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Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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247 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 19.09%


Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have said it many times but i will say it again, we need more cream ales out there. they aren't all going to be world class, but its a nice refreshing drink and definitely underrepresented on the beer scene. this one is very light, but still maintains a classic frothy mouthfeel and bright carbonation. there is indeed a milky sweetness to this that hints at corn-like sugar, but the finish is still clean. I'm missing a little body here, and also some balancing hops for bitterness, but i really like the drinkability and the package (four pack of pint cans), a very good dose. this is nothing earth shattering, but it is a useful brew. good blonde beer for colder weather too, as it has a little meat to it despite the thinner body. of the handful of beers i have had from sun king, this is not the highest quality but one of the ones i appreciate the most. let cream ales live on!

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 23:32:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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Tickman

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, yellow with non persistent creamy white head which receded quickly. Highly carbonated. Aroma of biscuits, bread, raw donut dought, yeast. Taste dominated by breadiness, some biscuit malt. No bitterness but not sweet. Finished somewhat clean, high carbonation tingling, refreshing. Quite a lingering bready aftertaste.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2013 03:59:51 | More by Tickman
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dcall384

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely their introductory beer or for people that are not into strong tasting beer. The appearance was a clear yellow and fizzy. Had about two fingers worth of head that hung around for a while. I really didn't pick up much on a smell. The taste was just ok. It was kind of bland. It was nice to drink on a hot day, but I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of this.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2013 16:39:08 | More by dcall384
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Rhanson11

Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was pretty smooth, but it definitely isn't the quality that I have been trying recently. The color is a light orange to a yellow. The smell had a citrus-type of feel. It wasn't anything that special. Since different people like different things, I would read multiple reviews to see if you should try it for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 07:29:42 | More by Rhanson11
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh, Don't bother.

A- FIzzy Yellow Beer. No head to speak of

S- What smell? Not getting anything in my olfactory sense.

T- Super light malts and hint of sweetness

M- Fizzy FIzzy Fizzy. Way too much carbonation.

Overall, was let down. I'd rather Drink Gennese cream ale. Seriously.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 17:48:51 | More by taylor714914
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pmorey

Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint can to pint glass, how convenient! Nice golden yellow with bright two-finger head that runs away fairly quickly with little lacing. No huge aroma, smells fresh almost like sea spray! Very smooth on the palate, nothing jumps up and grabs you but the malt is probably predominant. Doesn't hit you over the head with anything, no hops to speak of. This reminds me of listening to the Indy 500 in the garage with my dad in the early 70s and being allowed to take one swig of his beer. Nice. Not the greatest I ever had or the most complex, but would definitely buy again. Good to have on hand to serve at a cookout to those who think Bud Light is good beer.

Serving type: can

06-23-2013 02:14:46 | More by pmorey
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 Ounce silver and yellow can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a little bit of head that disappears fairly quickly

Smell: I can't actually decide what this smells like but it is nothing special. It smells a lot like the way a standard Budweiser/MGD would smell.

Taste: I actually like how this tastes. I expected it to taste more like what it smells like but it is a lot better tasting. It has a slight alcohol taste at first but then sweetens up a little in the end to make for a really nice flavor.

Note: I was a little bit surprised by this, it was better then I expected and I always like that.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 22:40:33 | More by ruckus232
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a clear and very dark golden color with effectively no head on it. Nose has some corn notes to it, and is very reminiscent of a traditional lager. Taste is actually fairly crisp and not too lager-y, and without the eerie sweetness I feared. Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 23:50:12 | More by maxwelldeux
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a clear bright yellow body with a strong sea of carbonation and a snow white head that slowly boils away to a thin film.

S- The nice green sweet hint has a more faint sulfur note that dries it out just a bit. There is a field corn note in the finish that stays soft but has a nice compliment to the hops flavor.

T- The dry carbonic acid hint leads to a slightly sweet finish with a green sulfur note that takes on a faint candy quality before the woody hop hint in the finish. There is a gentle hop and field corn hint that lingers after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is light and crisp but it has a creamy texture with the carbonation and thick head.

O- This beer is a great cream ale. It has some nice flavors that all blend and compliment each other. There is a touch of sweetness here and there to add freshness to the flavor but it says dry making it very sessionable. As the summer heats up this becomes more and more sessionable.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 03:16:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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madvermin

California

3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured light yellow, with frothy white head. Left ample lacing. Beer seemed thin looking, which might be normal for the style, but even so it looked kind of weak.

Smells very light, which I'm positive is normal for the style. Malts followed by hops, but just barely. Bit of citrus at the end.

