Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

80 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 374
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 19.09%
Wants: 27
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 374
Reviews by salvo:
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4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is straw to blonde, almost white like a witt, perfectly clear with a small head with small bubbles rising. Head falls to a light ring with no lacing or trace it ever existed.

Smell is malty sweet with a light yeasty back. Grain-chute graininess.

Taste is light and crisp; grain and lightly peppery, yeast and fresh baked bread, but very light and subdued.

Very light body and dangerously drinkable.

Oh, and I adore the hard plastic rings that kept the four pack of cans together. Nice.

Sunlight Cream Ale is the micro-brewing equivalent of insisting that Picasso paint something "recognizable" just to prove he had the technical skills to make representational art. Artisinal brewing is just that: subjective, aesthetic, and about gathering an appreciative audience. If you (or anyone you know) doubts that micro brewers can handle the demands of brewing a light, tasty, satisfying beer, give them one of these. And then pop open an Osiris. After an Osiris, I had to try the "other" Sun King canned offering, and while it is a technical achievement and stand out for its precision, smoothness, and execution, it is, at the end of the day, a cream ale. It brings back memories of school in Binghamton, New York, eating hot wings at the Sportsman's Club and Rathskeller and washing down the Frank's Red-Hot with Genny (Gennesee Cream Ale). Not a bad memory, but also not the height of brewing's Olympus either. (1,425 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Allenicomp
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Shiny, golden-yellow color, lively bubbles racing to the top which keeps the head intact. Smells of wholegrain cereal with the additions of wheat and oats, fermentation twang and hops in the nose as well. Crispness lays into the lighter but slick body; clean and grainy with a dry, doughy wholegrain bready flavor. Hops rest a modest bitterness on the palate, yet are big enough to balance. Drying finish has a clean linger of grain. A tasty canned treat, a lunch-time pounder. Craft tallboys, FTW! (556 characters)

Photo of Cuvie62
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of dgfool
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jisom123
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rottnbkr
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GLawton12
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of juicebox
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BBQWhisperer
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Tilly
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeAtheistItsFun
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of rhoadsrage
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. (997 characters)

Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kjoe19
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun King is definitely a great brewery. Sunlight Cream Ale was the first microbrew product I ever tried, having been subjected to Bud Light and other domestics at hockey games. The first time it was definitely a very good brew, however as I have sampled more and filled my palate with more I would definitely say this is bottom of the rung of craft beers.

The appearance is a consistent bronze/tan pour with a fingertip length head of foam. It is a light smell and taste and is definitely a craft beer to welcome someone to the world of microbrews and high flavor.

Overall a 4/5 because of its consistency in taste and appearance, but not a favorite beer for most people I am sure. (684 characters)

Photo of zachpaschal
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of SevenExperiments
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.