Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Nitro Cold Brew Cream AleNitro Cold Brew Cream Ale
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American Cream Ale
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3.63 | pDev: 12.67%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Nitro Cold Brew Cream AleNitro Cold Brew Cream Ale
Notes: A smooth, creamy, and refreshing coffee beer? Thanks to our friends at High Brew Coffee, that's exactly what this beer is. We infused a cream ale with oats and High Brew's cold brew for a velvety mouthfeel and refreshing finish that will have you wanting more! Infused with nitrogen, so pour hard!
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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this as a single at Wegman's on my last trip over there before the quarantine. My uncle & I had just come from a late dinner/early supper at BJ's & we made a swing in on our way back into town. I had drank it previously on draft as a regular CO2 pour, but this N2 in a CAN for The CANQuest (tm) was too good to pass up/by.

From the N2 CAN: "Up Next Series"; "Crafted with High Brew cold brew coffee"; "Nitro Cream Ale with Cold-Brewed Coffee".

The "Phhshh!" that acCANponies the Crack! of the vents on these CANs always puts me in mind of the sound that the pop-top/pull-tab CANs used to make when I was a kid in the 1970s & early-1980s, before they went to the new tab & tongue design. I was not disappointed here, either, as it charged & was ready for a hard, aggro C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as the cascade formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with cola highlights throughout. Nose smelled like the coffee that I had just had with breakfast. Mmm. It's base is an American Cream Ale, though, so I was curious to see how that would play out. Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, as should be expected in/from an N2 pour. The taste was rather light, which is the tradeoff with/in N2-driven beers - nice mouthfeel, but it kills the taste. 8=( ACAs do not generally have a lot of flavor to begin with so this was not totally surprising, but I would have liked for the coffee to have been more assertive. Finish was semi-dry, pleasant, but probably not worth a return visit. YMMV.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with red highlights. Nose is lactose and coffee beans. Flavor is balanced more or less throughout, with the finish leaning to the malt, with tones of roast coffee with some dark nuts and fruits. Kind of understated but nice. Smoothness in texture is solid but maybe a little thick for the style.

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Photo of krh
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decently mass produced nitro coffee ale. I wasn't disappointed, but nothing really stands out as great to bring me back. I enjoyed the nitro/cream lacing and head when poured into a glass.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: 3.5 Thick, creamy head. light brown body with evident carbonation
S: 3.25 Nitro beers aren't known for their noses. A little bit of coffee and lactose.
T: 3.75 Medium roast coffee with creamer and sugar.
F: 4.5 Nitro beers always feel absolutely phenomenal. This is no exception.
O: 3.5 Coffee Cream ales are hit/miss. I think this is somewhere inbetween. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of defunksta
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a darkened amber. Nearly opaque but has some red clarity to it. Zero head with traces of a light tan creamy head that never existed. SRM of 22-23. (3.50)

Aroma: Light aromas of freshly brewed light roast coffee. Fresh coffee beans. Not too roasty or dark. Fresh coffee right out of the pot. The coffee is balanced. Not too roasty nor sweet. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavors of coffee. Light cocoa and nutty notes within the coffee. Flavors of a house roast. It's smooth, but flavorful. Finishes clean and slightly creamy on the end from the oats. (3.50)

Feel: Watery initially, but then you get some creamy fullness from the oats. Zero carbonation though. Not sure what the nitro is doing here. Not making it smooth necessarily. You could dissolve oatmeal in water and not tell the difference.The oats are making it creamy It's more oat malt infused creaminess, rather than "nitro". (3.25-4.25-Good or bad?)

Overall: I agree with other reviews that this isn't a great beer. It's maybe not as bad as some of the reviews. It has a nice House Blend coffee roast flavor and is smooth. But overall, lacks any complexity and feels sort of flat. The nitro is a non-starter here. Admittedly, I'd rather drink a Guinness. (Final Rating: 3.43)

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Photo of RomanLovesBeer
1.91/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Other nitro beers I've had are bursting with carbonation but this one is sadly the flattest beer I've ever bought. A nice dark coffee color with barely any foam when you pour, smells like a lighter stout with hints of coffee. But the taste is like having a beer you've left out for hours, very flat and undesirable . I love Fat Tire, I love Nitro beers and coffee, but would stay away from this combo unfortunately. Stick with Fat Tire.

