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Shine On Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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

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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75
Ratings:
200
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
24.04%
 
 
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 200
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 ommegoose
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from "The Rookery" sample pack, bottled in May

Color looks rather pale for an amber. It's not an incredibly appealing start. The first pour didn't really yield much head, and a second, harder one did not do much better.

Smells a lot better. Hits the notes to style while being potent enough. Biscuit notes of course. Medium sweetness, low hop presence in the nose.

Malt-forward amber ale with some grassy hops at the end. Biscuit notes recall a certain ubiquitous amber ale. Pleasant dryness keeps this drinkable, but the hop profile almost seems more apt for a mild pilsner. By about halfway through my second bottle, musty grain is more apparent, and other flavors start to get muted.

Feel is average. Body and carbonation both seem medium-light. I'd be a little surprised if this beer broke 5% abv.

Will appeal to fans of Fat Tire. Solid local alternative. Pretty quaffable summer drink with enough flavor (barely) to keep my interest. Tempted to drop this another notch, but it seems to meet its goal just well enough. Better file this in before I drink any more. Seems to be the rare beer that is best in the first serving, and less so when you have more time to pick at it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body running from red to gold as my Sam Adams glass narrows. One level finger of off-white foam.

Mild but pleasant biscuit aroma.

A very sweet spot lands on the center of the tongue, followed by a more bitter-sweeetness sensation of mild malts with a light balance of earthy hops. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel with a bit of a tingle.

Good drinkability, but it works better as a moderate sipper than a gulper.

A nice sturdy sorta Englishy ale that leans toward malty without being overly sweet.

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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 dstc
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy light tan head. Head falls to just about nothing. Not much lace.

Aroma is of mild malts and not much else.

Malt taste I guess but sort of tangy. Some bitterness at the end and a clean finish. Something is just off a bit.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and sharp on the tongue.

Average. Something is missing but not a bad beer.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 hawks10
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottled June 2010, poured into my Central Waters pint glass...

Pours a very clear light amber, golden color with two fingers of meringue like white head which leaves a little bit of lacing behind...

Semi sweet aroma of faint ripe fruits with a hefty dose of caramel malt smell. Bready, biscuity aroma, almost like a pils, no noticeable hop aromas though...

Taste is much of the same, bready with a hint of leafy hopness. Mild sweet citrus fruit flavors. Reminds me more of a pale lager or pils than anything else...Plain and not terribly good...

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit of a crisp bite. Very euro-pale lager esque to me...

Eh, probably the only Central Waters beer I didn't like...

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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 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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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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