Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale
Small Town Brewery

Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream AleNot Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale
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Cream Ale
3.82 | pDev: 16.49%
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream AleNot Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale
Notes: A creamy botanical craft beer brewed with Madagascar Vanilla, combining a lightly sweet savor with a smooth finish to create a refreshing botanical craft beer.
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AirMars from Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers ever. Wish they still made it. They honestly should bring it back with a higher alc %.

Looks dark for a vanilla ale (darker usually means better)

Smells like vanilla.

Tastes like the best cream soda ever with a little bop in it.

Very smooth drink. They should bring it back seasonally at least.

Jul 30, 2020
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OhMy from Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really good! Tastes like a refreshing cream soda, but like the best cream soda that I've ever had. It smells like cream soda, not of alcohol, and leaves a nice feel inside the mouth. The color is amber. I would drink more if I had them.

Oct 08, 2018
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Iluvink from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Okay, you beer/ale snobs, this ain't a West Coast IPA, or barrel aged Belgium ale, and it's not trying to be. It's a vanilla cream ale, and it does what it is supposed to do. Get non-beer/ale people to drink it.

In my opinion, it does exactly that. It's not a session ale or even a usual choice for me, but for what it is intended for, it is spot on.

Feb 18, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: The same amber as a cream soda, with a small white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Strong vanilla backed by malt, almost like a vanilla kvass or Malta.

Taste: Stronger vanilla than the nose suggests, with the maltiness faint on the back end. Tastes very much like a grown-up cream soda.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and minimally carbonated.

Overall: A very strange brew, one that I would hesitate to call a beer, but still very tasty.

Jan 01, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is what it is. You drink this because you want a nostalgic vanilla soda type of taste. It doesn't disappoint. Don't taste any alcohol. Just a creamy vanilla flavor.

Dec 25, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Small Town Brewery "Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Alco-pop. I'm not sure why I even bought this except out of curiosity. It's a clear deep amber beneath a short head of off-white that dies down quickly just like a soda. The smell is sweetish with some caramel and vanilla, and the flavor is even sweeter with way more vanilla. It really does taste like a vanilla soda pop. With that said, I wonder how many calories are in here. It's got to be a lot, there's just so much sugar. It's sweeter than an actual soda, and all that sugar gives it a dextrinous medium to medium-full body. Fortunately the carbonation cuts through it. It's sweet and it ends sweet with plenty of authentic tasting vanilla lingering - once again, exactly like soda pop. Here's my question though, if this is just 4.1% alcohol by volume why not just add some vodka to vanilla soda? It probably wouldn't be as sweet as this, and it probably wouldn't have as much body, but it'd be a hell of a lot cheaper. You'd only need a few drops of vodka and a cheap bottle of vanilla cream soda. Of course then you'd have to mix it and that's a hassle. To each his own, but this is not for me. If I want a soft drink I want a soft drink, not a hard soft drink.

Nov 30, 2017
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TPZEM from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep muddy brown/red color with NO head whatsoever... If I wasn't attracted by the color of the beer, it would receive much lower marks due to the nature of cream ales (which this seems to have none of at first glance). No lacing of the beer with what appears to be very light carbonation. Smells exactly as branded: a vanilla cream scent with mild caramels. Mostly though you just get overpowered with sweetness. Tastes again as if one would suspect - little to no alcohol taste, mostly just a surprisingly sweet vanilla-y brew with mild notes of toasted caramels and nut flavor. Doesn't particularly sit well on the palate after the swalllow - kind of mixes its alcoholic roots with that of the soda it is named for. The mixture is a bit off-putting. Light mouthfeel; if I didn't know I was drinking alcohol, upon first impression, I would say this tastes just like a soda. Overall, a very nice addition to the not your father's line. Not their best attempt at a hard soft drink, but definitely better than best damn or other knock-offs. Solid brew. Would recommend for the more adventurous.

Jul 29, 2017
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Chrissypedia from Florida

1.94/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer would be better named "Vanilla Cream SODA". It is cloyingly sweat, like a cream soda that's too sweat, even for cream soda. I'm really amazed by the scores for this beverage. A cream ale is a very mildly sweat light beer style, with a large foamy head. It should be light and refreshing. Vanilla is a lovely, mild aromatic spice which sounded great to add to a cream ale. Its unfortunate, this is not that beverage. This tastes nothing like a cream ale and the vanilla tastes artificial. Though carbonated, it didn't have a head to speak of. You could maybe dilute this 1:4 into a good pub ale like Boddingtons or Tetleys to make it drinkable.

