DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Capone’s. Pours hazy, bright, golden canary colored with 2-finger well retained white head. Nose is cream akey, with that being bready pale malt, mild hopcitrus Tastes of bready pale malt, fairly assertive hops, citrus, apricot, milky. Smooth finish. This one is the cream of the cream ale crop, as such.
teromous (77) - - OCT 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the can: 16:30 09-22-1 (not sure if the year date stamp got rubbed off or if it never made it on)
Appearance: Good transparency, only slightly hazy, light golden body with a thick fluffy white head, great lacing. Visible carbonation.
Aroma: There is a light floral hop aroma; very pleasant! There is a bit of a sugary smell to it as well...it’s a bit hard to describe...but, well it just smells like sugar. I get some of the grain in there too, very similar to Cheerios.
Taste: The grain flavor comes through very nicely. Again it has a cereal flavor that is accompanied by a spicy but light hop flavor. The hop flavor gives it just enough juxtaposition to keep it interesting against the sweet cereal backdrop without being rough or imposing. The aftertaste is a light honey-like flavor.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It feels about average...perhaps a bit low on carbonation but it feels alright. It’s light on the palate.
Overall: I really would recommend this beer if you like lighter beers that have a good amount of flavor without being overwhelming on bitterness or sweetness. This is a nice light beer that sacrifices neither hop nor grain flavor in its overall construction. I am very pleased that I bought this and I will be picking some more up!
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Compared to other Hardywood products, this was somewhat of a letdown, yet drinkable. Aroma was quite mild. Poured an orangish amber with very little head, somewhat cloudy. Taste was just not really there. Felt OK in the mouth. Not bad for a free beer!
tectactoe (2201) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Thanks to my long-time trade buddy smokeypeat. Lovely golden-range color; mostly murky with a ton of rising carbonation bubble steams. Chunky, nimbus-like head on top; thick & slow to settle. Light, relaxed aroma but certainly on-point for the style. Sweet cereal grains, bread, faint corn & DMS, freshly milled barley, & mild hops, mostly of the floral, earthy, & dirty persuasion. A little citrus spritz & crisp lager yeast towards the back-end. Exceedingly smooth & drinkable on the palate. Grain, fresh barley, moderate DMS, crisp bready yeast, a little sweet corn cereal flavor, transitioning to a more earthy & floral hop edge in the latter half, finishing with a touch of lasting bitterness & citrus zest, leaving the palate dry, fresh, & clean. The intention of this beer is not to blow your mind with excessive aging time or a laundry list of adjuncts... It is to be fresh, drinkable, & light, albeit flavorful enough to hold your attention throughout. It succeeds.
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at home. Pours clear gold with a large, foamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit, Pils malt and corn with light spicy hops. Flavor is crisp malt dominant, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.
obguthr (4024) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can: Little aroma, mainly barley malt but some corn. Clear amber, thick head. Light flavor, malt forward. Again, barley with a subtle presence of corn. As good as this style can get without encroaching into another style.
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden orange pour below a pillow white head. Taste is smooth sweet grains, light hoppiness, hint of grassiness and a pinch of lemon. Drinkable and probably the best cream ale I’ve ever had - not like I seek out this style, but enjoying off the beaten path styles since the sierra nevada mix pack.
Emeister84 (1089) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Subtle malt on the nose. Brown with a quickly vanishing head. Mostly dry with a touch of nutty sweetness. Light-medium bodied, smooth.
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: burnished gold, with a creamy near-white head and minimal lacing. Aroma: bright nose, with a bit of lemon and honey smacks cereal. Taste: light flavor, primarily a bit of toasted white bread, some lemongrass, a bit of green apple, and ritz crackers with honey. Finish: short, clean, and crisp, with just a bit of lingering sweetness. Notes: Exactly what a good cream ale should be. Simple, easy drinking, and not overly complex. Very nice, would drink again.
mansquito (3513) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Trader Joe’s, Alexandria can: Pours golden with white head. Aroma is sugary with the malts and light hops. This comes out as a pretty simple cream ale. Light hoppiness. Plenty of sweetness. Easy drinking. Decidedly uncomplex, but perfectly acceptable in every other way.