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Hop Cream - Capital Brewery

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012)
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cyrushire

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -35%

01-31-2013 07:34:10 | More by cyrushire
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 21:52:39 | More by scruffwhor
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Hoploaf

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you love hops, but are tired of how hops have become so overused as to make many beers off balance, then I suggest trying Hop Cream. I first tried it when it was just an experimental creation that was on tap at Capitol's beer garden. I was hooked on the first sip by the mellow hop flavor and the creamy head. This is one easy drinking GOOD beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 21:13:35 | More by Hoploaf
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Come_In_Ski

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-27-2013 00:09:43 | More by Come_In_Ski
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

01-17-2013 06:03:06 | More by BrownAleMale
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pooogy

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

01-16-2013 22:51:22 | More by pooogy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 18:38:46 | More by BEERchitect
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:21:05 | More by andrenaline
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kanno


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

12-22-2012 05:08:50 | More by kanno
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Espy30

Arizona

4/5  rDev +15.6%

12-19-2012 19:48:11 | More by Espy30
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-16-2012 05:45:16 | More by TX-Badger
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ironwill54


3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-28-2012 20:23:18 | More by ironwill54
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jcparish88

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-26-2012 02:33:35 | More by jcparish88
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ericsmithback


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-23-2012 12:01:28 | More by ericsmithback
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-21-2012 03:23:58 | More by TastyIsBeer
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-18-2012 17:42:51 | More by NilocRellim
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LoadedSchells

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-16-2012 02:12:45 | More by LoadedSchells
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-11-2012 22:20:00 | More by hilgart1
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Tiburon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-05-2012 23:29:40 | More by Tiburon
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 18:12:42 | More by pmcadamis
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:01:42 | More by garymuchow
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Wiscivore


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-04-2012 01:19:07 | More by Wiscivore
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shand

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:03:52 | More by shand
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-29-2012 02:38:47 | More by MN_Beerticker
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-28-2012 04:17:27 | More by tourdot
Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.