Sunlight Cream Ale | Sun King Brewing Company

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80
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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
sunkingbrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by howardf on 08-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
17.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 88
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have said it many times but i will say it again, we need more cream ales out there. they aren't all going to be world class, but its a nice refreshing drink and definitely underrepresented on the beer scene. this one is very light, but still maintains a classic frothy mouthfeel and bright carbonation. there is indeed a milky sweetness to this that hints at corn-like sugar, but the finish is still clean. I'm missing a little body here, and also some balancing hops for bitterness, but i really like the drinkability and the package (four pack of pint cans), a very good dose. this is nothing earth shattering, but it is a useful brew. good blonde beer for colder weather too, as it has a little meat to it despite the thinner body. of the handful of beers i have had from sun king, this is not the highest quality but one of the ones i appreciate the most. let cream ales live on!

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very light golden color and a modest head that doesn't produce much lacing

Smell: A bit grainy with a biscuity character

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors, up front, with a growing toffee character; by mid-palate, a fruity, lemony aspect hits the profile, though the finish reverts to the sweeter malt elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent little beer designed for mass appeal, but a little sweet for my palate

Thanks to JAYBLACK, for the chance to re-visit in the can

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Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this over Memorial Day weekend and took notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Very mild with a slight sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet and quite crisp. Just a bit creamy with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side with mild carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: A decent beer, good for summer. Easy drinking, but it was a bit more bitter than I expected.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a couple billowy fingers of bright-white head. This sticks around with a thin foamy layer that leaves a cascade of light spotty froth behind, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and grainy in the nose, with some soft fruit accents poking out, as well as a green floral character that rounds out the edges.

Malt sweetness splashes the tongue in the taste, with some green earthy citrus mixed in and just a light touch of balancing bitterness which prickles the tongue. Finishes with some lingering residual sweetness and a bit of grit. Fairly clean overall though. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a nice easy crispness to that gets maybe a little bit watery towards the back of the swallow.

This was definitley decent for a Cream Ale, with a little more a hop profile to it which helped add a bit more flavor and crispness. Not sure if this is worth the same $10 per 4-pack price as the Osirus but it's still a good one to keep chilled in the fridge and then go to town on during those hot summmer months.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CANtinuing the ongoing saga that is The CANQuest (TM), no CAN is safe from review! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "Sunlight Cream Ale is a crisp, easy drinking, East Coast Style-Cream Ale. Cream Ale is one of the earliest styles of AmeriCAN beer, but was virtually wiped out by AmeriCAN lager brewers. Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat and oats are used to give this beer its smooth malt profile which is delicately balanced with AmeriCAN hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish."

My initial pour netted me two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head fizzled and popped its way out of existence. Color was sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet and adjunct-free. It is nice to smell an all-malt beer every once in a while. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very clean malty sweetness on the tongue. I would be curious to know what hops were used since its bitterness is almost non-existent. Finish was crisp and refreshing, definitely approachable for novice craft beer drinkers. A solid CANdidate for the cooler on the way to the beach. Definitely seek this out!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one on Friday.

A: The pour is a pale straw like color with a touch of haze and a short lived white head.

S: A bit of an off-putting nose which seems to be composed of corn for the most part. A slight skunkiness, but at least it's not as bad as Osiris.

T: The flavor is pretty standard for a cream ale, nicely sweet with a touch of yeast and bread. Very clean flavors and actually pretty refreshing.

M: Light in body as you would tend to expect with a crisp carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style, but this was a nice refreshing beer which is one thing I like about these kinds of beers. Worked well on a hot day at the Bruery.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AlexFields
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Duff27
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Booming three inch white head out of the can. Beer itself is an extremely pale golden color. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Grainy/grassy/cereal grains.

T- Bready. Hint of lemon. "Adjuncty" aftertaste.

M- Crisp...nice carbonation bit to it.

D/O- Very easy drinking, refreshing. Good lawnmower beer. Thanks again dannyfrost for the Sun King!

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Photo of BeerOps
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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