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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
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279 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 21
Gots: 11 | 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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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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huadog

California

4/5  rDev +14%

11-24-2011 06:55:50 | More by huadog
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hoorayfourbeer

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14%

11-22-2011 19:54:39 | More by hoorayfourbeer
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mbiang

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-22-2011 02:49:40 | More by mbiang
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14%

11-20-2011 03:53:50 | More by Rempo
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Josiahsouthworth

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-18-2011 16:47:52 | More by Josiahsouthworth
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mdbailey00

Indiana

5/5  rDev +42.5%

11-17-2011 21:36:17 | More by mdbailey00
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +42.5%

11-15-2011 03:08:07 | More by whartontallboy
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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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abrand

Illinois

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

On tap in Indy. 16 ounce pour served in pint glass.

Pours a yellow color with very good clarity. 1 finger head that quickly fades and leaves nothing behind. Nose has some hops and grains present but nothing more. Taste is pretty smooth and enjoyable. Has some sourness to it and malts. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with decent carbonation from the tap. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:42:35 | More by abrand
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GOLDENDOMER

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 02:11:38 | More by GOLDENDOMER
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morimech

Minnesota

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

Yellow color with a slight haze. Not quite two fingers of head forms and hangs around for awhile. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing forms down the glass.

Aroma of cereal grain with a slight lemon/wheat twang.

Sweet, light malt flavor. Bready and cereal qualities. Bitterness seems low with very little, if any hop flavor.

Seems a little undercarbonated for what is going on with the flavor. This is a beer that would benefit from fizzy carbonation.

It is a step above adjunct lagers, but some hops could of made this a much more interesting beer.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 21:51:49 | More by morimech
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-straw yellow with white head that sticks around for awhile

S-hard to really get anything off of the nose.

T-light, smooth crispy and very refreshing

M-light and smooth. Crisp...

O-very good example of the style. Would try again

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 19:35:19 | More by brew3crew
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear, bright yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - grainy sourness.

T - the sweeter malts start things out with the sour bitterness holding off until the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 23:13:16 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 03:03:04 | More by brentk56
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sun King really surprised me with their Osiris Pale Ale: hoppy, refreshing, delicious. However, I tried their Wee Mac Brown and could hardly finish it. How can a brewery have two beers of such different qualities? Not sure, but I’m sure hoping this one is more like Osiris. And, since I’ve never had a cream ale, it’s new territory indeed. Cheers!

On-tap at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN; poured into a (non-frosted) pint glass.

A: If there’s one thing that Sun King has down, it’s look. This one has a gorgeous, shining gold body, with a creamy white head. The foam looks a bit oily at times, as it does tend to dissipate quickly; lacing is there, but minimal. Could have been the pour, too – these pints are poured more for amount of liquid than head plumage. Still, there’s a pretty good showing. Love that color, though!

S: All I can think of is Budweiser when I smell this beer. Weak, slightly skunky grains, and a persistent corn smell behind. Not good. With a few swirls of the glass, some other aromas start to show up and, thankfully, cover up the less impressive tones. I can make out some actual cream scents, even, which mix with a mild strawberry scent to form some sort of fruit-yogurt feeling. Decent, but with quite a low intensity.

T: Grain, mostly, with that funny BMC taste front and center. It’s not as intensely unpleasant as a Coors Light, but it’s not a flavor I’d willfully choose to have in my beer. That tinge lasts throughout, but there’s some good cream flavors that come forward to augment the palate. Vanilla and oatmeal tastes are there to have a go, accompanied by some fruits on the end. They all sort of fizzle into the aftertaste, which is an acidic, lemon creaminess. Not my favorite style, for sure.

M: Pretty fizzy, but not without its proprietary cream. The flavor profile isn’t huge, so the body doesn’t have that much to accommodate. Average, I’d say.

