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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mactrail on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 298
Photo of Immortale25
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Bottom of can says Genesis Date 04/13/16.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Grainy malt with some sweet vanilla on top.

T- More grainy malt with the vanilla coming in right after giving a pleasant sweetness. The finish is where things go a bit lame as there's a very weak aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy which is a surprise since usually, for me, cream ales don't deliver any actual creaminess so I'm pleasantly surprised. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Plenty easy to drink and the vanilla adds a nice extra flavor characteristic to what would otherwise be a pretty boring beer.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: Light malt presence, slightly sweet. No hops.

A: Light straw color, totally clear with a big white frothy head.

T: Moderately low maltiness, vanilla-like flavor, slightly sweet with moderately high bitterness that lingers on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, the beer has a light crisp, smooth mouth-feel. Pretty highly attenuated and refreshing.

O: Pretty solid iteration; the cream ale has a nice clean aroma, solid malt flavor, while being light, crisp, smooth and easy to drink - just a tad too much hop bitterness.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden ale with a momentary white head.

Smells of toasted grain and vanilla. Scents of honey and yeast. Smells remotely like Old Spice aftershave.

Starts out Sweet with the taste of vanilla featuring in a big way. Tastes of caramel and toffee. But mostly this tastes of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a one trick beer. Frankly I'm probably going to drain pour the rest of the bottle. NOT recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. This is what cream ale is all about. Big chewy body, semi sweet, small tight, very head. Pure malt aroma, more pure malty goodness in the taste. Smooth and slick and tasty.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing CO pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Sweet vanilla, a little spice, and light caramel sweetness.

T: Vanilla and spice up front, definitely cream soda like, followed with some grassy and herbal notes, citrus zest, a bit grainy, and some sweetness. Finishes with an odd husky slightly harsh bitterness.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation, kinda creamy.

O: I'm sure some people will like this, but I don't care for it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a large wine glass. The Cali Creamin' pours a medium copper in color with proper carbonation and lacing. Whitish cap tends towards a light cap in short order.

Aroma of subtle vanilla is prevalent with light noble hops to accompany. Clean aroma and quality. Taste is creamy but adds a touch of artificial in regards to the vanilla coponent. Still intriguing and pleasant. Vanilla works well with the cream ale style. Sweet and bready on the delivery. Unique in a way. Love or hate perhaps.

Decent feel yet the vanilla is everpresent. Bit sharp in the end. A good beer to have one of but gets a bit overwhelming in the end.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a decent head and good lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Vanilla cream soda.

Taste: Vanilla cream soda, hints of cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy.

The Verdict: Tasty. Best cream ale I've had yet, this is enough to make me a fan of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud

Decent creamy fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, mostly clear tan honey orange color.

Nose is mixed, earthy vanilla like the pod, a little papery vanilla earthy herbal thing with cereal grain husk, a fruity apricot and orange thing, that earthy thing eventually goes away and it becomes vanilla cream, little orange cream and vanilla thing, that husky grain keeps coming back.

Taste is loaded with vanilla, creamy vanilla, mild cream soda, little apricot like fruit thing, mild fruit, the vanilla has a not more of the herbal flavor, mild husky grain but nothing like the nose, herbal vanilla like the vanilla pod, fair creamy, little corn like note, maybe that's the herbal flavor. Mild grassy hop bitterness, weird astringent bitterness, lingering vanilla cream and herbal corn maize.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy nice carb at least.

Overall mixed, some nice vanilla cream flavours, but the weird husky thing and herbal corn astringent hops hurt it a lot.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear amber hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of some odd cereal grains. Once you get past the cereal grains there is loads of vanilla. Really aromatic and smells like a vanilla cream soda!

T - Taste is really close to a cream soda. Lots of vanilla on initial sip, however, once that's gone there is a corn thing going on along with an astringent bitterness. Husky grains, weird finish, the finish is a mixture of vanilla pods and corn husks.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, somewhat like a soda but not quite as sharp.

O - Overall this beer had potential to be incredible, however, the weird bitterness and husky corn thing completely detract from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a wonderful color and a lot vanilla on the nose. Unfortunately the good stops there were the vanilla l taste comes off artificial and the finish is slightly bitter and harsh. Overall, ends up being a run of the mill beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells so much like ice cream.
then the flavour is like a flowery hoppy English bitter wave with vanilla foaming crest, unusual but really tasty

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear copper color, almost no head
Smell- vanilla mostly, some malt
Taste- lots of vanilla, very good
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I loved the taste of vanilla. Very nice!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold with some very soft orange when held to direct light. Head is small, bubbly, and white. Drops to a super thin collar with no lacing or cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Vanilla. Cream soda. Some lightly caramelized malt. Slightly bready. A touch of sweetness from the malt base as well coupled with the vanilla. Some general cereal grain and cooked malt. A touch of corn husk and uncooked malt. Vanilla hits almost artificial but there's some hint of vanilla bean. Very mild hop presence. Some slight earthy and grassy notes. Really hits like a hopped cream soda.

Taste: Vanilla and caramelized malt. Slightly sweet with cooked malt and sweet cereal grain. Vanilla is a touch artificial. Warming pushes a slight bitterness. Some very vague earthy notes from the hops with a touch of dirt. Caramel malt backbone. Some mild bready elements as well. Warming ups the sweetness and the vanilla feels even less genuine. Takes on a husky straw note after a few sips. Relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall: Hard cream soda?

