ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2004 draught. Color: Light pale gold, with hints of buttery yellow. White head. Aroma: Sweet floral essence, soft vanilla and cream tones, with a bigger fruity bouquet as it warms. Flavor is just superb and much fuller and better than I expected. Wonderful fruity yeast mixes with honey, light toffee and barley. Low hops on the finish are just apparent and just a wonderful smooth, flavorful, even finish. Light crisp fruit notes dance on the palate throughout. As well, this one is very drinkable, and almost tastes like a cask offering. Wonderful beer, probably my favorite from Portsmouth. ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2004
On tap at the brewery. Nice golden color with a malty nose. At first taste it seemed a little watery, but a nice, slightly fruity and malty aftertaste lightly spread across my tongue. Pretty good after a few sips. bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2013
a bit of a fruity aroma, a little estery. smooth malt flavor with some fruitiness. medium body, not much hop flavor or bitterness, but it builds towards the finish with a clean merging of the soft malt flavor with a good hop bit. fairly clear medium honey gold color. a bit of a tangy note. creamy texture/flavor as it warms. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a medium golden color with a huge creamy bubbly bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of floral and earthy hops with a fair amount of bready pilsner maltiness and a light touch of fruit and corn. The flavor is clean bready with a touch of honey and corn on the malt side with a solid shot of earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness is present but doesn’t let this on skew from the malty side. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugar watery mouthfeel. Solid cream ale, I really enjoyed this! muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Sampled at the brewpub in the company of the munificent and mysterious Mr. ClarkVV. Though Clark raved about this, I still wasn’t prepared...a cream ale that I’d want to drink again from a brewpub? You gotta be kidding me. Well, like most prejudices it fell when confronted with the hard facts. Hazy medium blonde, unfiltered, with a bit of light head, just looks beautiful and thick...malty nose is decent but doesn’t really impress except with light banana and milky notes...ah, but the body is wonderful, chewy full malt, vanilla loveliness and indistinct, subtle various fruits swirling around, with just a touch of hops to bring balance at the finish. Certainly must be one of the very best in the style, amazingly well done.
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Northeast Bucket List Trip Beer #43. Keg at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange with a large creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of corn, grain, doughy malt, mild grassy hops. The taste is grain, corn, mild floral and grassy hops. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness, crisp. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver 30/09/2005 (As Carlyle Cream Ale)
Clear golden coloured and hoppy. Creamy on the palate with a hint of dryness in a lasting finish. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Sample at the VTBrewfest - Pours a cloudy yellow in color with a thin whitish head. Aroma was malty with vanila and toffee. Was velvety and smooth drinking with quite good body. Flavor was malty with complex mix of fruits and mild hops. Nicely done... SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Tap at Portsmouth. Great session beer. Pour is a dark yellow color with a medium foamy white head. Nose is sweet malt, some light banana and citrus notes. Taste is nice and thick, given the style, and contains some good malt and sweet flavors of citrus. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head lingers on the dull, clear golden.
-An aroma of grain and faint butterscotch does not impress.
-Plenty of toasty hay is prolonged into bitterness, all atop the herbal hops.
-The prickly carbonation for the style makes it easier to quaff.
What if you dig deeper?
-A pleasant pear, banana and gooseberry fruitiness enlivens the sweet malts.
-The rising honeyed grain finish is luscious.
-This is an admirable flavor juxtaposition for the style.
-A quirky cream ale for well-crafted helles lovers.
Pints bottled and on tap at the brewpub.