Archive for the ‘Cream Ale’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Clown Shoes that has seen some favorable reviews online. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 9%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Something’s happening, and it involves clown shoes and beer. Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer. In no way did I expect to create a brand, figuring it would be one batch of beer for fun and then done. But folks are digging the brews and a group of us are having a great time. Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels. Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh. They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers and this site.”

Random: I finally finished “American Horror Story: Hotel” and it was amazing. I think it was just as good as the first season.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow with some carbonation visible. The nose had notes of vanilla, cocoa powder and bready malt. There was a light orange note that was a bit odd. The taste had some vanilla, artificial coffee creamer and almonds. It also had a rather significant hop bite with grapefruit hops that distracted from the other flavors. The body was thick and the alcohol wasn’t noticeable, despite the high ABV. It had a long finish with cream and almonds. A bomber of this was $9, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed his beer, but it wasn’t the best beer of the style that I’ve ever had, but the price wasn’t bad. If you like cream ales, I think it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

For some reason, Val is really into getting every single alcoholic soda (or “alcopop” as they are popularly called) on the market. She popped this one open and seemed to enjoy it, so she gave me a few sips.

hardorangecreamale

ABV: 5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Get your tickets here! It’s a small price for a thrilling escape. Buckle up, passengers, and hang on to your hats; we’re on a steep track to bring you back to the boardwalk. Some rides are deceiving, but this one is all there. Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale is an amalgamation of orange, vanilla and spice inspired by the deliciously unexpected concoctions you only find on the boardwalk. Are you tall enough to ride?”

Random: One of my favorite sodas as a child was Stewart’s Oranges and Cream.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light tan color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had vanilla primarily and birch beer. Then, at the end, there was orange creamsicle. The taste started with a lot of vanilla and cream soda. There wasn’t much orange to it, which was a bit disappointing, but the vanilla (which tasted authentic) made up for it. I kept trying to find other flavors, but vanilla was pretty much it. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. This bottle set me back $1.82, which was $.15 per ounce. This was better than I thought it would be. I don’t think I could have a lot of them and there is a certain novelty to it, but it wasn’t that bad, I just wish it had more orange notes to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The next brewery we went to was in the office park across the street. This was Geary’s, which had a giant flag outside telling you it was open. I wondered why they needed it, and then we walked in. It was a very small tasting room with just us and the person working. We got a single sample and went outside (again, no indoor seats) to try the beer and I played cornhole by myself since Val’s feet hurt. I played a few really good rounds and since their beer was only alright, we left to grab some food. The next day, we were headed back home, but still managed to stop at a few breweries.

calm

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A coffee ale with a touch of cream. Calm Before the Storm came from a quest for a warm weather alternative to our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Like its more robust cousin, we infuse a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. But this time, we added it to a lighter-bodied golden cream ale. The end result is a surprisingly bright, coffee-forward beer that’s perfectly refreshing.”

Random: Val’s review of this beer was that it was not Carton Regular Coffee. Every cream ale will now be compared to that.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of vanilla and burnt coffee. The taste had the same burnt coffee note along with light vanilla. The coffee overwhelmed the palate. The body was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with burnt coffee. This was $2.83 for the single ($.24 per ounce) Given all of the hype around this beer, I thought it would be better.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I hadn’t heard of this brewery before picking up this can. After doing that, I’ve seen a couple of blogs review their beers and get relatively good reviews. I haven’t had all that many cream ales and I tend to have mixed reviews of them. It’s one of those styles that I wish more breweries would explore, because it has a lot of possibilities. Hopefully this one is pretty good. Let’s crack it open.

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ABV: 4.2%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Originally brewed by ale breweries to compete with the surging popularity of lager beer, it remains a regional specialty in the Northeast United States. Our version is light-bodied and pale straw color, but uses no corn or rice as many of the original versions did. The result is a supremely malty and refreshing version of a style dear to our hearts.”

Random: I am now on hour 14 at work and still going strong. I’ve only had 2 Monsters so far.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing, but a slight crown. The body was a golden orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet with cream and caramel present as well. The taste was light, but sweet from the caramel and cream. It had a thick body and high carbonation. The finish was quick, yet sweet. This was a boring beer, but decently done. For $2.89 a 16 ounce can, which breaks down to $.18 an ounce, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

After reading so much about this beer online and seeing the demand for it, I had resigned myself to the fact that I was not going to try it. When the other half and I went to Princeton for dinner and found this beer on tap, I was very excited. Let’s see if it lived up to the hype.

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ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Classic Jersey-ism is ‘regular coffee.’ Here when you order a ‘regular coffee’ at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with ‘milk and 2 sugars’ rather than a ‘black coffee that hasn’t had the caffeine removed.’ For our homage to Jersey’s breakfast beverage, we teamed up with our neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic plain coffee. We added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing our ‘milk and 2 sugars.’ Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.”

Random: Weekends are my favorite because I get to have coffee. I don’t really drink it during the week anymore.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was glorious and filed with coffee and cream and a touch of sweetness as well. Given all the hype, I was excited to see if the taste was as good as the nose. And indeed, it was. It was really creamy and filled with coffee and milk and a touch of sweetness as well. The booze was absolutely invisible. The body was smooth and the beer had moderate carbonation. It had a long coffee finish. This is a beer that absolutely lives up to the hype. I would get this again in a second. The other half tried it and loved it as well, which is saying a lot.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

I made brunch today for my other half. I made a hash with potatoes, roasted butternut squash, pancetta and mushrooms. When I plated it, I put a little bit of maple balsamic vinegar over it with some hot sauce. It was amazing. Let’s see if this beer was as amazing as brunch.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Often called your typical American lawnmower beer, cream ales are not unlike their American light lager cousin. Brewed with two and six row continental barley, flaked maize, a touch of Munich malt, and of course, sugar, Croydon Cream Ale is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. We also use American Cluster and Czech Saaz hops that give it a touch of hop bitterness and a hint of floral aromatics.”

Random: My plans for today include not leaving the house and eating delicious snacks. More on that later.

This beer poured with a one finger, thin white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was light with some cracker, grass and wet cardboard. It was very mild. The taste was also very mild. The taste was also mild. It had the same cracker and grass in the nose, along with a touch of green apple and lemon at the end of the sip. The body was creamy, yet light, with high carbonation. It had a quick creamy finish with lemon. This beer was pretty simple and didn’t pull any punches. Despite this, it went down easily and you could put a few back on a hot day. For $1.89 a can, this broke down to $.16 an ounce, which is relatively affordable. I would use this as a gateway beer for a dedicated macro drinker.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

A few weeks ago, the other half and I headed down to Forgotten Boardwalk to try their beers. We got two flights and played a few games of skee ball. I was impressed with my other half’s skee ball skills and it got ridiculously competitive. Anyways, we came home with a growler of their funnel cake beer. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According the brewery website, “Unbeknownst to most: The feral cat is the sideshow attraction and mascot to the boardwalk. No one quite knows exactly when the undomesticated felines made their homes under the piers, but most say it happened when the boardwalk was first built back in the 1880s. The reason? Some say it is due to the scraps of food dropped by tourists that slip through the cracks of the planks. These curious creatures have roamed the boardwalks for over a century, spending their days in the shadows largely undetected by human eyes.”

Random: This was a long, tiring week. I’m really happy to be home.

This beer poured with a two finger, relatively thin white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet with some cream and sugar. The taste was sweet as well with generous cream and sugary sweetness. There was a touch of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. The body was creamy and thick with generous carbonation. It had a long finish with bitterness from the hops and the lingering creaminess. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0