Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Castle Cream Ale | Castle Danger Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Castle Cream AleCastle Cream Ale
BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
93 Ratings
Castle Cream AleCastle Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castle Danger Brewery
Minnesota, United States
castledangerbrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sitting around the kitchen table during our start-up days, the need for a sessionable beer became clear. Our first intern actually came up with the idea to brew a cream ale, so we started designing the recipe. As with all Castle Danger beers, we start with a flavor profile, then expand upon it to create something unique. Castle Cream is our version of a cream ale. Deep gold in color, it has a soft malty aroma, slightly sweet creamy texture with a balanced bitterness, while finishing smooth and clean.

Added by garymuchow on 07-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,221
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
93
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of dnmyrick
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UncleAvis
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured nice and clear from a 12 oz can. Good head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Minimal aroma, malty and a bit sour.
Taste was smooth and creamy, with sour undertone. Not in a good way. Sour taste went away quickly when cold but as it warmed up the sourdough really lingered. Maybe thats intentional for the style but i didnt care for it. Drinkable but cloying. I really liked their pale ale so gave this one a try. Not a $10 sixer.

 434 characters

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pub glass

Pours nearly clear and light copper/amber with an excellent foamy, bubble-bath thick head with excellent lacing. A nice-looking beer. Somewhat dark for the style.

Aromas are very sweet and malt-forward with corn very present. Little or no hops discerned. A hint of dorm-beer sourness in the background. Not offensive but not exciting.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. Malts still very forward, with adjunct corn pretty apparent, but the sweetness imparted by the corn doesn't reach the cloying level, as the hops that were pretty much absent in the aroma department show up in the flavor, though only a bit. The flavor is somewhat unbalanced toward the sweet end, but that's not terribly out of the ordinary for many takes on this style, and it's still solid. There is just a hint of drying acidity at the back of the palate that helps a bit.

The mouthfeel is solid and makes this a very drinkable/sessionable brew. The carbonation is excellent, but not overly aggressive for this style, and provides a crisp fairly-clean finish.

Overall, a decent take on the style.

 1,128 characters

Photo of tjb27
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jimmah120
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_LSwOh
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Demi
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TooGood
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber with an average head. The aroma has notes of raw grain, toffee, caramel, and brown bread. The flavor features rich brown bead, toffee, fudge, and lots of grain. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and creamy, with soft carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer - very drinkable, yet with a a fullness that is nicely satisfying.

 355 characters

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright amber with a light copper tint under a 2" mousse-like cream colored lacy cap with good retention.

S: malty with a hint of corn and light corn sweetness. Aromas are medium low and hop aromas are low.

T: malty, lightly sweet, medium low corn character, a trace of caramel, low hop flavors and medium low bitterness. The bitterness and malt have an almost tea like character.

F: medium to medium light and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This is a refreshing and easy to drink beer.

 500 characters

Photo of Dms844
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Clear. Sweet and malt forward - bitterness at the end is mild and overshadowed by the malt. Mouth is creamy and we'll carbonated.

Not a style I love, but well done for what it is.

 231 characters

Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ipeters1017
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours on the darker side of copper with a thin head. Smells bready and malty, and tastes similar. No bitterness whatsoever, definitely a malt-forward beer with a sweet note to it. Creamy mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink during this unseasonably warm February, and the sweetness doesn't make it any less refreshing. I think this would be a great intro to ales for people who are used to lager.

 414 characters

Photo of Tbruns65
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great smooth drinking beer. This beer is way better out of the tap than a can. Nice cream after taste

101 characters

Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is small, and recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is pleasant with some nice floral and herbal things balancing some bready malts. The flavor is a bit more malt forward which takes away from balance found on the nose. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice cream ale, but there are better ones out there.

 434 characters

Photo of Bwbrev
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Castle Cream Ale from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 93 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.