C.R.E.A.M. Cream Ale With Coffee | Sixpoint Brewery

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C.R.E.A.M. Cream Ale With CoffeeC.R.E.A.M. Cream Ale With Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 11-23-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
450
pDev:
9.84%
Bros Score:
3.89
 
 
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 134
Reviews by Greasy:
Photo of Greasy
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Comes out of the slim can (best before 12JUL2016) into a snifter glass a clear golden color with some amber hues, nice frothy head dies down with not a ton of lacing.

Smell is somewhat grainy, subtle sweetness, definite malt backbone here. The aroma hints at some coffee, but it's not in your face. Taste displays the coffee that was lacking in the aroma, starts with a mild coffee bitterness, touch of charred bean husk. Middle is the ale and malt notes, some bread characteristics. There's a slow creamy sweetness that is never too cloying. Finish is bitter with a bit of earthy hops maybe. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, surprisingly light in the stomach given the ABV of this, no alcohol feel either.

Overall I gave the "non-stout beer with coffee" style another try after a bad experience with a coffee DIPA that really turned me off. This beer had a much more subtle (but still noticeable) coffee note which made it blend better with the other sweeter flavors. Overall while this is still kind of a niche style which can be polarizing for people's taste buds, Sixpoint hit the nail on the head with this one. So now the question is, what rules everything around YOU?

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Photo of Jackblizzard00
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I wish this beer wasn't limited release. I will miss it when it's gone. Beautiful golden brown color, creamy head. Coffee flavor really comes through but the beer remains surprisingly sweet considering, really masks the high abv. One of my favorite beers!!! Cheers

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Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First try here, but I'm a pretty big fan. Comparing it to my memory of Calm Before the storm this wins hands down - great body and velvety feel. Light but not vacant. WIll review more in depth after the next one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet aroma with a scent of coffee beans and vanilla. Big upfront scent of coffee beans along with some light roasted malt hints of chocolate, nuts, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla and cream. Very light on hops. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet taste with notes of coffee beans, vanilla, and cream. Upfront taste of coffee beans. Some malt notes of nuts, grains, chocolate, and yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and cream. Subtle hop bitterness towards the finish. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice twist on a Cream Ale. Solid coffee bean flavor with some good creamy vanilla.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Coffee & a touch of red pepper? A little vanilla creeps in once warm

T: Mocha, a touch of roastyness, some vanilla too up front. A little dryness mixes with roastyness, a little more coffee & some vanilla once warm. Finishes roasty, a little sweet with pleasant coffee grind flavor

MF: Medium body & dare I say it? Fairly creamy

The ABV in this is so well hidden, I was doubtful I was going to like this, but this hits all the marks if you a looking for coffee flavor. I wonder how this would be on nitro

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Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me start out buy saying I love coffee. After beer it is one of my favorite beverages. The thought of a cream ale with coffee flavors, basically a beer late' just gets me going. This brew does not disappoint. Lovely clear golden color with a large head and good retention. The lacing is copious and the beer stays covered. Nose is full of fresh roasted beans and light sweet malt. A mild bread and grain undertone. A light earthy hop presence. Taste is right in line with the nose. Coffee and cream. The body is like a top tier ice coffee underpinned by a light pilsner malt and grainy sweetness. Feel is light and crisp with a creamy carbonation. easy drinking and quite quenching while at the same time satisfying to quaff like a session ale. Having said that the abv is kind of high to slam a few of these. Still I'm really loving this and i'm contemplating putting a few sixes aside for summer sessioning. This is a great brew and I hope it gets in the regular rotation winter and summer Top notch brew Shaun! More please!

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Extremely clean golden yellow with a tad amber hue. Little to no head.

S: Roasted coffee, white macadamia nuts, burnt notes with a little corn sweetness. This one smells robust!

T: Here we go...Coffee (duhhh), big hits of hazelnut are followed by a light buttery biscuit. That touch of sweetness is replaced again with a little coffee and spicy hops in the finish. Complex, and as others have noted, NOT a coffee bomb.

F: Sixpoint always seems to nail this. Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. A little more carbonation than expected, but I think when I smell coffee my brain thinks porter or stout.

O: Another near perfect beer from the guys and gals at Sixpoint. I'm a big fan of Sweet Action and this cream ale does not disappoint. It's drinkable, refreshing, and does not constantly remind you that it's a coffee beer. In fact, this not a coffee beer. This is a great beer that happens to have coffee in it. You may have not made that distinction before, but after a few sips of this you will start. As another reviewer noted, it smells like coffee, tastes refreshing like a cream ale should, and finishes like a good ole cup of joe.

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Photo of pinyin
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served 38F into a 14 ounce tulip snifter from the can. Purchased locally as a six pack in Queens, NY.

Opaque copper, bronze. Very clear, no haze whatsoever. Minimalist head with nice clean lacing, dependant upon how clean your glassware is.

Aroma is sort of spicy and nutty. I get hazelnuts and slight chilli peppers with some very subtle vanilla and coffee at 38F. The coffee really comes through in the nose as this warms up though.

