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CakeWalk Vanilla Cream | Right Brain Brewery

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3.8
pDev:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cream Ale conditioned with vanilla bean

Added by tectactoe on 06-28-2013

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak cafe. I always love trying new cream ales, especially to go alongside a nice, medium-rare burger. Golden amber with really nice clarity and a foamy, thin, white skin that settles atop the beaming brew and leaves some nice, sheety lacing on the glass. Very nice, clean looking beer; certainly a thing of beauty.

Somewhat expected, the aroma is pretty light and forgiving; faint and relaxed without much "oomph", but that's pretty much how I want my cream ales to be. Lightly toasted grains, some stale, musty hops, and a good amount of thick, lager yeast. The finish contains just a touch of lemon zest. Simple, yet refreshing and easy-going.

Cakewalk's got the signature crisp mouth feel that I was looking for; carbonated generously, it tingles the palate and has a very nice, dry feel to it. A brash bitterness hits first in the form of some musty, earthy, and dirty hops that are seemingly of the Noble type. The lemon and citrus zest is a bit heavier, and works very well with the bitterness in terms of balance.

The backbone is grainy and yeasty; solid, light, and again, refreshing. The malt gives a pretty solid, bready-sweet finish. It's got many of the things you'd expect in a cream ale and executes them quite nicely. A pint of this went down quickly with my burger, you can't really ask for more than that.

It's nice to see Michigan breweries growing in popularity. I haven't had too much from Right Brain (yet), but a cream ale is something that many breweries wont even attempt or bother with. You can't go into this beer expecting some crazy-complex and layered sipper. But if you want a summer slammer that goes great with food, this beer is great.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drk93TT
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WCW
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, vanilla, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, corn, vanilla, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, vanilla, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and lower body. Medium-high carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice creamy ale style! All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dicers
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slay40
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kuba
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JasonR1975
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of msumike89
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had Cakewalk on tap at Right Brain on 8/9/2013. I was disappointed that Strawberry Fields was not on tap, but thought this and Blue Magic were solid.

Appearance - The beer was a bright golden with a slight bubbly white head topping the beer.

Smell - I was a little disappointed in the aroma. The promised vanilla aroma was present, but the Earthy notes stood out more.

Taste - The beer did remind me of crème soda. The vanilla did not stand out enough to make this a desert beer. Much like the aroma, Earthy notes that are more reflective of an ale were most dominant. The aftertaste is largely dry.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was fairly potent which is probably why the vanilla notes do not list long.

Overall - This would be a great beer for a hot summer day. I think the recipe for this one could stand to be improved if it is given a name that is reflective of a desert beer.

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Photo of Loudog1411
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hotsudge
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mxsluis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kerrie
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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CakeWalk Vanilla Cream from Right Brain Brewery
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