Honey Cream Ale | Rogue Ales

148 Reviews
Honey Cream AleHoney Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 09-16-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours almost the color of honey, golden and yellow, full 1" of white head. Good retention. Aroma was mute for the most part, I think the honey might be added pre fermentation so that it all ferments out because it does not smell like honey. There is a little bit of that mostly neutral Rogue pacman yeast and barley feels.

Taste is a mild venture. Grain. Mild hopping. Hits those as advertised smooth notes other than what seems like a greater than average amount of bitterness from the hops, I wouldn't say its problematic, just might turn off style aficionado homies. A light caramel presence in the mouth feel.

Sometimes a beer like this is nice when you don't want to think about beer or have Chicago pours.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A missed relic of the past - Old Chicago 2001. From notes: Good pour; lots of sediment and a thick honey-like yellow, with light orange and gold tints. Large, creamy, off-white head, plenty of lacing. Smells slightly sharp and citric, like grapefruit rinds mixed with honey. Dosent seem to go too well together in the nose. Flavor starts out with a honey-almond flavor but is broken up by the citrus bitterness. It's not horribly overpowering, but I'm not a huge fan of citric hops flavor in a cream ale. Malting is light, with a definite wateriness on the end. As it warms, more buttery, sweet, creaminess emerges and attempts to regain control of the beer. The citrus flavor abates somewhat on the end, leaving a more floral/herbal flavor, which works better with the malt sweetness here. Notes of yeast provide some interesting complexity in this, as well.

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Photo of montageman
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer has a deep golden honey like appearance with a nice looking, thick head that maintains for a while and then leaves some serious lacing. Smell is totally average - a little sweet, some floral and fruity notes as well. The taste is balanced - the honey is there, but is not dominant. There is a slight dryness that is welcome here as well as a clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, as it should be - carbonation is moderate and works well here. This is quite easy to drink and pretty tasty - very good for a honey ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Golden straw in color with 1/4" head that dissipates fast... average lacing... slightly cloudy.

Sweet aroma, somewhat floral... touch of hops with a nice strawberry background... malty on top.

Definite honey flavor with a harsh swallow... sweet and mellow... "creamy"... malty finish.

Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Contra
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first review in quite a while. Moving shifts priorities.Finally settled in a new place, so why not a new beer?

The apperance matches up with the name "honey cream"; hazey golden brown, and almost no head. A fairly nice taste, but lacking in depth. Of course, cream ales tend to be lighter on the pallete, so this might be what you're looking for. This adds to the drinkability, and I can imagine this being perfect on a hot summer day.

Despite these positives, it's nothing spectacular. Just a rather tasty and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fair offering from Rogue. Pours out to a murky bright orange color with a big pillowy head of white foam. Medium carbonation, lotsa lace. Aromas of sour malt, fermented grain, earth and herbs fill the nose. Taste is rather full for the style; malty, creamy bread notes, some light grains, a touch of floral hops. A honey and caramel note in there as well. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is fair, for some reason I don't see this as all that drinkable, but it's a great interpretation of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smeared medium darkened gold. Small puffy cap of white froth sits briefly before shrinking down to leave its always present boken skim and thin collar. Lacing is minimal is thin strings and some tiny spotting.

Aroma is dry, pale, and bready with an herbal-esk grass tone. Pilsner-type Munich malts and hops make it unique through and through and its a favorably medium in strength as it doesn't take much wiffing to grab the nose.

Pilsner-like taste too. A sense a theme here; the Munich malts are forward and set with a dry, pale, bready quickness. A breeze of honey sweetness creeps through just past midway along with a tiny bit of hops. Gradually gets less pale and dry as in grows into the finish. Adding more intertwined sweetness build up to help balance out the finish. The finish is tender and medium in length. Quite subtle with soem dry yeasty woodish notes floating around in there too.

Feel is solid within a medium body and a lower carbonation. When warm that is. The warmer the better for this to have in a glass then cold. Let it sit a good while then imbibe. Much more subtle and tender when wamed up a bit. Smooth and easy with just enough body, flavor, and interest to keep it, well... interesting.