Taste is really solid. Very delicately balanced chilli peppers, coffee, vanilla beans, lactose. The malts are specialty and biscuity, but suffer slightly from being in the can and the temperature changes during shipping. This is a very drinkable ale, with great attenuation. The yeast flavor is slightly present, but also really well balanced into the grand scheme of the recipe. The finish is dry and this isn't too sweet. Very little bitterness, but enough to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is ok. I am a huge fan of any ale yeast that has been fermented in wort that has flaked oats in the mash. This doesn't feel thin, and it is somewhat smooth, but there is a slight abrasiveness on the palette, enough so that I probably wouldn't drink more than 32 ounces in one sitting. The coffee and vanilla notes are actually a lot more apparent once this warms up a bit (past 40F).

Always been a fan of the Sixpoint graphic design and how well it coincides with the flavor profiles being offered in the product. C.R.E.A.M. is no exception. The branding on this product is one of the main reasons I think everyone went apeshit crazy trying to locate CREAM in retail. .

I think it's even safe to say you could pound a can of this in public and 99% of the populous would think you were drinking some sort of canned hipster frappucino. So props to Shane and Sixpoint for really figuring out how to connect with the consumer on this launch. Very solid effort from every angle, and the reason why I continue to support the brand. No, Sixpoint's ales aren't the best in terms of flavor, but they are certainly creative and interesting.

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold color with a nice, thick creamy 2 finger off white head that was full of tiny bubbles that faded slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down. A blonde coffee beer, very cool to look at.

Smells of burnt coffee grinds, roasted coffee beans, smoked grains, light char, faint vanilla, half and half, roasted nuts, biscuit or wheat crackers, Belgian yeast, earthy notes, very light piney hops and creamer or almond milk. The strong coffee and roasty notes dominate and make this very enjoyable for me since I love coffee and it's a Cream Ale brewed with coffee - nails what the brewers set out to do.

Taste picks up where the flavor leaves off: coffee grinds, roasted coffee beans, smoked grains, sweet cream, char, vanilla, nutty notes, biscuit or whole wheat crackers, Belgian yeast, earthy flavors like peat moss, bark or woody notes, toasted coconut, and very burnt coffee beans that come off cocoa-like. Creamy tasting with a lot of coffee complexities, this hides the ABV. Very bitter like a bold coffee, as I expected from the nose.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery, body is light, carbonation is average and the finish is bitter with a basically one dimensional coffee profile dominating the nose and palate, but if you cracked the can open then that's what you should have expected. If you like coffee beer then this one is for you. If you don't like strong, bitter, roasted coffee then stay away from this beer. I love Starbucks bold coffee so this was a nice treat for me, but won't be everybody's cup of team (pun intended).

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper clear with creamy 2 finger head. Looks like a great Oktoberfest beer to slug down.

Smell is mostly coffee and roast and a little bready sweetness. Good smell but its conflicting with the look and taste (on to that).

Taste is hard to pinpoint. Some coffee noticed, some hop crispness and slight bitterness in the finish. Really hard to describe the other subtleties in this one.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick. Very very nice.

Overall - Like Sweet Action, this is a bizzaro beer that is hard to describe and pinpoint what exactly you are drinking. Like Sweet Action, its quite an enjoyable beer. It is surprisingly smooth and sessionable for 7.2% as well. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a frosty hazy golden amber. Head is medium-thin, white, and retains reasonably well. Lacing is present, but disappears quite rapidly. A bit of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and malt sweetness in the aroma. Lovely start. Start features coffee, vanilla, caramel, with a smooth, malt taste that rounds it all out. Little yeast on the back end. Alcohol feels present towards the end. Mouth feel is full and yet drinkable. Overall a great cream ale with coffee adds. Usually not a huge fan of these varieties, but I have to admit this one is well done.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a small white head into my can-style glass, nearly a finger. Dissipates quickly, but leaves some foam around the edges for possible lacing. The body is a somewhat dark orange, with a high visibility, and a lot of carbonation. Looks ok so far.

The nose is freshly ground coffee, pretty dry. It’s hard to smell anything else. It’s nice, but it will lose
a few points for only having one aroma really. Overall good though.

Flavor is much the same. The coffee is more mixed in with the body of the beer, less in your face than
the nose. Finishes with an un offensive, candy like sweetness. The beer is very smooth, and pretty darn
crushable, that part is quite nice. It’s a tasty beer, but I get hung up on how one dimensional it is. It’s
way more smooth and refreshing than I thought it would be though, so I’ll go 4 here.

The mouthfeel helps out a lot too, very smooth, with a surprisingly decent body on it, I can feel it sitting
in my mouth. The carbonation is about medium. Overall, a nice mouthfeel here, really compliments the
beer well.

The drinkability is very high, does not feel like a 7% beer at all.

The appearance turned out quite nice. I got thick lacing all the way down the glass on this guy. Good
looking beer.

Overall this is a good beer, it’s tasty. I would hope for more complexity, but it tastes good.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can ("BB16AUG2017"), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber gold with visible effervescence. Brief head of bubbly white foam with spare lacing.

Smell: Grainy malt, roasted coffee beans and zesty fruit esters.