Taste is nicely balanced between malt at start and clean citrus end. Citrus is barely differentiated from general hop bitterness. There isn't anything to write home about but the beer isn't unpleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and probably the strength of the beer. It doesn't feel too fizzy or thin. Drinkability is aided by these traits, and the beer goes down very fast, especially when drinking straight from the can (the other ones were gone before I knew it).

Not a particularly memorable beer, but easy to drink. Add it all up and it comes out to be an average brew.

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 03:21:52 | More by madvermin
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AmitC

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one pint can.

Pale straw in color. Very clear. About three finger thick white colored fluffy head, that disappears slowly into a thin layer. Some side lacing left by the head. Medium to slightly high on bubbles and carbonation.

Aroma: Some malts and some corn like adjuncts. Low on hops. A few esters. Not a very strong aroma.

Taste: A lot of adjunct corn. Very little hops with only slight bitterness. Some malts. Somewhat sweet and dry finish. Otherwise a bland taste, typical of American adjunct lagers.

Mouth feel: Very light and crisp. High on carbonation. Smooth but not easy drinking if you do not like such water like stuff.

Overall: Tried it just for trying this style. Fits the style really well. Based on personal preference, this is no better than a lot of American adjunct out there. One of the worst beers i have had in recent times.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 2.75

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 22:21:35 | More by AmitC
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden from the pint can, with thick carbonation, but no lace.

Nose is pleasantly light, grainy, and malty, with a hint of buttered sweet corn. That's not to say it's bad, though. Actually it's pretty refreshing.

Taste is, expectedly, light and creamy. This one is sooo smooth and malty, but very drinkable and, as the can imparts, approachable. Sunlight Cream Ale wouldn't turn away lifetime macro drinkers, but has plenty of easy-going flavor for craft nerds, too. A solid and totally session-worthy brew here, not too complex, but smooth and well-crafted to style.

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 19:27:37 | More by secondtooth
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring.

S: Light pale malts, some green grass hops with a touch of sweet corn.

T: The lagery flavor profiles are much more assertive in the taste. Some sweet corn adjuncts with pale malts and some light bittering grass. Lagery yeast comes at you in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation level. Prickly mouthfeel with a sweet malt finish.

O: Very solid cream ale. Spotted Cow is a touch better as the lager flavor profiles come out a little more in this beer giving a sweetness that is just ok.

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 01:51:18 | More by Treebs
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation and no head.

S-Bread, floral and grassy notes but some skunkiness as well.

T-Very sweet, bread and floral notes. No bitterness. Grass and lemon as well.

M-Light, not much carbonation nice and crisp though.

O-A nice light session beer however there are much better options out there. A tad too light to my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 23:33:28 | More by rlee1390
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tall boy can, 5.3% abv. Clear gold color, with some active carbonation showing. White frothy head stays for a minute, then disappears leaving no trace.

Cereal grains, and a bit of cooked corn in the nose. Slight earthy hop notes. A bit of a sour, lactic note. Perhaps a bit musty at the back end.

Fairly clean cereal malts. A very slight lactic sharpness. Not a whole lot going on here. Slight earthy hops at the end, that do not linger long at all.

Light to medium body, no traces of alcohol. This is made for quaffing, which is no problem. A very simple beer. Take it for what it is.

Serving type: can

07-08-2012 02:32:30 | More by Bierguy5
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=Light straw yellow,very clear. Lots of carbonation in here,Not much lacing at all.

S= Lots of yeast and earthy malts pretty much sums it up.A slight sweetness.

T= I didn't get the hops in the nose But they are In there.Hops pull through and meld with the bready malts but overall that's really all that's going on in this one.

M=Thin feel and very light. Tons of stinging carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

O= Overall, decent summer beer but I won't get this one for the price overall I just think it is to much for such a basic beer.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 02:27:52 | More by LiquidBread219
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CitizenRay

Indiana

1.68/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: straw yellow with a fizzy white head

S: faint aroma, a bit adjunct with rice/corn and mostly reminiscent of light lagers.

T: American light lager.

MF: light bodied, medium carbonation

O: This beer lacks creativity and really has no place in the craft market.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 06:05:59 | More by CitizenRay
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vw73182

Indiana

1/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don’t understand why anyone would drink this. If there was a 0 for the 5 categories this would receive 0’s from me. The smell uh if smell is were the majority of taste comes from that’s diffidently not a plus here. Appearance not what I think any beer should look like. Taste none the only taste is a cringing metallic taste. Palate there is none you would think something that has cream in the title would have some body? However this is pure water constancy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 16:13:33 | More by vw73182
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BrewerB

Florida

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MarkFy unexpectedly sent this beer my way in a recent trade. Delighted to try more beers from Sun King as I'd been impressed with Osiris and their GABF samples. Cheers and thanks again, Mark!

