BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Aug. 27, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 29, 2014
Poured a honey, golden, straw, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan head that withered away fairly quickly. A good deal of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average wet watery lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.53)
Smelled honey, vanilla, cream, sweet sugary corn, caramel, light grape and some rye malts. (Smell - 3.75)
Taste was much, much better. Got vanilla cream, caramel, honey, vanilla extract, grass, Cream Soda and amber malts. Reminded me of a very good American Adjunct Lager. (Taste - 4.00)
Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, sweet finish. Something slightly off late on the tongue, but still a nice feel. (Feel - 3.94)
A very good cream ale. I don’t know how many I’ve rated so far, but this one went down easy. Close to an AAL in my opinion, but not quite. Sweet, sugary, vanilla goodness. (Overall - 3.90)
3.90 88 B+
thorongil2 (1239) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tap) clear, bright light orange amber colour with a small white head; aroma of toffee, caramel; balanced flavour, like the aroma, long light bitter finish
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
San Diego Summer Trip 2014 - Golden in color, clear with a thick white head. Creamy in flavor with a good malt mix. Easy hops backing this was nice and tasty.
skmikeg (902) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium orange with a half finger white head with just a little lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, citrus, wheat, and marshmallows. Taste is vanilla, wheat, marshmallow, citrus, light bitterness, and biscuit malts. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a bittersweet, medium finish. Overall, a very interesting beer that is nice for a rather mediocre style.
Nivekkcul (13) - - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good cream ale very light and easy tasting with the vanilla after tones and was very good on the pallet.
utterlyrandom (3) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma has strong notes of vanilla that make it smell just like Cream Soda! since its a light body beer its the vanilla is the main flavor which will not make this beer everyone’s favorite but it is definitely one of mine
BobbyAnalog (327) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 A light, effervescent summer brew with fleeting notes of vanilla and oats. A much better, creamier ale than similar styles. A sweet, dessert nose and a silky body give this Vista offering some gusto.
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Mother Earth Tasting Room in Vista. Pale golden beer with a small white head. Malty toffee aroma, cream, butter, caramel, some biscuits. Malty caramel flavor, vanilla, cream and biscuits. Too sweet.
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
When you buy a cream ale, I suppose you should expect a cream ale. The cashier at Costco seemed to think this bottle was generating a great deal of local controversy and agitated mumbling, so I thought I’d give it a try and see how the beer version differed from the canned, sugary and carbonated version I essentially grew up on. And minus a little sugar? I can’t say there’s much of a difference. Cream ale, it turns out, tastes a great deal like cream ale. It has that distinctive sweeter element, marshmallow on the nose, a moderate to lope carbonation, and a taste that is more than nostalgic - it’s almost identical to root beer’s younger and slightly less social little brother. Like some fruit ales, it’s hard to think of this as a true beer, though I am glad to have tried it. However, the sooner this circulates out of Costco (and the sooner it no longer raises controversy around Costco’s hallowed halls) the better.
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not horrible, but waaay too much vanilla in this for me. First loser from an otherwise excellent brewery.