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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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Added by WJVII on 08-08-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 200
Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sugar Maple. Some hop aroma. Light amber colour, three-quarters of an inch of retained head, light lace. Creamy mouthfeel, but lighter bodied. OK drinkability.Sweet malt with a little bitterness, herbal bitterness. Average beer overall.Little disapointing.

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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 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 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 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 jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a musty undertone.

The taste is of caramel with vague dried citric sour fruity aftertaste. Sweetish with a metallic dryness in the finish.

It is somewhat fizzy. Rather abrupt, slightly watery finish.

Because of the odd finish and things just not coming together greatly, I wouldn't "session" this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shine On is a decent session amber ale. The beer pours clear (cut off before bottle settlement could invade) with soft amber color. A 1/2 finger think head forms initially then settles leaving some lace. The really isnt much scent save for waffes of caramel malt. The taste is a basic amber ale, the sweet malt stars and the bittering hops provide a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single from Princeton Liquors and it's notched for April. Overall, this is a smooth, very bready beer with a light orange peel hop finish. There's malt-ball caramel taste in there too with the crust and toast notes. I certainly wouldn't mind if this brew were a bit more crisp or if the malts stood up better, but it's not a bad session beer.

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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 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 BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a glass..

Shine on sports a nice looking amberish orange look in color and I got a inch of foam from a stealth pour into the pint glass. No stickage though. Smell is fruity, not cloying, a fair amount of pale malt with others, barley, some candy scents. Taste is weird for a amber, it's more fruity forward and less caramel in taste, that may be becauser Im on the East coast and we mound that malt up IMO. All in all interesting albeit a bit off style. The feel is a step above light and the carb is there and not overpowering, I drank it with ease but it left me confused in the end.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark reddish orange tones with a tannish creamy-frothy like head that was lengthy in stay. Carbonation was healthy, strong, and quick paced. Lacing was moderate.

S: Gentle hay, fresh pale grains, green flowery hops mixes with some semi-dry apple and lemon peel.

T: Apple citrus flavor with some soft hay backing. Some background toastedness, caramel, just enough to give you an appreciation while still maintaining a pale, grainy and straw like taste. Green hops, leafy, warming flowers, almost nobel like.

M: Medium consistency, medium carbonation, syrupy texture and flowery pollen coats the tongue there-after.

O: Overall easy drinking, fresh grainy pilsner like feel with some caramel sweetness, light bodied, not heavily hopped, some nobel flower indications and goes down smoothly enough. Nice flowery fade that lingers gently behind.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in Feb.
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear aged copper body with a slight density to it and a strong carbonation supports a thin wispy film that soon breaks up.

S- The soft dry roasted malt hint is all that really shows up in the clean aroma.

T- The light tart hint leads to a slightly toasted malt flavor with a soft copper hop note in the finish. The finish is pretty dry.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz note and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice malt flavor is a bit soft with some odd metallic notes in the finish and the tartness was a bit out of place.

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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 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 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 drpimento
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at a cool temperatue with a nice sized, cream colored, foamy, slightly frothy head that settles down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is mild - malt, hints toffee, fruit, and hop. Flavor's like nose and just about as mild with good carbonic tang to balance the bitter and sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and easy drinking. Not bad overall for a basic, malty amber.

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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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Photo of dirtylou
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, riley's i presume

appearance: served in a standard ale asylum pint, clear amber body - light beige froth

smell: light caramel, apple, grain

taste: not a whole lot going on here - a beer for the masses perhaps. toasted grain, light apple sweetness, a touch of caramel

mouthfeel: light, slick

drinkability: just fine

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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 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 drinker...love 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 jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this today. Brew date of April on the side of the label.

Nice coppery amber color with a one finger layer of suds on top that leaves a little lacing.

Bready smelling with some orange peel and light earthy hops.

Pretty grainy tasting. Some straw, faint caramel and mild hop presence. A bit lacking in flavor besides the grain.

A little thin in the body. Slightly watered down, with a touch of prickly carbonation.

Drinks quite easily. This would make a good gateway beer for BMC drinkers or a decent session beer. Just lacks in flavor, but by no means a bad 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 AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer, one finger white head, no lacing. Semi translucent.

S - Maly smell, not a ton of hops. Really big fruity smell, took me a while to place it, but then I realized that it was watermelon. How unique, not unpleasant, just different.

T - Watermelon taste comes through with some sweet malts. It's not overly sugary, but the hops, if any, are pretty faint. Nice sweet beer.

M - Medium carbonation, heavier side of light bodied.

D - Easy to drink, fairly enjoyable, if not forgetable. Not a bad brew, would drink again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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