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Hop Cream - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden yellow color. The head was white and kind of fizzy. The retention and lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer is much hoppier than most Cream Ale's. Given the name of the beer that was the intent. The taste of the beer has a sharp bitterness to it also, not too badly balanced either with the malts. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean, crisp and light bodied. Overall it was a decent beer in my opinion. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What folks usually don't know is that early examples of cream ale exhibited a wide range of flavor and feel. The fine folks at Capitol Brewery know this and exploits the crisper, cleaner, and hoppier end of the spectrum than that of the corn riddled lager-like examples.

With its mild haze (presumably from hops), the beer carries a strong straw hue that's brightly golden but not yet amber. The richer look makes me think maibock heading into my first whiff. A cottony white foam floats the beer and is very confident in its retention and lacy adherence.

Grass and grapefruit rise first as the hops dominate the grain in the beer's early aromas. Rustic in nature, the near-stemmy woodish tones over rule the blend of starchy malt, corn, and grain sweetness underneath.

Flavors are more balanced as the grain sweetness latch onto the front of the tongue and give a light coat of crisp bready malts before the hops settle in. But shortly after, the hop flavors of grapefruit rind, orange pith, and citrus oils gain slight command and morph into a grassy, herbal bitterness in finish. The grain taste of "Grapenuts" and cereal reside in support for the light starch and bold hops and add to the sense of crispness and refreshment in finish.

Light to medium-light in body, the grain sweetness is accompanied by rich proteins that hold onto the abundant carbonation deep into finish for a creamy texture. But as the malts and carbonation sharply fall off, what's left is a grassy astringency to accompany hop bitterness as the beer comes to closure. This is the lasting feel that trails quickly for a terse aftertaste and texture.

As the beer lovers will likely agree that the preferred crisper and cleaner versions of cream ale are best. But the flavors here are similar enough to American pale ales to draw these unfair comparisons. These comparisons will leave this hoppy cream ale in slighter celebration and demand.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

According to the limited information provided me by the label, I'm assuming this thing is meant to be a hoppy cream ale. Right on. It pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of diaphanous dirty white foam. The nose comprises light vanilla, light banana, light cracked wheat, light vegetation, and very light pine needles. Everything's pretty weak and nondescript. The taste holds notes of grass, mixed greens, very light grapefruit peel, light wheat, and a mild bit o' what may or may not be black pepper. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice little brew, nothing entirely eye-catching, but something easily drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Capital Brewing : Hop Cream

LOOK: Pours a bright copper color with soapy head. There is a moderate chill haze and plenty of lace going down the glass.

SMELL: Hops come in floral in the aroma, along with sweet toffee and caramel malts.

TASTE: An interesting blend of hop and cream ale features, with fair bitterness and orange citrus pairing with a sugary sweetness. The hops and sweetness gives off a flavor that reminds me of melon. Ample bitterness to suit the vanilla like unfermented sugars, the bottle lists the IBU at 34.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated feel. Finishes more or less clean.

OVERALL: A fresh new angle on a cream ale. The hops worked well with the inherent sweetness and everything worked well together. This is the type of cream ale I could drink a few of. Well done.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brass and copper color mix. No bubbles. Quick head and a small ring of residual foam.

Interesting lactose, faintly toasted malts, and somewhat citric hop aroma. A little metallic too.

Dry lactic cream with light orange zest hop flavor and bitterness. Toasted crackers and soda water. Feels carbonated, dry, and bitter overall.

An interesting cream ale indeed, but not something I'll buy again. I will say it's worth a try though.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final offering in my surprise Christmas mixer pack.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Some nice floral hop notes, sour citrus rind, hints of earthy pine and a touch of buttery caramel.

T - A tad more mild than implied by the nose, the earthy pine and floral hop notes come through alongside a bready caramel malt base. The citrus rind notes linger alongside some buttered bread.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - The tastiest of the mixer by far, though it could still use a bit of a flavour boost. I would suggest this as a good brew to suggest to someone who is just beginning to appreciate hops. The hop presence is a nice additive to what is otherwise a pretty mild flavoured brew style. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy almost bright orange. One finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Bread. Malt. A little bit of citrus and orange flavors.

T- Sorta sweet, as the style would suggest. Sweetness is mainly in the form of malt and bread with a tad bit of citrus thrown in as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, tad watery.

O-A good cream ale. The style is normally an avoidable one to me but this one was enjoyable but not great.

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Photo of Florida9
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capital beer garden, Middleton

Cloudy orange on color. Served with about a quarter to half inch of foamy white head. Good retention. Some light lacing. Aroma is fairly malty, with a mild skunkiness. Taste is rather grainy with a bit of caramel malt in the mix. Some light citrusy hops and a mild soapiness on the finish. Lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness. Mild soapy quality.
Have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the style and this one isn't going to change my