O: To me, this is the essence of mediocrity in craft beer: unimpressive flavor wrapped in the shell of a unique style. Sorry guys, but this is one of the weaker beers I’ve tasted from Indianapolis’ own. Not undrinkable, but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 18:43:37 | More by BarryMFBurton
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear yellow gold with a diminishing white head and decent lacing.
S: not a lot going on here, some nice grainy sweetness, almost corn-like despite corn not being listed on the can (barley, wheat, and oats mentioned). Appropriate nose for style.
T: nice lightly sweet corny malt base manages to finish almost dry and crisp despite the lack of hop presence. this description doesn't do justice to how well this is done, especially in regards to style. Easy. Tasty. Likey.
M: smooth, a bit creamy, and just over light-bodied.
O: super drinkable. I was hesitant to crack this thinking I wouldn't like it, but if it was available it'd be a go to summer beer. Best cream ale I've ever had.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 04:54:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Preismj

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: yellow copper with a quickly retreating head that tapers to nothing. plenty of little bubbles keep streaming in the class. This looks tremendously refreshing.

s: very light aroma of malt and lemon zest. not a whole lot going on here on then nose.

t: subtle lemon citrus creeps in at the end of a mostly malt taste. slight sweetness, very creamy malt profile that is nicely done. Not rich flavors, but what is there is a mild sweetness and a crisp taste.

m: light body, good pop from the carb. very slick in the mouth, but doesn't stick around long.

o: a nice transition beer, though I'm at a point where I look for more. It was plenty refreshing and I could see myself revisiting on a very warm day out by the pool as this isn't overbearing but has a nice abv to it. Would have like more of the creamy sweetness, though the velvety feel in the mouth made me happy i tried this.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 00:02:15 | More by Preismj
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suspect

New York

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Todd for bringing this from Indy.

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Really nice hop and light malt nose. Some grain smell to it as well. Not a huge nose, but definitely nice.,

T: Follows the nose pretty closely but the flavor seems to lack something from the really nice cream ales I've had.

M: Ultra-light body, perfect carbonation. No aftertaste to speak of.

O: A solid beer and a perfect summer day/knock back a six-pack kind of beer. Would definitely drink more.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 01:24:07 | More by suspect
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TheTot

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As I poured this beer into the glass it looked a little pale to me. As i drank the beer it tasted just as bland. I never got a strong enough taste with the 4 that i drank to have anything bad to say about it other than just that: it was flavorless. There was a little creaminess to it but very little. I am a big Sun King fan but this is a weaker beer of theirs.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 05:53:52 | More by TheTot
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dannyfrost for this.Poured into a schlafly pint glass at fridge temp.

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. Huh I didn't get the hops in the nose But they are In there.Hops pull through and meld with the bready malts.

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

Overall this a summer beer in every sense of the word.Not very complex but after reading the can I don't think it's intended to be.Like it says a nice gateway into craft beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 23:50:17 | More by Marty30
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jkrich

Indiana

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

Poured from a 16 oz. undated can: bright and clear yellow-gold hue with a quickly receding white head.

I was surprised by the sharp, fruity and tangy hop aroma as I opened the can.

The noticeable hop aroma carries over to the flavor which has a restrained yet refreshing tropical fruit flavor with some grainy and yeasty aspects. A soft, bready malt taste can be detected in the aftertaste.

The body is thin and the ale has perhaps a little too much carbonation, but it does contribute to the clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, this sprightly ale is ideal for the heat of mid July. It has enough flavor and character to keep it interesting from beginning to end.

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 23:16:01 | More by jkrich
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was light gold with a bright white head that sizzled out quickly leaving a faint ring.

The smell was underwhelming. A bit grainy, bit vegetal.

The taste was gently tangy, but with enough sweetness for a good balance. Rich but hard to describe flavors. Snappy but nondescript citrus. Dangerously drinkable. Great summer beverage. One of the best Cream Ales I've tasted.

The mouthfeel was interesting. Rich and smooth but with a coarseness in the carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 02:57:24 | More by Cresant
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in my very first in-person trade with Cosmonick @ Schlafly Bottleworks in STL. Was thrown in as an extra - thanks Randall!

I believe it was a 16 ounce can, poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear, golden straw with significant head. Left a nice little white cap. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Not a lot there. Somewhat sweet and malty, with a little bit of lemon zest.

T & M - Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Not overpowered by anything. Smooth malt profile, not a lot of hop character. Mildly carbonated, and has a clean finish.

Overall - nothing really stands out too much here, but it's a nice, smooth, refreshing summer type cream ale. Much better session option than a MBC on a hot, sunny day. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 13:48:50 | More by StLThrash
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color. White head with good retention

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Very mild.

T - Very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet.

M - Highly carbonated leaves a dry finish, but has a little body to it.

D - This is probably my favorite lawnmower beer. Very light and crisp, but still actually contains flavor.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 13:05:33 | More by jmarsh123
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