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Hale's Cream Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Cream Ale
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2002)
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Photo of BillyB
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of subtle lemony zest, slight citrusy hops, hay and a bit of bread.

As for appearance; what a show this beer puts on as it pours! When it first comes out of the tap it looks like a glass of milk. As the foam curtain rises it unveils a sparkling, golden/copper brew.

Taste is a subtle balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slight honey character. Lemon, hay, bread.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

BillyB, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DOCRW, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of josiahschlender
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Concordia Ale house on nitro-tap.

Finally, a pale ale that's actually pale! Maybe I'm just cynical, but I've gotten a little frustrated with many of the "pales" that I've tried recently that look and taste more like an amber.

In addition to the attractive, straw/golden color, it's fairly clear, with a very generous bone white everlasting head. The bubbles are so small and thick, they're like the whipped milk in a cappuccino.

Smell isn't too strong. I get a little lemon, floral notes as well. Not as hoppy as many NW APAs.

Taste is mellow, light, simple. Kind of buttery. Just a little bit of citrus and floral hops. Clean finish. I'm not well-versed with British pale ales, but this seems similar to what I've heard and read they are.

I'm glad Hale's named this a "Cream Ale." If I wasn't expecting that ahead of time, the mouthfeel would have been more of a shocker. Another reviewer aptly compared it to a frothy cappuccino. Very smooth, very creamy, yet doesn't last long after you swallow it. Not the kind of creamy that sticks to your mouth.

I was a bit torn about the mouthfeel. On one hand I liked it because it was so ridiculously smooth. On the other hand, I enjoy the crisp and refreshing mouthfeel that is present on many others from this style. In the end, I felt like I should give it high marks for what it is. A standout different beer from the APAs I've tried.

The mellowness of this beer does lend itself to being sessionable. I think a wide variety of people will find this a good beer.

josiahschlender, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Seattleman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Seattleman, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ColdOneKev, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Proper British imperial pint in a dimpled mug at "f Stop Fitzgeralds Pub" in Salem Oregon. This was served on nitro so presented quite nicely with large foamy thick white head and a pale golden ale. Not much aromas to talk of..slight dough.bread. Taste was also subdued..but then that is the style creamy, corn, biscuit a wisp of floral hop. Great on the tongue very creamy and smooth, Overall a nice cream ale served in a nice wee pub.

Reidrover, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of memphischas
3/5  rDev -16.2%

memphischas, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of vkv822
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nonic pint.

Pale, hazy yellow that clears up as the beer settles, with a thick foamy white head.

Grainy, lightly sweet, biscuity malt with a lightly grassy hop backing in both aroma and taste.

Medium+ creamy body, foamy carbonation.

A well done, easy drinking cream ale, the initially hazy appearance and creamy body makes me think perhaps it was on nitro tap?

vkv822, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jeffeljefe
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jeffeljefe, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear yellow in color sporting a thin and creamy 1" head. The head lasts a while, and a nice lace develops through the drink.

Smell: lemon zest.

Taste: mild biscuit and malt tones with easily detectable lemon citrus. Very mild bitterness rounds it out. Simple and basic flavor profile, but extremely satisfying.

Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy! Clean finish. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: super-easy drinking beer. Flavorful, refreshing, and a serious session beer. Must have this if you see it on tap.

Gavage, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of caveman
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at TapHouse Seattle. Great nitro pour. Perfect head, crystal clear straw color. Flavor profile is a nice sweet and smooth ale. Nice slight hop character on backed to clean up the finish on the palate. Only bad comment was a predominant husk of the grain flavor, on the front palate.

caveman, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my ultimate session beer. If I was to serve a beer on tap at a party, I would probably go for this one.

The taste of this beer is very similar to what you would get at a pub in England. A typical english style pale ale. But it takes on just enough American / West Coast flavors to make it more original. For one, it is served cold. And the other difference is probably because of the local Yakima hops that are added, and there are just enough of them to be present but they add only a subtle, but good flavor.

The main words to describe this beer is CREAMY and SMOOTH. This is a beer that one can knock back a few.

flexabull, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of grubefresh
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

grubefresh, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had started my evening at the Swiss in Tacoma with a pint of this. I like the funky milk bottle tap handle.

It was served in a standard pint glass. The beer is a bright gold, slight chill haze and that creamy nitro head. It has lots of lace.

I think the nitro tampers down the aroma. It's slightly grainy with subtle fruit.

The taste is mild grains with light citrus hopping. It is sweet but not overly so. There are more grains in the finish.

Mouth is very creamy but the drinkability is no better than average due to the muted smell and light taste.

I know cream ales are subtle, but the nitro makes this one a bit to subtle. I would love to try from a normal tap.

Redrover, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

harrymel, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on nitro at Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: a solid nitro pour. Hue is an attractive light gold with a perfect finger of white foam atop -- just what you'd expect in this format.

Smell: a light sweet malt aroma that seems a bit mild to me. There isn't much at all in the way of hops in the aroma.

Taste: light malt flavor, as in the aroma; sweet and smooth. Hops are earthy in character and mild in intensity, though there is a nice balanced bitterness toward the end. Not too bad, overall.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with nitro creaminess. Not too bad but I must say I prefer CO2 when it comes to creaminess: the nitro cream seems to dissipate rather quickly.

Drinkability: a solid, drinkable cream ale. Light and refreshing; just what the doctor ordered.

flagmantho, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of meflyntz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

meflyntz, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of beertaster13
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours a golden yellow orange with an off white frothy head that is phenomenal to look at, lacing is incredible. The smell is of whipped cream and orange zest. Sweet syrupy malt traces as well. The taste is unlike anything ever, I love stouts and IPA's and this was like a mix of the two. The citrus hop bitterness refreshed while the thick sweetness of orange marmalade malts filled the tummy. Warming yet refreshing, perfect for anytime of year. Very chewy, caramelized malts with hints of espresso, toast and bread and whipped cream, heavy citrus orange flavor, the hops are present and perfectly blended with the sweetness, slightly piny. Very good, full bodied and refreshing all in one, wow this is awesome.

beertaster13, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

NickThePyro, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Red Star Tavern & Roast House in downtown Portland. Cheers to Zach and James for a successful video shoot.

Pours a pale blonde color with a frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Mild hop aroma with subtle whiffs of corn, grain and rice.

Opens nutty with flavors of buttered biscuit and pale malted barley. Well carbonated with an uber-smooth and creamy mouthfeel -- almost silky. Suggestions of grain and subtle hop bittering follow. Slight lemon citrus finish.

Easy drinking, smooth and refreshing are qualities that make this Cream Ale particularly rewarding.

CaptainIPA, May 11, 2011
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Hale's Cream Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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