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle dating that I can see.
Nice green grassy hop aroma, with an English ale presentation that is enjoyable. Just enough malt to fill out the base.
Slightly cloudy golden amber with a smaller, but very creamy and very white head. Drippy lacing throughout the glass.
Nice and soft but hop forward flavor. Just a bit of toasty crunch to the malt. Hop flavors match the aroma, with a noticeable but soft bittering and a pleasing lingering on the finish.
Smooth for a lighter bodied ale. Moderately carbonated but it lends a soft character and doesn't disrupt the smoothness.
This is another good addition to the local cream ale scene. It competes well with the others with an additional twist to make it unique.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich honey color with an small, off-white, head, really more of a film. Retention is phenomenal. Great sheets of lacing.
Smell is herbal hops up front followed by some hay, floral and faint malt.
Taste is hops, floral and herbaceous, hay, malt (light), and some lipstick (ooh, no) in the background.
Medium bodied, light carbonation. Warming after the swallow. Except for the lipstick note lingering on, this is really quite good.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden. Head is one finger and retains well. Some lacing.
S- Smell is mild but is light citrus, some earthyness and biscuity malt.
T- The flavor is kinda medicocre. There is a hint of citrus, a bit of noble earthyness and a touch of sweet malt.
M- Lower carbonation. Medium-light body. Easy drinking.
O- This isn't a bad beer but since they advertised hop I expected more. Not bad, but underwhelming.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop Cream pours a nice dark copper color, with a nice sized head. There was a wet slightly hoppy smell, and an almost coffee aroma. The taste had a weird floral taste, that was slightly bitter, with a strong malty backbone, and a bit of a sweetness, and a almost farm like yeasty taste. A solid flavor, but I don't know if I would like to drink a few of these. Overall not horrible, but i didn't find it too enjoyable, reminded me of an up class miller.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's strange, but I'm actually pretty excited about this one. I love Cream Ales, and wouldn't mind one with a little more of a hop kick. Hop Cream pours out a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of persistent head. The aroma is nice, with grassy and floral hops over the cream ale base. The taste is very good, it's got a nice amount of floral and grassy hop flavors at first, with a light and creamy finish. Basically a tastier riff on the cream ale formula as far as I'm concerned. It's not going to give you the hop flavor that an IPA will, but it's a great amount to still keep the cream ale character in place. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is a superb cream ale. It provides more hop flavor than average, which really makes this a more interesting beer. A great session beer that I'll be sure to revisit next summer if it's still around.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a golden color with a single finger of foam that lasts for about a minute, but doesn't leave behind any lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of a light blend of floral and citrus peel hopping over a touch of wheat, honey, and cracker malt. Lighter soft-textured body and crisp solid carbonation levels.

Once again, a capital beer that does just what it says on the label, a cream ale with light hopping. Although if it were up to me, I would have amplified the hopping by about 30%.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a totally translucent yellowish amber color. Actually looks quite a bit like a sort of basic lager. Maybe a little darker than piss yellow beer. The head is a finger and falls to a thin skin on top of the glass. Some sketchy lacing but it's there.

S= A solid hop aroma with a sort of wheat in there. I don't know if they used wheat or not. I get a little poopy wheat in it however. There also seems to be some basic malty sweetness.

T= The flavor is interesting. It starts with a smooth hop flavor. Nothing over the top or crazy it's a very mild hop flavor before slowly moving into a sort of nothing taste. After nothing the after taste is a biscuity wheaty flavor. For a moment there I thought it was water.

M= A nice lower carbonation.

O= This is an interesting beer. I actually sort of like it. It's got a little flavor and is super easy to drink. I could see myself picking this up if it were reasonably priced. Mine came in a mix six pack. I may be buying some more of this.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as i pour this into a pilsner glass a thick creamy head forms immediately on top of a rising bright golden orange body. thick clumps of lacing are left from top to bottom in the glass. very good looking beer. taste and smell are very floral and hoppy with some bread and cracker in the background. mouthfeel is a little creamy with a nice hop bite to it, clean finish. nice cream ale, will buy more during the hot months.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Totally impressed by this beer. What little I was expecting of a cream ale is upon need by the awesome balance of hop bitterness and malt smoothness. If you took Spotted cow and I ejected some hop flavor, you'd get this .. incredibly refreshing. Wonderful aroma.

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Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow with a frothy head. Crisp green pepper and grapefruit notes atop something not unlike Spotted Cow. A beer like this is presumably not in Capital's lager-comfort-zone, but I feel like they pulled it off nicely. Nicely balanced, and compared to most cream ales I've had, the hops add a nice burst of flavor. Only picked up a single, will have to look for more. This, along with Lakefront's Wisconsinite, may become go-to summer beers.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not good just a nice average summer porch pounder kind of beer. I will give Capital credit for trying something a little different. As much as I like Capital beers, many of them taste exactly the same to me. It was refreshing to see them deviate from their standard bocks to try an "IPA" type of beer. That said, the taste was pretty mellow. There was some hoppy bitterness but it was pretty muted and I only got a very faint feel of it being a creamy beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Soft glowing orange color, not quite copper, with a weeee bit of haze. The finger tall head fell quickly but it was bright and white with tiny little bubbles.

S: Sweet vanilla and bread crust nose with a subtle noble hop aroma.

T: A malty sweet start to this beer with a vanilla vibe along with cream and bread. As the beer chugs along down the tounge a noticable hop flavor comes though making an interesting contrast to the start. The finish is sweet just like the begining.

M: Crisp and clean with a dry finish and low carbonation.

O: This is one of my go to summer beers to bring to a cook out or family gathering. Its an easy drinking beer with enough hop flavor and complexity to make it interesting.

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Photo of dhannes
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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