Sunlight Cream Ale | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 473
Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for the lighter lager drinker, the cream ale makes due with domestic corn as its base more so than pilsner styled malted barley. The difference is just as the name suggests: creamy. But the use of American hops gives Sun King's version a little something for craft drinkers too.

Glowing gold, the hazy but still bright beer pulls patiently from a creamy eggshell fluff that forms above the rim. Citrus laden scents frame the nose as aspects of orange, grapefruit and mango bring a fruity edge to a cereal scented foundation. And then sweet like cereal, a striking resemblance to Cap'n Crunch bridges the worlds of breadiness, corn pudding and honey together early in taste.

Its creaminess is withstanding as the beer holds its firmness through the middle palate even as those citrusy flavors trend slightly bitter with citronella, tea, sassafras and pleasant grassiness heading into the later portion of taste.

Cereal flavors tighten as the ale finally turns to dryness and the session trends more lager-like than that of more complex ale. But the beer's intent is effortless drinkability and utmost refreshment while hanging its hat on corn for flavor and a light minty spice of alcohol. Its a fairly crisp, modern and American way to look at the future of cream ale.

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Photo of Nass
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mellow & easy drinking, hint of hops on the finish, grains & malts, a touch of creaminess. Furthermore, there is a best by date on the can. Put down the Budweiser & try a can of this cream ale, it's well worth it. This is easily one of the best cream ales that I have had. It's a well carbonated beer. I'm a big pale lager fan so this style of beer suits me just well. Drinking is supposed to be fun, so I don't care to drink an overtly bitter & challenging session of IPA's every week. Oh, & can't forget the about that great ol Indiana corn that I taste in this beer. On that note, Cheers! B

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned in a crafty craft can and brought back by my film institute training friend
Golden body with decent white head
aroma is grainy
flavour is malty
decent body

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Photo of Nephilium
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild aroma of grain with a touch of sweetness. Pours a clear light amber with a dusting of white head. Light bodied, a nice balance of grain and with a touch of earthy hops. An amazingly good summer drinking beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp semi sweet caramel malts, nutty, hint of hop, dry finish. Fresh grain and light malt nose. Golden hue. slightly hazy, foamy carbonated head some lace. Medium to med/light body. Almost more of a Pils than cream ale. 20 IBUs

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Photo of Tactical_Spatula666
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Tumbleweed, very average. My first cream ale, pretty much tasted like a regular old beer like Budweiser or maybe Coors banquet.
However, the cream sodaish aroma I got from it is what sold me.

Overall not terrible, as stated above very average but would drink again.

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Photo of jkblr
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz canned 8/10/17 poured into a craftmaster one glass at fridge temp (no ABV listed on can). The beer pours bright and slightly darker than straw yellow. The head is off white and settles down to a ring and splotchy film islands. Aroma is mildly sweet but corny in a not nice way. The taste is mild light malt with a tiny bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, very carbonated and the finish is thick with soapy/oily off-putting aftertaste. Overall, below average. This is low ABV malt liquor. I used to think Sun King made good beer but, I think all the hoppy or roasty beers cover the diacetyl (or whatever this is) well. That said, your friends who only drink macro AAL will drink this no problem.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a small white head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, corn and some grassiness. Flavor is sweet and biscuity with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shows of a clear yellow almost pale color very light had that doesn't last very long very little lacing whatsoever some notes of orange perhaps little lemon grass decent aftertaste very good aroma I expected a little bit more from it but it's still not a bad beer at all love trying the local places

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Photo of DaneBramage
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can from a friend in Indianapolis. Drank after mowing the lawn on a warm spring day. Malty and grainy with hints of honey and lemon. Drinkable but nothing special.....reminded me of a non-light macrobrew like Bud or Old Mil but with a better aftertaste. Not terrible but I wouldn't go out of my way to try again. I'm all for supporting small breweries and 'drinking local' like it says on the can, but this beer left a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Feb 15th 2017, Cheers!

Pale and uniform orange color, with perhaps a touch of lemon edged hues. Fairly clear body, and a soapy two finge forming head. Minimal retention, and not a collar to be sparred. Barely a pencil thin hint of a round ring.

Aroma gives off a decent hint of fruity ester note, if a little small and indistinct. Faint touch of maize like sweetness a bit, a hint of faint crispness, but a touch of a little honey syrup quality too.

Palate is fairly decent. Slightly runny body with touches of nice sweetness of malt, and a touch of almost soda cream and sharp hop bite. Lightly carbonated, and a touch flat, but gives even some orange flavor (or is it just the psychological color playing tricks on me?). Crispy slightly, but also tangy finish. Slightly drying mid front palate a bit, but stays away from chalky flavors and feel. Sweetness to a bare minimum.

