Cream Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Empire Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: kkosmoski on 01-23-2009)
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Reviews by ElijahRivera:
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

On nitro; I guess this is always the case (?)

This cream ale is a pale-medium yellow. It has an exceptionally dense, creamy head that's bone white. It sits heavy at one finger and doesn't move much at all. As the beer drops down the glass, the head sets down lots and lots of creamy lacing.
The aroma is malty, some sweetness to it but leaning dry. It's a good aroma, but nothing stands out.
The flavor, on the other hand, as well as the feel, are what this beer is all about. It's creamy smooth on the tongue with a lighter graininess than many lesser versions, enough malts to lay a base, outstandingly balanced and flavor with hops that give a soft, stemmy bitterness. This one ranks up there with some of the best cream ales I've yet tasted.
If the point of a cream ale is to taste and feel creamy, this one might exceed all. This may be the creamiest and smoothest beer I've ever had; by recollection, it's certainly at the top of the list.
I can't drink this without saying that someone who doesn't like this beer doesn't like cream ales.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kkosmoski
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Cream Ale from Empire Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.