Brewed by Taps Brewing (Canada)
Style: Cream Ale
Niagara Falls, Canada


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Our newest product, Taps Red Cream Ale is beginning to rival our Premium Lager in popularity with our customers. It is a delicious, full-bodies ale with a clear, beautiful red colour. Cream ale is made by using ale yeast fermented and conditioned at colder temperatures. The colder temperature causes a slower, more gradual fermentation, resulting in a smoother flavour. Our Red Cream Ale has a full-bodies silky texture that is crisp and strong in flavour, with a fresh, clean finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 473 ml can - pours a deep bronze with a two-finger, fast-diminshing off-white head. Aroma both sweet malts and a strange sourness, almost like sour grapes. Odd. Flavour kind of grape-y as well, with some sweet malts in the background and a quick dry finish. Kind of tastes like drinking a very light red wine that is carbonated and has gone off. I ended up dumping the last third. Not something I would get again. There are far superior Ontario beers for anyone to waste their time on this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Sammy (9199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
On-tap at West 50 Pourhouse. Red with lace. Sourish,lightish body. I was expecting a malty beer. Unfinishable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2006
Sweet malt nose, amber, tiny head, some fruity flavours, very sweet malt. Thin, too sweet to drink much of. Poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregClow (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle sample at Golden Tap Awards. Nice reddish-orange with a small pinkish head. Aroma of malt and raisins, with a hint of chocolate, and a faint sour tinge. Flavour starts with soft malt notes, a slightly sour fruitiness, and has a dry, light bitterness in the finish. I got those same odd sour notes from their Lager - I guess it’s from their yeast? - and like the Lager, this is an OK but not great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Amber ale with small ring on top, middle fizz. Aroma accented with light sugar candy and fruits. Thin front (body), strange flavours in the middle, malts, spice. I am not sure if this ale was planned to be like that. Poor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (341ml). At BeerBistro, 2006 Golden Tap Awards. Interesting colour - bright clear apricot, pretty much no head. Sour grainy aroma, ugh, really put me off. Taste was sour malt, wispy stale dry dead grass hops, and nasty green persimmon sourness in the finish. Weak body, acidic, nasty aftertaste - ugh, no thanks, tally up my vote as "no"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc, bought directly from the brewery a few weeks ago. Looks great - dark amber, orange glow, creamy still orange/white head. Sweet yet sour aroma - I’ve smelled this before, it is the smell of every average Ontario cream ale. Yeck. Sweet and sour taste - very astringent - something went wrong here, as there is a good hint of caramel in the body that totally gets covered up but an odd tang. This tang didn’t seem like an off tang, it was more like every average Ontario cream ale tang, and that is massively disappointing, as I head this wasn’t bad and I thought Ontario micro’s were moving past this stage. Yet this tells me many are still here; I’ll do everything I can to promote and encourage people to drink good Ontario micro’s, and that includes telling them to avoid this. Update - I had this again on tap at the White Oaks Spa and Resort outside St. Catharines and my rating does not change - it was just as disappointing on tap as it was from the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
Amber brown, cream coloured head. Sweet candy honey aroma, bit of a strange note to it. Pleasant bitterness is a touch astringent and has a bit of the same strange character as the aroma. Light candy sweet orange and very astringent lemon. Average palate. Tough to tell if this is a bit off (I only got it a few weeks ago at the brewery) or it was just never in very good shape. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 An interesting twist on the cream ale style....red carmel malts add some dimension to the fruity tastes left by the yeast. Pour puts a clouded amber-red ale in the glass with a smallish sticky off white cap that reduced to a surface clinging lace...aromas of caramel, spice, fruits...very subdued. Medium-light bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Sweet up front like toast and toffee but there are enough hops to yeast by products to offer a nice fruity undertone...the finish is the best best part of this ale... the hops and roasted malt "char" gang up to turn the caramel sweetness into a kind of licorice-toffee taste with a light fruity side note.....very different but in a nice way. Some may say this is too sweet for an ale but I think that the sweetness is well enough in check to keep the drink from becoming cloying even though the balance is a bit malt weighted.

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