Honey Cream Ale | Rogue Ales

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Honey Cream AleHoney Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 09-16-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 148
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting something different from this one, actually. Average golden appearance, small wispy white head - not much in the nose except for some hops. I could not detect any honey notes whatsoever - all I could taste was a strong hop profile, which in itself is obviously not a bad thing, but in a "honey cream ale", it was unexpected. Not much in the way of malt either to balance it out, leaving an overly bitter taste in the finish. Carbonation is up there as well, but it did have a nice creamy mouthfeel. Hmmm....a strange one... and so far, my least favourite Rogue brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light shade of orange with not much head to speak of although it does stick pretty well to the glass the aroma is very zesty and hoppy.The taste is very hoppy up front almost like grapefruit with a malt finish wich I really liked, that was the saving grace with this beer with me.Has the honey sweetness to balance out the hops,but the malt smack in the end made me enjoy this beer.Very drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep orange in color (maybe like honey???) with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – I expected to smell honey (or maybe malts) but my first hit was the big signature Rogue hop aroma. Man, was this big. I was finally able to pick up a hint of honey and a light malt base, but this one reeks of hops.

Taste – Yes, the honey comes out more in the mouth along with the typical cream ale kind of taste. The malt gives a wonderful backbone to the big hoppy flavor, giving this one a hoppy sweet, almost sugary, honey style. It sounds crazy, but it’s actually quite good.

Mouthfeel – On the big side of medium-bodied with a sugary texture but a big hop refreshing finish.

Drinkability – I hate to admit it, but I love this stuff. I’ve been dreading this review for a month, but this ale is actually quite good. Go figure.

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Photo of Todd
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale orange golden with a slight chill haze. Wispy white lace lays on top.

Smell: Beautiful floral/herbal hop aroma from the Crystal hops, with touches of sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Semi-coarse floral, leafy and herbal hop flavour and bitterness on a crisp and smooth medium bodied brew. An even malt sweetness (honey) lies beneath the hop gathering with hints of grain.

Notes: In true Rogue fashion, this is a hoppy beer. Big in character and extremely refreshing making this a damn fine brew!

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones.

Completely hazed dusty gold in colour, lacing is fine … sticky and bubbly. Smells of fresh pale malt, yeast and mild flowery hop.

Moderate body and very smooth, pale malt lays down some doughy biscuity sweetness. Hops are vaguely citric but more floral as they give a solid but flavourful bitterness. Finishes with some sweet grain, lingering hop and yeast.

One of the paler and small beers from Rogue but just as complex and flavourful as the rest.

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Photo of merlin48
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Rogue pours a chillhazed golden body with active carbonation. Small, offwhite head leaves minimal patchy lace.
Nice aroma that begins with floral hops(Saaz?), followed by malty caramel, and notes of fruity apple and pears. Very intersting nose.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation which settles into a smooth and creamy, medium body.
The taste is creamy and floral, with assertive hopping that is both citrusy orangerind and pinecone. Good malt sweetness of caramel with a touch of honey. The hops prevail with a complex bitterness that is assertive, but not overly intrusive. Finish is bitter pinecone hoppiness.
Very good ale from Rogue, but doesn't seem to fall into the cream ale category because of the profound hopppiness. Quite enjoyable.

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

12 ouncer, no freshness dating to be found. Pours light orangy amber, with a slight haze/cloudyness, puffy white head, showing moderate retention and leaving a thick swath of lacing. Nose and notes of light honey, creamy,soft and smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant enough brew, good one to expose a decent brew newbie on. Pleasant and gentle sessioner.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with no freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a pale orangish-golden color. Lots of tiny little yeasties suspended in the beer. Tiny white head gives way to impressive lacing of the glass.

Smell: Lots of honey in the aroma. There is some hoppy floral and surgary malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: I will admit that I had a completely, 180-degree different expectation of taste in mind when I purchased this beer. "Honey cream" denoted something much smoother, creamier, and softer than what I tasted. However, this certainly is not a bad thing. The flavors are a tasty mix of a honey-laced sweetness balanced well with a hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a pretty mild smoothness. Not a mouth-puckering as I would have imagined.

