Hop Cream - Capital Brewery
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3.19/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-15-2013 18:38:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
10-11-2012 03:11:22 | More by Knapp85
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-19-2012 02:55:32 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
07-28-2012 01:55:35 | More by emerge077
3.91/5 rDev +13%
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.
12-08-2013 02:25:14 | More by Stinkypuss
3.26/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-28-2013 21:52:39 | More by scruffwhor
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
08-30-2012 01:59:22 | More by barnzy78
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
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
08-24-2013 20:58:35 | More by Florida9
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-29-2012 00:21:05 | More by andrenaline
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
11-04-2012 22:01:42 | More by garymuchow
3.64/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-21-2014 01:08:04 | More by rlee1390
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
09-02-2012 17:19:38 | More by jsprain1
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
11-05-2012 18:12:42 | More by pmcadamis
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
11-02-2012 01:03:52 | More by shand
Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
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