Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 04-17-2010)
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is quite tame. Taste is also pretty tame with light cereal notes and smooth finish. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not bad for style but really nothing that good to write home about.

Photo of BGDrock
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance: hazy, lemon yellow; white head with not great retention

Aroma: faintly of grapefruit, candied lemon peel; creamsicle

Taste & Mouthfeel: lemon juice, grapefruit and other citrus leads the way, with balanced sweet and tart notes; there's a sharp acidity throughout, accentuating a dry, lightly hopped finish; some mineral flavour, and a little metallic; light body and medium/light carbonation

Overall: a palate cleanser, bright, tart, and refreshing, but the finish strays to metal and stone; frankly not an amazing taste, despite the vibrancy

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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, a collaboration between Mikkeller and Revelation Cat Craft Brewing, an Italian brewer who apparently share the infatuation with the American hop bomb line of thinking. And the tommyguns on the label are sprouting grain stalks and hop leaves - um, ok. Some sort of riff on the flower-in-the-gun-barrel give peace a chance trope?

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow hue, with a ton of billowy white head, which renders some soap film lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of pale malt, and sweet citrus, like orange and lime candy, with a pine hop bitterness. The taste is bready malt, and strongly bitter citrus/pine hops. The carbonation is fairly fizzy, the body full in weight, somewhat smooth, but not creamy. It finishes sweet, the citrus cream (there it is!) blending with some latent pale malt graininess.

Cream ale, huh? While plowing this recipe with good ol' American bittering hops may make it taste good, if you're a hophead, this is more false advertising, than anything. What this really is, is a pretty hoppy west coast IPA. Minus significant points for not calling it so.

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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jeranbrews
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - I like the way that when pouring this bottle the bubbles started collecting on the sides of the glass right away, like tiny frog eggs. The color is a slightly frosty lemon-honey. And the head is a nice clumpy yeasty splotchy cloud white.

S - Some hops, but lots of citrus smells. Sweet crystalline malt smells. Has a clean fresh smell. Like sweet air after a spring rain. Very soothing. Makes me think of lazy walks through a hop field in the Belgian countryside.

T - Initially very hoppy and bitter, much like an amber ale or an IPA. It's a bit too caustic and drying for me. At least when I imagine this style of beer. The bottle says it's all hop but I can't help but feel a little corn blandness.

M - Surprisingly doesn't quite live up to the name. I wish it were a bit creamier. It is a bit effervescent and a bit smooth, but bitterness takes away from the "cream"

D - Not quite what I had dreamed it would be, but pleasant none-the-less. This isn't one that I will reach for again anytime soon.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a one finger thin white head with nice lacing. Some subtle citrus hops initially on the nose, but that quickly gives way to hints of grass, lemon, and a bit of funk and bread. The taste is a bit harsh at first for a cream ale. A lot more bitterness than I had expected. But as it warms, the malt emerges and balances it out nicely. The flavors are very subtle with hints of lemon, corn, and grass. The mouthfeel is not creamy at all and is borderline fizzy. Big initial bitterness that yields to a crisp, dry, subtly sweet finish. It's been a while since I've had a cream ale, but this is not what I remembered. But then again, Mikkeller never follows the norm and that's why I love them.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well pours a good white head that lasts a bit. Unfiltered and very light gold

S- 3.75- An almost wheat beer quality.

T- 3.25- Big let down here. Bit sour. Not hearty at all. Not much to this beer believe it or not.

M- 3.0- Not creamy at all. Not much at all, just a slightly sour beer

O- 3.58- And this is it. Not a very good beer. I feel peeled paying nearly $5.00 for this.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Grilled cheese sandwiches

Enjoy

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Mikkeller goblet at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention (especially for the average ABV). Colour is a cloudy gold.

Sm: Cream, bittering hops, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, bittering hops, and slight amber hops. Complex for the style; normally I wouldn't expect IPA style bittering hops in a cream ale, but it's well executed here. A far cry from Kilkenny, but lovely. Well balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth on the open with bittering hop coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavour. Wet and refreshing, but less creamy than expected.

Dr: 5% ABV makes this a good session beer. A great refreshing very drinkable beer, but I do expect more from me favourite brewer. It's also expensive as all hell (which doesn't influence my rating).

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw colour, quite opaque and cloudy with decent white head being fed from below by steady carbonation. Leaves some specks of lace but not a lot. Acceptable, not amazing.

Nose is quite grainy. Hints of rice and corn on that with some light fruit notes, maybe citrus and pear. Yeah, sweet with a bit of a tang. Quite nice, really.

Taste is...curious. Fairly fruit on the front with some apple and pear characters and a lemon zest edge to it. Gets quite earthy on the mid-palate with a slight starchy character and a hint of soil. Develops a phenolic edge towards the back with a hint of aspirin and that attenuated-lager character. Fruit happily returns on the back, but is met by that medicinal bitterness. Quite good, I appreciate the oddness, but it doesn't amaze me.

Fairly thin body with some carbonation sizzle. Finish is quite smooth though, I guess that's the "creamy" aspect maybe? What the hell is it called a cream ale for anyway?

Yeah, not an offensive beer, some good flavours, a bit off-balance but fairly enjoyable.

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Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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