Castle Cream Ale
Castle Danger Brewery

Castle Cream AleCastle Cream Ale
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #26
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,677
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
143
From:
Castle Danger Brewery
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  53
SCORE
87
Very Good
Castle Cream AleCastle Cream Ale
Notes: 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.
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johnwarne from Florida

3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A beer haiku for you.

Minnesota cream.
But not an ale lover’s dream.
Don’t expect a scene.

The very term “cream ale” sets a certain expectation, no? Likely sessionable and good for the breed, but just not for me. Cheers.

Feb 25, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Light aromas of malts and cream soda are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and cream soda.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, somewhat smooth, and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather flavorful for a cream ale.

Serving type: can

Aug 02, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, mostly clear deep orange color with a mild, but tidy white head that lasts. SRM 11-14 (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas upfront of warmed honey biscuits baked with vanilla and pizza crust. Faint aromas of creamed corn, grain husk, bread, honey, and cream, with a little mandarin orange and cherry twist. Lactose from the cream is detectable. I think the fruity twist I'm getting might be some bread spice as well. The bread/cherry spice sort of reminds me of a mild Boston Lager spice. As the beer warms the cherry/vanilla and caramel really comes out. (3.75)

Flavor: Honey, corn, vanilla and white cream sweetness upfront. Some sweet cherry and mandarin orange. Ends into a husky and dry corn flavored finish. There's a good creamed corn-flavored and cherry malt liquor twang. Cherry cream soda? Mint toothpaste? Maybe some redfruit that reminds me of an Amber. But rather more fresh bread and vanilla. It's like a European cream filled bun. As the beer warms the cherry/vanilla and caramel really comes out. (3.75)

Feel: Heavier, and less carbonated. Does hit the creamy note. Slight residue left on the tongue, but it's nice and tamed. Leaves a salted white rice flavor on the palate. Finishes rather dryer than I expected.( 3.75)

Compared with Dorothy's New World Lager: It pours a darker color. It has more of a honey maltiness. Less dry bread. Heavier and sweeter.

Compared with Dortmund Gold: Nearly Identical in appearance. Aroma is fainter, but flavor is fuller. Slightly lighter on the aroma with more lactose. Very similar though. The flavor is more of a corn, malt liquor, cherry, and creamy lactose flavor rather than a sweet bready malt. Same in terms of body and feel. Nearly identical beers.

Compared with Surly's First Avenue: This one pours a much darker color with a smaller head. Much stronger aromas and malty. Richer with more biscuit and caramel. More cherry & spice. Finishes much heavier and sweeter overall.

Compared w/ Smithwick's Red Irish Ale 3/4/20: This one pours a lighter color. Stronger and maltier. Less dark flavors, but stronger malty bread, corn, and sweet flavors. Heavier and sweeter despite being lighter colored.

Compared w/ Schell's Cream Ale 3/14/20: Pours a much darker orange/amber color. Stronger aromas of cornbread and cherry. Heavier bodied and sweeter honey-like. This is much better.

Compared with SA Boston Lager 4/16/20: Pours a similar color with a smaller head. Stronger aromas. More cherry flavers here. Less bready malts. Stronger flavors with more of a Cherry bite. Pretty similar other than the Cherry. Winner: Castle Cream for intensity

Overall: My first and favorite cream ale. I do get more vanilla, cherry, citrus, and rich red fruit notes than I expected, but maybe my palate isn't trained for this type of beer. Sort of like an Amber in terms of cherry & vanilla, without the hoppy bite. It's like a cherry cream filled bun. It's really good and not too sweet. Will definitely be coming back to this one. (Final Rating 3.78)

Jul 27, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped 02/19/19. Thanks to my uncle Gary for giving me a can to try. A fluffy off-white head slowly fades to a foam atop a golden hued ale. Aroma is pleasant hinting at biscuity & nutty grain, honey, and spicy & grassy hops. Nice balanced flavors of lightly toasted grain, honey, maybe a bit of corn, and earthy, spicy, and grassy hops. Light-to-medium body, soft carbonation, balanced finish. This one surprised me - it was better than expected.

