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Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CANtinuing the ongoing saga that is The CANQuest (TM), no CAN is safe from review! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "Sunlight Cream Ale is a crisp, easy drinking, East Coast Style-Cream Ale. Cream Ale is one of the earliest styles of AmeriCAN beer, but was virtually wiped out by AmeriCAN lager brewers. Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat and oats are used to give this beer its smooth malt profile which is delicately balanced with AmeriCAN hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish."

My initial pour netted me two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head fizzled and popped its way out of existence. Color was sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet and adjunct-free. It is nice to smell an all-malt beer every once in a while. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very clean malty sweetness on the tongue. I would be curious to know what hops were used since its bitterness is almost non-existent. Finish was crisp and refreshing, definitely approachable for novice craft beer drinkers. A solid CANdidate for the cooler on the way to the beach. Definitely seek this out!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

exceptionaly easy drinking beer. Low hops make it a great everyday beer. Crisp light flavor with out a strong after taste. Good beer to keep on hand for guests ,watching a baseball game or just to quench your thirst on those hot days around a barbecue.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a little into a glass, drank most out of the can.

What little I poured was Light straw color with thick bubbly head

Smell: Light lemon and faint sweet malts, wouldn't mind it as a car freshener. Akin to many hefeweizens I've had

Feel: smooth, light, moderately carbonated, crisp as all get out

Taste: tons of light malts (maybe ~4 kinds? I dunno, picking them out would make me enjoy this less) just the right amount of lemon, plus a bit of bubbly, all crisp almost sharp

Aftertaste: "Ahh.... refreshing!" Like a non-astringent lemon mouthwash

You get more bang for your buck alcohol and flavors-enjoyed-by-beer-dork wise with most any other craft beer offering, but it's hard to match Sunlight's intense taste and easy drinking. Would gladly pay the premium to drink this over any other light tasting beer in the warmer months. Please distribute this more widely!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh Cream Ales, so unfairly maligned, so badly maintained. I understand why: it wasn't until 05 or 06 that I was willing to give pilseners a fair shake, seeing as how the only "pilsners" I had drank were, well, the ones everyone else had drank. Cream ales are even worse. You got Little Kings, which are charming but taste like metal, and then you got, what, Sleemans? Genesee? That's grody.

I've always been intrigued by the concept; a lagered ale that--through some convolutions of gypsy magic--takes on a creamy body. That could be fantastic. My abortive foray into brewing was bookended by two awful attempts at fashioning together a good cream, the first a variation of an adjunctless adjunct in which I diverged blindly from the fermentation instructions, and the second in which I figured that Pac Man yeast would solve all the world's problems. For shame, me.

So what I'm getting at is that this is kinda the beer I've always hoped existed but never really found until now: it's a light, super accessible, mildly hopped, macro-ish all malt that has an insanely creamy body. It's the best part of drinking a thoughtless lawnmower beer mixed with the best part of drinking milk. It's fab.

Trouble is that it is, at heart, a thoughtless lawnmower beer. As well made as it is, there's just not all the much going on aside from it's body and drinkability. So it's not a great beer, merely a very good one, and really that's always what I've hoped I would find.

EDIT:

I'm upping my scores after trying it on tap, with a fresher pallet. It was fabulous. Easily the best cream I've ever had.

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.