Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: My first good cream ale. Very crisp and refreshing, yet flavorful. Way more citrus than I would have expected.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light yellow with an average, almost white head that slowly diminished and kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma was light yeast, lemon citrus mostly, some fruit and some flowers. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, acidic and slightly sour; while the finish was acidic, ever so slightly bitter and slightly sour with a short to average duration. There was lemon citrus mostly, lost of fruit, some floral notes and a little yeast, too. The light to medium body was sort of creamy and dry with fizzy carbonation and a chalky, dry and light to moderately astringent finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw body with a white head. Nice fruity esters, hints of citrus, lemon, light passion fruit and mildly tart. Almost slightly infected but in a good way. Sweet and drying. Nice brew.
poisoneddwarf (2085) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Smells pretty bland, almost like a premium lager. The grains I smell don’t smell quite as cheap though. Pours golden with a quickly dissipating medium-sized head. Decent lacing. Definitely creamy, full-bodied. Tastes of quality grain, some malt sweetmess. I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. I wasn’t expecting much.
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold with nice white head. The aroma is full of grains and floral hops, some lemony citrus and some hay too. Very nice. The taste begins with a pulse of peanut butter then moving toward fresh grains, floral hops and a sting of lemon like acidity for added interest and balance. I love the taste of this.
EithCubes (5373) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Sweet and bubbly sugar and apple juice nose, well, more like cheap champagne. Bright, clear yellow-golden body with a loud, fizzy white head. Taste is dryish and very effervescent, light yeast and sour metallic notes. Crisp medium body. Husky, grainy, bright hops really firm pale malts (and yes, I have tasted these before in Aussie beers). Can’t bear to finish this by itself, but likely would be very good with food.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Canal’s in Lawrencevile. Hazy banana yellow under a firm white head with lots of lacing. Yeasty, mildly spicy aroma. Very tart. Some malt and toasted biscuit in there as well. Nothing special in the texture but not too thin. Pretty dry finish. Either a bad batch with some bottling line contamination or could be an intentional blend of a Flemish Sour and a Pale Ale. Didn’t work for me.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with ditmier. I’ll begin by saying this beer reminds me much more of a summer ale than it does a cream ale. With that said, pours a hazy yellow gold with a large white head that lingers until mid-glass and leaves a network of large lace patches. Pleasant aroma of lemon, orange, honey and caramel. The flavor is similar with the same lemon, orange, honey and caramel. Not really all that bitter at the finish, but not as smooth as I would expect from a cream ale either. Refreshing and an easy drinker.
keepersj12 (3019) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe because I just reffed 3 soccer games in the hot sun but this beer really did it for me. Nice looking cloudy yellow with a nice lacing head. Aroma of lemon, orange, malt. Ice cold flavor was sour with a great dry finish and wonderful after taste. Great summer beer.
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is perfumy, grain. Taste is perfumy/spice hops, grain. Finishes a bit quick.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of jcwattsrugger Richmond RB Gathering. Light adjunct graininess with caramel and light fruitiness. Clear light straw with rocky white head. Spicy hop notes over mild graininess.. Very clean with a spicy almost peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Quite drinkable.