Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on 06/11/14 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Slightly orange pale golden with minimal head despite a reasonably aggressive pour into a clean glass. Head is nearly white, about 1/2-finger with poor retention and no lacing.
S: A little bit of pale malt sweetness with light corn and even lighter herbal, floral hops.
T: The flavor is kind of bland with some straightforward pale malt sweetness and light herbal and floral hopping, light amount of citrus character. I didn't actually sense any of the usual corn/grain sweetness until the end.
M: LIght and refreshing although it seems the carbonation is a little low for the style.
O: Not really much to write home about -- first HP product and not too confidence inducing but will move ahead and try a couple more this week.
08-05-2014 03:06:55 | More by argock
3.21/5 rDev -11.1%
pours a clear light straw gold with a finger and a half fluffy white head that fades very quickly into a thin ring.
Aroma of light toasted malt and grain.
Taste follows the nose with a light grain and malt with a very slight fruit sweetness and a slight floral hop finish.
Mouth Feel was light body, with moderate carbonation, smooth with some fizziness and a dry finish.
Overall very light and refreshing if your looking for a thirst quencher this is your beer. When I first saw this green can with t eh words "Cream Ale", I had a throw back to years ago when everyone in Northern Pennsylvania was drinking Genny Cream Ale. Thank god this was a lot better.
01-10-2014 04:03:25 | More by dtivp
3.24/5 rDev -10.2%
Poured from a 12 oz can into a hand glass.
A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Craters slowly and unevenly. Fair beer ring lacing. Sustained surface foam.
S: White bread and dish soap.
T: White bread, a little yeast, a little hop, and a little lemon pith.
M: Light and crisp. Little afterntaste.
Atmosphere is okay. Light, really nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is very subtle with a bit of a soapy character. Bready with very light hops and citrus. Overall, this is an okay quaff.
01-13-2014 04:01:59 | More by bmwats
3.44/5 rDev -4.7%
Canned 6/11/14, poured into a pint
A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely due to the carbonation bubbles continuously shooting to the top
S- faint traces of whipped cream, slightly grassy with some earthy malt, overall pretty muted
T- sweet cream soda flavor up front leads to clean barley and lager yeast, trace of floral and earthy hop on a slightly sweet finish
M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel leading to a cream and smooth finish
O- very simple and easy drinking with a nice subtle creamy sweetness
08-07-2014 23:45:29 | More by Treyliff
3.46/5 rDev -4.2%
A: A deep straw color with very nice clarity. bright white head on top that gentle falls in onto itself.
S: There is a nice flour and bread aroma.. Fresh baked bread with a little bit of grain. There is a slightly fruity note, possibly from yeast the yeast, which Is reminiscent of a sweet fruity sparkling wine.
T: The bread smell continues through the flavor, slight corn flavor, as well as a shot of dry bitterness. The hop character comes out as slightly earthy.
M: Soft mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation, and fairly dry.
O: Overall light and refreshing. The low amount of bitterness adds some interest, but not a lot of pizazz. Still overall a great beer for the beach, or after a long day in the hot sun.
07-07-2013 20:21:47 | More by Beejay
3.46/5 rDev -4.2%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a darker straw color. About two fingers of white-colored head is formed, and fades away almost at a record pace. The rough-looking texture is also pretty poor, as well.
S: Cereal grains, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the dominant aromatic note. Two things really work in its favor - a lack of obnoxious corn sweetness, and even some nice grassiness.
T: First things first: when looking at these basic styles (cream ale, pale lager, pilsner, or what have you) I look for one thing: how well-hopped is it? This one, thankfully, has a healthy citrusy finish to help balance the textbook adjunct character. While it is pretty sweet, it never becomes cloying.
M: It's definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. It's not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking.
O: I'd reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. I'm even regretting not picking up more than a single can.
06-07-2013 21:10:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.5/5 rDev -3%
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned Jan 24th 2014, slightly old here.
A soapy thick and bone white head three fingers tall, sits on a cloudy and murky apricot orange to amber body. Some fine floaties. Head settles very slowly with some soapy retention.
Aroma is virtually non existent. Some sweet grains a bit, a little bit of orange like juice. Not much really going on or to say here.
Palate brings a little bit of the subdued senses. Mild pleasurable malt bill, with a good thick body. Slightly orange fruit sensations, and minimal bitterness. A bit of nice juiced quality to the beer, but struggling to find more to say.
I am not sure being that old for a cream ale is making a difference, but while enjoyable there is not a lot going on, compared to other creams I've had.
05-26-2014 19:17:05 | More by smakawhat
Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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