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Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale



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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
If you are tied to lagers, this ale may be for you. It’s not malty and not too hoppy. Very light and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Can. Color was a dullgoldwith a large frothyhead. Aroma corn, must and bread. A fairly bland flavor, not really good orovertlybad. Corn and bread notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BlackHaddock (5756) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
15th May 2016. 12oz can in California, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Hazy lemon, light orange body, no head worthy of the name. Strange brew all round, no aroma and very little flavour, salty feel throughout with a dry finish and aftertaste (if there had been a taste). Not too sure what the brewers are trying to achieve here to be honest. Gets me my first ever Florida rate, thanks Greg, hope my next beer from this State is better though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Tap. Pours a clear pale straw yellow body with a one finger fizzy white head. The nose is rather light, just a bit of pale bready malt and a bit of corn maybe. The flavor is rather bland and light, a very minimal hoppiness that emerges a bit on the late finish. It’s mostly husky and rough grain. Light bodied and fizzy with a lingering grainy finish. Meh, I could pass on this one on a second go-around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2016
I’m a sucker for a cream ale as I find the style easy to brew, but difficult to master. Bold City’s entry is decent, but not in the top tier of cream ales. Pours hazy deep gold capped with a fizzy, quickly receding head. Mild nose with pale malt crackeryness and a some light citrus. Tastes much the same. Lacks body and is a little less crisp in the finish than I’d prefer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2016
From a can. Pours clear pale gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like pale malts, straw, some sweet corn, some creamy wheat, and grass. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like creamy wheat and corn, straw, grass, and pale malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Can: Poured hazy yellow with bubble white head. Nice grain nose low grain taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (1642) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Can. Pours a mostly transparent golden. Aroma and taste is mostly malty, some roasty in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2385) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, some light bread too; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more of the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1607) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2015
A cream ale, is essence, an adjunct lager fermented with an ale yeast strain. Yet, some of the world’s best cream ale taste nothing like that. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale. While it doesn’t have any off-putting features, it tastes and drinks like a generic golden ale. This is one time where tasting a bit more like a lager might be beneficial.

I poured a 12oz can into a tumbler glass. It was canned on 7/27/15 and cost $1.99 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!

Appearance: A bit darker than the average cream ale – more of a polished copper or amber hue. Body is mostly clear with slight haze and carbonation is visible. Pours to a pen-width, white, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves a trace amount of lacing.

Smell: Virtually odorless (for better or for worse). No overt corn aroma or flaws, but nothing really to latch on to.

Taste: When I think “cream ale” I usually do expect a relatively mild brew, but a brew with discernable flavor nevertheless. There isn’t much going on with this beer, though. No flaked maize, no malty sweetness and no hop bitterness or other character. This is probably better categorized as a generic blonde or golden ale. There is a faint bit of lemonpeel and citrus towards the back end, but that’s about the only thing in the palette that stands out. Though I do appreciate the fact there’s no DMS, diacetyl, or acetaldehyde. Any BMC drinker could easily enjoy this; but true craft beer enthusiasts will likely find it boring.

Drinkability: A beer like Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale is probably sold on the merit of its form, rather than its content. It’s crisp, light-bodied, and refreshing – all things you want when you’re drinking beer in Florida in the sun. Still, the body does come up a bit short and I’m not completely sure of the ABV as it’s not listed on the can or the brewery’s website. I’d peg it at around 4.5%, but some sites have it listed at 5 and as high as 5.5% ABV. If this is over 4.6% I’d consider it wildly inefficient.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
suprchunk (2890) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Slight haze to a spritzy golden pour. Giant white head. Tons of lacing. Sour malt aroma. Twangy malt flavor.

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