Cream Ale | Methow Valley Brewing Company/Twisp River Pub

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Methow Valley Brewing Company/Twisp River Pub
Washington, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canucklehead on 07-19-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not sure who retired this beer, because it isn't retired. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a conic pint glass. No best-by date (so maybe it could be retired, but the bottle says "flagship" beer so I don't know). Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger translucent white head with relatively low retention. Sticky white lacing on the sides. Amber-colored body with extremely high clarity. Looks like a cream ale.

S- Surprisingly has a hop character. Cream, earthy hops and that's about it. Not a terribly complex brew, but smells moderately appealing.

T- Creamy! The hops are present here at the tail end of the taste, but a light malt body is the predominant flavor. Watery and smooth flavor.

M- It's more or less water. There is some semi-creamy backbone to it, but it is minimal.

O- Taste is a little strange for the style, but certainly not a bad beer. No real complaints, but no real praise for it either.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really pale cream ale but the beer is really full bodied and easy drinking. I liked the hop hit but also the balance was dead on with a good malt aftertaste. This style is often overlooked by brewers but these guys did it justice. A good lighter offering that is food friendly.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cream ales are gentle beers. Even so, this one is a little too timid. The hazed and pale, sunny yellow color is appealing though not especially consistent with the style, which generally emphasizes lager-like clarity. Likewise, the low CO2 and fleeting head are technical shortcomings. But I try to avoid rating to style and simply enjoy a beer for what it is. Methow’s Cream Ale is crisp, dry and almost tart though not abundantly flavorful. Not bad, but somewhat indistinct.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden with a thin head. Smell has a honey note with light malt and hops. Taste is quite sharp, not what I would consider to be in a cream ale, but not bad. It has a light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's not one for me to buy on a regular basis, I like bitter, but this leaves an aftertaste of slight metallic bitterness that sticks around.

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Cream Ale from Methow Valley Brewing Company/Twisp River Pub
3.32 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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