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Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009

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2.35/5  rDev -33%
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.


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3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.