Poured into a 3 floyds pint glass this is a slightly hazy, medium gold color. Fizzy white foam piled up about 2 fingers high but slowly settled down. Retention is fair to poor.

Mostly clean, grain-focused aroma. Subtle buttered popcorn as well as a sweeter corn on the cob. Touch of floral hops but certainly not hop-forward.

Flavor again focuses on the grain. Mostly clean with a nod toward vegetal/corn. Bitterness is moderately-low. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium-light in body with a moderate-high to high sparkly carbonation. Crisp.

The BJCP defines a Cream Ale as clean, well-attenuated, American lawnmower beer and I'd say Sun King hit the nail on the head. Smooth, crisp, easy-drinking with enough subtle malt/hop flavor to keep the session interesting. Missing out on brilliant clarity but otherwise not much these guys can do to improve.

Serving type: can

01-10-2012 02:16:40 | More by BrewerB
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received from robwestcott in beer and football fantasy football league.

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy white head into an english pub glass that left a thin ring and sheet throughout. the body was bubbly, a bright and clear golden color.
s - sweet floral hops with a hint of graininess.
t - bready, slightly floral.
m - slick feel yet crisp as well.
o - terrific session beer for warmer days. hope to get this one again.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 16:28:56 | More by GPHarris
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sweethome

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery.

Light hazy yellow color. Straw nose, some c hop backing. Pleasant.

Entry is crisp, soft, satisfying. A nice warm weather quencher.

Bready flavors with some honey malts, and crisp hoppy finish. Dough, clover honey.

Decent beer for style - goes for a Northwest style golden ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 00:15:56 | More by sweethome
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Straw yellow in color with complete clarity. White fizzy colored head that lasts about as long as expected. By no means bad looking, looks like a lighter end beer.

Smells what I would think the macro beers are aiming for, unless the skunkiness is something they are trying to get at. It's kind of grainy smell that's pretty much it, but at least it's not skunky. Maybe a slight creamy smell, but not much.

Taste is pretty good slightly bready, grainy, and yeasty. A little more of a creamy type flavor to it. Tastes a little sweet citrusy tang towards the end as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is the biggest step up. It has all of the light characteristics of a standard lighter body ale or lager, but it actually has a creamy feel to it. EXTREMELY drinkable though, has a good thing going here. I like this and glad to try something from Sun King. Not the best best beer I've ever had, but glad to have the opportunity to try it. Thanks huadog for the sweet extra!

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 04:06:00 | More by AndyAvalanche
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mkabull

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can
A- Very light straw yellow color (to style) had a large bubbly head that faded very quickly leaving only a faint ring in the glass
S- Aroma is very faint but whispers of a corn backed beer are present.
T- Sweet malty corn with a bit of a bite at the finish almost metallic but not quite. Finish is quick and not much lingers.
M- Mouthfeel is slightly above a light lager but this is what it should be.
O- This is an easy drinking beer definetly what I would classify as a BBQ beer. Nothing great but I wouldn't mind kicking back with several of these.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 03:35:33 | More by mkabull
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Cream ales are essentially a bridge from American style lagers into a top fermented style ale, while essentially retaining most of the characteristics of the former. Don’t let the name fool you, this doesn’t include “cream” or any variation thereof. The term is more of a description of the smoothness derived from the lagering period, or period of storage intended to let the flavors balance and mellow out. I think there are better words that could be used there.

A: Sunlight Cream Ale pours a straw yellow with a fizzy white head, pretty much what you’d expect.

S: The aroma is faint and, in my case, was overpowered by the butter and cheese smells lingering in the restaurant around me, but what I got was a bit adjunct with rice/corn and mostly reminiscent of light lagers.

T/M: It has a medium amount of carbonation, a mild bitterness, very pale dry maltiness, a little bit of sweetness on the back end like an amber, but overall a very basic, American lager tasting beer.

Unremarkable, to say the least, but I’m sure it has a place somewhere.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 00:23:42 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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MorningRitual

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint Can bought from Sun King at their brewery in Indy poured into a frosted glass.

Appearance is a golden yellow with a quickly dissipating head that leaves no lacing in the glass. Carbonation is a little on the low side. Looks like a ver refreshing "anytime" beer.

Smell has very light aroma of malt and a hint of strawberry, can't quite put my finger on it. No real smell of hops, little if any.

Taste is mostly malt, slight sweetness, very creamy malt profile that is nicely done. Not rich flavors, but has a slight sweet crisp taste, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: light body, slight carbonation, with a malt flavor that lingers for a bit then dissipates leaving no aftertaste.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 10:13:57 | More by MorningRitual
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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.