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Domino Effect Transition Ale - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Domino Effect Transition AleDomino Effect Transition Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Miami66 on 08-17-2013

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 6
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

A cream ale? I couldn't resist. Single here.

12 oz stubbie poured for appearance, which is...

Appearance (3.75) : Wow. Was expecting a darker color. It actually resembles Cream Soda. Two finger pillowy head rests on top of a dark cream soda body (that is to say, orangish with some pale tint). Head retention is decent with broken rings lining the glass.

Smell (3.75) : It's like a mix between an amber, a wit, and a horchata. Some fresh cilantro, cinnamon rice, fresh spices, bits of orange peel, a bit of cactus pear, and a small but potent hit of corn right at the end. Very fresh and aromatic though.

Taste (3.5) : I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be tasting here, and I don't know what the style is like. So I'm basing this totally on what I can detect.

Orange peel. Lots of it. Pine. A little cinnamon. Some mint leaf, basil, and strong citrus hops. Hops border on the pale ale side. I don't like pale ales but this is quite tolerable and surrounded by enough malt that it's still tasty. Lemon rind, grapefruit, some more heavy pine notes. Is this right?

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Smooth and crispy, ending bitter and dry.

Overall (3.55) : I was expecting a porter of some sort - boy was I wrong. This isn't a bad beer, but it borders on apa/ipa territory. It's still decent and drinkable, and has a low ABV so you're not totally wrecked after it. Would I try it again? Sure, if someone handed it to me. It's a nice creamy, piney, pleasant pale-esque ale. But maybe that's not what a "cream ale" is supposed to be...

Photo of MalterMatthau
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

P:Poured from bottle into pint glass. Good color of green on label, features George Segal statue-like man ruining prehistoric calendar. Quote on label, "Whatsoever one soweth, that shall they also reap" suggests man on label will himself be toppled and crushed by falling monolith.

A: Amber color, moderate lacing.

S: Orange tootsie roll.

T: An intersection brew: grainy angle piercing creamy cloud. Wish I knew how to describe "gainy angle" better but there it is.

Notes: Favorite Empyrean so far, now will seek it out on tap.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Domino Effect pours a cloudy creamy golden color, with a good lacing head. There is a creamy pale and malty aroma. The taste is very rich and creamy, good malt base, but still a nice mellow hop flavor. Good full flavor, good full body, very complete beer. Overall for a cream ale, its very full and flavorful.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 10/16/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a brandy snifter glass that is actually from the Empyrean Brewery.

Pours a darker burnt-orange with a 1+-finger whitish foamy head. Lacing was seen with each sip and some small streaming bubbles were rising just under the head. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of malt with a hint of citrus, like orange zest. The taste was very pleasing with just a touch of that orange zest coming through with grain. Very smooth and easy to drink. The local brewery that is just a hour to the west makes some very good brews. Overall, very pleased with this one

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

This beer has a deep cinnamon-amber body, hazy and unfiltered. A foamy cream colored head recedes to a chunky, bubbly film. Nice thick rings of lacing stripe the glass. The aroma is malty, and somewhat citric, with some orange zest hidden in there. A touch of faded hops fill out the profile. The taste is where it's at. That orange zest note filters into a layer of surprise over sweet malts and a woody, pine finish. Mouthfeel is Medium to light and very friendly.

Overall, I'm probably going to have to revisit this one. It's a great session beer with taste and seasonal ambition.

Photo of Miami66
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The immediate impact is the smell of pine and other grassy smells. It pours a nice dark golden color with about an 1 inch head. It has a crisp hop flavor that doesn't overpower. One can also taste the oats and wheat flavoring that makes this in-between Summer/Fall seasonal special. It is available in both bottles and on tap.

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Domino Effect Transition Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.