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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 200
Photo of McCranky
1.55/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

this was an absolute pour for me. i usually love the offerings of Central Waters; but i just couldn't get past the "1 note" flavor profile of this beer. this beer is all grain, all malt, no hops whatsoever. it's very unbalanced, and just plain bad. sorry Central Waters! I'll be back to try some Happy Heron, or Glacial Trails...but never this one again...

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Photo of jrallen34
1.82/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into my new Darkness tulip...Pours a medium copper with a thin light tan head...A horrible aroma of rye and vomit and sawdust, yum can't wait to try this...The taste is even worse, its stale vomit. I can't even drink this.

This is a horrible beer that should be avoided at all times. Not even worth the tick.

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1.96/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a frothy, two finger head, which is light white. The amber body, shows good levels of carbonation.

S: The aroma is light on the biscuit and nutty aspect, but very well balanced and low levels of hop. A bit of a butterscotch, diacetyl

TM: Body is nutty and very thin, ends way too quick. The flavor that is very light drops off so quick, that it makes the lingering finish or the lack of one a very poor aspect of this beer. Hop flavors are low and very mis-represented.

O: Overall, I thought that this would have not been half bad from the aroma, but this is a bland and low level of flavor that is truly a let down.

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Photo of Steasy66
2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A- Golden, half finger dense off-white head.
S- Nothing to speak of here.
T- Strange, hard to describe, tastes somewhat like skunked ruthless rye maybe?
M- Fine, hard to get past the strange taste.
O- Won't be buying again.

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Photo of meatyard
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, amber color with a 2-finger, white head that has decent retention with a thread or two of lace.

The smell is grassy and grainy.

Thee taste is more grain and a boring, nothing pleasant flavor that did absolutely nothing for me. The graininess lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light & dry.

Drinkability: Maybe a BMC drinker would like this though there is nothing particularly interesting about this for a beer drinker looking for aroma and flavor; it does seem to have a low ABV so that you could drink a bunch if you were only looking for some calories. So far, the 3 CW beers I've had have been mediocre+ at best. I've heard good things about them so I hope they start sending their good beers this way soon.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a huge 3 finger white head. The lacing is spotty, and a little blah. But I like the huge head

S- very mild piney hops. Very minimal and blah

T- really...mild. Almost smoky...mild pine. Not a lot going on here

M- kinda thin, actually, Very underwhelming

D- drinkable, I guess...but there are SO MUCH better ambers on the market than this one. This comes off more like an amber lager than an ale...the hops are so muted that it's a huge turnoff.

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Photo of JLeege
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in April, poured into a standard pint

Appearance- Pours a light copper color, crystal clear, with a frothy two fingers of white head. Good retention and lace left behind.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little caramel malt sweetness and that is about it.

Taste- A little caramel malt again. A breadyness throughout the drink, with a hint of darker fruits. Fairly grainy on the finish. A bit watery, even metallic.

Mouthfeel- light body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Unimpressed with this offering. A session beer it may be, but it is really bland. The sales of this brand may support a good cause, but it is a very unmemorable beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a amber-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel and sugar. The taste is just plain sweet. There is no real malt character, just a general sweetness. It is like a glass of sugar water. The taste and aroma of this beer are painfully simple. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is a real disappointment. I will not be drinking this again, and would not recommend it to others.

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Photo of mjpolzin
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is nothing special BUT for someone who isn't really into drinking a lot of fine tasting craft beers, I would feel comfortable offering this to someone as a nice standard beer but one that was a step above your mainstream light beers. With it being the summer season now, this one also goes down easy so it would be good for a grill out or something of that sort.

It struck me as being very carbonated. When I poured it into the glass, there was a lot of bubbles and fizz. The taste was slightly bitter with a little sweetness/caramel. It tasted about like a red ale should taste but a little weak and I guess since it is about 4.5 abv, it is what you would expect.

So like I said, not great for me but as an "entry level" beer for someone looking to taste some craft brews, it would serve its purpose.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I needed to finish my mixed sixer at Sendik's, so I figured I'd give this guy a shot. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel laced with orange peel. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste doesn't wanna stray from the smell, but it does: The orange peel is a bit out-of-season, and the caramel is a bit more buttery than before. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly prickly feel. Overall, a decent brew, but nothing I really wanna have again.

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Photo of TheDTrain
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heavily carbonated medium body american amber. Pours a translucent golden orange color and leaves good lacing around the glass. Nose is nonexistent! Sweet light taste of mild hops, earth tones, piney, peachy, and a bitter bite at the end. The heavy carbonation almost makes it feel like your drinking an amber/club soda mix.

Drinkable but pretty bland overall.

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Photo of CMW
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, dark copper color with a medium sized off white head. Head retention is good and even leaves a little lacing.

S - Caramel malt with a little bit of sweetness.

T - Overall quite bland. Pine hops that I did not pick up in the nose clash with a pale wheat ale. Still the flavors are almost all in the background.

M - Much too watery.

D - I would rank this low on the drinkability scale. The flavors are meh and the body is weak.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into tall pilsner glass, color is opaque copper, head is about 1/2" thick then dissipates to a ring and froth, some lacing.

Smell is pretty neutral grain, some light a caramel and biscuit malt notes, no hop scents noted.

Taste is a little crisp, lightly over carbonated flavors leave them somewhat bland. biggest flavor noted is caramel and biscuit malts, minor hop grassiness noted.

