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Cream Ale (first brewed 1994; occasional release). This unfiltered ale is golden in color, medium light in body and moderate in the hop character. Cream ale is made by using ale yeast fermented at colder temperatures (like a lager). The colder ferment causes a slower, more gradual fermentation and a smoother flavor with only a very subtle fruity flavor. Cream ale is a hybrid style; it has traits of both ale and lager.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11593) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2006
(22oz bottle, thanks to wilkie) Clear pale straw body with small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, apple/pear, some honey, light cereal. Taste is medium sweet, grain, honey, light pear. Light body with nice crispness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Portsmouth Carlysle Cream-on tap-pours a big creamy white head with pale yellow/straw color. Aroma is mild sweet malt, secondary citrus. Taste is mild sweet malt, secondary citrus, cream. OK/mild carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver 30/09/2005 (As Carlyle Cream Ale) Clear golden coloured and hoppy. Creamy on the palate with a hint of dryness in a lasting finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head lingers on the dull, clear golden.
-An aroma of grain and faint butterscotch does not impress.
-Plenty of toasty hay is prolonged into bitterness, all atop the herbal hops.
-The prickly carbonation for the style makes it easier to quaff.

What if you dig deeper?
-A pleasant pear, banana and gooseberry fruitiness enlivens the sweet malts.
-The rising honeyed grain finish is luscious.
-This is an admirable flavor juxtaposition for the style.
-A quirky cream ale for well-crafted helles lovers.

Pints bottled and on tap at the brewpub.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5948) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2007
En fût. Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: En fût. Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle avce une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales avec une pointe de miel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de champignons en arrière goût (?). (Rating #1117)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
22 oz bottle, from brewery store. Pours a clear light straw to yellow gold body with a minimal thin partial covering of white foam. The nose is rather light with some pale malts, light corn, and a hint of DMS. Flavor is pretty good for a Cream Ale. Light husky and crackery malt with just enough bitterness to balance. Finishes with light corn and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and airy, yet not overly thin. NIce lively pinpoint carbonation. Pretty good length to the finish. Overall, a pretty darn good for a Cream Ale. Never watery or thin. Well done.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
On tap at Portsmouth during our New England trip. Pours blonde. White head. Nose has a bit of light grain and faint hops. Flavor is fairly mild without too much. Relatively easy drinking but very basic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4509) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Pours pale gold into a snifter. White conglomerate head with good retention recedes leaving scant lacing. Sweet butter and toffee aromas. Soft with marshmallow and butter front to back. Lasting bitter earth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Sampled at the brewpub in the company of the munificent and mysterious Mr. ClarkVV. Though Clark raved about this, I still wasn’t prepared...a cream ale that I’d want to drink again from a brewpub? You gotta be kidding me. Well, like most prejudices it fell when confronted with the hard facts. Hazy medium blonde, unfiltered, with a bit of light head, just looks beautiful and thick...malty nose is decent but doesn’t really impress except with light banana and milky notes...ah, but the body is wonderful, chewy full malt, vanilla loveliness and indistinct, subtle various fruits swirling around, with just a touch of hops to bring balance at the finish. Certainly must be one of the very best in the style, amazingly well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2004 draught. Color: Light pale gold, with hints of buttery yellow. White head. Aroma: Sweet floral essence, soft vanilla and cream tones, with a bigger fruity bouquet as it warms. Flavor is just superb and much fuller and better than I expected. Wonderful fruity yeast mixes with honey, light toffee and barley. Low hops on the finish are just apparent and just a wonderful smooth, flavorful, even finish. Light crisp fruit notes dance on the palate throughout. As well, this one is very drinkable, and almost tastes like a cask offering. Wonderful beer, probably my favorite from Portsmouth.


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