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Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale - Due South Brewing Co.

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Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream AleMaple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-23-2014)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a clear amber with minimal head retention/lacing. The nose presents sweet and zesty orange marmalade followed by a grainy sweetness reminiscent of oatmeal covered in maple syrup. The flavors are in better harmony than expected - slightly nutty maple, bitter orange zest, some caramel, and a lingering orange peel/grain. It has a relatively light body, but bold and distinct maple and orange flavors. The carbonation is adequate and booze kept to a minimum - quite drinkable. I'm impressed by how well these flavors worked together - definitely did not know what to expect per the beer's description.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy toffee caramel hue. Nice light head and wisps. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of orange liquor galore, it's boozy without being boozy. Light maple sweetness, more like a maple cream. Interesting 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

T - Taste is maple cream galore. Coffee cream, big astringent orange. Nice maple cream candy but the orange liquor is a bit heavy. Beer reminds me of the maple from Vermont. They orange is rather bitter. 4 (x .45 = 1.8)

M - Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation, rather syrupy. 3.75 (x .1 = .375)

O - Overall this beer was a fun one. Loads of maple goodness. Just wish the orange wasn't as liquor heavy as it is 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.88
Serving Type: Can

rudzud, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to rudzud for this one. Can unreadable date something in 8/05/14

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, copper reddish maroon like brownish toffee color. Nice legs on the sides. 4

Nose is like fake orange, orange syrup cough syrupy kinda thing, mild booze brings a cointreau orange liquor like aroma, little cream, orange oil like potpourri oil, as it warms mild orange creamscicle. 3.5

Taste is similar, a bitter orange rind and fake orange flavor, chemical orange, with mild coffee cream and sweet candy cream thing, and into big time maple creams, candy, etc with fair to mild sweetness. little creamy orange creamscicle note but very little. Lingering maple and coffee creams, gran Marnier like flavor. Finish is dry but sticky, little booze warmth, weird bitterness like orange rind that doesn't blend well. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, lighter carb, but not bad, booze isn't too out front. Booze brings like gran Marnier character but not boozy. 3.75

Overall mixed. 3.75

jlindros, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Was looking forward to this beer...A bit disappointed but I knew I was taking a risk. For what it's worth I'm not the biggest fan of orange, but I have been enjoying Due South's caramel cream ale in a can. That said I will try and be as objective as possible here.

The appearance is nice, good head retention, solid color, slightly orange but it could be my mind tricking me. Unfortunately this seems to be the best quality of this beer.

It's got a very heavy orange aroma, expected of course, it's powerful. Then the maple hits the back of the aroma along with some...I don't know, a prickly smell if that makes sense...like spice or something. Also get a bit of caramel, but mostly orange and maple. It smells...artificial? Hard to say but it does...

Ok...I'm warming up to the taste...hmm...yes...ok...This isn't as bad as I first thought, maybe just a system shock? I mean literally from the time I started writing this til right now I thought the taste was not great, but now it's OK. Lots of orange in the swallow, caramel up front, maple finish. The orange really hits the back of your throat and the maple coats your mouth. The orange is ruining this beer for me, but like I said, subjective, so I won't dock a lot of points for that. OK...I can see a citrus lover enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is solid. Creamy cream ale, well done.

Overall, while not my cup of tea personally it's well done, except for the artificial maple flavor. Take out the orange and I'd buy it again.

I wasn't able to finish the can FWIW. Just too much sweetness and orange.

jivex5k, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.