Jul 04, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale brewed by Small Town Brewery, with an ABV of 4.10% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. Faint lacing to this brew, not much to speak of. This brew has the look of cream soda. The smell is rich with sweetness, lots of caramels. Smells and looks just like cream soda. Now for the taste, it is rich with sweetness. It tastes just like a cream soda with some minor brew notes. You can pick up on some of the grains and malts in the taste. However the cream soda sweetness masks the brew taste. If you are not a fan of sweet brews, stay away from this one. But if you enjoy a nice sweet refreshing cream soda every once in awhile look this one up. The body is a light medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale is Rich Sweet, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale a soild 4 out 5. I would look this brew up again. Small Town Brewery, did a nice job with this brew.

Apr 26, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lingered longer than expected. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of vanilla, malt, and caramel.

T: Like the aroma of the taste is dominated by vanilla, but there's also a hint of caramel, some light malt notes, and a definite, indefinable syrupy quality. The flavor for this beer is bound to be divisive. If you like vanilla, you'll like it. There's very little booze, or anything else beerlike. Still light, sweet and tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that won't appeal to everyone. I happen to like oddball brews like this.

Apr 12, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and chestnut in color, with foam that fizzes away like soda and refuses to form a head, instead leaving a barren surface just seconds after finishing the pour. No lacing.

Smell - Sweet. Very sweet. Think vanilla frosting with a bit of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sugary sweet profile with caramel and fresh vanilla character. Mild boozy taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sticky texture with a crisp finish.

Overall - Good for what it is, but way too sweet for me. Much more soda-like; nothing here in the flavor would even hint at this being a beer. I'm one and done with it.

Dec 25, 2016
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Solo007 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass (sniffer).

When is a beer not a beer? When it's an insane alcoholic vanilla cream soda.

Pours a dark cream soda brown, no head whatsoever. Nose is strong vanilla with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg I'm still debating if it's real or artificial vanilla that I'm noticing - still, it's rather delightful) . Upon first taste is that of drinking a cream soda with only the faintest detection of alcohol and milk (did they even bother to add alcohol in this stuff anyway?): This is not soda pop, rather soda with pop to it. Very sweet (perhaps too sweet), with a medium-heavy body this ideal as a dessert brew or better with a scoop of ice cream for the mother, father and holy spirit of all ice cream sodas. Believe me when I say: You can drink a case of NYF'sVCA and not get buzzed. It's a quirky, tasty, un-beer that hits a sweet spot.

Dec 06, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.00
Purchased: Oct. 26, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 10, 2016
Reviewed as: Cream Ale
Misc.: No born on date or best by on the bottle

Kind of a sucker for these Small Town Brewery beers, really liking NYFRB (4.45) and the boozy version (4.55), and even enjoying the NYFGA (4.15). Hoping for something similar even though it’s #CraftAdjace.

Poured a copper amber, clear color with one finger of fizzy, off-white head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled artificial vanilla, Marshmallow Fluff, milky cream, a touch of buttery booze and some caramel sweetness. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was even better than the nose, tasting a lot like a cream soda. Not as much artificial vanilla as the nose, vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, Marshmallow Fluff, sugary molasses, cane sugar and some sweet caramel. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This got better as it went down. I had to admit it, but I always like these beers. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

Dec 01, 2016
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Psychoviper from New Mexico

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very tasteful has a awesome flavor does not have a strong alcohol taste which I love about beers where they taste nice and are very enjoyable. This is by far my favorite beer.

Oct 22, 2016
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This stuff is pretty good, the alcohol taste is hardly noticeable so it mostly tastes just like a regular vanilla cream soda. The ABV% is pretty low though compared to the ''not your fathers root beer''.

Oct 20, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a mug

This beer pours burnt orange in color and is highly effervescent. It is topped with a fleeting white head that leaves no trace of its existence.

The smell is syrupy sweet. It smell of vanilla and caramel.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. It is very sweet with vanilla and caramel.

Watery. It has the consistency of semi flat pop.

This is very sweet with no alcohol smell or taste. I would drink this instead of a pop.

Oct 15, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear burnt orange color with a small white head. The aroma is vanilla soda. The tastes is the same as the smell, has no real beer flavor. For a "hard soda" this is excellent.

