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Cream Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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82
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kkosmoski on 01-23-2009)
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On-tap at the brewpub for $5 a pint. Appeared to be served on nitro with a tall white head that slowly faded into a clear blonde body. This is a simple and well-made cream ale, a real throw-back session ale. It just has a light bready character with a touch of earthy salt and pepper. The aroma is a little dusty, but this is a respectable brew.

tempest, Nov 28, 2009
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have always been an average cream ale fan, however the Empire version with nitro on tap was surprising.

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yeastyboi, Dec 02, 2011
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A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that slowly dissipated and left lacing down the edges of the glass. No signs of carbonation are visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; the initial taste has some hints of sweetness and the finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is also very sessionable.

metter98, Apr 07, 2011
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I had this at the new Taproom 307 in New York City, which will ultimately be one of the top beer bars in the area. I thought a cream ale is typically a lager brewed with ale yeast. Adding nitro would definitely enhance the cream effect, and it did. Unfortunately for me I missed the bite that one typically gets from CO2.

The beer pours with a typical waterfall cream effect and then settles into a cloudy light copper/dark straw color.

Aroma is somewhat bready, almost like an English ale. Not much hops to speak of.

Flavor is also bready, a little heavy on the palate and, again, not much hop or carbonation bite.

The beer is pretty drinkable but not really what I like. If you like cream ales or nitro beers you should try it.

david18, Mar 30, 2011
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spinrsx, Nov 18, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

Served on-tap at Valhalla in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with a light amount of carbonation and some medium yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of sweetness from the bready malts which fades into a light amount of bitterness from some lightly grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, a great beer for a hot muggy summer day.

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shufon, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

The nitro pour takes quite a long time to rise and settle into an extremely dense and silky white head. It looks more like a thick layer of homemade whipped cream on top of the beer rather than bubbly foam. Big clumps of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the way down. The beer color is a clear golden. Aroma is pretty faint and clean with notes of light biscuit and cereal grain. Flavor starts out with a light and delicate malt profile including biscuit and light bread. A slightly metallic bitterness pokes through midway, followed by light candi sugar and a soft grainy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth carbonation. The beer is easy to drink with a great delicate and pronounced malt profile, moderate alcohol content, and clean character.

To me, this beer characterizes what brew pubs are all about - experimenting with beer styles that are not run of the mill, and brewing them well. I wouldn't have expected that I could feel this way about a cream ale, but this beer is awesome. It is fresh, clean, well-brewed, and displays an amazing delicate malt character, not to mention the great nitro feel. This beer was nailed!

kkosmoski, Jan 23, 2009
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Appearance: The golden, nitro fueled beer was poured into a pint glass on tap in the brewpub, releasing micro bubbles that cascaded to the top, forming a thick, heavy, creamy head, that lasted the whole pint, and then coated the bottom when done.

Smell: Very light smelling; mild sweet malts, with a little yeast.

Taste: Mild and sweet. To me, this is how an American cream ale should be. The flavor almost takes a back seat to the mouthfeel and drinkability of the beer. Not that they should forgo flavor, just in terms of the dominating characteristic. I think this beer has the perfect balance of flavors and size.

Mouthfeel:Creamy and big, but light. Almost like a meringue would be. Fills your mouth with this airy whipped texture.

Drinkability/Palitability:High; this is a session beer. One went down easy as can be; I can drink nitro beer one right after another. The CO2 does not set well with me.

Notes: This is a perfect example of an American Cream Ale to me. Where something like Genesee Cream Ale falls short, this brew covers; "mouthfeel THEN flavor", rather than "slightly more interesting mouthfeel than mainstream beers, with the same flavor." I really enjoyed this beer.

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Nitro-tap at Maggies On The River in Watertown, NY.

A: Served a golden color witha head that slowly fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma of bread, eith some malt sweetness and bit of fresh grain.

T: Mild flavor of fresh grain, a muted sweetness and a trace of bitterness to a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and creamy.

O: Very easy drinker, could pass for a good session beer. Nice for the style. A bit more flavor would have brought it home. Worth a try.

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I would echo kkosmoski who said:

It is fresh, clean, well-brewed, and displays an amazing delicate malt character, not to mention the great nitro feel. This beer was nailed!

Only diff - I gave it a higher rating!

DuaneL, Aug 31, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

The beer pours a beautiful pale gold color with a creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pilsner malt scent as well as some mild hop bitterness as well. It has a touch of malt sweetness. The taste is decent. Again, it has a light, easy drinking pilsner malt flavor as well as a good shot of hops. It seems as though it's a bit too hoppy for the style. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker. I can't help thinking that this is their Skinny Atlas Light brewed with ale yeast.

WesWes, Jan 16, 2010
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Cream Ale from Empire Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.