Cakewalk - Right Brain Brewery
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-28-2013 11:58:22 | More by tectactoe
3.59/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
08-11-2013 15:52:46 | More by JohnnyHopps
Cakewalk from Right Brain Brewery
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.