hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Poured a medium sized off-whte head that was mostly lasting, fair amount of lacing, hazy body, fast rising carbonation, and a golden hue. The Aroma was malty, semi-sweet and pine. Ditto for the Flavor. The Mouthfeel was mildly tingly and this is a medium bodied Cream Ale beer. Overall, this beer had very subtle aromas and flavors which took away from the overall experience of drinking/rating.
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz. can - Pours lightly hazy amber with a big foamy off-white head. Light herbal hopping on the nose, big barley graininess, and a light honey sweetness. Really big fluffy carbonation that’s extremely smooth in the mouth. Grainy taste as well, with a bit sharper hop profile, a bit of toffee, and a drying mineral finish. The hops just have a bit of boozy sharpness to them that are a bit off-putting. I’d like to see them a bit smoother. Still, it’s easy-to-drink and flavorful, without being too heavy. Light years different than Spotted Cow even as they’re both listed as cream ales, but I’d take this any day of the week.
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from can at Standard market, Westmont. A darker gold color than the Crisp pils. Smell is much lighter, almost hard to find. But the taste more than makes up for it. Kind of citrusy, like a pale ale at first. Then a slight spicy note of wheat malts.
rubbishystuff (2296) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 From Gene’s. Strange beer. Creamy and sweet. Hops at the very end hiding under other flavors, seems out of place. Flat palate. Not bad but maybe not my thing. Serving: Can
HonkeyBra (4034) - 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 (2666) - 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 (605) - North Shore, 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 (836) - 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 (4793) - San Diego, California, USA - 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.