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. Tmoney99 (14850) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
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 (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
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
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
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
12 oz. bottle. Straw yellow. Big bubbles on the head. Some vanilla on the head. Not too exciting. I’m not a fan of vanilla and cream ales and this beer has not changed my mind. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2010
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. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Draught. Looks like cream soda and drinks like it too. Easy on a hot day in Richmond. Pale vanilla taste all the way very refreshing. thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours a nice golden pale yellow with a one-finger white head that quickly subsides to a minimal amount. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of a slight hop hint and vanilla. The flavor of this beer actually came in three stages in the same succession: First you would get a very light hop flavor that was followed by a note of vanilla, that was then followed by a note of cream upon swallowing. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew with multiple flavors coming in as the sip goes along. This is a nice seasonal from Thomas Creek and is very smooth to drink and enjoyable. Worth a try for any cream ale lover. Cybercat (6011) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Aroma is fairly strong and mainly of wilting lettuce - not too promising. It pours a clear straw yellow with a rather typical fluffy white head. Flavor is malty, a bit wan - not what I expect from Thomas Creek; I have enjoyed the other beers from this brewery that I have tried. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy, about average.