Nuptiale Cream Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Nuptiale Cream AleNuptiale Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting Gravity: 1054
IBUs: 26
ABV: 5.7%

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 67
Photo of artoolemomo
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head with okay retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber to golden straw that appears golden straw in the light. Some lacing at the beginning but none now.

Nose- Light white grapes. Some grain. Maybe a little bit of diacetyl. I'm having a hard time getting much out of this beer- from the glass or the bottle. Swirling reveals a slight note of perfume that I thought I sensed from the bottle but it's really hard to tell. A light rosy, floral note? Maybe?

Taste- White grapes come out as the dominant note on the front and then moves into grain and chalk, mineral, and earth from the hops. White grapes reemerge on the finish. Seems to have a little bit more hop bitterness than I remember other cream ales having but I think I might have only had Pelican's and the infamous Gennesee. Okay flavor profile but I don't really think this is my style of beer. I think it is a good representation of the style though. A little too vinous for me but nothing like what some AALs can be. Average to above average and maybe slightly closer to above average. Some corn, a little cereal, and cornflakes in addition to the grain but the hops are what really make this beer and almost make it simply an above average beer. Grass, herbs, and mineral- very German.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with light carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easy to drink and the vinous nature of it doesn't disrupt too much. Standard Ninkasi prices which are okay but I don't think I would buy this again.

Overall- Pretty much an above average beer. It's representative of the style but it's a style that's a little close to AAL for me. Worth a try if you're into this type of beer but I think many BA's would probably rather pass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well made and downright slammable cream ale from ninkasi. clear blonde and relatively heady, about an inch of sudsy white foam with fine retention. some sweetness to the nose, and a bit of a bigger grain bill than so many of the lower budget creams on the market. i almost taste some rice in this, or some other rather bland starch, it has body out of seemingly nowhere, but still drinks easy, with bright carbonation and a cleaner cereal finish. my only real critique here is the way my palate stays coated after the swallow. some thin film seems to cover my tongue and teeth, not bad tasting or anything, just an odd feeling for such a light style of beer. not my favorite ninkasi brew so far, but a more than serviceable cream ale. i am a big proponent of the style, and reckon we need quite a few more available regularly on the denver scene.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and crackery malts with some floral hops and a bit of tart green fruit.

T - Starts out with a mix of sweet grainy malts with some lightly tart green apple and a bit of lemon zest. Through the middle some floral hops come through with a touch of bitterness and some crackery and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grains and biscuity malts with some light floral hops and fruity esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bready finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance with a good malt profile.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear yellow gold color with just the thinnest cap of white head (I really like much more of a head on my cream ales) that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was the expected slightly sweet, somewhat grainy blend that typifies the style. Just the slightest bit of hops were present in this generally low hopped style. The flavor profile matched closely, sweet grains and light hops combined nicely.

The body was the expected full and smooth. Drinkability was very nice, you could easily drink several of these. Overall, a nice take on the style and certainly worth your time if you ever see it.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from summer 4 pack purchased 7/15/12. no freshness date on bottle.

A: 2 fingers of frothy white head fell to a spotty cap. Apple juice colored and very clear with little bubbles, lots of them. Looks pretty average.

S: Hoppy with a bit of malt shining through. A bit of sweetness. Not getting much special here but it smells good.

T: Light flavor. Strong malt backbone (i love malty beers). A tad bit of sourness almost, in the middle before the hops hits. Not the mighty bitter that Ninkasi is known for but just a bit of alpha acid. A summer beer for sure.

M: Medium mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: Good brew. Light flavor but not watery. Refreshing but not really crisp.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber. Thin white persistent head, light lacing. Aroma is grain with some adjunct qualities; faint. Pleasant light sweet and caramel malt and grain, medium bodied. Very light hops. Pleasant sweet malt finish. An enjoyable light ale, but not something I would search out. Well made for an obvious attempt to make a superior adjunct style beer

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle sent by flexabull. Into a schooner glass it goes.

Pale gold, with soft haze. The head, pure white, recedes from a finger to about a fourth of a finger, becoming stickier and denser as it does. A white fleece blanket of foam.

In the nose, a mix of doughy malt, mineral-heavy water and floral hops. A kiss of apples and sweet cereal grain round it out. Pretty nice.

Similar character is found in the flavor. French bread, floral/spicy hops, apple sweetness and a hint of lager yeast. It’s appropriately light and the finish is crisp.

