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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewing with Barrier is almost as cool as drinking with Barrier. Every time we get together Boat and Money are passed back and forth. We drink merrily while lamenting not having a tank to play in together. For this ensemble effort we took the things that make us happy together and put them together. Barrier and Carton took the Need A Bigger Boat recipe to Smuttlabs. We swapped American 6-row in for the base malt, fermented cold with both beer’s common Kolsch yeast, held it cold for a while, then dry-hopped it within an inch of it’s life with Money’s hops. Drink C.R.E.A.M. because colabs rule everything around me.

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3.3
jgb9348 (6521) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Super hazy bright copper and bronze coloured body with a thick, four centimetre tall tan head that leaves a pretty ugly, large-bubbled head on top and on the sides of the glass. Aroma of very rich malt, sugars, apricots, peaches, alcohol, pungent metal and a funky, medicinal and astringent scent. Medium to Full-bodied; Super strong malty flavour with a dose of alcohol, funky malts, oatmeal, rye, medicinal flavours, fruits of apricot and peaches and a big assertive bite of earthy, strong malt and funk, all ending with a nice hoppy bite of fresh grassy and herbal hops. Aftertaste shows a rich and deep malt flavour with some honey and apricot sweetness up front, but the more astringent and medicinal finish at the tail end. Overall, an interesting beer that shows fairly well and has a nice amount of deeper flavours, while also showing signs of a cream ale. Neat to try, but not imperative for you to go out immediately to find this! I sampled this pint can, purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Chelsea), New York on 01-July-2016 for US$1,99 sampled exactly a year later at home on the Eastern Shore in Pungoteague, Virginia on 01-July-2017.

3.9
j12601 (13205) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Can at North River. Pours a hazed amber apricot gold with a medium sized white head. Fruity citrus, creamy wheat and soft melon. Slow citrus, soft wheat, musk. Tasty.

3.5
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2017
16 oz can I got in a trade as an extra. The pour is a golden orange color with a thinner light tan head and a couple spots of soapy lace as it falls down. The aroma is pretty decent. There is a light hoppiness and a little bit of juiciness to it. It’s actually like a juicy IPA without a lot of the dryness and bitterness. They hit a nice balance here. The flavornis much of the same. It’s got a bit of maltiness right up front and a hint of sweeter hops. It’s a nice balance. The flavor is really what sets it apart from an IPA. The mouth feel is lighter and definitely creamy with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly malty and light hop finish. This is really well balanced and distinguishes itself. I like it.

3.5
bytemesis (9349) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Can. Pours quite hazy orange, small off white head, decent lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit zest. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body. Basically a sweet DIPA. Cream ale my ass.

3.4
SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Can: Poured golden with white head. Aroma is very fruity tropical nose. Taste is more hops fruity a little smooth creamy finish.

4
dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Poured from 16 oz can given to me by Maxbier. Pours golden with white head . Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is tropical fruit and citrus with grapefruit finish. Big thanks to Maxbier for sharing.

3.7
drsandman (1656) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Can thx to Gorgone. Pours slightly hazy orange gold, thin scattered white head. Aroma is citrus, mango, papaya, pine, grass. Flavor is gooey citrus, mango, light caramel, bread, med sweet.

4.2
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 34C Experimental Ale (base brew: 22A Double IPA)


AROMA: Hop-forward aroma of orange, though sweet like sherbet. Some light yeast esters. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Basketball orange hue. Body is very cloudy with occasional CO2 bubble floating by. Large, white, frothy head which retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Described as a "hoppy imperial cream ale," this more closely resembles a DIPA. Hop-forward throughout with a strong orange taste. Bitterness is pretty high, too. Body has a sturdy malt backbone, though not especially sweet or any malt distinctiveness. No hop bite, just a general high IBU sensation (~70?). No corn nor lager-like flavor whatsoever which makes me scoff at the cream ale marketing. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a noticeable viscosity - leaves me feeling full. Texture is velvety smooth as if it were on nitro. Alcohol warmth and taste is present, but complementary. Hops linger, but are not biting or harsh. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is probably best considered a DIPA. It completely fails as a "cream ale" by any measure. Tasty and fun to drink. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.1
deyholla (12463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Can shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a near clear yellow gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a strong sweet grain, biscuit and cookie note with some bitter pine supporting. Flavor starts sweet with grains and biscuit with some bitter pine in the finish.

4.1
Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Pour from a 16oz can. Hazy yellow orange wig big off white head. Light grassy hop aroma. A big punch of flavors up front: orange peel, citrus, grassy pine, hints of caramel sweetness. Finish has pleasant creamy malt and citrus bitter.


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