Smooth Operator - Right Brain Brewery

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tectactoe on 03-31-2014

Right Brain's answer to 'light' beers. Made with crystal clear water from Lake Michigan, but never watered down. A bold and easy to drink Cream Ale highlighted by satisfying notes of honey and biscuit.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Right Brains Smooth Operator last week for $2.59 at Boyne Country Provisions. It's always nice to see more craft Cream Ales and since I've never had this beer before and I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, the robot on the can looks like something from a animated kids movie, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a pale yellow color that took on a slight golden hue when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of white slightly creamy head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking Cream Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a pale malt, grainy and cereal like malt aromas with a slight bit of corn coming through and there's some noticeable doughy yeast aromas in the background. Up next comes a light creamy aroma followed by the hops which impart a light spicy hop aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the grainy and cereal malts seeming to stick out the most and a light amount of corn and some nice doughy yeast shows up in the background. Up next comes a light creamy flavor followed by the hops which are on the lighter side and they impart a spicy and slightly earthy hop flavor. On the finish there's just a slight amount of bitterness that isn't too noticeable and it had a grainy, cereal malt and slightly creamy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting and true to style Cream Ale.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Cream Ale, it had pretty much all the aspects that I expect from the style and the balance seemed to be right where it needed to be. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, fairly crisp, slightly creamy, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think I could drink a few of these, especially on a warm summer day on the beach. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was right where it needed to be for a Cream Ale and I thought it worked nicely with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked about it or would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and if it was just a little cheaper I could see keeping it in the fridge at all times. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Cream Ales and it might make for a good beer to ease someone into craft beer with. All in all I was happy with this beer and it's pretty much just what I would want from a Cream Ale. It's one of the better Cream Ales that I've had and I like it more than Genny Cream which I think is the standard for the style. Good job guys, thanks for another smooth and easy drinking beer and it's nice to see it in in cans which is where a Cream Ale belongs.

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Photo of justinp444
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice inch thick foamy white head. Smell is of corn, yeast, some butter, and light malt. Taste is nice clean corn with lemony hops and a bit watery but still creamy. Leaves a clean taste in your mouth with a thin mouth feel but with a nice amount of carbonation.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, corn, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with clean and balanced malt, yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, corn, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, corn, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice clean, robust, and balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very good cream ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Alextricity
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$2.79 single can. 16oz. No canning date. Poured into a shaker pint. A bit high of a price, but I like Right Brain.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yielded about a finger of a bright white head that fizzled away ppretty quickly. The beer is a ppale yellow with a slight haze to it. No lacing. Only a tiny bit of foam on top of the beer. Not exactly appealing. At least the can is pretty awesome.

Smell: Adjunct-y, but in a clean sort of way. There's a corn and cereal grain aroma with a slight vanilla character that often comes through for me in cream ales. I get a hint of spicy hops in there as well, but it's subtle. Pleasant. Nothing at all "off" about it.

Taste/feel: The mouthfeel is what makes this beer, I think. At 3.8%, it could have easily been a water thin beer, but this beer has some body to it -- Smooth Operator indeed. The taste is grainy with a bit of corny sweetness and a super slight vanilla-esque flavor. Biscuity malt flavor comes through a bit more as the beer warms up. Very subtle bitterness at the back of the tongue to add a little bit of extra depth.

This is a great beer to introduce to somebody who's new to craft beer, as it offers an ever-so-slight hop flavor and bitterness on top of that familiar "adjunct-y" flavor. This beer is super easy to drink, and at 3.8%, can be sipped on all day. I'm not too sure I'd buy this beer much at all considering the price for a single can, but it's from a tasty Michigan brewery... just hope the price gets knocked down a bit.

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Smooth Operator from Right Brain Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.