Brady's Bay Cream Ale - Crossroads Brewing Company
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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by madmanjf:
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
I had the opportunity to try this at the brewery's tasting room and brought a growler of it home in order to properly review it. I inquired with the brewer about the style, and as such, I'm putting this under the ABA style despite the name since there is no maize in the grist.
Brady's Bay pours out into a beautiful clear Golden color which will make you dream of Fort Knox. A think beige head floats on top and dissipates shortly thereafter.
Your nose will be surprised because it will swear you're sniffing over a Pilsner. The obvious German hop aroma blankets an extremely mild and delicate malt profile; not what one would expect from a craft-entry style intended to reel in the novices.
This highly-attenuated ale is clean and crisp with a light refreshing body. The higher level of carbonation elevates the already accentuated hop bitterness that is prevalent in the flavor. Beyond the bitterness, there really is no presence of hop flavor; instead, a mild bread-like malt flavor rises as the bitterness sets.
Overall, this is a great session beer for those that are Pilsner fans but feel like an ale. Don't pass this up as many do with typical blonde ales as it extends beyond this mold into a crafty golden ale.
10-27-2010 22:13:02 | More by madmanjf
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Hazy yellow color with a thick inch high foam. Sligth carbonation, and an impressive amount of lacing.
S - Very herbal with notes of chai tea, melon, and pepper.
T - This has a sweet creamy taste that finishes with a slight peppery kick and some hoppy bitterness. One of the more complex cream ales.
M - Light feel, but with plenty of body. This is a nice beer for hot weather.
O - First time I've tried a beer form Crossroads and with this selection I'd like to see some more.
07-09-2011 21:53:26 | More by socon67
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
On tap at Barcade for $5/pint during happy hour. I've enjoyed Sixpoint's Sweet Action and a few other craft cream ales, but I think this is the best yet. There's a rich, IPA-like mix of grapefruit citrus punch hops with a peppery, spicy edge. There's a dry, biscuity malt note up front and then a little cornbread taste in the finish. Unlike an IPA, this more drinkable and instead, just on the high end of a session beer. I'd be happy to drink a few rounds.
05-01-2011 20:08:28 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a fairly clear golden color with a short, moderately dense head that settled into a sparse cap.
The aroma is a bit grassy with a light general fruitiness. Perhaps a hint of a metallic note.
The taste is of grassy hops with tea like flavors and lemon. Some metallic notes bring in a sour flavor. The malt profile is light and fairly neutral, brings a sweet grain flavor. This is quite a twangy and hoppy cream ale.
The feel is light, almost borders on watery. The carbonation is tingly but a bit weak. Bitter on the palate, with a light sour note.
A flavorful cream ale, though not so much from the malt. Drinks easy and light.
07-19-2011 02:35:15 | More by Gmann
3.93/5 rDev +1%
A: The beer is clear light copper in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of bready malts.
T: The taste is mostly filled with flavors of bready malts—almost resembling a pilsner—and has some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: The beer is very smooth and creamy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels light-bodied.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable.
07-17-2011 11:45:25 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
On draft at The Breakfast Club, Lake Placid, New York.
Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a vibrant leafy hop with a secondary clean doughiness.
The taste was highlighted by the bright pine and tea notes. A solid malt supported the light flavors and added additional elements of subtle dough and soft grains.
The mouthfeel was not typical of a cream ale, but neither was the nose or flavor.
Overall a very taffy and drinkable ale, whatever they want to label it.
09-07-2011 15:04:51 | More by plaid75
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Straw yellow in my mug at their pub capped by a foamy white head with decent retention. Scent is clean malt and nice grapefruit. Taste is simple. Malt up front with grapefruit and other citrus on the finish. A bit of tannin in there but it's ok. Liight body, easily drinkable.
02-19-2012 00:27:00 | More by UDbeernut
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured into a 12-oz. mug; 2-finger head, off white; beer's a ruddy straw color. Lots of lacing. The smell is sweet grain, raw clay, green leaves; faint, but very nice. The taste is sweet corn, mild malt, crisp minerals, a sharp bitter finish. It's medium in body, quite fizzy. It's a little more complex than it needs to be, but simple enough to drink with ease. I'll second the motion: can this beer!
05-09-2011 03:16:53 | More by gory4d
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Stopped by the brewery today and brought home a growler. Really nice place and super friendly staff.
A: Really clear golden color with a finger and a half of head sitting atop it. Nice amount of lacing.
S: The nose is super clean. Just smells like fresh malt. Nice touch of noble hops to balance things out. Little bit of sweetness to it as well.
T: Starts off with some pilsner malt. Nice sweetness then into a nice breadiness. You never really get hops. It is kind of boring but at the same time great. They really let the malt shine for this beer and it is really enjoyable.
M: Super light mouthfeel with enough dryness to keep you coming back for more. The growler was filled less than an hour ago so the carbonation was lively.
D: Can this beer. This would be a great beer to have in a can during the summer months. I really like this take on a cream ale. I like this better as a cream ale though than American Blonde Ale. There is something delicious about a small brewery in upstate New York making an all malt cream ale that appeals to me. I wish them nothing but success.
11-28-2010 21:25:54 | More by aerozeppl
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/18/11.
Review taken from notes.
This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose has some grainy sweet maltiness to it. There is some fruitiness to it, as well. Other than that the nose doesn't really offer much else. The taste starts off with sweet grainy malt and some fruit flavors. There is a nice mild hop flavor. There is some dryness on the back end as well. The finish leaves some grainy sweetness and fruit flavors lingering on the tongue. This has a medium body and creamy carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth feel to it. It has some sweetness to it, but not too much. There is some graininess. It has a really smooth overall. There is good drinkability here. This is just a really sessionable beer. I would have no problem having many pints of this while out with some friends. Overall, I think it is a good beer, and a really nice example of a cream ale. I recommend trying it out if you come across it. It is a nice example of a style that isn't looked at too highly. Check it out.
11-28-2011 14:46:35 | More by JizackFH
Brady's Bay Cream Ale from Crossroads Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.