May 27, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Thought this was a really good cream ale, a style that is hard to find these days, let alone done well. Cloudy golden body with two fingers white foam. Caramel, corn sweetness, malt, biscuit, and cereal grains make up smell and taste. No frills, just straight cream ale, a throwback. Feel is a little sweet, but fits into style parameters

May 24, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

Look - A crisp clear golden amber with a tall pillowy white head that likes to linger around as some mild lacing.

Smell - Mild sweet grains and just ripe bananas. Very mild and inoffensive.

Taste - Really sweet, but not unpleasantly so. Lingers a bit before cresting into a bit of biting hops. Like a bitter vanilla ice cream.

Feel - A thin body with just the right amount of carbonation makes this an easy and enjoyable drink.

Overall - Nothing special really, but nothing about this beer is bad. Simply enjoyable, nothing much to sit and contemplate on. A plain drinker, through and through.

May 18, 2019
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Simp!y looks drinkable. Dark copper cloudy with retained fluffy head. A little rock salt and a moustache, and you will be in libation heaven, circa 1910.

Sep 21, 2018
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious brew for a summer day. This is one I like to let warm up, as the biscuit flavors really shine through - the finish is a delicious buttery biscuit and pleasing to the palate.

Sep 14, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark golden color with a white head. Smell was corn ,grain and wet hay. Taste was grain and bread with hops and mild bitterness A creamy mouth feel with malt in the finish with some mild bitterness.

Jun 30, 2018
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Hopzilla_MN from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious cream ale. Mild caramel and biscuit. Subtle. Highly quaffable (spelling? ). Minimal alcohol so you can go all day.

No, it's not a hoppy IPA, which is what we all think we want. But there are other flavors in the world! This is one of them. Drink it!

Apr 27, 2018
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UncleAvis from Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Oct 27, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Sep 30, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Jul 11, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

May 25, 2017
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Apr 22, 2017
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Feb 19, 2017
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Feb 10, 2017
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a fan of Cream Ales, but this is a really good one. Smells like typical beer but stronger. Sweet, grainy and fruity malty core balanced by light spicy and floral hops. A hint of citrus. Creamy body with a mostly dry finish. A grainy aftertaste typical of Cream Ales hampers the drinkability for me a little.

Sep 14, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having cut my teeth on my dad's Genie Cream Ale as a kid, and later Blatz Light Cream Ale in college I was excited to try this latest cream ale cropping up.

This one has a lot of sweet maltiness to it. Dark burnt orange color....Flavor notes of butterscotch and caramel. A much different animal than those cream ales of yesteryear and certainly much different than Spotted Cow. Probably closer to the old style cream ales than Spotted Cow....This is what I call a tough guy cream ale. A bit cloying and a little too sweet but a nice change up and interesting take on the style.

Aug 06, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Castle Cream pours a dark copper color with a small lacing head. Creamy malty aroma. Taste has very creamy malt flavors; sweet, very full. Good body and feel. Overall a top notch cream ale.

Jun 27, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at green door. White head. Lace.
Golden color.

Sweet, bready malts. Some toffee and caramel. Not light bodied but not medium. Decent flavor for a cream ale. Has a kings Hawaiian bread flavor.

Jun 17, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at a Duluth bar, from a chilled can into a shaker pint. There just wasn't much flavor at all. Once the beer warmed a bit, it was much better. It's appropriately sweet, malty, and hoppy too. It's a nice beer, and just a little different from the crowd.

Apr 04, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Burger Jones, into a shaker. Fairly clear, reddish amber, one finger offwhite head, little to no lacing.

Nose is clean...lots of malty sweetness, some grain. Pretty straightforward. Taste: Sweet and smooth, a little hoppy edge and tingle on the tongue, and more malt. Maybe some corn. Not much bitterness, but the hops do give a little balance and lift to what otherwise is pretty malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good, rich, creamy... but wow, this is pretty full-bodied and heavy for the style.

Mar 07, 2016
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Metalsnota from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best cream ale that I have ever had. It is leaps and bounds above Spotted Cow. The beer has a well defined creamy taste with a balancing hop bitterness.

Jan 10, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fluffy white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel and floral notes. Toasted caramel taste with a sharp grassy bitterness.

Dec 30, 2015
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