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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Originally brewed by ale breweries to compete with the surging popularity of lager beer, it remains a regional specialty in the Northeast United States. Our version is light-bodied and pale straw color, but uses no corn or rice as many of the original versions did. The result is a supremely malty and refreshing version of a style dear to our hearts

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbopslt (350) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Cloudy straw color half inch creamy head. Sweet malty taste. Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1270) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2323) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimsal27 (264) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
At brewery. Golden ale with light head. Nose and taste of malt, sweetness, a bit of breadiness. Some hops. Sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mep3222 (611) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2315) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2625) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours extremely clear pale gold with a thin fizzy white head. Tastes like creamy straw, hay, cereal, bready, with some malt and musk. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like cereal, sweet bread, and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3864) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours clear bright yellow with creamy white head. Aroma is heavy cream, biscuit and cereal malts, light toast, citrus fruit, and light grassy notes. Flavor is bready malts, pear esters, light grassy hop bitterness, and faint citrus esters; creamy throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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