Sep 30, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste: smooth and sweet much like cream soda with vanilla. clean finish while sweetness dissipates.
Bold vanilla creamy sweet nose. Gold, clear, white head smaller lattice of lace. Medium body for a dessert ale.

Sep 15, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of cream soda. Has a nice head actually. 2 fingers, diminishes as a typical lager would, to a small ring.

Aromas of rich candi sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla wafers, vanilla sandwich cookie...and of course, cream soda. Nice spicey and herbal aromas if you search.

Tastes like a delicious cream soda with an herbal tang and a touch of burnt pan alcohol on the finish. Some graham, sandwich cookie, and vanilla wafer. I shamedly admit it's quite delicious.

Feel is light, crispy, with a gummy, sticky quality to it.

Super delicious, a great candi beer, goes well with pretty much anything. Not great if you're wanting the taste of beer, but if you're wanting a particularly "spiced" ale with tons of sugar flavor, this is your ticket. Very cloying after a few sips though, so unless you're accustomed to soda pop, this probably won't work for you.

Sep 12, 2016
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know these soda beers get a lot of hate, but these things are good! The root beer was out of this world. My neighbor bought a 12 of this for his wife, who is basically a non drinker, and she was not impressed. Knowing I like to imbibe in the good stuff, he offered me the remaining 10 beers. I quickly obliged.

This was drunk on a warm afternoon and it hit the spot. Crisp and clean. A little on the sweet side, but not overly so. Great vanilla flavor with some caramel and butterscotch as well.

Not something to drink all day (maybe it's possible) but damn good for one or two!

Sep 04, 2016
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crob3888 from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As advertised, this pours like a vanilla cream ale with aromas and flavors of vanilla, some milk, and a bit of alcohol as well. It's only slightly off putting as far as the sweetness factor and there's a lingering aftertaste that isn't present with the NYF Root Beer which remains my preferred beer by Small Town.

Sep 04, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours out in a copper/ deep amber color.

The aroma jumps out with tons of vanilla, bubble gum candy.

The flavor follows with that cream soda vanilla note, but follows like a liquified gumballs. The mouthfeel is thin and the product lacks carbonation to ideally imitate soda. The sweetness is medium as it drinks almost like a mix of soda and diet soda.

Aug 23, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The evening seems to have taken a turn towards bottled Vanilla Cream Ales of one stripe or another. I promise to get back to The CANQuest (tm) as soon as possible.

From the bottle: "Small Town Brewery makes specialty beers that utilize unique ingredients with an unmistakable taste of nostalgia"; "This is beer brewed with spices[,] we like to think of it as a refreshing creamy ale with Madagascar Vanilla"; "Best served chilled or poured in a glass over ice"; "We know you'll enjoy it ... we do".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour, producing two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled JUST like A-Treat Cream Soda from when I was a kid! OMFG! It was really sweet, but redolent with vanilla. There was no mistaking it. This may be fun. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, more like pop than ale. The taste was spot-on, if you like Cream Soda. This = that. I have not had Cream Soda in many, many years, but this beer's taste took me right back to my childhood. I know that I generally eschew sweet beers, but whether it was the evocation of nostalgia or following a previous Vanilla Cream Ale, this really struck my fancy. It tasted mainly of vanilla, but there was also a flowery, perfume-y quality to it. The finish was sweet, of course, but in thinking of it as a novelty beer, it was just fine by me.

Aug 18, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Probably the best of these that I've had so far. Looks like a cream soda, smells very nice (leads the "hard soda" class in smell IMO) with all it's vanilla and such. Taste is pretty much what you'd expect. It has a definite cream soda-ish front end but then the alcohol fueled chemical presence pops up. Not horribly off putting, just there. I also believe that it's this characteristic that leads to it coming across as a bit flat, hence a bit lower rating for feel (really, seemed flat as hell). Dunno. It's "ok" I guess, and probably suits folks that don't see thousands of tasty craft beers as options.

Aug 16, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This 'beer' pours a very clear pale gold with a minimal head. The aroma offer a lot of fake vanilla, like dairy queen soft serve. There is also a smell I can only equate with vomit or other human effulvia- a rancid, organic decay smell. The flavor is not as bad as that - It mostly taste like store brand cream soda with an odd bite at the end. The mouthfeel is soda like with lots of bubbles. Overall this is my least favorite from the Not Your Fathers line. Unlike the Root Beer it does not taste like a good version of the product it is mimicking. The smell here is truly bad.

Aug 16, 2016
Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale from Small Town Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 156 ratings