Shine On Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Shine On AleShine On Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WJVII on 08-08-2009

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Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like the makeup of this beer. A ton of bready/biscuity malt flavors along with some caramel...aroma takes on a sweetish candied caramel scent...body is medium and smooth....drinks very easy and quickly....great this beer....would be a great every day beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Didn't know what this was from the bottle, and the pour doesn't give me any clues, either. It's some hazy somewhere, in between a red and a brown. APA? Hold on, lemme fire up the google... okay website says it's an "easy drinking" red, whatever that means.

Smells like red malt--crisp and lightly metallic but with no hints of oxidization. Medium fruit nodes, no hops of which to speak. Easy smelling, certainly.

Tastes, wow... a lot more complex than I had anticipated, and yet still very easy drinkin'. Red malt up front moves fast and then there's this, like, burst of apricots and apples. It's like in the old commercials for those Gushers fruit snacks where the kids bite into one and then WHOOOSH they get covered in juicy refreshment. It's like that but not gross. The fruitiness gives way to a more traditional finish of toasty biscuit and light weeds.

Quite the session, this.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear amber hue with eggshell white creamy head of 1 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. The head remains a fairly sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of bready yeast, there is also some sweet caramel and faint grassy hops. Fairly malty but certainly not robust nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet spacious carbonation. The beer is very easy to drink and certainly fits the session beer comments on the label.
The flavor is grainy malt with a little biscuit and bready yeast mixed in, I also have some sweet caramel and just a little grassy hop again. No hint of alcohol with this malty treat. A nice simple enjoyable beer that benefits renewable energy in the Midwest, Id buy this by the case if it was available here in CT!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a mild lacing. No sediment and almost no visible carbonation.

The aroma is quite nice. There is a malty/caramel sweetness mixed with a tasty bread component that matches well together.

The taste is primarily malty sweetness and bready components with some mild hops hiding in the back.

The feel is medium bodied with just a touch of undercarbonation. It is smooth and goes down cleanly leaving just a hint of tang at the end.

Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink. The taste and feel balance fairly well and this is great beer during the summer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had

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Photo of tapman
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, though a layer of sediment means bottle conditioning. Less than one finger of tawny head and a body of autumn leaves.

Nose is slightly earthy hops and an olive-like malt/hop combo. Malts are very deep, warm and slightly burnt, like if you mix the top of creme brulee with the custard underneath; burnt yet sweet.

Super malty. Brown malt? Not astringent or raisin-like, but really toasty. Not much hops besides a little balanced earthy flavors and a light bitterness.

Thick and juicy with a little dryness in the end.

I consider this a good example of and American Red ale. Maybe one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, amber/copper color growing a nice and creamy, 2-finger, cream colored head, with decent retention.

Aroma is slightly biscuity and sweet and malty. An ever-so-slightly ale fruitiness adds some complexity. with a balancing, mildly spicy, hop character to round things out.

The flavor is definitely malt forward with a mild caramel and slightly toasted bread character. As in the aroma, there is a certain "ale yeast" ester fruitiness evident. The finish is balanced, not bitter nor sweet, leaving a pretty clean malt flavor on the palate.

Shine On really is a very easy drinking Amber. The malt characteristics are clean and easy drinking, the hops add balance only, never really coming through at all. Very drinkable and easy on the palate. Basically this is pert near a perfect example of the style, IMO.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange color with a billowy dirty white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Bread and sweet malt.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, bready and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability: Good, respectable amber. Very drinkable beer. Would definitely recommend this beer and drink it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. A little over one finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is about average and a very small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a light floral hoppiness. A bit of dry nuttiness as well. Simple, but quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Like the nose, but even more well rounded. Plenty of toastiness, light floral hop flavor, nuttiness, and a balancing neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp with a light creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Super tasty, clean, and infinitely drinkable. This is a damn good amber ale despite how retarded the label is.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep copper, with a finger of smooth and creamy off-white head. This maintains a nice rich frothiness (at least a ½ finger) that leaves back some very rich lacing which hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is grassy smelling with an overripe fruit presence. A pronounced doughy graininess gives this some thickness in the nose. I wouldn't exactly call this light and breezy but it's definitely got some flavor to it and eases up the feel in the nostrils some as this warms.

