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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
267
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 267
Photo of GbVDave
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on July 17 2008

A: Pours an awesome looking, cloudy, dark amber/orange color capped with a creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head sporting excellent retention. Rings, ropes, and spots of sticky lace.

S: Strange, slightly off-putting "buttery" aroma at first. As it warms a large malty backbone dominates (sweet caramel, roasted/toasted malt) with considerable help from a distinct nuttiness (almond).

T: No butter here! Sweet caramel malt, dry and crisp toasted malt, and maybe a hint of spicy rye malt. Almond and hazelnut also play a big role here as does some tangy citrus hops.

M: Smooth and full with a sticky, dry, and tangy finish. Tart & tangy citrus dominates the finish. Decent chewy mouthfeel for only 4.8% abv.

D: Pretty sesssionable. Usually not my favorite style but this has a lot going for it. Another really good beer from Central Waters.

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Photo of MPLS
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After feverishly trying the more limited seasonal beers Central Waters has to offer I am determined to try their full range. Interesting that Central Waters wasn't distributing to western Wisconsin until last fall/winter.

A: Color is a light amber with slight lighter accents and the most noticeable thing right away is the head of the beer. The cap is a big deformed asymmetrical beast that upon first observations was 4 cm thick. Head retention good and lacing is equally as impressive.

S: Clean caramel scented malts, toasted grain, a little earthiness from hops as it's not your citrus laden monster. The nose of this beer isn't impressive, but am hoping for clean grain on the palate.

T: Hit with the malt/grain from the nose, but there is an element of spice to it, thought it would have been cleaner. The finish of the beer is enjoyable: Faint citrus, a certain level of breadiness, and I'm picking up some nuttiness too.

M: Thick for the ABV IMO, medium-thick bodies with evident carbonation.

D: A really good looking brew from start to finish and the the price/ABV would make me inclined to drink it again. I find a lot of good taste in this beer, but doesn't get me very excited.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, really enjoying it.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Brick red, moderate cast but still mostly transparent. Moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring. Significant lacing.

S - Mostly malts in the form of bread dough and floral and grass hits from the hops.

T - Add caramel to the nose, and you get the opening taste. The middle and end are a gradual increased hop bitterness, but the close fades back into the sweeter caramel and sugar flavors.

M - Light, brisk, with mild drying in the close.

O - A delicious and drinkable red, making the case for the gentle brew.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a golden hue. Thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches.
Smell is assertive hops with some slightly bready malts. Some melon, as well as some faint burnt caramel and toffee.
Taste is bitter, grassy hops, with some faint malts. Good malt backbone on this one. Faint ginger comes in halfway through, and the finish is peppery malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body.
Good drinkablility. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Appearance: Pours brilliant reddish amber with a finely bubbled white merengue-like foam cap. Smell: Malty aromas with traces of grain and caramel. Taste: A malty caramel palate with a mild bitter accent on the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a clear dark copper...leaves a fluffy beige head behind with wonderful retention. strong looking amber

smell: very potent and distinct nose...freshly baked biscuit, very buttery, huge toasted malt, caramel, rosey/floral, sweet red apple....a rather delightful nose

taste: strong buttered biscuit flavors follow through from the nose, toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, lots of sweetness in the form of apple and mild plum flavours. This is a very good amber from central waters.

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to a pint glass

A - Pours a reddish orange body that is pretty clear overall. The head is white and frothy and about an inch before fading slowly to a lace. Faint signs of carbonation are also present.

S - Sweet floral notes along with malts and a bread/yeast smell. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch also standout.

T - Much like the smell, there is a good balance of malts and grains combined with caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee. Carbonation is decent, but could be a little bit better.

M - Entering the mouth there is an initial blast of sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch with a medium body transition with decent carbonation. As the beer exits, there a nice malt and bread flavor that appears.

D - Pretty easy drinking but not something I would want constantly. I could have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of JackCass
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear rusty red and inch of foam good foaming.

Smell - Abundant hops and a little tangy malt like rye.

Taste - Hops most noticeable bitter and tart citrus. Good balance dry malt a touch of sweetness too. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and juicy nice co2 levels.