Taste: Light blonde ale highlights roasty, nutty and fruity coffee notes without being a deep, dark coffee bomb. Earthy, balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, lively carbonation.

Overall: Great use of a lighter beer to highlight subtler coffee notes that darker malt might obscure.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a solid head.

smells like cream and chocolate-y. coffee at the end. almost slight peanut butter as in PBandJ.

taste is creamy and mild. slight bitterness from the coffee. mostly just cream, which isnt bad; almost like a whipped cream or vanilla flavor. smooth drinker.

overall this is good, nothing special but it is good. a different kind of beer that i've had. i've had a blonde coffee IPA which was very good and of course i've had big coffee stouts/porters. this is super drinkable, almost like an Oktoberfest with vanilla. i like it.

this beer has totally grown on me. the mild smell and taste of coffee is pretty damn good. this beer gets better every time i drink it.

side note: i've drank this out of multiple glasses and noticed a huge difference. IPA/Stout glass by spiegelau was a NO. tulip glass was a HUGE NO. i enjoyed it most out of my 20oz nucleated Samuel Smith pint glass. the head was the best in this glass which severely affects this beer's taste, IMO.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is fantastic. Big thanks to Shane and the people at Sixpoint for the amazing care package and hookup on some cream goodness. Pours a beautiful see through gold with a three finger head that lasts quite awhile. The can is straight up sexy as well. The nose hits you with lots of fresh coffee. The first sip brings a lot of cold roast coffee, balanced by a luscious cream and some nutty notes, and a slight sweetness. To me, it tastes like some high quality coffee with just enough cream and a single sugar to balance it out. Awesome job Sixpoint! Craft Rules Everything Around Me

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Photo of cambabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is actually really good. There's a lot of good beer out there brewed with coffee, I feel like brewers are getting better at it as well. This one is up there on how well it brings in the roasted coffee flavors while still being crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from a lazy dog
Slightly hazy deep golden color, foamy white head. Big coffee on the nose. Mostly coffee in the flavor with bits of sweet bready maltiness. Very smooth, dare I say creamy beer. I liked it.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a medium amber color, clear.

The aroma hits of creamy sweet coffee, caramel/toffee candy, sugary sweetness, French vanilla flavoring.

The flavor hits of a biscuity malt up front, more caramel sweetness, a bit of creamy action going on, onto by a bitterness of roasted coffee, a touch of earthy bitterness, as the sweetness lingers on to balance out the finish. Despite the initial sweetness, the finish is semi-dry with more earthy bitterness.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale amber with a solid head. The aroma features wheat crackers, foresty hops, and mild coffee. The flavor has notes of milk chocolate, wheat thins, mild coffee, mild cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch, and nuts. The mouthfeel is very light with spritzy carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty beer - quite light in body, but with nice layers of flavor, enjoyable like a light coffee drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delectable by any standard, coffee beers are a big win with any lover of porter and stout... but what if the beer isn't a porter or a stout? Will that coffee character still ring true in a blonde ale?

Yes, that's right, Sixpoint's C.R.E.A.M Ale pours exactly that bright golden pour that's most expected from Czech pilsner. Yet its aroma character is rife with the java bean, robust with roast, burnt toast and toasted nuts even as its sweeter upstart is delicate on the palate with fresh baking bread, floral honeysuckle and a fresh cereal quality.

And the middle palate sees it all- bready-sweet floral notes trend citrus and herb while a stern columbian and kona coffee blend resonates with the most discerning tastebuds. Its balance of coffee-like bitterness is mild and just enough to neutralize the fleeting sweetness. Lasting flavors of coffee, white chocolate and citrus eventually settle into a curious but drinkable taste.

Medium-light and trending drying, the beer's "blonde" character is short while its coffee taste is paramount, continually selling the confectionate taste of white chocolate with coffee bean even though much of the floral and roasted character falls short on the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of Tobes181
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great brew from Sixpoint. Very smooth, a little bit more bitter then I had expected. Coffee flavor was there but again not as much as I had expected. Good beer!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange body, clear, with white head that fades to lacing, large loose lines.

S - Quiet malt, creamy hints, with acidity and coffee.

T - Follows the nose, with a huge malty core, and a bitter close.

M - Slick, smooth feel.

O - A well executed beer, and a lovely feel. Tasty.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours clear amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like cereal grains, caramel, roasted coffee, some spice, mild dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet cereal grains, caramel, green coffee beans, some spice, mild dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice cream ale with coffee.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace that leaves some decent lacing

S: Coffee, sweet "creamy" maltiness, and light roastiness lead the way. Much like a light roast coffee, blonde ale style

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the coffee and light roastiness and the sweetness slowly creeps its way in. Fruitiness also shows up, although it's more from the coffee beans than the alcohol and yeast. Finishes with lingering light roastiness and sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely a great blonde coffee ale that minimizes the char and roast to let the coffee shine through. Very drinkable and not cloying at all. Never gets overly bitter either. Solid brew

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C.R.E.A.M. Cream Ale With Coffee from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 450 ratings