Taps Red Cream Ale - Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
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3.53/5 rDev +9%
Pours a clear scotch copper with a white lacing for a head.
Smells of light barley and creamy biscuit malts.
Coppery flavor with biscuity malt.
Medium, creamy body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.
Nothing special, but very drinkable and perfectly adequate. Would have it again although I'm not sure I will remember it.
02-07-2014 03:03:45 | More by Cylinsier
3/5 rDev -7.4%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:
Canned craft beer from Canada, and a Cream Ale at that.
Pours a hazed tawny color with a crackling, off-white head that lands with only a thin ring of lacing. Slight buttery and vanilla aroma with a light but pungent grapefruit juice tartness. Medium body. Crispness and tartness pucker the palate to start, maltiness comes in with mellow biscuity flavor and a caramel undertone. Hop character is very mild, with a small amount of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a clean husk flavor.
Decent, a little difficult to drink with the tartness and all. This beer has the potential to be a stellar session beer if it was cleaned up a bit.
09-14-2010 05:22:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.2/5 rDev -1.2%
I wasn't expecting much with a cream ale, but they only had 4 beers on tap today so I decided to order it. Pours a amber-copper colour with thin off-white head. Minimal lacing. Smell is fairly sweet of caramel malt. Taste has the smallest hint of bitterness, but it is pleasant enough. Carbonation level was good. I could see macro drinkers liking this as a better version of Rickard's Red.
09-05-2010 21:24:26 | More by kwjd
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
Had as a 4 oz sampler...
No real head on the sample (which came to me quickly, so there should have been lacing at a minimum - though the other with out head when served to me had great lacing). Orange-red with a light hoppy and sweet caramel in the nose. Tasted clean with a bit of bitter bite in it balanced by caramel malt. Not nearly creamy enough to me a cream ale, though if a red ale would score highly... I really wanted a 24 oz of this one, but was getting too close to the end of my night by the time I had the opportunity...
07-13-2010 03:08:14 | More by kjyost
3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
Another above average beer from this brewer. Pours coppery red with a good foamy beige head. Bready, caramel, slightly burnt malty and spicy aroma. There's a sweet burnt malt, treacle type flavour, sugars, and an odd yeasty funk I am not sure is supposed to be here, but here it is. Well made though, and good for a cream ale
08-01-2009 21:25:18 | More by mrmanning
3/5 rDev -7.4%
From a 473 ml can into a pint glass.
A - a hazy reddish amber color, very opaque. A bit of head recedes to a thin film on the top.
S - not much to say. a bit of hops, some sweetness.
T - The taste is definitely different. At first, there are sour, fruity notes. The fruit flavors are almost tastes of pomegranate and molasses. The sweetness hits near the end of the sip, and lingers. There is a tiny bit of bitterness near the very end, but it's overshadowed by the sour and sweet.
M - decent. I like carbonation, and a decent body, this has a bit of both.
D - not great. too sour, and too sweet. It's too bad this beer isn't better - the brewery is about 20 minutes from our place.
03-25-2009 02:03:48 | More by beerbuddah
2.4/5 rDev -25.9%
Pours a dark amber red with a one finger creamy head. Some lacing.
The smell is very one dimensional malt which is sweet and sugary. Not an overly complex or enticing aroma.
The taste is way too sweet from start to finish. There is almost no hop character to the beer, but the malt isnt complex enough to carry the taste like a brown ale or scotch ale. Quite strange. Very unbalanced.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation. Kind of feels flat in the mouth.
The sweetness is too much and makes this beer pretty undrinkable. I could barely finish the can, let alone have another. Add some more damn hops
01-14-2009 03:35:32 | More by EatsTacos
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
My mother went on vacation to Ontario and brought this back for me to try.
Poured from 500ml can into pub style glass
Look - This is really the best part. I could stare at this beer all day. Pours a rich, slightly murky amber and really is a work of art. Produces a generous, yet loose head which slowly retreats to a thin cap that lasts the duration. Lace is moderate but sticky.
Nose - Nothing really stood out here; Floral aromas and fruitiness - mostly apple but not very strong, there is a touch of sourness but overall quite sweet. Everything is quite subdued.
Taste - Much like the smell, but amplified. Much with the floral aromas, the fruit is less apparent but overall quite sweet and honey like... as if someone might have thrown in some extra sugar. This all gives way to a bitter finish, but it's not quite enough to balance the sweetness.
Feel - Very smooth but also quite heavy and dense feeling. Some mild carbonation, but it's enough to keep things interesting.
Drink - This is definitely one you have to take your time with. There are good things going on in this beer... if you're looking for them. It is nice, but the heavy sweetness makes you want to chase it with a Kokanee.