The taste gets things back on track, being lightly bitter with fresh citrus flavors and a spiciness that extends outwards across the palate. This works nicely against the sweet graham cracker crust character of the malts. Some leftover gentle dry spiciness soaks the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a soft creaminess that glides easily across the palate. A touch of sharpness in the body lends this some crispness.

This wasn't bad at all. The nose was a little heavy handed but I thought the flavors and body were well done and this had quite an all around refreshing feel to it. I'd wouldn't have any problem putting a few of these down.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of white head that had very good retention before a thick cap forms. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. The label on the bottle was a bit deceptive describing this beer as malty. Well, it is malty but there is also a nice hop presence. The hops are nicely featured in the aroma. Hints of apricots and pineapple. The malt adds a grainy and musty element. Hops also play a large part in the flavor. Again with the apricots and tropical fruit. The malt adds some sweetness but otherwise it is not really adding much overall. The flavor is light substantiating the session beer claim. The body is light and well carbonated. Would of liked to have a little more body but otherwise good. A nice tasting lighter beer that is inexpensive. Just what I am looking for in an everyday beer.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pint glass

A - Nice clear copper color. Tan 1 finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice lacing on top.

S - Sweet, grains, malt, caramel, bread.

T - Everything the nose suggests. Nice and smooth malts. Earthy grains with a slight caramel hint. I really like the malts at work here. Make no mistake, this is a malt beer, not a lot of hop present here.

M - Really a good feel. Thin, smooth, with a little carbonation. Very enjoyable this time of year in the heat.

O - I really like this beer. Its a very refreshing malty treat for this time of year. I rarely read the reviews prior to posting but I did read the reviews of this and I am somewhat surprised this beer isn't liked a little more. For me, its a hit and will be a staple this summer.

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper amber with a 1” lacy foam cap. Smell: Predominantly fresh bread nose. Taste: White bread in a glass with just a little crust. Finishes clean and crisp. Mouthfeel: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Buebie
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixer six pack, as this is now available in MN.

Poured out of a brown 11oz bottle into a pub glass. A semi soft pour produces a large 2 inch off white head. Very sudzy consistancy. Slow to recede, leaving a solid cap of fomay froth and thick clingy lace.
Color is a transparent filtered amber.

Aroma is toasty with bready pils maltyness and a little caramel.
Mild onion earthy hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth a slick fuller full and moderate carbonation.
Taste contains most of what aroma did with a bit more toasty flavors. A touch of rye spice, pils malt, caramel malt and earthy spicie hops. Finishing with bitters and dry too.

A good sessionable brew indeed with nice flavors.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Bottled On: Dec

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, slight hop note, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, caramel. Medium body, dry finish. Drinkable, a tasty little brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Lukaski for picking this up for me while you were at the Brat Stop.

The color is a clear rusty amber with a quick white head, some nice lacing though, and no bubbling.

Very simple toasted bread, light biscuit malt aromas. Added to that a little earthy, grassy, dirt like hops in a nuance of sorts.

The taste starts toasted and grainy, with an equally grainy feel to the palate. Then the hops add a crisp splash to the biscuit and bread grain bill. The finish is a watery, but very smooth, sweet, and satisfying taste and feeling.

This is a simple and gratifying in its mild flavor profile and thirst quenching qualities.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange-amber, with 1/4" off-white head.

S: Crispy caramel malt, mild earthy hops. Light fruitiness from the yeast.

T: Layered caramel and two row malt, light citrus and earthy hop flavour. Crisp malt finish, and smooth fruitiness from the yeast. Hint of darker malts. I was expecting a bit more hop flavour.

M: Light body, and well carbonated adds a refreshing element to this beer.

D: Very clean--appealing to the masses, easy drinking. Crisp malt finish makes it exactly what it claims to be--a great session beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on Dec. notched on the label. No info.

A - A tiny light haze forms over the golden-orange beer. Carbonation streams up the middle to a cream head that expanded quickly then dropped just as fast. Lower retention with sticky lace is left over.

S - Timid fruit pokes out of the low nose. Light white grape to be exact. A small bit of English malts and sweet caramel float around but the nose is almost absent from this beer.

T - In comparison to the nose, the flavor just erupts in the mouth! Lots of fruit undertones from the hops and yeast. White grape, peach, and a mild citrus on the finish. This fruity component doesn't resemble a fruit beer but definitely overshadows the grassiness of the hops and soft caramel malt backing. I like it.

M - Medium-high carbonation contributes to the medium-light body of this beer. A sharp carbonation finish tingles on the way down and a light dryness creeps up afterwards.