A decent cream ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright, but not radiant, with a lightly juicy taste over the mild corn, doughy toast, and a crisp finish. Overall a tasty, refreshing beer and a fun take on the cream ale.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tall boy can in a pint glass. This nice cream ale pours
a nice pale honey color with a nice light head that dissipates to a
thin ring and light bubbly layer with light lacing. Nose of pilsner yeast,
soft wheat, subtle grains, and sweet honey malts. Flavors follow the nose
with soft wheat and honey malts lightly dancing on a subtle floral hop note
that is refreshing and quenching. Nice mouth feel, crisp and medium
carbonated with a subtly dry finish. Nice for the style.


THANKS to the little lady's brother for this fine brew from the brewery!

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of IndianaDrinker
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my slumming it craft beer! You get nothing fancy here. Very drinkable beer that I get anytime the selection of high ends is low. This beats your commercial alternative plus it's Indiana made so they get all my respect.

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Photo of drpimento
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an old can that was kept in the fridge. Aroma is heavy caramel, which I think is a result of the age. Flavor reflects that too. Not a bad, beer; just not much of a cream ale at this point.

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Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit darker than a macro. Not much head and no lacing.

Mostly some earthy hops and malts. Standard fare.

Not awful. Pilsner malts and earthy hops, just like the nose. Ginger maybe?

Light bodied with a mostly bitter feel. Aggressive carbonation bite.

Decent beer. Not bad for a wedding reception. Beats the Bud Light alternative.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Sunlight Cream Ale was good....nice for a warmer day. It poured a clear yellow with white head that dissipated quickly and left no lace. The scent has biscuit. The taste was a smooth evenly balanced beer that was quite drinkable. Certainly had bread like base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They call this beer a cream ale but the color is closer to a lager to my eyes. A cream ale should be a light golden and this one...wasn't. It should also be a creamy brew with lots of loft usually from flaked corn, this beer felt like a light pale ale in taste. There wasn't any distinctive characteristic, I was half expecting a twist like coriander or a hit of rye in the grain profile but I was unable to find any. The smell had a bad yeasty tinge to it and otherwise did not have any great aromas from it. The mouthfeel had a dry ending, but bubbly otherwise. This isn't a bad beer but it also isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of DevAJ
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draft at the Broad Ripple area Bazbeaux's in Indianapolis. It's been about a month since I had it, but I remember how smooth and easy to drink it was.

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Photo of leantom
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow, I think that I just discovered the rich man's Budweiser (ale version). Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Pours a perfectly clear yellow with a decent-sized head and moderate lacing. Lots of carbonation, which is a good thing.

S: Very faint. Some bready baker's yeast and adjunct grains. Grainy barley.

T: Follows the nose, with additional emphasis on the adjunct grains. I taste corn, cereal barley, and bready yeast. Emphasis on the corn. The baker's yeast does add a nice touch, however.

F: Good. Well-carbonated; maybe the baker's yeast makes it a tad too bready, though.

O: Good, but won't be getting again.

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Photo of SpenCycle
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I agree that this is a craft beer drinker's light beer. Really nothing much to the taste. A hint of malt, no hop; however, it is smooth. Just not a whole lot to say about it. If you aren't getting the $6 growler, you're paying WAY too much for this beer. Mediocre.

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Photo of bwood06
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass

A - Beer is a clear bright golden in color. Low carbonation is readily visible with small bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. The head is ultra thin and white in color; it dissipates very quickly to a thin lacing. 3.75/5

S - Corn, lightly toasted cereal, and grainy malt make up the majority of the aroma. Grassy hops help balance out the sweetness along with a slight green apple note that comes out towards the end. 3.5/5

T - Stale white bread, light grainy malt, corn and Cheerios are the primary flavor notes throughout the entire profile but there is a bit of very light caramel and light grassy hops that come out as undertone. There is a very light lingering bitterness that does not hang around long. 3.75/5

M - Light and crisp with a bit of creamy smoothness that comes out in the middle. Slightly drying with moderate carbonation throughout the profile. The drying lingers briefly after swallowing but not for overly long. 4/5

O - Well balanced beer between sweet and bitter with a light to medium body results in a sessionable beer that is simple and straightforward. Flavorful but slightly subdued, this beer would pair well with many different foods. 3.75/5

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can courtesy of Trent!

It pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

I get floral hops and some caramel malt in the smell.

The malt in the taste is more of a grainy variety with the hops giving me a lemony kind of bitterness, not tartness, mind you. A bit of corn is noticeable but not a huge detraction.

Fairly light bodied, it does have a weak kind of watery finish.

Cream Ales are not a style that will turn heads but...this is a very good example of the style and it is certainly an easy drinking brew. I like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden, clear, with a huge head of white that reduces slowly. No real lacing.

S - Grains, wheat, oats and sweet maltiness.

T - Following the nose, very strong bread notes. Sweetness contrasts with a bitter hop line that comes forward in the close.

M - Crisp carbonation and slick feel, with a nice bit of drying in the close.

O - Drinkable and bright, an easy tipper with decent balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 473 ratings