Slipstream (2145) - USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first from this brewery, located in New York State’s most crime-ridden town. And it is a nice one. The can is colorful and cute. The head sizzles nicely on a dark gold pour. The aroma is pleasantly sweet. I was expecting that slightly cheap, sweet taste that some cream ales have. But no - this is smooth but still tastes like real beer, with a pleasantly bitter edge. Very nice.
ben4321 (4382) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 16 oz can from Sparrow, 2/9/15
Aroma: The nose is pretty standard, with some sweet, cereal, and grainy malts
Appearance: Pours a clear orange-gold color with a small ring of head and light, spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is all about the same malt bill, grains and cereal, fairly sweet, mild bitterness
Palate: Light bodied, not watery, with a lively carbonation, a clean feel, and a lightly dry finish
You can’t help but enjoy this drinkable beer, even if it isn’t all that exciting.
It works quite well in this style. I’m always happy to have a flavorful, drinkable, low alcohol beer, and this is one. Looking forward to drinking cans of this more often now that is has made its way in Jersey.
Chad9976 (1315) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cream ale is a really underappreciated style. Probably because most breweries opt to make a lager-tasting beer as a cream ale. But when you find one that’s really refined, like Newburgh Cream Ale, it’s a special treat. This is an all-malt brew (which would seem to defy style categories, but whatever). It definitely has a classic cream ale palette and is definitely one of the better examples of the style I can recall.
I poured a 16oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.30 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark golden/light copper cue. Slightly cloudy, but otherwise transparent with carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Sweet specialty malt, candy, and lemony hops. Has that distinct cream ale aroma.
Taste: “Grainy” is a term beer reviews (and regular drinkers) tend to use as a derogatory description. But in the case of Newburgh Cream Ale, it truly is a grainy-tasting beer. There’s a lot of traditional pale malt flavor plus a lot of distinct specialty malt sweetness. Distinct notes of butterscotch and caramel as well as the authentic cereal-like grain flavor. Though only 30 IBUs, there’s a distinct bitterness and true hop presence here. Lemony is the most dominate characteristic – not quite citrusy, more of lemonpeel or zest. Maybe even a hint of witbier-like coriander or other spice. And yet, this beer has that “je sais se quois” cream ale distinction. A great beer to have available in cans.
Drinkability: This is exactly the kind of brew that lends itself to being in a 16oz can. Newburgh Cream Ale is light in the mouth, but still plenty flavorful. It finishes clean and is refreshing across the tongue. And at only 4.2% ABV it’s got a surprising amount of taste for such a light brew. Bring a cooler full of these to Saratoga Race Course next summer.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[6653-20140816] Growler. Mild toasted grains aroma. Clear, pale yellow brown body with a quick foamy white head. Toasted grains and plastic creamy straw flavour. Light-medium body. Fair. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)
Jow (2406) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery. Pours fine gold with nose of grains and hop. Pretty hoppy for cream ale, light biscuits, grains, and grass. Smooth fresh and very drinkable.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-08-16. Crisp dark yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Aroma of floral hops over mild pale malt. Flavour is similar floral hop character over a moderate pale malt core. On the sweet side. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Growler at Campground Brewdown
Jimsal27 (277) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At brewery. Golden ale with light head. Nose and taste of malt, sweetness, a bit of breadiness. Some hops. Sessionable.
Mep3222 (694) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight malty and yeasty aroma. Pretty light in color and flavor. Bit of a lager funk finish. Not a bad beer for a light drinkable beer for the masses, but not something I would seek out.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, light powder caramel malt with light mineral notes, pils like. In mouth, a light caramel malt with grassy hops, mineral notes, ok. On tap at Bacon and beer Classic.
Ed5388 (2409) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours golden in color with a thick white head. Aroma of mainly lemons and grain. Taste is grainy, lemon citrus, and mild bitterness.