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Southern Pines Duck Hook Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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The Duck Hook is a traditional cream ale that is sure to bring relief from a hot summer day. Brewed with a mix of ale and lager yeast, this truly American-style beer is straw-colored with a creamy head of foam from the large proportion of 6- row barley. It has a mild perceived bitterness, similar in flavor to pilsners due to the addition of Czech Saaz hops. The mouthfeel is dry, with a slightly sweet, corn-like maltyness. The Duck Hook is a refreshing, sessionable beer that is sure to make the summer heat just a bit more bearable.


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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bnokk (464) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2016
APPEARANCE- straw glow in color and perfectly clear. Light white head. Little lacing. NOSE- distinct Belgian style scent to it. Not what I expect for a cream ale, especially not if they havenít indicated that itís in there. FLAVOR- might as well be a Belgian ale. Some slight notes of typical cream ales, but not much. NOTES- I think they used some Belgian yeast in this one. If no one told me the style. I would think it was a nice summer Belgian inspired ale. These ratings reflect itís style as a cream ale.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Pours a soft pretty clean straw blonde with two fingers of pillowy white head. Nose is grainy with some acetaldehyde and weird off notes. Slick and weird in the flavor. Apple skins and very very dry with a light grainy note. Not good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3234) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2016
can, dated 04/21/2016. from Bottle Revolution RDU. ok aroma, sweet, little corn, with a grassy streak. clean pale gold color, good initiial head, faded quickly to a ring, lively carbonation, sweet flavor. Light body, thin smooth body, crisp dry sweet finish. itís fine, easy all day brew. not wowing anyone, but nice if you want something on the light side. Finish best part, IMO. Saaz interesting mix in a cream ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21409) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Draft at Macs. Clear golden color. Sweet vanilla aroma. Taste is sweet but balanced. Tasty and easy drinking.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
freekyp (1925) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2015
While I realize that Cream Ales are sort of a gateway beer, and are intended not to be heavy handed, this one is woefully underpowered compared to others of its ilk. While the beer is light and clean with a pleasant Saaz grassiness, it does lack some body as normally would be afforded by the corn residuals, and I found it coming across as fizzy. An overly dry finish ruined the experience for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HourGlass13 (609) - North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2015
Pours a light yellow color with a creamy white head. The aroma is yeast, and earthly metallic aroma. Clean and clear with a dry finish. Fairly mild with some bitterness. No malt at all. Great for people who like lawnmower beer. Solid, yet not my favorite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Draft at Hickory Tavern. Pours clear gold with no head. Aroma is faint orange, guava, lemon. Taste is citrusy and a lot of malt breadiness. I suppose thatís your "creamy". It went down easy though I wouldnít order another one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (1156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
This was bought at Southern Pines Growler in a half growler. It pours straw colored with a creamy head that takes a while to disappear. The aroma is full of yeast carrying earthly aromas. There is a bit of lacing on the class as the head was reduced. It has a slight sweet taste with a compliments of hops and a dry finish. It is quite mild, with just a touch of bitterness. Overall a pleasant beer.


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