Drinkability: A new summer brew for me? Very refreshing. A crisp and clean finish really make this an easy beer to drink...speaking of which, my glass is now empty.

Notes: For a beer that I had a very different expectation of, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a slight orange tint. Small whiteish head that fades fast.

For the life of me I smell no honey, just some biscuit, butter, and hops. The taste is a bit of a letdown. Not very smooth or creamy. Really front end loaded with hop. Very weak malt profile. Medium mothfeel and carbonation. Not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "cream Ale" is nice and tasty. Pours a nice rich amber colr. There is a very nice foamy head which lasts for a rather long time. Smell is has a hint of a nice mixture of honey and hops. Taste is pleasant sweet honey smoothness and nice bitter finish. Worth checking out.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold color with a nice pale yellow flat 1/4 inch head. Drips and dots for laces. Sweet malt aromas, a sense of lilac flowers. Oh, yeah, there's honey in here, apparent upfront and lending a wider sweet profile that persists to the finish. A sense of candy as well. A little thick and cloying but the hop bittering is an impressive match, adding a bitter raisin and white pepper pop mid mouth to the aftertaste. I can't say this is a favorite (it still comes off as flat and sweet), but I'm impressed by the balancing act that you never see in most honey beers, especially the ubiquitous Honey Wheats brews.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden amber hue honey color really, with a decent sized off white creamy textured head leaving specks of sporadic lacing. Aroma: Crisp lighter grains some malty biscuit layers touch of honey sweetness mild light hop profile. Taste: Creamy malts with ample hop bitterness not bad at all nice refreshing blend touch of fruitiness topped off with a light honey finish. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ream ale even carbonation nice finish. Drinkability: Not bad at all refreshing and flavorful, one of the better cream ales I've tasted.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfect for session drinking. Sweetish, with some prickly malt, and light drying citric hops. Nothing comples or confronting about it. Thanks to the dude who was bringing round samples of this at the Porter House in London. Saved me buying a bottle for 5 pounds or whatever it was.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice, golden appearence, though perhaps without quite the head I usually like, but that's far from the most important part of a beer anyhow. Pleasent, honey smell to it. Perhaps not as sweet as I was expecting. The taste is probably best described as "hoppy sweet," which takes some getting used. to. Still, it makes for a good, solid ale, which I'll gladly drink a pack of.

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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 cokes
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty tame for Rogue, but not necessarily in a bad way. Deep Golden in color; Throws a nice foamy head that lasts.
Bready malts on the palate, somewhat nutty or buttery as well. Faint trace of honey sweetness which is immediately nullified by the hop presence. The hops are sharpe, but not obtrusive. It is balanced quite well.
All in all, it is a pretty good beer. Nothing too showy, but quite drinkable. Would make a nice session.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep golden amber with a frothy white head that diminishes but leaves a very respectable collar and surface coating as well as some excellent lacing around the glass. The aroma offers a bright, fresh, floral & citrus hoppiness that's quite wonderful. The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a blend of hop flavor and clean, fruity & sweet malt which becomes sweeter and reveals some softer, grassy hop flavors as it warms; then finishes with a lingering maltiness and soft bitter note at the back of the throat. Very well balanced. An extremely nice combination of sweet malt and bright hop flavors. Although it's lower on my list, this is still one of my favorite beers from Rogue. Very drinkable and appropriate for many seasons.

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

When I think of honey and cream, I think "sweet." This brew, however, has just a pinch of sweetness and just enough hop bitterness, making it a nice, well-balanced ale. I smelled a bit of the honey and some somewhat sweet malty tones, but then upon tasting, I found some of the same sweet characters followed by a really nice, balanced hop bitterness. The mouthfeel on this is really quite good and as far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. This is your typical, quality ale from Rogue.

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

Appearance - nice Au Cu color with very little head, basically a light rim around the collar.

Smell - nice and light with a light honey aroma. good but not much there. no hop aroma to be found.

Taste - ok, not great but its a good drink to have as your first beer for the night. very light with almost all of the taste being from the honey, undertones of vanilla can be tasted in the later half of the drink. not bitter at all.

