Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS
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3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
04-02-2011 23:40:54 | More by biboergosum
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
10-11-2010 05:33:18 | More by jeranbrews
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
09-18-2012 16:01:05 | More by beerdrifter
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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).
10-08-2011 20:59:36 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -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.
09-16-2010 06:47:36 | More by laituegonflable
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA
Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy golden-yellow with shades of orange. Grainy aroma, with scents of citrus--mainly lemon--and funk. Crisp and light on the tongue, some yeastiness, very grassy, musty and funky, in a good way. Light mouthfeel and rather refreshing; nicely drinkable.
06-05-2011 02:44:29 | More by Rifugium
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows spicy, piny hops along with some bready malt and soft wheat. A bit faint.
More spicy hops as flavours along with soft brady notes and a faint grainy hit. Also some booze with a slight industrial note. The hops and bready malt are nice though.
Great moderate carbonation and a lightish body.
02-02-2013 04:46:36 | More by CrazyDavros
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Bottle from hopduvel in Gent into Chimay chalice, straw gold color, finger of off white head.
Smells piney, a bit floral
Taste is piney bitterness, a little citrus, very smooth, I got some cream soda aftertaste halfway through, but its not overly creamy.
Very sessionable. In belgium I would compare this to a Taras Boulba, its a very similar beer.
07-09-2011 12:37:23 | More by lanbewardin
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Burger in Santa Cruz. Pours a light golden color with a firm white froth. Aroma is full of hay and grass with a faint fruit salad note. Flavor is pale malts and minerals with a big noble hop blast. Really nothing like a cream ale, reminds me more of a hop-forward american pilsner with an ambiguous ale-ishness. Slightly tart, maybe a touch of wheat. Great hop character, fresh and spicy. A little astringent and thin on the palate.
05-18-2011 05:03:18 | More by illidurit
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, slight citrus, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus, slight pale hops, slight earthy malt, and hint of wheat. Overall, good, but the 'creaminess' is quite hard to discern.
09-05-2010 19:40:55 | More by Tone
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12
A pale yellow with a slight haze and a large 3 finger bone white head that leaves several rings of lace before falling to a thin film
S some citric hops with faint pine, very hopped up for a cream ale but you gotta know I'm not going to complain about that
T some yeast and lemon rind, interesting stuff but I preferred the nose, some biscuit and toffee come out as well
M creamy from the bubbles and a medium body, bready aftertaste
O throw enough hops at a style I've never been impressed by and viola a good beer out of nowhere, could drink a few of these without getting board
perhaps for style I'm being a little hard on this one, for a cream ale its up there give it a shot if you find it
03-06-2012 07:40:22 | More by wordemupg
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a very pale Gold colour with a large White head that reduces clowly to a film. Some lacing.
S - Gentle hop aromas from the bottle. Once poured it becomes slightly more delicate with a citrus aroma.
T - Delicate and sweet citrus hoppy flavour, with a slightly bitter finish , that is a little spritzy.
M - Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation.
O - Definitely different from your average AIPA and a little more refreshing. Worth a shot but wouldn't have another.
09-02-2011 13:01:51 | More by eric5bellies
Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.