Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale - Due South Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
08-27-2014 00:49:33 | More by jivex5k
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
This beer is insane. I've never had anything like it. We had it at a tasting and almost everyone thought it was one of the most unique beers we've ever had. Really enjoyed this. Cream mouth feel and then every flavor listed right in a row. The maple finish is a nice touch.
08-23-2014 00:56:47 | More by johnjohnbeer
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
12 oz. can poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep amber body. Deep orange when held up to the light. Pours with a big off-white head. Some lacing and a thick collar.
Smell - Orange can be smelled across the room. Pungent and very fresh smelling. Maple behind it.
Taste - Much more maple-y, especially up front. Bright orange, but it's more subdued up front. Some caramel malt. Orange flavor comes back with a pithy bitterness steeped in bright orange flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Surprisingly bitter.
Overall - This is the kinda beer where the name tells you exactly what it will taste like. Orange stronger in the nose, maple stronger in the flavor.
08-20-2014 00:51:18 | More by Alieniloquium
Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.