Definitely worth checking out.
11-06-2008 23:15:08 | More by clocktower
1.55/5 rDev -52.2%
Visiting Toronto, pulled this of the local Liquor Control shelf as a local. I've traveled all over, and this is about the worst beer I've had since BrewII in Baltimore in 1979. That says alot. Love thetaps logo, that was the only good feature of this beer.
10-01-2008 02:08:53 | More by reichejeff
2.03/5 rDev -37.3%
Poured from the 473 ml. can pictured.
To sum this beer up in one word: sweet. In more words, sickly sweet. Poured a beautiful colour with a thick head, i was initially impressed and looking forward to a taste. The beer did have a nice creamy mouthfeel, but the taste just did not work for me; too much toffee/caramel flavour and not much else. A beer that was indeed too sweet for my tastes and not for me, however I would recommend anyone to give it a try, as I think it is a beer a lot of people would like.
07-29-2008 19:34:11 | More by Ditka89
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
Pours a nice dark brown/red colour with a small head.
Smells very hoppy and nutty initialy with some sweet citrusy undertones.
Tastes very nutty and hoppy upfront then finishes creamy/caramel and sweet, very nice. A very enjoyable beer that I recommend.
06-28-2008 22:52:48 | More by GodOfBeer
4.05/5 rDev +25%
I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet. The beer poured a beautiful translucent rusty red colour with some effervescence leading to a short-lived whitish head. The aroma was sweet malt, some fruit tones (I'm thinking plums), and a little hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, amply carbonated, and a little sour on the tongue. The flavour is no where near as fruity as the aroma. There is some sweet maltiness, some sourness in the middle, and slightly bitter finish. This beer suited my tastes quite well.
05-13-2008 04:54:33 | More by cyrenaica
2.25/5 rDev -30.6%
Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. 16oz, 473mL can, 4.9% abv. No freshness statement. Poured into a gold-rimmed Stella Artois glass.
Appearance is hazy copper, substantial off-white head. Leaving lace just sitting in the glass. Decent retention.
Aromas are powerful for a 4.9% abv cream ale. Hits me first with citrus hops - sweet grapefruit juice, tropical fruit huge here... almost too sweet and juicy. Softens out after a few minutes to some light sourness - grapefruit rind? Some bready, toffee, vanilla malt. Make sure to sniff this at pour, it is really out there. Distinctive but straightforward.
This leaves me with high expectations for the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate-high carbonation. Sour on the palate like sour mix, balanced with light sweetness. Maybe this is from the yeast. Not quite vinegary but it makes me wonder, sort of white winey. Green apple and stuff too. I'm not wholly convinced this was a cream ale in the first place but I'll run with it. Dry finish, like 90s dry beer.
I don't know what to do with this. Definitely weird. Check it out at your peril.
02-28-2008 05:54:48 | More by Antilochus
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -3.4%
Brought back sample from the brewery.
Appearance: Light red colour, clear, creamy off white head. Leaves gobs of lace, decent enough retention.
Aroma: Flowery hops, sweet caramel, fruity.
Taste: Somewhat bland, can definately taste some wheat in there, some faint green apple as well. Grainy in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied.
Final Statement: Much better beer than the vanilla wheat IMO. Maybe they are picking up some infection on the bottling line as this canned product is much cleaner.
02-18-2008 02:45:28 | More by MMansfield
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev +13.6%
A: Copper with a white head, very little retention, some lace.
S: Sweet caramel, cotton-candy fruity esters, slight earthyness.
T: Slightly sweet; caramel, cotton candy fruityness, candied fruit, slight earthy zest. Taste is as much "British" as it is cream ale.
M: Moderate body is smooth, moderate carbonation.
D: Very approachable, but a little sweet for me to session.
11-03-2007 23:20:20 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev +8%
Pours a decent coppery colour with a big, fluffy head that sticks around. Smells faintly of toffee, with good barley malt, grass and some lemon. Tastes quite refreshing. Has a sweet and sour sensation. Somewhat tart. Sort of like lemon drops mixed with toffee candy. Very nice. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy and dry. Very drinkable. Perhaps not a session beer, but one I shall be buying again.
09-26-2007 22:01:34 | More by slitherySOB
3.65/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours a ruby colour with a small head and some lacing. I must say I really enjoy the smell of this beer it is sweet a huge amount of toffee! with some hops barely making there way in. The taste is good but could be more balanced, it is to sweet IMO, citrusy, malty and a lingering sweet and sour finish. A well made cream ale but a bit to sweet to make it extremely drinkable.
07-30-2007 21:05:11 | More by irishkyle21
Taps Red Cream Ale from Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
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