The idea is really interesting but it falls a bit shirt of the mark. Ends up a touch too sweet and the vanilla doesn't quite jive in the long run.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a dry cream soda with a bit of bitterness. Fuller bodied than a cream soda which would make this a nice choice when you want to fill that itch.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can this is more bitter than I first thought it would be with a nice vanilla cream hint both in the aroma and Taste.

The vanilla I think is more present in the aroma than the taste. Its sweet and bitter at the same time with a smoothness and somewhat flavor of a cream soda.

This is a good beer give it a shot.

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Photo of demon
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed pretty close to room temp. Probably not the best idea. This beer is undeniably very smooth and creamy. Smell and taste wise, it was very light, and left more to be desired. Would recommend giving it a try, but as of my first impression, it's certainly not going to become one of my staples.

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Photo of BlottoOtto
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Steady, even flavor. Tastes exactly like it should and as I hoped it would. Has nice soap sudsy head and mild hint of vanilla. Goes down easy and I don't mind it as a session beer. I really like it and so do the ladies who have sampled it.

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Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

I myself am not a big cream ale guy but my wife loves this beer. Overall it's very good drinking but a pint is my limit. It's a tad sweet like a cream soda and the alcohol is well balanced and overall a good drinking beer.

Vanilla is the main flavor and finished nicely, solid if your a cream ale enthusiast.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.79
Purchased: Aug. 27, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 29, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden, straw, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan head that withered away fairly quickly. A good deal of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average wet watery lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled honey, vanilla, cream, sweet sugary corn, caramel, light grape and some rye malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was much, much better. Got vanilla cream, caramel, honey, vanilla extract, grass, Cream Soda and amber malts. Reminded me of a very good American Adjunct Lager. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, sweet finish. Something slightly off late on the tongue, but still a nice feel. (Feel - 3.75)

A very good cream ale. I don’t know how many I’ve rated so far, but this one went down easy. Close to an AAL in my opinion, but not quite. Sweet, sugary, vanilla goodness. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift to me from a friend living in San Diego. He's a good man.

Little gold with two-finger, white head into an Allagash glass. The nose is a soft, pretty vanilla coupled with a touch of fresh fruit.

Damn -- this tastes like cream soda. I don't know what else to say other than this is an alcoholic version of cream soda. Even better, though, is there is just enough bitterness from keeping this from becoming too sweet and cloying. A nice vanilla note, however, lingers a few seconds.

This is quite tasty if you are into cream soda, which I am. Very well-balanced. Light to medium bodied. Delicious, and something a little different for warmer whether beyond the session IPAs, wheat beers, etc.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an orange color, with a little head that disappears rather quickly. It is clear with little carbonation. (3.5/5)

Smell - Smells sweet. A smell very similar to that of cream soda. Lots of vanilla smell (4.75/5)

Taste - Very smooth and sweet tasting. No bitter aftertaste. I did not notice any strong after taste. This beer is very sweet but not necessarily due to a strong vanilla taste. (4.5/5)

Mouthfeel - Crisp, medium carbonation. Did at times feel a little thick. Nothing really of note (3.5/5)

Overall - Great beer. If you like a sweet beer then try this out.

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Photo of thomda11
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this because it seems to be a popular item where I work and I've heard good things about Mother Earth Brew Co. It pours a nice light orange color with a modest head. The smell is mild and pleasant. The initial aroma is faint vanilla that gives way to an earthy smell I can't really define. The taste is heavy on the malt with a subtle--yet noticeable--vanilla flavor. The taste finishes off with a distinct bready characteristic. The breadiness in the aftertaste is unique, but I can't really put my finger on what it is. Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that tastes a lot like cream soda. A perfect beer for a hot day, or if you need a break from some of more robust ales out there. (in fact, I bought this cause all I had was Mission's Dark Seas Imperial Stout, but didn't want anything heavy).

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Photo of Antnego
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled beer mug.

A: Pours a dark, golden brown color. Opacity is clean and bright. Head is very thin, dissipates quickly. Lacing is moderate.

S: Nose is grassy, malty with a faint vanilla presence. There's a lot of earth in the aroma as well.

T: Very malty, low bitterness,moderate amount of vanilla throughout. I get cream notes at the finish. Very "bready" aftertaste, consistent with the strong malt bouquet. This is a very sweet beer.

M: Moderate carbonation, slight milkiness with low viscosity. Nothing special here, but good.

Overall: I wish the vanilla and cream were more pronounced, especially on the nose. The smell is very earthy and grassy, and unexpected for a vanilla cream ale. This is an extremely malty brew, almost cloyingly sweet. While not a "WOW" brew, it was enjoyable and I would drink again, especially due to its easy availability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, the candy stick that comes in a Fun Dip, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and grassy 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 pretty good beer with an interesting but fairly strong vanilla presence all around.

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Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful deep orange/amber with a thin ring of whit head. It looks pretty good, not at all like any form of adjunct lager. Scent is very sweet, with heavy notes of cream, maize and sweet malt. It's a simple, yet pleasant scent, like a cream soda, or vanilla soda. Flavor follows the nose, very sweet. Heavy sweet cream flavors and vanilla, laid over a solid backbone of sweet malt and maybe some maize adjuncts, with a moderate level of floral and earthy hops that balance the sweetness. The end of the sip and the aftertaste are slightly bitter, especially for the beer's 21 IBUs. It's unique, has a nice combination of sweet and bitter and the vanilla notes are excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It drinks smooth and creamy, as it should. Quite an excellent mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot. It has a nice flavor, that's sweet without being cloying and balances in some bitterness. It has a pleasant vanilla heavy scent and an excellent medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. I'd drink this one again.

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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brew Co.
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