presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Chicago Trip. Sunday 20:50+. Sample tray. Yellow water look, taste and smell.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler: The lightest yellow can get before getting nearly clear. Light, light hay stained yellow and clear bodied. A starchy white head of medium to substantial size grows firmly to cap it off. Always keeps a fizzy skimming present and lots of lacing in droppy sheeting.
Aroma is soft and hazey with powdery breadyness and slight creamy sweetness of vanilla.
Nice crispy, creamy taste. Clean and rounded with a firm breadyness with a small underlay of wheaty-like malty sweetness and flour baked, unsalted crackers. Wet and soothing with just the right amount of taste and body.
Feel is pretty solid for a Cream Ale; as cream ales go, slippery, crisp, clean, firm, lasgint body. About medium in body with a soft finish thats light with a slight drifting dryness and an even smaller rebound of sweetness tantalizing the tongue as it does so.
The pinnacle of a summer drinker! Downable by the pint, growler, or keg; if need be. A solid Cream Ale for the hotter months and goes great with just about any lunch, dinner, picnic, backyard BBQ, whatever. Solid.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught half pint at the brewpub, early August 2006. Light gold, very clear, with a faint lasting head and no lacing....bit of creamed corn, apple, pale malts and honey in the subtle nose, with faint herbal/grassy tones emerging late....a bit vegetal at first on the tongue but this fades rather quickly, lightly toasted grains dominate, a bit of dried grass, no real hops, light pale malts....ehh, it’s ok for what it is.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lighter yellow in color with a tall white head. Aroma is fairly basic, a touch of corn-ish malt and some yeast notes. Flavor was had less of the corn than the aroma, but overall it is a fairly simple light ale. Good on a 90+ degree day.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap downtown. Poured a clear, very lighter straw yellow with a medium cap of white head. Nose was faint with corn mash, wheaty yeast, and pale malty sweetness. Flavor was about the same... smooth with sweet bready malts and a mild surrounding bitterness. Smooth and creamy on the palate... lighter-bodied... decent.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Straw color with a small white head. Lots of lace. Hints of malt and grass in the aroma. Full grass and rubber flavors attack the palate - Akin to standing a bat with the infield mowed and a new home plate. Light lemon and malt in the finish, but too late to save this one.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a shiny golden body with a nice visible carbonation and creamy white head. The flavor is a very muted perfumey/floral hop. Perhaps lavendar and chamomille. Corn adjuncts hide under the nice hops. The aroma is floral tea. Refreshing. Perhaps a touch of saison or farmhouse in this. The palate is thin, carbonated, nicely velvety texture. Refreshing.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JUN 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the pub.
Pours a clear light straw-gold with a respectable 1.5 fingers worth of head that leisurely gives way. Aroma is mostly fruity hops more commonly associated with a lager and notable adjuncts. Flavor is similar -- lightly bitter fruity hops, major adjunct flavor (and I now know why, having just discovered when I came to rate it on RB that this is a cream ale, something the server neglected to tell me), and a bit of nuttiness. Knowing now that it’s a cream ale makes the adjunct aspect more forgiveable but it was still too overwhelming and out of balance. Coon Rock Cream Ale (brewed just down the highway at Lake Louie brewery) is a fine study in how to make an adjunct cream ale with the right balance; Great Dane might do well to take notice. Not something I’d order again.
ElGaucho (2264) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 This brew was named for the local Northwoods League baseball team, the Madison Mallards. It is available at both Great Dane brewpubs and at Mallards games at Warner Park (the Duck Pond) during the summer. The downtown brewpub has Maynard, the Mallards mascot, as their tap handle; very cool. Lagery aroma with some citrus and some wheat. Faint. Body has a green hue to it; I wondered if it was green food dye gone bad since it was Summertime St. Patty’s Day at Warner Park the night I had it. But no, I think it was just the green lettering on the plastic cup, or perhaps, like MGD, it has a green haze to it naturally. Light gold. Small, off-white head. Doughy. Has some character with a little bite. This is a cream ale? Ok. It’s a little innocuous. For an ale, has no fruitiness and very little hop. Probably really popular with the baseball fans.