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Photo of izraelc
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting one. Not quite beer and not quite coffee. Pours dark. Thin foam. Light coffee aroma. Light carbonation but not as smooth as most nitros I've had. Bitter body with malted coffee finish. Not overly flavorful. A little bland. Interesting concept though.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark and rustic with a light tan, half finger width head. Decent retention before dying to a thin, consistent layer of suds on the top. Lacing is broken sheeting, lines and small spotting.

Smell - Light coffee roast, caramel and cream.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light coffee with hints of caramel and vanilla cream. Coffee flavor gets a bit more pronounced as the beer reaches room temp.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with low tingles. Slick, slightly creamy texture makes for an easy drinker.

Overall - Alright. Easy drinker. Good flavor. Gets better if you let it warm.

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Photo of Lucular
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can split with my wife. For a nitro beer this looks terrible. Very little head. No cascading bubbles. And it's a dirty light brown color. Not very appealing. Aroma is cream ale with coffee. Flavor is similar but kind of watery with maybe a sour twinge. Mouthfeel is also watery, even for a nitro beer. Overall pretty disappointing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a 10 May 2020 BB date stamp on the bottom, served in a lager glass on New Years Eve day 2019.
There's no obvious sign of nitro in the pour except that a vigorous pie does raise a moderate size, creamy and durable beige head.
Aroma. Good but ambiguous regarding taste quality.
It delivers on the flavor with fine coffee flavor dominating, although the base cream ale is also evident. Clean for style with lasting but gentle coffee aftertaste.
Overall. Bold for style and definitely recommended for fans of coffee beers.

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Photo of trek7000
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad batch but I was underwhelmed. For a nitro beer there was almost no head and the taste was more watery than creamy. It honestly tasted like a light beer mixed half and half with weak coffee.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz can into a Mason Jar, while it didn’t show the usual beautiful rolling boil of a Nitro brew it had a great head and lasting lace. Coming in on the mild side of the style for both a Nitro and a Cold Brew Coffee Cream Ale I would still say I’m a fan, this is an awesome way to enjoy a starter Nitro ( some can taste flat to a new taster ) and a flavor infused Cream this case Cold Brewed Coffee...well done and very drinkable!

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Photo of Singlefinpin
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drinking this from a can poured hard and cold in to a pint glass.
Looks dark brown. Head subsided quickly.
Smells malty and coffee
Tastes like coffee.
Mouth feel is lightly creamy, no real active carbonation and no bubbly nitro bubbles.
Overall, the coffee part good. Nitro? Nope! And that was a huge disappointment
One of the flattest beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack cans Foodland $8.88
126 days before best by can date
Smell of cold brew coffee
Creamy brown color
Light carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Tastes like weak coffee, a little creaminess
Overall just ok. Doesn't have the creaminess of other nitro brews. Didn't have that cascading bubbles effect that nitros normally have as this did not have a nitro release ball. Misleading name.

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Photo of EMV
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Hard pour.

L: Dark brown pour.. nearly black with a finger of creamy white head. Long lasting, but thin for a nitro.

S: Coffee and grains.

T.F: Strong espresso presence. Semi-sweet with some light roast. Earthy.. some caramel. Light bodied... the least creamy nitro beer I've ever had. More coffee at the finish.

O: They hit on the coffee part... but the nitro attempt was a fail, and this didn't do a whole lot for me. Drinks like a brown ale with coffee. Not one I'd re-visit.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1st review, wow! This one scores on looks. I'm fan of High Brew and New Belgium so love this collaboration.
a) The nitro head lasts 2 hours starting at 1 thick tan finger over a brown body that laces lashes.
s) About as strong as a Carton coffee brew, with a smoother creamier profile than High Brew espresso itself.
t) All the expected components of coffee, touch of cream, touch of hop, no real malt.
f) Clean, light, nice 1st beer of night or last.
o) A strong effort, worth while, real coffee.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: nice brown color, big thick tan head, nice lacing
S: coffee, malt, smells a little like a whopper candy
T: a little, coffee, bland, has that New Belgium taste
F: not much mouthfeel, thin bodied
O: very disappointing