Drinkability - Session beer for a hop lover, still enoyable if hops isn't your thing, but one or two is enough then.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cherry amber color with a slight head of foam that leaves some lacing. Scent is that of carmal malts brewed to perfection. A slight nutty scent as well. The taste is rather mild of malts with a bold flavor. A very nice volume beer that drinks well and taste good at the same time. Nothing uber fantastic but you should enjoy drinking this.

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Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color with a sizable head, goog lacing.

aroma is dominated by toffee malt, not much else that i could detect.

taste is well balanced with sweet malt up front followed by bitter hops, not very fruity, but i like it like that.

mouthfeel is moderate viscosity, nicely carbonated.

drinkability is pretty high, definitely a good session beer.

overall, a very drinkable red ale, yet another nice offering from a Wisconisn micro. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Beer is dark ruby red with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some maltiness and a shadow of some roast.

Beer is medium in body, mildly creamy in the mouth and has a nice finish. Forward sweet with some minimal bitterness at the back. no aftertaste, its a classic and easy red ale.

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a large head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet caramel malt aroma with some earthiness added in. I can just barely pick up on some citrus hops. Nice malt flavor profile in this one. Fortunately the sweetness is balanced with some nice hop bitterness. I do not pick up on much flavor from the hops but the bitterness is nice in the finish and prevents this beer from being cloying. The body is somewhere between light and medium. Has an active carbonation but stops short of being harsh. Nice overall and very sessionable at 4.8%. A nicely crafted beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jlukasik again with the hook up.

Very good lookng beer, ruby, copper, and amber notes with a good head right after the pour, and some sluggish lacing. Not to mention the colony of tiny bubbles quickly making there way to the surface. The aroma is minerally iscuits with just a touch of herbal hops. The taste is dry and gypsum, hard water biscuity with some astringent and herbal hops. Well put together. The palate is complex, but so much so that you have to sit down and relax. This is a great conversation beer. Not about the itself, but anything other than that. The kind of flavors you can enjoy without thinking about it.

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Photo of Beertron
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a 12 oz. bottle from my place, poured into your standard pint glass.

A - Absolutely gorgeous! Deep copper red color. Light/medium head that dissipated very slowly, maintaining nearly through completion. Lacing was relatively significant and body showed steady carbonation. This beer looked healthy!!

S - Scent was strong with malts and yeast, akin to some fresh-baked rye bread. A light piny/floral note gives some insight into the hop content. It also has a mild off-scent, something along the lines of fresh-mown hay/silage or the resinous tones of cut timber.

T - Roasted malts are thick and prominent -- think toast. Suspicions were proven about the hops...they were heavier than normal for the style, adding a slight orange citrus taste. I'm telling you...take a slice of home-baked rye bread, put it in the toaster until it's just shy of burning, spread on a very thin layer of orange marmalade. That's the essence of this beer.

M - More watery/thin than expected, but typical for the style. Soft tingly bite from the yeasts linger on roof and back of mouth.

D - There's something about the combination of the thinnish mouth-feel and the yeasty dryness that don't just invite you to drink more...they demand it. I session the hell out of this bugger.

Overall, this is a pretty damn great red ale, a style that I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of. While I like hops, there's a slight imbalance towards them that prevents this from being out-of-control good, but its still leagues above many in this style.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet red in a Duvel glass, clear ale, bit of a white head, some lacing left. I fell in love of this type at Flat Branch Pub in Columbia, MO. last month, wanted to try this one. Of course that one was on a cask, lovely. This one is from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Intriguing nose, is it deep red malts, with signals of deep cherries or even plums? Very nice.

Taste has solid malt, good body, smoothness, easy to drink, not a sign of hops to surround the malt, but not sweet at the end, just right. The flavor reminds of dark vegetables like a nice ratatouille, yes fresh mown grass, the good kind. Very intriguing, glad I bought a 6 pack when in WI, can't get this here in IL. Nice.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Hilltop in Stevens Point, WI. This is a great place for a beer and some tasty food.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy redish copper with decent head and lacing.

Nice nose of caramel and pine.

Nice hopped up red. Pleasantly bitter with some sweet caramel counter points. The hops add a pine underpinning and some wheat cracker emerges late. Well-balanced and engaging beer.

This is a very easy session type beer. The mouth has pleasant carbonation and just enough heft. Interesting enough for a BA and it could be a cross over beer.

