Cream Ale | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Empire Cream Ale is carbonated with nitrogen so it cascades as it pours. This golden pub style ale has an extremely smooth mouthfeel, and a crisp hop flavor.

Added by kkosmoski on 01-23-2009

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

On nitro; I guess this is always the case (?)

This cream ale is a pale-medium yellow. It has an exceptionally dense, creamy head that's bone white. It sits heavy at one finger and doesn't move much at all. As the beer drops down the glass, the head sets down lots and lots of creamy lacing.
The aroma is malty, some sweetness to it but leaning dry. It's a good aroma, but nothing stands out.
The flavor, on the other hand, as well as the feel, are what this beer is all about. It's creamy smooth on the tongue with a lighter graininess than many lesser versions, enough malts to lay a base, outstandingly balanced and flavor with hops that give a soft, stemmy bitterness. This one ranks up there with some of the best cream ales I've yet tasted.
If the point of a cream ale is to taste and feel creamy, this one might exceed all. This may be the creamiest and smoothest beer I've ever had; by recollection, it's certainly at the top of the list.
I can't drink this without saying that someone who doesn't like this beer doesn't like cream ales.

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3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A go-to for me from this brewery.

I enjoy cream ale's. I concidering them a rather underrated American beer.

This one is spot on style wise, light body, creamy malt aroma, feel and flavor , subtle marshmallow effect, wonderous, creamy, yet light feel.
A bit sweet, creamy with the most silly. Subtle hop charechter way down deep.
If beer was served at Carnivals and mid west style State Fairs, this should be on tap.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub for $5 a pint. Appeared to be served on nitro with a tall white head that slowly faded into a clear blonde body. This is a simple and well-made cream ale, a real throw-back session ale. It just has a light bready character with a touch of earthy salt and pepper. The aroma is a little dusty, but this is a respectable brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

have always been an average cream ale fan, however the Empire version with nitro on tap was surprising.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draught with nitro. What a treat.

Pour took a loooong time. The effervescence of the head just... oozed forth, unstoppably. The only remedy was time and patience. What met me in my glass when it was finally presented to me was light straw in color, with brass tones, and an impressive head. 3-4 fingers of the most unctuous, succulent, souffle of a head that I've possibly ever seen. Resembles a mousse, and has the texture and structure of whipped cream. And so it stays. For a long, long time. Mmmmm.

The nose has a clean, and characteristic profile. If there are hops in this beer, they are so well integrated in support of the malts that it's difficult to find the individual notes in the medley. I like that.

The flavor is spot on: clean, rich, while being every so slightly crisp. A bit of toast and cracker, meld together into the overall doughiness. I dare say, if "pretzel" was a flavor unto itself, that would describe this beer fairly well (minus the salt, of course).

Mouthfeel is, for once, the star in this show. To call this beer creamy would not just be a tautology, but an understatement. It gives the impression of some kind of heavenly emulsion or perhaps a mousse or perhaps just whipped cream beaten to soft peaks. So very succulent and smooth, with such a find texture. A pure treat.

Overall, I could call this a dessert in a glass, but it's not that rich. It's light and yet decadent, just like the whipped cream which I've been comparing it to since my first sip. A treat to be sure, but a treat that you can gobble up without overloading your senses... just savor every sip, from the first, to several pints later.

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that slowly dissipated and left lacing down the edges of the glass. No signs of carbonation are visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; the initial taste has some hints of sweetness and the finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is also very sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the new Taproom 307 in New York City, which will ultimately be one of the top beer bars in the area. I thought a cream ale is typically a lager brewed with ale yeast. Adding nitro would definitely enhance the cream effect, and it did. Unfortunately for me I missed the bite that one typically gets from CO2.

The beer pours with a typical waterfall cream effect and then settles into a cloudy light copper/dark straw color.

Aroma is somewhat bready, almost like an English ale. Not much hops to speak of.

Flavor is also bready, a little heavy on the palate and, again, not much hop or carbonation bite.

The beer is pretty drinkable but not really what I like. If you like cream ales or nitro beers you should try it.

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Cream Ale from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 104 ratings