ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery, 7/24/16.
Good clarity throughout this golden-bronze body, with sunny hues and a small, white head showing moderate to low retention.
Some moderate acetic and wood tones are augmented by citrus (strong lemon, grapefruit rind) and plentiful pepper-like phenols creating a pretty aggressively tart/sour/acidic nose. There’s some biscuity malt lying behind it, providing a bit of relief, but my main complaint is that the potential delicate brett notes are drowned out by this strong acidity/acetic character. Some fruitiness does indeed emerge with warming, adding light nectarine, canteloupe and its juiciness. No alcohol, no flaw.
Nutty, tannic, even lightly bready texture shows low carbonation, high attenuation and healthy acidity on the finish. Seems a little less aggressive than the nose would suggest, with no real hard acetic character and mostly just tart brett qualities. Fruity, quite citric with moderately phenolic pepper qualities. Good, pretty basic/straightforward golden sour.
dogfish120love (1114) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a white lacing. The aroma is citrus, guava orange and vinegar.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, this one is listed once but as a Cream Ale served at EBF in 2012. This is the Regatta Golden Ale (Kolsch) femented 100% with Brett (brux et custercianus) to be sour.
Comes as a wine like beverage, still appearing golden with a mirror surface. Looks like a simple lambic. Smells acetic up front with some crackers and white bread with a little hay and a touch of lemon. Flavor is a little more tart than I had anticipated, initially bites at my glands and has a very vinegary character, pretty one dimensional. Thin with no real carb to speak of. Wish this one was colder and had some carb, flavor was a little shallow for me, but a below average stab at the style.
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow pour, small white head. Billed as a sour, not a cream ale. Not sure why it says cream ale on this page. Great sour aroma with notes of straw, lemon and yeast. Flavor of straw, vinegar, fruit, with long barnyard finish.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the brewpub. Uh, this is obviously a sour ale and not a cream ale. The aroma is very, very tart on par with traditional Lambics. Strong vinegar, light floral bouquet, lemons, hay and cheese. Very impressive and complex. The flavor is aggressively sour with notes of lemon, rice vinegar, funky cheese and woody hops. Awesome brew!
thornecb (5409) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sour cherry aromas. Sour summer berry front to back with a mild marshmallow finish.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brew pub. Hazy yellow color with a nice white head. Nice light funk to this light beer. Cream ale name is a little mis leading. Overall a great beer.