HonkeyBra (3321) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. can. What? A cream ale? That isn’t spotted cow? AWESOME. Pours a hazy amber pour with a bright, white, thick head. Aroma of herbal hops, amber and caramel malt. Mild sweetness in the nose as well. Flavor is balanced between mild sweet and mild bitter notes. Nice, creamy sweetness towards the back of the throat. Medium bodied. Finishes on a bitter note. This was a very nice surprise.
NikkTwist (1581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Draft. Slightly dark cloudy amber. Big head that disappeared quickly. Would not consider this a cream ale. More a marriage of light toasty malted ale and a standard IPA. Not much aroma but some lively flavor. Slight hop bite but fairly smooth start to finish. Good session brew.
mkgrenwel (566) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Actually somewhat dark for a cream ale. Looks like a dark IPA, almost an amber. Thin head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. A hint of orange. Flavor is much the same. That pervasive doughy, yeasty flavor that I don’t care for in NA beers. Defined spike of orangey hops in the back. Low on the bitterness, letting the sweetness show through. A little hint of woody resin in the middle. Pretty full of flavor for the style. Carbonation is a little heavy. Full bodied and slick on the tongue. Just a weird beer. Blindly, I’d have to guess this was an APA, but with something off about it. It doesn’t fit the typical Cream Ale mold, but then again I’ve never really figured out the point of a Cream Ale anyway. Not bad, but I’d rather see something else as a regular offering from Sixpoint.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Lager Glass. Pours a murky caramel brown color. Fluffy off-white head. Hops are dominant in the aroma, and there is grass, a touch or orange peel/lemon, with some pine. Palate is bitter with hop up front, then mellows into malts and finishes sweet. Flavor varies from corn/grain, then piny hops, then caramel malts. At times, it wants to be watery, then pilsner-like, but then it finishes more like a malty lager, and texture like a hefe would. But its neither in the end. But, I put it above other beers as it looks good and the taste is interesting enough.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: Pours a light golden color with a two-finger soapy white head with good retention and lacing. The body itself looks a bit yeasty.
S: The smell features some almost weizen-esque esters (banana, cloves, allspice), along side a noble aspect.
T/M: Honestly, the flavor is a bit lacking. What’s there isn’t bad...there just isn’t much there in the first place. There’s a very subtle sweetness on the open, while the finish is purely bready, with the murky, earthy notes hindering its refreshment. Apparently, I know next to jack shit about cream ales, other than the fact that they’re basically pale lagers with more ester-y goodness (whatever the blue hell that means), and that this doesn’t seem to be a traditional cream ale. Still, I’d gladly trade some of the fruity notes on the open for a crisper finish. It’s a little too rough and chalky on the tongue, but it’s well carbonated.
O: This is a beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Is it a weak pale ale or a muddy pilsener? Maybe I should chalk it up to me not ’getting’ this style of beer. Probably won’t revisit this in the future.
Marheb (2001) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exactement l’idée que je me faisais d’une cream ale. Sucré à la façon d’un crème soda avec une texture assez ronde. Légère amertume pour balancer le givrage sucré. Belle représentation d’un style qui m’excite rarement.
DrSilverworm (6285) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Slightly hazy orange color. Off-white head. Interesting, unique sweet taste... It’s like kettle corn, I think. Splotchy lace. Lighter, soft carbonation> Dry texture. Kind of salty - sweet taste. Interesting brew.
MacBoost (1246) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber, with a nice sized head. Thick looking beer. I’m getting floral hops in the nose... Is that what a cream ale should smell like? This smells more like an IPA to me. Anyway, on to the taste. Ok, this is a straight up IPA. Hoppy and bitter, with a strong malt backbone. Why do they claim only 34 IBU’s? It’s clearly more than that. Anyway, it’s a damn good beer, and world class if this is in fact a "cream ale". Fuck it, I like it.
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(16oz can) Hazy orange body with a medium, creamy white head. Mildly sweet malt aroma; lemon and iced tea. Light to medium body, some carbonation. Flavor of lemon, grass, mildly sweet, tea, some yeast. Mild bitter finish.
Pretty refreshing; I could drink a few of these while sitting outside on a nice day. And my first cream ale.
Lukaduke (2120) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich copper color with a minimal head... nice balance of sweet and bitter coming through... a little burnt sugar mixed with a wild bret on the front end and a little saaz style bitterness on the finish.