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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WJVII on 08-08-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 200
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 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 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 tavernjef
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium tangerine orangish yellow hue with a chill hazed glow. A small cap of ivory foam lays on top briefly and slips to a simple collar ring and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is quite light and soft of soggy cereal grain with a slight toasted egde.

Taste is about the same, quite simple, plain, and soggy of some cereal grain and soft bready sweetness with a tad of toasted edge to it. Nothing to it unfortunately, not much tone or length either, just a slight impression of bready malt touched with toast and undertowed with caramel and apricot jam.

Body is about a light medium with some maltyness behind it and weight. Even a slight crispness awaits its first hit to the lips, but once that slips by there's a slight emptyness as it gains a tiny malt breadyness and carries a very slight feathery dryness of yeast and floral hops late in the finish.

For what it is, it's good for drinking a bunch of if in the mood or need for something simple and easy going for some hotter day type drinking. Seems more like a Dortmunder style or Helles then a Red Ale...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 AmberMan22
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap yesterday, had high expectations for it. As my name might imply, I do enjoy a good amber.

Pours an unenthusiastic dull red/brown. Head is gone almost immediately, no retention, no lacing.

Smell was the only decent thing going for this beer, and even that was fairly unimpressive. Doesn't make a strong push to be malty or hoppy, just kind of out there in no-man's land.

Taste is about the same. Unpronounced, undecided flavor that doesn't really strike any impressive notes.

Can't say I'd recommend this one.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a czechvar glass.

Pours a light copper with a nice head that recedes to a cap of half a finger. Leaves ample lacing on the glass.

Aroma is metallic and grainy. Sweet grain rides on bready biscuit and cracker like aroma. Fruity aromas come in faintly.

Flavor is roasted grain with a nice hit of crackery bready goodness. Middle brings fruity flavors of hops and honey. Finishes dry and decently refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, the carbonation holds everything down well.

Not a bad beer, I don't think I would seek it out, but it is definitely a very sessionable ale.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a mostly clear amber orange. About a one finger of white head fades rather quick leaving a small lace ring.

The aroma is mostly citrus fruit and a hint of malt. Nothing too strong. Rather plain.

The flavor is rather muted malt spice mix. Nothing offensive but not a ton of flavor.

Medium to light body average carbonation.

Overall an easy drinker. Not a whole lot goig on but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night

A - A nice pour from the bartender gave a nice, reddish brown body with a slight hazy aspect. Plenty of carbonation present along with a nice head that was a good finger and a half thick, even after having some of it poured out. Minutes later there was still a decent lace.

S - A rather bland smell. There was nothing aside from bread notes and faint malts that stood out. Faint amounts of caramel were present but much too weak.

T - A little better than the smell but not as full as I was hoping for. Malts and the bread notes are there along with faint sweet caramel notes. Floral hops are present as well, but toned down too much.

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a decent malt and bready yeast profile early, but it seems to die off towards the end. A nice amount of carbonation cleanses the palate for something bigger than what you get. Not enough caramel notes or hops to close this one out.

D - It certainly isn't the hardest beer to drink, but for the price, I doubt I will be seeking this one out anytime soon.

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

Appearance: Sunset orange with a sizable creamy head. The head disappears very quickly.

Smell: Sweet bread smell.

Taste: White bread taste with a hint of sweetness. A little hops in the back but not much.

Mouthfeel: Very good mouthfeel. Doughy.

Drinkability: Easy drinking session beer.

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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 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 LittleBug31
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty bright, crisp orange/Amber color. Slightly cloudy with a few stray bubbles of carbonation. A white head that fizzles away after jsut a few seconds.

S: Fresh peeled orange and grapefruit. Flowery. Fruity and spicy with a caramel-brown sugar aroma.

T: Citrusy and light. Herbal.

M: Mild carbonation, yet still tingly.

D: Good beer. Nice and light which would make it easy to enjoy a few.

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