glass and I'm getting very little. Pretty clean with just a bit of toasted biscuit.
T- Toast and sweet buscuity flavors up front. Not as caramely as most American Reds. The finish shows a nice finesse of grassy hops. Leaves a fresh flavor in the mouth.
M- I would like just a shade more body. A bit more carb would be nice too.
O- I almost gave it a four overall, but a couple of the aspects (nose, weight) made me round down. Close to being a very good example of the style.

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Photo of circuitmonkey
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper red color with a very full head with good head retention. There wasnt much of an aroma, but you could smell a little but of the hopps. Flavor was rather well balanced, leaning a bit twards the hopps. Overall I think this is a pretty decent example of this style of beer, would be willing to buy again the next time I'm looking for an American Red Ale.

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Photo of hopjuicer
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper amber. A vigirous pour left only half an inch of head that didn't linger very long.

Smells of grain, mostly rye. Slight acidity in the nose. Hints of caramel.

The grain is much more pronounced in the taste. A slight tartness balanced with sweetness.

Feels a bit sharp from the bittering hops, not much happening as far as aromatic hops.

Not the most exciting red, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A smoky orange pour looks a orangish-amber in the vessel with a dense clarity and good deal of micro-particles suspended about. A slight milky khaki head soon disipates leaving no visible window dressing.

S: Soothing caramel-flower aroma with a good deal of toasty caramel sweetness there-after. Small touch of spicy flowery hops.

T: Flavor wise loaded with caramel, soft flowery hops with a slight touch of spiciness, the center stage is the malt. Caramel-citrus hops come through late in tasting but is pretty dominate when they do. Light bready dryness, pie crust, some piney notes with an increased hoppy awareness that is slightly sticky with resinous oils give this a better appreciation deeper into the drinking experience.

M: Thick syrupy body, decent rate of carbonation, once again, big heavy body.

O: Overall a beer that seems to increase with interest deeper in the experience. Doesn't start out strong impression wise but its the subtle things that come that save this from a below par example. The body is quite full, the hopping seems just right, good for two or three, spicy, a solid good try. worth a six pack for a try. Light abv% ensures you won't be weighed down.

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Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that falls somewhat slowly but leaves no lace.

The smell is similar to CW Shine On though milder, being lightly grassy, a little bit of grain but with some malt sweetness.

The taste is malty with just a bare hint of grassy hops followed by a slight bitterness and finishes with lingering malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin towards medium with a sharp crispness.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking Amber, even for me who is not a fan of many Amber ales. It's nothing special but it is satisfying, more so for me than Shine On. Why CW sends 2 such similar beers out is beyond me.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed coppery amber with a foam collar, no lacing.

S. Smells of biscuit dough with sprinkles of light floral and earthy hopping on top.

T. Flavor is significantly nuttier than I expected. Also has a bit of a toasted malt character and finishes with those earthen hops from the nose.

M. Lighter bodied yet smooth in texture.

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Photo of bevenson
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle mark indicating it was bottled in March. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Yup, it's amber. Clear with a lasting white head. Belgian lace clings to the glass. Very pretty.

S - Spicy, piney hop aroma with a hefty caramel, toasty and toffee malt aroma. Age on the bottle is showing a little with a slight sherry oxidation. Overall pleasant aroma.

T - Hop flavor and bitterness is much stronger than I expected from the aroma. Pine and a woody hop flavor with a coarse, lasting bitterness. Light caramel in background just to remind you that some malt was used in this beer. Malt flavor is a little one dimensional compared to the aroma.

M - Medium body and very dry with moderate carbonation. Lasting bitterness keeps this beer from being as smooth as I'd like.

D - A very refreshing amber. I'd prefer a little more variation in the malt flavor for an amber. Definitely a rougher hop bitterness than most ambers. However, it seems to hold up surprisingly well with a few months of age. I'd be up for having another.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped that it was bottled in March, picked up at Princeton Liquors. I have to say, this was a bit of a yawner. It's just another smooth and simple American red ale. It's sort of bready, sort of carmely, but not terribly interesting. It's good enough to drink and it's cleanly brewed, I just found it boring and without much depth of character.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, "bottled on December". Rigorous pour reveals a reddish-copper ale with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar: sweet, caramel malt, toasted grain, faint fruit. Mouth-feel is rather thin, ample carbonation. Finishes with a very slight earthy hop bitterness. Overall, good take on a red ale, but pretty average at best.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma mostly, that is a little sweet with some fruity aspects. Steady medium sized head with yellowish-brownish hue. Clear red-amber color. Lighter overall flavor, mostly a soft malt taste with some mild bitterness lingering on the front of the tongue. Nice smoothness overall, medium feel with carbonation in medium range too. Not an overwhelmingly good beer, but I tend to like this style with food and this would do fine.

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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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