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Photo of zeff80
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of coffee, caramel and floral notes. Mild coffee taste. Not much else.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

im not sure this is always on nitro in draft form, i dont believe it was when i had it. i will update when i have the nitro format, but im not sure it warrants a separate listing for that. with a name like cold brew, and a darker color than most cream ales, i expected the coffee to really pop in this, to really be bold, but thats not the case at all, its quite mellow in here overall. a lot of coffee cream ales or blondes with coffee dont show much color from the coffee, if any at all, so i was surprised to see this pour a clear amber to brown shade, definitely colored by the coffee, doesnt look like a conventional cream ale at all, but its got a short and sturdy pale white head with nice retention. smells like warming coffee in its truest bean form, with hints of dry cocoa, hazelnut, and amaretto to it, and some sweetness from the grain carrying it forward, the base beer isnt all that light to me, but it supports the coffee well and keeps this from being one dimensional. the coffee has good flavor, but its lighter than i want it to be, and its bitter side that i keep waiting for in the finish never really comes, a touch sweet instead on the swallow. i like the nuttiness, and i like the tidy fermentation on this, the high liveliness, but i could stand this being a little less safe on the coffee. the color is misleading, but it tastes good and its real drinkable at this lower alcohol strength. i look forward to trying this in the nitro format, can or tap, i think the flavors kind of beg for that. will update here when i get the chance! wintery and good, but more mellow than it needs to be on the coffee.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nitro, my arse! Looks like a brown ale with a lady finger firecrackers worth of tan head. Was hoping to be smacked over the head with coffee scents, but it's very mild on the nose. Smells like your run of the mill beer, really. This is a brew that thrives on the tongue, baby! It's crammed fulla creamy textured cold brew that just gets deeper and more complex as you sip. The coffee they used in this must be fantastic on it's own. Pleasant nutty aftertaste. A little watery, but this is a 5% ABV cream ale, not some imperial stout monster, so that's to be expected. I wish it were socially acceptable to drink this instead of coffee in the morning.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a dark brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is very light consisting of a small amount of a toasted malt and coffee aroma mixed with some smells of caramel and crème.
Taste – The taste begins with a toasted brown bread flavor that has some caramel sweetness and a decent light hit of coffee right from the start. As the taste advances some more flavors of coffee and a bit of a nuttiness join the taste. As the taste advances further toward the end a bit of a herbal and earthy taste come to the tongue and with a very light char and crème taste that come at the finish, one is left with a moderate iced coffee taste that has a hint of dank hop.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to slightly more watery in thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. For the iced coffee nature of the brew the thin feel was OK and fitting of an iced coffee, but overall I would have liked a little thicker body to accentuate the roasted malt nature of the brew slightly better
Overall – An alright coffee brew, but nothing all that fantastic.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky chestnut color with tawny highlights. The rumored "nitro" manifests in little more than a thin film of khaki suds. Mild aroma smells of coffee with notes of beer.

The taste features an authentic dose of roasted coffee beans up front, succeeded by an even bigger blast of latte and espresso toward the middle and back. Bitterness has more of an astringent, roasted character than hop bitterness per se. There's also a slightly vegetal quality to the finish, which may just be a misapprehension due to the unusual pairing of coffee with a cream ale. Light body and mild carbonation make for a drinkable mouthfeel that could use a bit more texture at the very least.

While I was mildly skeptical how this concept would turn out in practice, the robust coffee presence definitely gives this brew some legs, even if the nitro moniker strikes me as more of a marketing ploy than anything. As an out-of-the-box session beer, this serves quite admirably.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap

Pours de brown in color with a one-finger creamy white head. Smells of fresh roasted coffee, cream and vanilla. Tastes of coffee, vanilla cream, vanilla, hint of caramel. Medium body creamy mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of Jason
4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

There are some beers that cross my path that make me stop and think for a moment ... perhaps longer. I'll start off that this is one of the most interesting beers I've run into in 2019. Not hugely complex as far as the flavor profile but complex in a sense that it is completely balanced with a near perfect mouth feel form the beer formulation and having it from a nitro can. Brewers intention is clearly hit ... a bullseye. Obviously not your typical cream ale, but the whole cold brewed coffee meets beer is a love story on my palate.

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/29/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a brown with auburn and mahogany hues; creamy light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of coffee along with mild hints of peanut butter. Some vanilla, cocoa and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. The coffee shines without completely dominating. More hints of vanilla. Some chocolate coming through. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation. It's more or less what you would expect from a nitro beer. It's smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a solid coffee brew. It drinks like a light beer, but it's still flavorful. It might not be "mind blowing", but they deliver exactly what you would expect. Not bad at all.

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Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 63 ratings