D - Solid drinkability from Shine On, I like the fruity aspect that doesn't kick you upside the head even if it's not completely intentional. It's a smooth one to put back.

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful amber/orange color (looks like a nice IPA)with a nice creamy head that dissipates nicely to a great looking fresh ring with sticky lacing..the smell is malty and yeasty with toast and biscuit aromas..a little caramel some hops in the backgroud..the taste is sweet malts and bread and butter im not tasting a lot of hops but there is some..not a lot of flavor in this one and the sweet malts overpower ..the mouthfeel is silky and smooth but the amber is just not highly drinkable IMO..

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Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew showed up on tap for purchase via growler at our local beer and liquor depot in Stevens Point (JR's). Rumor has it they will bottle soon, but that is rumor. This brew has a wonderful rusty red color that when poured into a pint glass has a hazy reddish off white head that leaves sticky lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is a little sweet, but also has some dough and faint floral hops to balance. It goes down extremely smooth and has a mild after taste. Basic in its approach, but a well crafted and balanced brew. After a growler of it not sure is it is as good as the Ouisconsing Red though.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear copper body with a finger of coarse off-white foam. Mediocre retention but nice clingy lace.

S: Pleasant, balanced, restrained aroma of nutty malts, herbal hops, and a touch of stone fruit. Pretty good.

T: A little less dynamic than the nose, with emphasis on the sweetly nutty malts and some yeasty minerality. Light hops bitterness on the finish Solid, but not too exciting.

M: Fairly light body with moderate, fine carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: Nothing much to say about this one - it was tasty enough and drinkable enough, but pretty boring. I won't be buying it again, but I wouldn't caution anyone against it.


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Photo of akorsak
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12 oz bottle from Al's.

A: This amber ale is also amber (see Ouisconsing), also clear, also with a finger of head that has laced over. So many similarities, so why a separate ale? Only the website reveals the MREA clues.

S: More pale malts, biscuit primarily. The nose is not very exciting. Vegetal hops, quite green, hang around.

T: The taste is significantly different from the Ouisconsing. Here, the hops are leafier, more vegetal against the hmalts. The biscuit flavors, toasted, hang around admirably, especially with the lower carbonation in the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-centric, toasted with just a bit of hoppy bitterness. Another quaffable amber from CW.

D: Appreciate the ale for what it is, a simple amber. The toasted flavor is more prominent here, as it a vegetal hoppiness.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber color with a thin bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to nothing more than a slight surface layer..a bit of lacing on the glass.

For an amber, not as hoppy as expected; in fact more malty with hints of caramel and lemon peel. Nothing flashy, but smells "clean".

Malty sweet caramel and biscuits hit my palate; sweeter than expected, but based on the nose, maybe not all that surprising. More clean and sweet than hoppy. A quick shot of sweet caramel up front gives way to a very simple, clean, maltiness with a hint of citrus fruits and biscuits. Lots of subtle flavors and decent all around taste.

Very spot-on for an amber ale. Short, quick carbonation up front that gives way to a nicely balanced swallow. Refreshing.

Very drinkable brew. Nothing flashy...just a good, solid session brew. I recommend!

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Photo of drizzam
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchase from JR's Liquor in Stevens Point. Love that they have 2 flavors of CW on tap there!

A - An aggressive pour yielded a hazy red/amber body topped by one finger of off white head. Moderate head retention with spotty lacing.

S - Caramel malt in the nose...lots of caramel malt. As it warms it seems to develop a bready character.

T & M - That same sweet caramel malt is present in the taste. There is a very slight hop bitterness swimming in there, hardly noticeable. Medium bodied with a certain creaminess to it.

D - This is CW's entry level brew, designed to lure the masses into the world of craft beer. I don't feel that it is their best beer (the Coffee Stout would take that honor IMO) but it is a decent beer to quaff from the pitcher at the bars.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, 2-finger, soapy head. A spicy, Oktoberfest-like aroma with caramel hidden behind it. A straw-burnt sienna color. Starts off a touch hoppy, with nice, sweet malt tones. There is a mild, mild caramel aspect to the maltiness which blends with the hops to make an Oktoberfest reminiscent flavor. The finish is a nice, wonderful biscuit flavor.

Overall, I like this. It's like if Oktoberfest were an Ale. Quite sessionable and pleasing.
If you like a malty brew, this will not disappoint.

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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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