My first beer from this brewery and it will not be the last!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ouisconsing Red Ale pours a dark copper color, with a little but present white head. The smell is full, nice malty notes. The taste was very full, nice malty taste, very nice on the palette, a bit sweet. This beer is nice on the paletee, its not harsh, but not watery either. Overall this is a good beer, I found it suppior in comparision to other red ales.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this from the local market in Madison, WI. I poured a 12oz. bottle of this into a pint glass. There is no freshness date. Currently listening to "The Air Force" by Xiu Xiu.

A: What a good looking beer! Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head sit atop a orange-red haze. The color of this red ale is perfect and a little light will bring out some beautiful highlights. As the head recedes, the foam remains stuck to the side of the glass.

S: The smell is mild. Definitely more malty than hoppy. The label reads that there is a "subtle flowery nose," which I could agree with, especially towards the end of the glass.

T: There is a very strong malt presence; toffee flavor, almost coffee-like roasted malt. The beer's flavor is well-balanced, however, with hop bitterness and a minimal amount of hop flavor coming in at the finish and lingering for a while after the swallow. The taste is definitely packed with flavor!

M: Medium to full body with stickiness from the hops. It coats the mouth and gums for some time afterward. Mellow carbonation means that this beer feels smooth, but the alcohol is present and stings the mouth with its warmth (despite its low ABV).

D: A delicious American Red! This beer has found a big, bold flavor without leaning too far left or right. Absolutely something to look at when searching for good examples.

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Photo of lowbrau
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazel colored with low carbonation and a thin head. Left a fine lacing on the glass. Unexpected for a Amber/Red ale. It has the appearance of a nut brown.

Smell: Bright malt smell with notes of hazelnut, almond, and caramel. Very yeasty and sugary.

Taste: Again, notes of hazelnet, and an almost buttery character. Strong malt sweetness up front, but well balanced by hops in the finish. Finishes relatively clean for such a malty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The level of carbonation is perfect. The beer has a silky/buttery feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer. Well balanced and smooth.

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Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually recedes to leave an appealing chunk of carbonation on top and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing is left behind as I drink. The beer itself is a medium, reddish-brown in color.

smell: Toasted nutty grain upfront with notes of even more grain...quite grainy. Browned pie crusts and oxidized apple. Well balanced, somewhat spicy hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and the body are both medium, with a sharp, dry feeling after the swallow.

taste: Big nutty, toasted malts with a light sweetness at first. After the swallow the flavor really dries out and becomes even more nutty and woody. There's a surprising, though somewhat pleasing hop bite and flavor.

drinkability: one of the more refreshing reds I've had...nothing groundbreaking, but and interesting take and a well done beer

single bottle purchased at Riley's and smuggled back from my trip to Madison

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours a fiery reddish amber color with a single finger of tight off white head that has moderate retention and light lacings.

Aroma is of smooth caramel malts with notes of candy sugar and a nutty base. A mild earthy note in the background creates a very well composed profile in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a very satisfying quality and a rich malty backbone. The nutty character is a bit more pronounced, with a touch of malty grain as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth malty texture and am even smoother finish of residual caramel and candy sugar.

Drinkability is good. An easy going red/amber ale with a tasty nutty character that suggests a nut brown without the chocolate and roasted malts. Cheers!

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Photo of terrabyte
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown-amber with a large white head.

The aroma was nutty grains, with a caramel sweetness.

Flavor is heavy in toasted malts and toasted nuts. There is a sweet caramel body tying it all together. Plenty of hops end this beer with a pleasnat bitterness.

Mouthful seemed creamy and slightly foamy.

After a long day working outside, this was the only bottle I had in the fridge that night. I mention this because this glass I poured barely lasted 5 minutes. Obviously I was quite thirsty. However, despite that, I believe this is the best Red I've ever had so far, and would definately have it again. Very drinkable. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with no head retention. Opening the bottle yielded a huge foam tube, which makes me think my glass may be tainted. Nice lace ring left .

Smell is of toasted nuts and roasted malt. Sweet dark caramel and nuts. Grains are very prevalent on the nose.

Flavor is fresh fruity hops and grain. There is a nice floral note to the flavor. Grassy, lewisite like flavors prevail, like fresh mowed grass. Very deep caramel malt hits the back sweetly. I can't get over the grassy quality to this one...it is very refreshing. Very...juicy, sorry thats the only descriptor that hits me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet, not too dry, although there is a dryness that balances the sweet.

Very good, I like this one a lot.

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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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