Feels creamy (huh!). Medium body is nice and soft, with gentle carbonation. Bitterness is mild.

Nuptiale is better than I expected. Flavorful yet drinkable, it’s a decent cream ale.

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Photo of Offa
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful cream ale, pretty much what this kind of beer should be like - light, easy drinking, mellow, but with nice, firm, well-rounded character, which is unusual.

Deep gold, small white head slowly shrinks.

Aroma is full, nice grain, lightly toasty bread, grass, apple, hint of mineral.

Taste is nice, full-bodied creamy toasty grain, bread, apple with a grassy-peppery bitterness that is light but firm. It is great, a firm, full-bodied, “cream ale” character with a lot of flavour and well-rounded with a hint of complexity. It is lightly sweet in a typical cream ale way but has a light hoppy character and bitterness to back it up and round it out. It’s great with food and overall excellent.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...this is heavenly stuff..!
Light in color, not much of a distinctive aroma.
This beer excells in it's mouthfeel. It's thick without being syrupy or sweet.
This beer is really hard to just really invites big gulps. I've never had a cream ale before and I must guess that this one is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Part of the seasonal 4 pack.

Pours a cloudy light gold with a 2 finger off-white head. Settles to a thin covering, medium lacing.

Smells mostly of floral hops. Malt sits in the background.

Taste is pleasantly sweet malt, more than the aroma revealed. Floral earthy hops emerge in the middle and lead to a dry finish. Some lingering bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel as promised, but it's not heavy or cloying. Very drinkable.

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Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, shortlasted white head.

Lightly malty grainy with a touch of herbal character. Nice.

Smooth, grainy sweet malt with a light kiss of bitterness. Good.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation.

A solid, light crisp cream ale. Deftly balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into two pint glasses

Pours clear golden with a medium sized light tan head that fades fast, lots of fast fine active carbonation. Smell is musty, yeasty, a little lemony, a hint of vanilla, and cream.

Taste is very bready, very mild, a little lemony. Late in the aftertaste there's some creaminess. Maybe a tiny hint of the vanilla I smelled. Very malty. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly dry, rather light, not the smoothness that I usually associate with cream ales (thinking especially of Caffrey's, the finest cream ale).

Overall, I like this beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a bubbly white head and lots of rising carbonation.

Sweet, grainy, bready malts. Very faint lemon zest from the hops.

The taste follows the nose, with sweet grainy notes followed by some light notes of bread and hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly crisp finish.

Nothing too complex or memorable, just a light, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed golden yellow body with a large off white head.

A- Sweet crisp malt aroma. Floral hop notes.

T- Clean sweet malt flavor. Light herbal hop flavors, little bitterness. Crisp finish that is lightly spicy.

M- Creamy medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation.

D- Very refreshing, enjoyable flavor. Worth drinking.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear straw colored with a very white head. Little lacing. 4/5

Smell- Creamy hop aroma. Bits of malt in the background. 3.5/5

Taste- Creamy vanilla. Little crisp hop bitterness in the background. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thin mouthfeel but the creaminess to it makes it seem a little thicker. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer for a warm day. There is a little more hop flavor in this one compared to other cream ales I have had. But also a little thinner. 3.5/5

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, orange-hay yellow color with a two finger white head.

S - Wheat, and ceral-like.

T - Wheat, and grainy. Not sure on what it is.

D - Lots of carbonation here, but there is a wierd bitter bite, and it doesn't seem to fit.

O - An odd flavor is enough for me to pass on this one next time.

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Photo of flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the mixed summer 4 pack.

Pours a light gold color with a decent white head. A little bit hazy.

Aromas are doughy, floral, and sugary. Smells pretty nice.

Taste is creamy, (imagine that!), doughy, and mildly sweet. There is a general floral flavor and crisp dryness that sits in the background. Finish is crisp, with some light spicy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, full, with nice body.

Overall, a good beer. Fits the style pretty well, would be quite nice on nitro. Solid summer beer, quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of bradleyp
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you market of choice for stocking this beer. This bottle came with the Ninkasi mixed 4-pack.

A: A very light orange color, nice full body, good fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Nice malt backbone, I could also pick up some banana, cloves, maybe a little cinnamon. couldn't really tell. Not a very bitter aroma.

