Farmer Ted's Cream Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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Farmer Ted's Cream AleFarmer Ted's Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Farmer Ted's Farmhouse Cream Ale

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 33
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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BeccaH
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jdrankin
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of PDXHops
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Growler poured into a shaker pint. See-thru straw with a bubbly/fizzy head that quickly fades to a wispy skim of foam. A bit of lacing here and there.

The nose is fairly crisp and clean, but there's a fair amount of honeyish sweetness to this beer. Mild notes of peach and apple. Tastes decent enough, but lacking in the attenuation department. Definitely could stand to lose some of the residual sweetness, and to gain some carbonation. A little heavy and sweet on the palate for what should be a delicately constructed, refreshing style.

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Photo of suzychesser
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Golden32
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KM_Seahawk
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok, to syrupy/sweet for me, may have been nice with some hops in there,

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. can in a shaker pint. No date. The dull golden body supported a white head that quickly faded to nothing.

The smell was lightly vegetal. Anonymous fruit, maybe cooked peaches?

The taste was crisp fruitiness with a light sour/tart flavor. Solidly malty. Lightly bready. Pretty easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Dense and zippy in the mouth but a little slippery and smooth in the finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and skunk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, slight skunk, and earthy. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but very weak. The earthy aspect I picked up on was kind of nice. But in a Cream Ale? That shouldn't be here... This one is worth trying for a fan of the style or a ticker, but once and done is good enough for me.

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Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Barley's

This beer would be a good crossover beer for a macro fan. The beer looked like a macro with a thin head. The taste was similar to a light beer. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth for the style. The drinkability was good. This beer could be sessioned with ease.

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Photo of RockyM72
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of fmccormi
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a large snifter (Funky Buddha snifter—about 19oz? It’s a big glass). No canning date that I can see, but this isn’t so old . . . bought it a couple weeks ago when visiting Asheville, NC. What a town.

Appearance (3.0): Sure looks like a cream ale. Pours with about two and a half fingers of crackly, eggshell-white head that fizzles down relatively quickly—nooot the greatest retention, but not so far off for the (cream ale) style. The body is a clear, yellow-ish golden color. Sure looks like a “fizzy yellow beer.”

Smell (3.0): Corn, sweet cereal character (like Corn Pops), and . . . not much else. Maybe a hint (?) of spice. There’s a sweet, nominally fruity character, like apple juice.

Taste (3.25: Kind of follows the nose, but add in some interesting phenolic character—not quite medicinal, not quite “band-aid,” not quite herbal—just kinda something else. Floral, I guess, is the right word. But there’s more of that fresh sweetcorn and apple juice making up some confluence of malt and theoretically possibly some yeast esters. But this is really more like an AAL/Cream Ale with some Belgian-linked phenolic character bringing up the rear. Hops? I mean, they might be somewhere in there.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Well, it’s got a good feel. Soft, lush carbonation that spread out evenly, floating a light-side-of-medium-weight body that has a lightly dry finish, in spite of the apple juice-like malt character.

Overall (3.25): Well, it’s a cream ale. About run of the mill, except for some interesting, mild phenolic character on the apalte and a pretty solid mouthfeel. Fortunately, I like cream ales. It’s not my favorite (that’s probably Sixpoint Sweet Action), but it’s not horrible, and does have a thing or two to set apart from the others. I’ve often thought that you could do some interesting things with a beer that is a cream ale at heart, but using saison yeast and Brett; however, that’s not happening here. Still, in my completely unprofessional opinion, I would say this is just a not-bad Cream Ale, but not a lot more. It is what it is.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 121 ratings