ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a darker straw color. About two fingers of white-colored head is formed, and fades away almost at a record pace. The rough-looking texture is also pretty poor, as well.
S: Cereal grains, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the dominant aromatic note. Two things really work in its favor - a lack of obnoxious corn sweetness, and even some nice grassiness.
T: First things first: when looking at these basic styles (cream ale, pale lager, pilsner, or what have you) I look for one thing: how well-hopped is it? This one, thankfully, has a healthy citrusy finish to help balance the textbook adjunct character. While it is pretty sweet, it never becomes cloying.
M: It’s definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. It’s not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking.
O: I’d reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. I’m even regretting not picking up more than a single can.
Westmeister (1723) - 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 (918) - 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 (1242) - 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 (3336) - 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.
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the can. Pours a nice gold color with a lasting white head. A little corn in the nose with some sweet malt notes. Flavor leans malt forward with a hint of grassy bitterness and a bit of that corn. Light, smooth, and easy to drink.
Iphonephan (3142) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz can at the Big Buns beer dinner in Ballston. Pours a clear gold with a thick white head. Malty nose. Flavors of biscuit and white toast. Smooth, crisp finish.
wbright10 (16) - - MAY 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straight ahead cream ale. Drank straight from the can by the pool, hit the spot. Not too light, but light enough to not weigh you down having a couple on a hot day.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Can on 3/20/2014.
Appearance: Pours cloudy yellow
Aroma: Sweet aroma, vanilla.
Taste: Light bitter, vanilla
Summary: Enjoyable cream ale, very good session style beer.
jgb9348 (4689) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Crisp clean clear coloured golden coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall pure white head. Aroma of pale malt, alcohol, cardboard, sour grapes, metal and very little else. Light-bodied; Very mild malty flavour with some metal, lemons and nothing else except for some bitterness. Aftertaste shows some pungency from metal and some funky flavours at the tail end, but nothing else really comes out except for a herbal note. Overall, a pretty poor offering, and aside from the can from a craft brewery, not any better than most creams out there - this is lacking in almost every dimension. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Trader Joe’s in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 6-March-2014 for US$1.67 sampled at home in Washington on 18-March-2014.
vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank directly from can per can instructions. Nose is mainly corn. Taste is mild pale malt, corn and grassy hops. Smooth clean mouthfeel. Very clean and refreshing.