T: Tasted like a hefeweizen, but it wasn't. The maltiness of this beer really threw it off for me. I was expecting something a little more creamier.

M: Goes down easy. Very crisp. It wasn't the best beer I've ever had, but it did go well with my Turkey sandwich.

O: I love Ninkasi, and I love most of what they make. I wasn't a big fan of this beer, but I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sometimes a good easy drinking brew deserves a review.... I picked this one up at the COOP today... Pours very clear golden with a short lasting stark white head.

Nose is very grainy... something that I guess is "corn"... lite grassy hop element.

Husky grains.. pale malt and some background biscuit notes... slight hints of DMS, but I am probably imagining things.. overall, this is just very drinkable and appropriate.

Very drinkable and a definite lawnmower beer... Reminds me alot of a slightly sweeter FS Session.


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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured somewhat aggressively into my standard pint glass and I get a pretty big two finger head. The head is completely white, with mostly small bubbles, some big ones, I can't tell if the bubbles look creamy or soapy, prolly more on the creamy side though. For sure has a pillowy look to it as well though. The head is giving great lacing all the way throughout the glass. Frankly I'm impressed with how long this head is sticking around, I doubt it will be here forever, but I don't really expect that from any beer, but a nitro beer. Overall it's hanging in here pretty well! The body is just slightly darker than a lager, slightly lighter than a pale ale, nice mix between the two. Somewhat transparent, but it's cold enough in the glass, and slightly dark enough that I can't see too much on the other side. The carbonation looks like it might be a little high, be it's pretty close to perfect. Overall this beer looks really really nice, I'm excited! The smell is a little weird for me, on one hand it smells creamy, smooth and tasty. But on the other hand it has a lemon smell that almost reminds me of the Blue Moon spring seasonal, which was not good at all, it also has a hint of those kind of adjuncts. The more I smell this beer the more I just want to give it a 3, this beer BARELY is making a 3.5 on smell. Not too impressed with the smell overall. Not a bad taste though on this beer. First you get that lemon taste that I was talking about, but after a few sips it just blends right in with the rest of the flavors. Then there is a nice NICE creamy taste to this beer, maybe a tiny hop bite, and a noticeable but not at all overpowering malt note. The balance on this beer is done very well, I'm really impressed with the malts, just the right amount, not too much, but not too little. Perhaps some hidden flavors in here as well, maybe vanilla, vanilla and cream do go together well, so I wouldn't be surprised. It's not the most amazing beer of all time, but it's really good, and it's somewhat unique, I haven't had too many cream ales, but from what I can remember, this is a little different from the rest. The taste is really growing on me, it just keeps getting tastier. I don't think it's going to get much higher than a 4, just because it does have a tiny tiny tiny cheap beer taste, but I wont count the possibility out! Overall a really nice taste. The mouthfeel is perfect for a cream ale, perfect carbonation, perfect girth on the body, excellent. Drinkability is phenomenal, it goes down super easy, it's light, creamy, refreshing, and best of all tasty! Overall I really good beer, I didn't think it would be this good when I smelled it, but it really came through!

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Photo of Docer
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 4-pack... said I wouldn't, but wanted to try a new beer from them... plus I love the Maiden...

- Most average looking brew ever.. pours a clear copper with a fuzzy finger of white head down to a very thin layer left and a small ring.

- Has a rather robust and grainy smell which reminds me of a full sail brew. Light corn, biscuit, raw barley husks.. grassy and herbal aroma, earthy brisk hop.

- Slightly sweet grain, nice biscuit and corn essence. If someone were to make a good clone of full sails pale ale.. this would be it. Slightly bready and earthy. Not bad, but really doesn't hit me as most cream ales would. Perhaps more true to the body..

- Medium bodied, slightly smooth and creamy, bit chewy and cloying.

- Overall this is a very grainy full flavored pale ale which is fantastic. But I have to judge this beer as it's name and style represents. This would be an 'A' grade pale if it were just so.

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Photo of morodren
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room on 9/3/10.

Ninkasi usually makes bold, highly-flavorful beers, so I was interested to see how they handled a lighter style.

A - Pale golden, slightly darker than BMC.

S - Slight hop aroma.

T - Mild hops, moderate carbonation.

M - Light and fairly watery.

D - Very sessionable, but for all the wrong reasons. Still, not a bad beer by any means. I prefer more flavorful brews, but this is worth a try.

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Nuptiale Cream Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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