Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale | Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream AleNot Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
145 Ratings
Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream AleNot Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
smalltownbrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-11-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,532
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
145
pDev:
15.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of shelby415
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniel_Novakowski
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iluvink
4.71/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of jma11
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of gtickle41
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Beer I've ever had!! get me a keg asap

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Photo of curlybird
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattjp03
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TPZEM
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Chrissypedia
1.94/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

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Photo of drstalker
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
1.87/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KnappStout
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Scruffy82
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redsoxjim
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale from Small Town Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 145 ratings