Mouthfeel is slighty overcarbonated and strong on the tongue, which does not allow nice lingering malt flavors.

Overall, an average amber ale, slightly overcarbonated, malt profile is pretty solid.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Bottled in October.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smooth creamy malts, minimal floral hopping, caramel, and butterscotch. Sweet malts. a moderate strength aroma.

T: Pale malts, butterscotch, caramel, and minimal floral hops. Honey? Balanced but underwhelming. I like it, but there's no complexity or subtlety here. Tasty but lacking.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nectary. Slightly overdone carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but forgettable. I doubt I'd knowingly get this again unless the price point was incredible. Try it but don't expect greatness. A solid beer for the style but ultimately somewhat underwhelming.


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Photo of Greggy
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber red with white head. Good lacing.

S- Faint biscuit and grains.

T- Starts with some graininess and some subtle biscuit. That's about it...boring.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Overall, smooth.

O- Very simple amber. Not much going on. Would love some complexity.

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Photo of Duff27
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch fizzy beige head on a clear light ruby red body. Leaves a color with a tad bit of head retention. No lacing.

S- Pale and caramel malts. Not a lot of hop presence.

T- Bready malt character with a hint of citrus and caramel sweetness. Again not much hop presence at all. Nothing off putting, but nothing to excite the palate either.

M- Prickly carbonation. medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very drinkable and I'm sure refreshing on a hot day. I really think a BMC fan could get into this. Having said that, unless BMC was the only thing else available, I'll pass.

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Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into nonic pint.

Pours a coppery orange with a two finger off white head. Settles to a thin layer with decent lacing.

Aroma is of sweet grains and doughy yeast. Slight fruitiness in the background.

Taste is ever so slightly caramely. Fruity esters from the yeast follow with a pleasant hop bitterness in the back. Finishes quick and clean. Easily quaffable.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not inappropriate here. Mild carbonation adds to the mild flavor of this ale.

Overall, nothing special, but still a great backyard brew. I'll definitely be visiting this again seeing as their summer sampler has a few great beers along with the Shine On.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper amber with a slight, fizzy white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose is mostly sweet, caramel malts with a bit of orange citrus hops. The taste follows suit with a biscuit malt flavor and a slight bit of hoppy bitterness rounding out each sip. The overriding bread flavor is reminiscent of a german helles. Mouthfeel is creamy and light body with a sweet, crisp finish. This beer threw me for a bit of a loop. It doesn't really come across as a red ale, or even a pale ale - but there's nothing that particularly stands out about it either. Overall, a solid though unspectacular brew.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A late night bottle poured into my trusty duvel tulip.

A- a nice two fingers of bright white head from a hard pour that holds for a bit then settles to leave a thin cap. Light red orange in color.

S- rather light nose. Slightly sweet and bready. No real hop presence.

T- grainy and mildly bitter with a touch of sweet. Not much going on here.

M- on the thinner side of body with a bigger carb that does a good bit to makes this a refreshing quaff.

O- nothing to write home about. Kind of bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Medium brown body with over an inch of very light tan, almost white head. Decent stamina too.

S - Bready and slightly sweet.

T - Again, bready flavor here is the mainstay. There's a slight English bitter taste that comes in late and it finishes... okay.

M - This is probably the finest quality of this brew. It goes down very well with great texture.

~ I'm not a big fan of the flavor combinations here. I regretfully admit I probably won't have another.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shine On pours a reddish color, lots of carbonation, but very little head. There is a very rich early roasted malty aroma. Their is of course a strong malty backbone, lots of earthy flavors, has a subtle candy sweetness to it. A bit too watery, and just doesn't sit to well, has a very stale aftertaste. Overall a rather mediocre beer. Rich in malty flavors, but that's it, its a bit too watery, and leaves an offensive taste. Drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours amber with a pretty big white head. Good retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is nutty, with some biscuity character. A fair bit of sweet caramel as well.
T- The flavors are good but they disappear too quick. Biscuit, nutty, and some light caramel.
M- Thin body. Medium light carbonation. Lacks the substance I would hope for from this beer.
O- It's an ok beer, but it lacks the substance I would hope for. Decent but disappointing.

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Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, sunset golden orange with a modest white cap that dwindles somewhat quickly to a skim.
Dinner rolls aroma backed with cashews and crushed dead leaves.
Doughy in the mouth. That's the mainstay. Some nutskin astringency arises, as does a touch of honey sweetness. Yeast arrives in the middles with some brown paper bag oxidized note (and this is pretty fresh). Hops are meager but add some brown grass and fallen leaf notes late.
Medium-light body, somewhat pasty in feel, with a moderate carbonation up front that dies over time.
I'm not digging this so much.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Slightly cloudy. Medium tall, off white, foamy head. Good persistence.

Smell - Medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Medium roasted malts. Not real sweet. A subdued chocolaty caramel. Grassy finish

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Hits most of the marks for an american amber. Not especially distinctive or tasty, though.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a, oh, I don't know what the hell it was, not a bottle though. Light amber pour with a little bit of head. Citrus and hops announce themselves in the smell. Very clean. Taste is also clean, but also meek. Could use a lot more flavor. Makes for an easy drinking beer but also seems to lack substance. My wife, who tends towards the farmhouse style, was quite impressed,but while it's a long way from drain pour, this beer underwhelmed me. Just too damn tame. I will pursue other CW beers but not this one.

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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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