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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brewed this Special High Gravity Cream Ale in serious celebration of the return of the salubrious Spring... With the long dark days of the Season of Damp nearly behind us and the possibilities of a long languid Summer ahead.

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3.1
Bill Becker (1907) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jul 2008

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Good looking brew in my SAs glass.

The smell has a lot of maltiness to it with big notes of caramel and some bread but I also get some citrus. Nicely balanced nose; I hope that translates to a nicely balanced taste.

The taste has that caramel and bread, along with the citrus hop bitterness and is quite tasty. Cream Ale huh? I don't think I've tried a better example of this somewhat unique style but I have to say that the alcohol is pretty noticeable so I'll have to take that into account when it comes to drinkability. Otherwise, the body is nicely medium to medium full and the carbonation is also medium. It finishes on the caramel malt sweet side. Btw, head retention is quite good and there's some good lacing.

Overall, it's a good brew but not one that I could drink more than 1 of at a sitting. Nothing wrong with that.

2.9
slowrunner77 (12988) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"i was looking forward this, but in the end, there was nothing about the flavor that stood out at all. creamy, with a thick mouthfeel, otherwise a mish-mash of malt and hops, with seemingly no direction. ok."

3.5
alexsdad06 (10940) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2014
12 oz bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours a honey golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet character of a cream ale but includes orange citrus hops, caramel, some pine that works in toward the finish, mild bitterness, decent enough to have again.

3.5
RGDave (115) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle, 12 oz. Poured a burnt orange color, with a creamy, thick head, almost a nitro-sort of head. Aroma is of sweet hops and a bit of malt. Flavor is smooth but strong; some definite hoppy character shines through, but it is more than balanced by a big, malty body. Smooth on the palate; grassy spruce hops finish. Yum!

3.5
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2015 Thanks to Brian for this bottle. Smooth and biscuity. Nice stuff. Mellowed. Serving: Bottle

3.9
Qubert (62) - USA - MAY 24, 2010
12oz bottle: pours golden with a generous white head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruit. Flavor is the same with hops and alcohol.

3.3
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2010
amber with small white head. aroma of grapefruit and slight sugar. bitter backbone. more like an iipa. flavor is similar with a biscuity finish. slight hop death

3.5
jtclockwork (17353) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Cloudy golden pour with a generous white head. Aroma is sweet floral grass and hops. Taste is fruit malt mash and cream. Rated 8/10/08

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williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
07/2007: The appearance is a dark gold/light orange. Hazy with plenty of carbonation. Big fluffy 1.5 finger of head. Looks creamy and good.

The aroma is sweet and fragrant flowery hops, but with also quite a bit extra. A sweet berry smell (cherry) as well as a hint of what seems like orange. Awesome. A little spicy Belgian tinge, but not the harshness that smell entails.

Really delicious sweet hop flavor, with some pale malt added. It’s very sweet (in a great way) and summery, but manifested within the hops. There is a kick of alcohol flavor, as well as a surprisingly spicy aftertaste.

It’s fizzy and bubbly, unusual for something so hoppy. It’s creamy and thick in the feel of the liquid. It’s a hoppy cream ale. Spicy, bubbly and fizzy. Quite a good drink when you can find it fresh.

3.5
drowland (9160) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy StFun into a pint glass. The pour is cloudy yellow/orange with tiny floaties hanging around in there as well. The head is big, 3-finger, white, and quite fluffy and dense. The head sticks around for quite a bit as well. The aroma is fruity and malty and the flavor is the same. This really isn’t too bad!


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