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Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very light golden color and a modest head that doesn't produce much lacing

Smell: A bit grainy with a biscuity character

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors, up front, with a growing toffee character; by mid-palate, a fruity, lemony aspect hits the profile, though the finish reverts to the sweeter malt elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent little beer designed for mass appeal, but a little sweet for my palate

Thanks to JAYBLACK, for the chance to re-visit in the can

brentk56, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +8%

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one on Friday.

A: The pour is a pale straw like color with a touch of haze and a short lived white head.

S: A bit of an off-putting nose which seems to be composed of corn for the most part. A slight skunkiness, but at least it's not as bad as Osiris.

T: The flavor is pretty standard for a cream ale, nicely sweet with a touch of yeast and bread. Very clean flavors and actually pretty refreshing.

M: Light in body as you would tend to expect with a crisp carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style, but this was a nice refreshing beer which is one thing I like about these kinds of beers. Worked well on a hot day at the Bruery.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

GRG1313, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a couple billowy fingers of bright-white head. This sticks around with a thin foamy layer that leaves a cascade of light spotty froth behind, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and grainy in the nose, with some soft fruit accents poking out, as well as a green floral character that rounds out the edges.

Malt sweetness splashes the tongue in the taste, with some green earthy citrus mixed in and just a light touch of balancing bitterness which prickles the tongue. Finishes with some lingering residual sweetness and a bit of grit. Fairly clean overall though. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a nice easy crispness to that gets maybe a little bit watery towards the back of the swallow.

This was definitley decent for a Cream Ale, with a little more a hop profile to it which helped add a bit more flavor and crispness. Not sure if this is worth the same $10 per 4-pack price as the Osirus but it's still a good one to keep chilled in the fridge and then go to town on during those hot summmer months.

Kegatron, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

StonedTrippin, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

I had this over Memorial Day weekend and took notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Very mild with a slight sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet and quite crisp. Just a bit creamy with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side with mild carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: A decent beer, good for summer. Easy drinking, but it was a bit more bitter than I expected.

oline73, Jun 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

beernads, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Apr 18, 2014
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4.93/5  rDev +40.9%

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!

woodychandler, Jun 28, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Gonzoillini, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Kelp, Feb 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

dmorgan310, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Rhettroactive, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

16oz can courtesy of Trent!

It pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

I get floral hops and some caramel malt in the smell.

The malt in the taste is more of a grainy variety with the hops giving me a lemony kind of bitterness, not tartness, mind you. A bit of corn is noticeable but not a huge detraction.

Fairly light bodied, it does have a weak kind of watery finish.

Cream Ales are not a style that will turn heads but...this is a very good example of the style and it is certainly an easy drinking brew. I like.

Bitterbill, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

bsuedekum, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

A- Booming three inch white head out of the can. Beer itself is an extremely pale golden color. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Grainy/grassy/cereal grains.

T- Bready. Hint of lemon. "Adjuncty" aftertaste.

M- Crisp...nice carbonation bit to it.

D/O- Very easy drinking, refreshing. Good lawnmower beer. Thanks again dannyfrost for the Sun King!

Duff27, May 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

barnzy78, May 13, 2013
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev 0%

I had this on tap at Chumleys in Lafayette, IN.

Appearance: Soft golden color, very clear, moderate carbonation, little white head

Smell: Smells of light pilsner or lager with slight sweetness on the backend

Taste: typical of a lighter lager or pilsner, slight sweetness in the finish, just ok. Features a light lemon zest like aspect to go with other grassiness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp to begin with, creaminess on the backend, decent

Drinkability: moderately drinkable, doesn't overwhelm with flavor, creaminess in the finish is most appealing aspect

Overall this is a nice intro beer for people first getting into craft. It's good for warm weather but I believe that this beer is best out of a can.

aasher, May 27, 2010
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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.