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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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Renae
5/5  rDev +48.4%

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 mph2443
4.6/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +30.6%

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 finado
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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 tmarq9
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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