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Marshall Wharf 40 (and onwards) Cream Ale

Marshall Wharf 40 (and onwards) Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Happy birthday David! We wanted a light beer for the birthday boy. Light in color only. Our brewers have a sick sense of humor.
Admin note: this is the birthday beer for the owner, which, according to the brewery, may be tweaked every year, but remains essentially the same. All entries for 45, 46, 47, etc....Cream ale should be rated here.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strife21 (259) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Pours amber with white head. Smell is malt and bread. Taste is malty with notes of bread, sweet cream and faint amount of hops. Light body, medium carb.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2015 45 Cream Ale
Funny story here, my mom (who is about as far from a beer drinker as you can get) went here for dinner and without looking too closely at the descriptions, I suggested she get the cream ale, expecting it to be a 4-5%, lighter, neutral-tasting beer. Well, it is surprisingly light with very little hop influence (touch of spiciness) and a creamy, soft texture on account of the wonderfully extracted maltiness (yet remains medium-bodied on account of the good attenuation). Anyways, fast forward a half an hour and my mom had to cut the meal short to leave. I hadnít realized until too late this was 8+% abv! Haha, quite the sneaky beer, but very delicious and drinkable. Light gold body has a touch of chill haze and plentiful white head atop.
Draught at 3 Tides, Summer 2014.

46 Cream Ale, on Nitro 7/17/15, at 3 Tides.
Yikes, well this was an extremely different beast on nitro (as most beers often are). Suffice to say, if you see this on nitro, you should probably pass. All of the crisp, grainy goodness of a lager, replete with a ton of booze, treated to the wet, loose, watery texture of a nitro beer. About as non-synergistic as I could imagine, and extremely, extremely difficult to drink. Perhaps if there was some more hop bitterness? Even then, the grainy malt bill and high alcohol just wash about in the loose bubbled nitrogenation. The creaminess is lost to the high attenuation and itís much like a mouthfeel of boozy, soaked grains. Iíll keep the rating for the C02 version, as thatís a great beer. The nitro version would be sub 2ís.....

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1350) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
An ok cream ale. Pours an ugly Budweiser yellow. Smell has some cream and clementines. Taste is sweet upfront with some citrus, and then a lingering sweet and salty aftertaste. Had on tap at the brewery.


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