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Hop Cream - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 135
Reviews by barnzy78:
Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz, pours golden-copper with a foamy white head that fades to a thin layer atop the ale, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aromas are grassy, herbal, earthy. Tastes are similar to aroma - grassy, herbal hop, biscuit, earthy, fruity, slight peppeyness on the tongue. Mouth-feel is medium, creamy, and smooth. Nice, but still light enough. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering hops that fade to a clean finish. Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect here. It's decent and sessionable, but I'd probably pass on buying it again. (530 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Shawner
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dull bronze, slightly cloudy, and topped with a small but persistent head of khaki fizz. Good lace too.

S - True to the name, this is quite hoppy for the style. In a sniff test I would have guessed an APA or English pale ale (due to some floral aspects). Caramel behind the hops. Nice.

T - Metallic, floral, and bitter in an English-bitter sort of way. Again, really hoppy for the style and for some reason this is really giving me a British "Real Ale" bitter vibe.

M - Extremely dry. Starts dry and finishes sararah-dry.... wow. Light and creamy as it should be, but this dryness is really impressive.

This is a really good brew, especially for what I've found in my limited experience to be a relatively ho-hum style. I'm quite impressed. (748 characters)

Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of fishkab
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ironwill54
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of dhannes
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.

A=Dark, rich golden color...creamy two finger head that was very slow to dissipate.

S=Clover honey and citrus and grass. I hate to say it, but it reminds me of the smell of mowing the lawn--cut grass and gasoline.

T=Extreme hop flavor with a sweet backdrop...clearly, Capital is trying to offer an alternative to New Glarus' Spotted Cow, but with more hops. But the hops is a bit too overpowering for my taste and takes it to the extreme for the style. Second half was rather sour and unappealing.

M=First few sips left a film in my mouth, which was not enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. Nice moderate body.

O=This beer got more and more nasty as I got near the bottom. Too sour and too much hops for cream ales. (752 characters)

Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cyrushire
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sixer that disappeared all too quickly, a couple were shared but this is the last one. Poured into a large tapered mug, it has a frothy head of white foam and a copious amount of drippy lacing. Its body is a bright high clarity orange, a perfect crystalline jewel tone. Lasting head retention.

Citrus rind, light yeast, grapefruit and floral notes in the aroma. Hop forward as the name implies, certainly a welcome addition in a cream ale.

Orange zest, citrus pith, light clean malty notes, crackery and resiny dry finish. Light bodied due to the style, plenty bitter but not a chore to drink like some IPAs (not that style comparisons are necessary). A unique and drinkable cream ale from Capital, nice to see a new seasonal from them. (740 characters)

Photo of theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of troyvar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tiburon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Steve78
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium yellow. Slightly hazy, but appears bubbly. Medium tall white foamy head. Good retention.

Smell - Light pale malt. A little corny. Only faint citrusy hops.

Taste - Watery and corny. Finishes with a mild lemony hops. Refreshing if nothing else.

Mouthfeel - Medium, but crisp.

Overall - Not the most inspiring style in the world. And there's not a whole lot about this beer to get excited about. Though the style doesn't necessarily call for it, I expected a bit more hoppiness with a name like Hop Cream. (526 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MooseBoose
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 1FatJ
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.