wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very mild flavor as expected, but not overly watery. Light bodied, high carbonation and ultra drinkable. A touch of vanilla in the finish. Lightly sweet hay flavor and clean tasting throughout.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: slow steady stream of carbonation amidst khaki-gold hues under a meringue white head. Clings to sides, lingers as a solid blanket.
Nose: vanilla bean meets French baguette meets meringue freshly whipped. Super soft essence much like fresh whipped vanilla cream meringue and vanilla tinged dough. Soft inner circle of white bread dough, cooked, no crust. Crispness is an outer layer which circles the nose but never enters; fresh grains, golden, natural.
Palate: smooth and creamy, vanilla bean strikes first in the middle all the way through the back, lingering long after each quaff in my breath. French baguettes emerge from the brick oven. Vanilla bean, vanilla cream. Bright atop the tongue; like sunshine on a spring day amidst fields of golden grains. Wisp of dryness in the finish keeps her from growing to cloying in vanilla and dough. Tasty.
Final Thoughts: personally, I dug it, but then Iíve wanted to try a true cream ale for years. Years. While it wonít set the complexity scales a-screaming, she was exactly what I expected, hoped, and wanted out of a vanilla cream ale. Iíd gladly drink another and anotherÖ
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose is very light and lightly sweet, a little hay and grass, a little honey on weak pale malt. Light yellow body edging toward the limits of golden, with a large and jiggly sudsy/rocky whitish head. Taste is initially very sweet, as if some corn syrup had been added, with a little dusting toward the back, some floury grain notes. Medium-bodied and a little medicinal tasting, aftertaste is misplaced grain. Made reasonably well, but why?
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Light sunflower golden color. Average sized, foamy, creamy, smooth, pearl white head. So-so retention leaving just a little ring of lace.
S - A little faint, but sweet corn and malt are strong along with a definite hit of vanilla. A faint spiciness with pretty much no hops present.
T - Similar to the nose but a little stronger. Sweet corn and malt provide the backbone and there is a strong kick of vanilla. The vanilla doesnít taste artificial either (not the best vanilla flavor Iíve had, but not bad/artificial). Again a very faint hint of spice as well as a touch of breadiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a cream soda.
M - Light body with average carbonation. Thin but slightly smooth.
D - Goes down very easy and not too sweet, in a cloying way at least. Would be able and willing to put down a couple in a sitting.
Notes: Not a bad beer and what you would expect in a vanilla cream ale. Definitely sweet and reminds me of cream soda. Not a lot else going for it though. I enjoyed it, but I donít really know when I would want to drink it.
Tmoney99 (11066) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at KBJ2010. Poured clear pale golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sweet malt and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
Aurelius (4365) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle, this had a nice vanilla aroma. From the cup, the aroma turned sulphury. Fair label. Moderate vanilla tones, not cloying, tart and not very bitter or sweet. Medium-light body. Tangy finish. A certain fluffiness to the mouthfeel. Thanks to LuckyDog.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the World Beer Festival - Richmond Brewers Party on 06/11/2010. Clear pale yellow body with a small white head. Sweet pale malt and light vanilla aroma. Sweet vanilla flavor with light pale malt. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 6/2/7/3/13 - 3.1
On tap at the River City Beer Festival at the Diamond on 05/22/2010. Clear light golden body with a huge frothy white head. Sweet vanilla and light floral hop aroma. Big vanilla flavor with dry floral hop notes. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. 5/2/5/3/10 - 2.5
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. pours a light creamy golden color. aroma is a little vanilla and some citrus. taste: tastes kinda like a cream soda, refreshing on a hot day, lil vanilla again, and some good carbonation.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Straw yellow. Big bubbles on the head. Some vanilla on the head. Not too exciting. Iím not a fan of vanilla and cream ales and this beer has not changed my mind.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very pale yellow with a small white head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor are rather grainy, lots of vanilla, very little hoppiness, a little biscuity malt.