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Photo of trouserbat
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured out a pretty typical translucent honey color (the same as the woman's shirt on the label). This bottle had a lot of carbonation, though it didn't keep much of a head. It has a light hoppy aroma and flavor, more bitterness than anything floral, citrusy, etc. Average mouthfeel, not rich, not thin. Not a bad beer, but compared some others by Rogue (the Dead Guy, Shapespeare Stout, and especially Chipotle ale), this one was pretty unremarkable.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark and slightly cloudy copper with a fairly small fizzy white head. Smells a bit sweet and malty, with some yeast and a touch of hoppiness, but all in all a bit underwhelming. Taste is sweet, with a definite touch of honey, and some light hops, citrus, and butter as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and the drinkability is solid. A slightly unremarkable ale, but a definitely well crafted one. Enjoyable and full flavoured, even if it's not their best.

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Photo of sleepingbear
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has Officially become my A #1 BEST BREAKFAST BEER!!

Nothing beats a chilled Rogue Honey Cream for breakfast.
Abandon the bacon and eggs; have some double deuces of the honey cream instead.
It does a body good.

The Rogue Honey Cream is the color of clover honey and with an aroma to match; this beer is remarkably easy to drink. The subtle honey flavor is slightly reminiscent of Bärenjäger, without being too overbearingly sugary sweet or potent.

The swill of this beer is fantastic! Easy enough to ignore, complex enough to scrutinize and best of all fit for mass consumption!

Forget Wheaties.
The Rogue Honey Cream ale is the True Breakfast of Champions!

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Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed light copper and not supportive of any sort of head, this ale does at least leave stain through out. Smells of floral hops and light grainy malts, some sweet backing, hard to pin its source.

Flavor is a round, big mouthfeel of full malt sweetness with Munich bready and nutty accents. Hops play fruity sharpness and resiny herbal notes all over the malty core, leading to a coating, drying lapse of floral tackiness in the finish.

A very well-hewn beer half-heartedly masquerading as a lager. Something to which I'll return in the summer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark honey color that is slightly cloudy with a flat smooth tan head that is being sustained by a small stream of bubbles. Smells of smooth sweet malt, honey and a light fruity hop. Tastes light and crisp with wheat bread dough and a blend of slight sourness and sweetness. The honey becomes noticeable in the finish along with a slightly dry nutty sourness. The mouth feel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head poured a little over a finger high. The clarity of the beer really brought out the honey-orange color and the little carbonation bubble streams. Good lacing early in the beer, but none towards the end. Aroma was of pale malts, hops, maybe a bit of honey, but more of a caramel note to me. Taste was of biscuity malts and a medium hop bite. A slight honey taste is there if you try to find it, but the honey is easily lost amidst the floral hop flavor. This was the first cream ale that I had drank and it was different than what I expected. It tasted much like an American Pale Ale. The mouthfeel had a medium coarseness with a nice crisp finish. Overall, not as sweet as I expected, but never the less a nicely balanced beer that I could drink anytime.

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Photo of barrelman
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and golden with warm tones. Good head. Nose was mild with little hop aroma. It didn't blow me away but was definitely solid.

Taste was malty and slightly hoppy with a good mouthfeel. I was looking for something a little more in this beer. Maybe in the aroma or taste, or both, I'mm not sure, but the stakes are high with the talk about rogue these days. This beer did not blow me away and I don't know if it is fair to expect that from them all the time , but that is what the hype is telling me.

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Photo of palma
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fizzy looking bright gold body. Foamy head. Lots of bubbles. Looks very carbonated.

Nose: Mild hops. Pungent honey aroma. Cream in the aroma too. whadda ya know? Seriously, I smell a little cream.

Taste: Pretty mild overall. Light honey flavor. Not overdone like other ales with the word honey in the title. Slight grassiness. A pretty decent punch of hops towards the end combined with some citrus.

Over carbonated mouthfeel. Dont know what that's about.

