Friday, April 22, 2011

Central Waters Brewing Co. - Illumination DIPA; Happy Heron Pale Ale; Shine On; Mudpuppy Porter; Ouisconsing Red Ale

The Central Waters Brewing Company is in Amherst, Wisconsin.

Illumination Double IPA - This 9.0% ABV beer pours a glowing light copper/orange in color with a half inch of thick and smooth off-white head.  The aroma is hop forward, pine, tropical fruit and cantaloupe.  The taste follows the aroma with the tropical fruit foremost, over a light sweetness and with a very bitter and dry finish.

Happy Heron Pale Ale - This 5.2% ABV beer pours a glowing light orange-amber-copper with a small head that still leaves light to medium lacing on the glass.  The aroma is mild, some light fruit, and a touch of yeast and hops zestiness.  The taste is malty, somewhere between Irish soda bread and biscuit with a touch of fruit, and then a very dry and bitter finish. A nice light-drinking, but full-flavored pale ale, more of the English variety than ultra hoppy American variety.

Shine On - Per the bottle, this is a malty session beer made with organic barley, and every sale supports the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.  The beer pours orange-copper-amber in color with a small creamy head that leaves thick lacing down the glass.  The aroma is fruity, cherry and plum with a slight caramel malt.  The taste is caramel malt, sweet and dry pastry, and some dark fruit with a very lightly bitter finish. 

Mudpuppy Porter - This beer pours dark black, there is a hint of ruby if held up to the light.  There is a tall quarter inch of light brown head that leaves medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is tart and sour, yet sweet, roasted malt, raspberries covered in dark chocolate.  The taste follows the aroma, but not as much tartness, roasted coffee on the finish.

Ousconsing Red Ale - This beer pours reddish-brown, ever so slightly hazy, with a quarter-inch of off white head.  The aroma is malty, malty some more, a bit of caramel and fruit.  The taste is pleasingly malty, a bit fo caramel, and a fruitiness of strawberries.  This is a very malty and a very tasty red ale.

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