fidelis83 (2403) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours a clear, pale gold with a <1 finger creamy, eggshell head. Aroma is a touch of vanilla, dank stale malt, light mineral notes and used dishwater soapy hops. Flavor is pretty faint up front, light toast, vanilla, sweet malt. Finishes up with an increasing vanilla presence and soapy hops. Palate is light bodied with an oily/creamy entry and dry/oily finish, relatively high carbonation to break those up. I didn’t enjoy this beer too much, but I could see how it might appeal to some people, weird soapy hop notes aside. MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Very light golden yellow in color. Completely see through with a very light head present. Aromas are of vanilla and light malts. On the attack you get a lot of vanilla up front. Oddly enough the big vanilla fades quickly mid palate and then turns into a plain jane cream stout. anders37 (26251) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Draft @ Hickory Hops 2011, Hickory, NC. Pours a clear pale golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy creamy aroma with hints of vanilla. Fruity and slightly sweetish malty creamy vanilla flavor. Has a fruity malty creamy finish with hints of vanilla. horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Rocket City Brew Fest. Easy to drink with a definite vanilla kick. Thin and bubbly for the style or it would have been outstanding. Loved the flavor and could have easily had a few more. Tasty stuff. iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2011
Faint smell of vanilla on the nose. Yellow pour with a nice white head. For me the vanilla flavor was subtle and not overpowering. A refreshing brew on a hot day.
wlajwl (6750) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2015 Vanilla and sweetness mostly, decent session but rather thin as a whole otherwise. wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
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
Appearance: slow steady stream of carbonation amidst khaki-gold hues under a meringue white head. Clings to sides, lingers as a solid blanket.
ganache (5855) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
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 I’ve wanted to try a true cream ale for years. Years. While it won’t set the complexity scales a-screaming, she was exactly what I expected, hoped, and wanted out of a vanilla cream ale. I’d gladly drink another and another…
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
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 doesn’t taste artificial either (not the best vanilla flavor I’ve 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 don’t really know when I would want to drink it.