A "good" overall beer in my book, and indeed one of the better cream ales out there.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden-honey color. The head is large, fluffy and rocky. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is malty with a honey backbone. The taste lives up to the name, which is always a plus. Honey is the most dominant flovar, but it is also mildly sweet. The mouthfeel is light bodied with quite a bit of cabonation. Overall, this is the kind of brew that would be perfect for luring someone away from macros. It is not, however, for someone who is looking for an overpower palate bruiser.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy honey colored beer that looks nice,but the head was a little smallish.
the smell is a little lemoney and soapy.The taste is OK,but a little weak.There are hints of honey,lemon,and it's a little creamy.The aftertaste has a nice alcohol warmth to it.This is a real light mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more.All in all,this is barely OK,but I expected more from Rogue.Try their other beers first.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good experiment. A honey-like golden hue with little carbonation and a disapointing head. Honey and floral sweet to the nose with a detection of hops and spice. Big honey flavor with an underlying barley malt base. Larger hopping than I expected; adds flavor and bitter balance. Less spicy than in the nose. Less creamy than I wanted, but not low enough to lower the rating. Finishes with a bready flavor and yeasty bite. Moderately sweet in the aftertaste. More closely resembles a braggot than a beer. Not great, but good.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally purchased a single of this after looking at it for years. Clean golden yellow in color with a reaching white head that quickly settles into a thin veil.

Rather bland nose shows hinty of honey (duh), golden malts, and floral hop accents.

Flavor is an improvement on the nose, crisp and clean golden malt flavors, honey, bread, light fruits, and signature Rogue hops bringing up the rear.

Medium bodied, clean palate, creamy-smooth mouthfeel. very easy to drink, although somewhat forgettable.

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Photo of hero27
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dusty, golden color with a fairly small, frothy head. Retention is average..settles into a thin halo of lacing after a few moments. Lacing is fairly weak as well..seems a little too oily to leave much residual on the glass.
You can definitely pick up the honey in the aroma..backed by a pretty bold smell of floral/Crystal hops.
The taste & mouthfeel were creamy and smooth, to be expected from a cream ale from the respected Rogue brewery. Slides down the hatch about as well as anything, too. Nothing that particularly stood out for me in this one, but fits the style well and absolutely nothing offensive about it. Worth a try, as long as you're not expecting a mindblowing brew.

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Photo of rowew
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck with the typical Rogue lack-of-information.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold color with a decent head that fades quickly.

Smell: Clean with some grain, and bit of a creamy aroma as well. Just a hint of hops as well.

Taste: The hops in this one took me by surprise. Definitely the hoppiest cream ale I have ever tried. Very smooth flavor with creamy malt flavors to keep it balanced.

Overall impression: A very "Rogue" example of the style. Lots of hops make this a very tasty cream ale.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey gold with a small but persistant head and lots of nifty cascading carbonation. Tasty aroma of floral hops with a light malty sweetness. The honey flavor is mild, not too sweet, and nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Definitely a departure from Rogue's more badass beers, but this is a wonderful beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden crystal straw hues containing an effluence of bubbles rising to a frothy ½” ivory meringue head cap…emanating from a 12 oz browner with a body label touting a ROGUE fist pumping empowered female.

Bites of mellow grassy gingery hops surfacing through the head cap.

First swigs: Light vanilla and candy corn dull candy malts. A twinge of delicate citrous greets the middle of sweet cake malt. Clean albeit slight watermelon and peach aftertaste quickly dissipating.

Feel is medium bodied with loads of frothy carbonation, which is never in question here.

Last swigs: A sweet medium bodied pear meets cake malt kick around ale. Well balanced on the easy side. Nothing spectacular. Too rare here in Yuenglingville to pass as a true convert. Nothing to sneeze at but nothing to write home over. Reminds me of a light home brew style or 100’s of nondescript “pale ale” styles that passes off well.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a 16-ounce mug with a nice rocky head. Light honey aroma with a touch of vanilla? Crisp, slight cracker-like malt flavors accented with orange-honey flavors. Perhaps a little bit too light-bodied? I like the creamy, soft mouthfeel and the dryish, moderately bitter finish. The honey flavors almost seem a bit earthy towards the finish -- I like that, too. A very tasty light ale that's perfect for summer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with a very low white head that barely lapped at the glass.

The aroma was mostly caramel from caramel malts and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was more caramel flavor with caramel sweetness and some diacetyl at lower levels. Bittering was at a low level and the balance was toward malt.

The finish was just dry with lasting slickness of diacetyl and low level bittering. The body was medium. Not much of a cream ale. Fairly boring and no real honey character in the beer.

12 ounce bottle.

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