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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2230) - 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 (1542) - Orlando, 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 (2782) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2015
12oz can. Cloudy, light yellow/moderate white head. Corny aroma. Smooth, relatively bland grain, rice & light hop flavor, though fairly appropriate for the style. Mod. body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arn8897 (264) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a pale yellow with a white head. Little aroma of citrus fruits not much else. Taste the same. Forgettable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jamesthebrit (406) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Smell is ok. A little malty a little citrus. Looks perfect. Hazy yellow. Nice creamy head. Taste is not working. Malty and stale rice wheaty fade to lingering hops which are not meant for this style. Palate is good body wise with a medium body but hops are overpowering. Overall a super meh beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OmegaX (1364) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Hmmm...an interesting brew. Aroma is corn and Pilsner malt. Grass. The aroma is very faint. Flavor is light and underwhelming which is what the label says it is to be so no hard feelings. Lightly sweet and refreshing malt. Not bad for a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (15022) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Keg at the brewpub, 19/02/15. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose is pale malt, light lemon, straw, sweet notes, light malt. Taste comprises grain, vanilla, grassy, hint of lemon. Medium body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Bland and dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jshupka (15) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
355ml can brought to me from Florida. Pours a very pale, slightly cloudy, yellow. Little to no head to speak of. Not much aroma, maybe a little bit of grain. Good mouth feel, carbonation is bang on for this style. Taste is grains, bread, maybe a little butter. Slight floral hop presence. Very clean on the palate. A fantastic example of this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
G_Ram9 (88) - - APR 14, 2015
Dangerously easy to drink. Very light, smooth, and refreshing. A great summertime brew for hot days. Nothing particularly special about it but I can't fault it either. A great beer for what it is. Simple, smooth, and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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