Overall - a good beer to start the night with when you are looking for something light.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a golden orange, nice white head that sticks around for a few and then settles to a lace. lightly hopped nose, smells clean and refreshing. nice in the mouth, well carbonated, medium bodied and satisfying. crisp! simple flavor, but enjoyable. very light sweetness matched against a lovely floral hop touch. grainy and raw. delicious. very quenching....this is a keeper and one of my favorite beers to have in the fridge at all times.

$7.99 a 6 pack

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

Beautiful honey color, small head that didn't stick around too long.

Light honey smell with slight citrus notes, very pleasant.

Medium body, very smooth. Good crispness with a some sweetness and slight floral flavors. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

A fine beer that would probably be very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of jackndan
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Honey Cream Ale: In a twelve ounce brown bottle, with a delightful honey maid on the label. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color, with a fairly impressive head that is just a little off-white.

The aroma is very nice and rich. I think I can smell honey, but I know I can smell the floral hops, paired with sweet malts. The aroma on this beer is terrific.

The taste is somewhat of a shock, as if you had been anticipating more of a sweet honey taste, you’ll be surprised. This beer is aggressively hopped, and the flavor profile is therefore dominated by somewhat bitter flavors, without floral tastes. The only trace of honey/malts are deep into the aftertaste. This beer is somewhat more carbonated than I would like.

Overall, I enjoy this beer very much, and its only getting better as the room I’m in grows hotter. Nice summer sipping beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Largely clear, coppery-gold in hue with hints of amber, in the liquid was a steady stream of bubbles that replenished the white head. At the apex the foam was a loud, fizzy, one finger in height. Head retention was decent; it subsided steadily to a thin cap, thicker around the edges of the glass. Subsequent lacing was basically zilch. There is nothing noteworthy about the appearance but there is nothing lacking either. The nose doesn’t say “cream ale” instead it says “Rogue,” hell yeah! There is that “clean yeast” aroma plus a good dash of hops. Flowery with just a trace of pine, it doesn’t come across bitter. The malt is soft and bready with just a dash of butter-like sweetness. Plus there are subtle suggestions of honey that plays very nice with the butter and flowers. I like the nose; the potency is humble. It is inviting even though it is simple. The palate is lovely and quite agreeable. The hops are easily noticeable but they’re not loud or insanely bitter. Still this beer has Rogue’s fingerprints all over it. I really like this Americanized Cream Ale (yes, I know Cream Ales were invented in the USA but they didn’t start out like this one!). Flowery hops work perfectly with the light honey sweetness and kisses of buttery nuts. The malt is largely bready, if not, doughty at times. It isn’t crisp like a Pils but soft and rounded like a Helles. I’m digging it. The modest abv and light (yet flavorful) taste profile allows this beer to be a good session brew. The palate is straightforward with just enough hoppy pizzazz for me to care and the malt is just sweet enough too. Enjoyable. No faults. Medium in body, modest but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant and surprisingly lively. Good stuff. This beer is very drinkable and just as likeable. I’ve passed on six-packs of this in Omaha many times. I don’t know why exactly. I decided to snag a 12-ounce bottle in West Des Moines for $2.00. I won’t pass it up in the future. It is very simple but very tasty and it would make a great beer to sit back at BBQ with. Shut off brain… and drink. Worth a try.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head.
Appealing aroma of citrus and floral hop notes.

Citrus, floral hops throughout. Malt sweetness balances nicely. Honey is there, but not in the forefront. Doesn’t finish as well as it starts IMO. There's a dryness to the finish.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall a good beer. I had bypassed this one in the past as it didn’t sound appealing to me. A friends recommendation (thanks Art!) spurred me to try it and I was quite surprised at the level of enjoyment I experienced drinking the Honey Cream Ale.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle purchased at Eagle Provisions, Brooklyn. Slightly hazy rich gold in colour, quite highly carbonated giving a good white head. Little discernible aroma, just a vague maltiness. Flavour is smooth, the well-rounded bitterness comes through progressively to give a bitter finish from a malty start; a slight honey sweetness is there but could be more prominent in my opinion. An easy-drinking beer that is good for the style, but it's a pity the honey aspect and aroma are a bit too weak.

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Honey Cream Ale from Rogue Ales
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