Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale | Due South Brewing Co.

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Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream AleMaple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 115
Photo of gnartothecore
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 11/01/16. 8.2%

A - deep, hazy amber with about 1/2" of light tan head. Minimal lacing.

S - MAPLE! right there in your face, no surprises on that end. Slight orange scent, almost overpowered by the maple. But it's there, don't worry.

T - Maple sweetness that fades into orange bitterness. Almost no trace of alcohol. Nicely balanced.

M - This one sits right outside the door of ThickNHeavy. Creamy with medium carb.

O - I know it's kinda cliche to say this, buuuuuut...this mother seriously reminds me of my Saturday morn bfast when I was a young turd. It's nicely balanced between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of xtaylorm
4.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely unreal. If you're a fan of the Caramel Cream Ale and even the luxurious Imperial Caramel Cream Ale then this beer is FOR YOU. Assuming you like Maple Syrup and Orange of course.

I tried this beer at their taproom and was absolutely floored. It pours to be a deep dark brown and have strong scent of freshly juiced oranges with a slighty hazy sweet smell of maple.

It starts off sweet but has a small acidic orange bite at the end which makes the entire sip/gulp to be evolutionary and ultimately delectable. At one point I could close my eyes and imagine the taste of 'breakfast' the maple syrup from the pancakes with a quick swig of orange juice. It's a very modest and inquisite take of the famous alcholic shot including of Jamenson, Butterscotch Scnapps followed by a small shot of OJ.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of celery. Doesn't make sense but absolutely there. First taste was strong of maple syrup and then a strong taste of celery. Not exactly pleasant. Second taste was all celery. Third taste was creamy orange. That's where the taste kicked in. Not sure why the celery was so strong at first but now I taste a nice smooth orange cream. Solid beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This looks a bit like the bacon grease I used to fry my eggs in this morning. It smells something like a liquor filled chocolate covered orange. Except there's this sweet sap-like sweetness trying to play. The taste is the best part. I swear I can taste, orange marmalade, pancakes, caramel, maybe some maple syrup, a touch of either hop bitterness and/or alcohol. (I can't decipher because it's early, or maybe there's just so many flavors masking it.) It truly is something fun to drink in the morning, or when making breakfast for dinner. It's definitely a southern breakfast beer. It's very fun!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

The beer pours a clear amber with minimal head retention/lacing. The nose presents sweet and zesty orange marmalade followed by a grainy sweetness reminiscent of oatmeal covered in maple syrup. The flavors are in better harmony than expected - slightly nutty maple, bitter orange zest, some caramel, and a lingering orange peel/grain. It has a relatively light body, but bold and distinct maple and orange flavors. The carbonation is adequate and booze kept to a minimum - quite drinkable. I'm impressed by how well these flavors worked together - definitely did not know what to expect per the beer's description.

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Photo of rudzud
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy toffee caramel hue. Nice light head and wisps. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of orange liquor galore, it's boozy without being boozy. Light maple sweetness, more like a maple cream. Interesting 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

T - Taste is maple cream galore. Coffee cream, big astringent orange. Nice maple cream candy but the orange liquor is a bit heavy. Beer reminds me of the maple from Vermont. They orange is rather bitter. 4 (x .45 = 1.8)

M - Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation, rather syrupy. 3.75 (x .1 = .375)

O - Overall this beer was a fun one. Loads of maple goodness. Just wish the orange wasn't as liquor heavy as it is 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.88
Serving Type: Can

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to rudzud for this one. Can unreadable date something in 8/05/14

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, copper reddish maroon like brownish toffee color. Nice legs on the sides. 4

Nose is like fake orange, orange syrup cough syrupy kinda thing, mild booze brings a cointreau orange liquor like aroma, little cream, orange oil like potpourri oil, as it warms mild orange creamscicle. 3.5

Taste is similar, a bitter orange rind and fake orange flavor, chemical orange, with mild coffee cream and sweet candy cream thing, and into big time maple creams, candy, etc with fair to mild sweetness. little creamy orange creamscicle note but very little. Lingering maple and coffee creams, gran Marnier like flavor. Finish is dry but sticky, little booze warmth, weird bitterness like orange rind that doesn't blend well. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, lighter carb, but not bad, booze isn't too out front. Booze brings like gran Marnier character but not boozy. 3.75

Overall mixed. 3.75

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Photo of jivex5k
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Was looking forward to this beer...A bit disappointed but I knew I was taking a risk. For what it's worth I'm not the biggest fan of orange, but I have been enjoying Due South's caramel cream ale in a can. That said I will try and be as objective as possible here.

The appearance is nice, good head retention, solid color, slightly orange but it could be my mind tricking me. Unfortunately this seems to be the best quality of this beer.

It's got a very heavy orange aroma, expected of course, it's powerful. Then the maple hits the back of the aroma along with some...I don't know, a prickly smell if that makes spice or something. Also get a bit of caramel, but mostly orange and maple. It smells...artificial? Hard to say but it does...

Ok...I'm warming up to the taste...hmm...yes...ok...This isn't as bad as I first thought, maybe just a system shock? I mean literally from the time I started writing this til right now I thought the taste was not great, but now it's OK. Lots of orange in the swallow, caramel up front, maple finish. The orange really hits the back of your throat and the maple coats your mouth. The orange is ruining this beer for me, but like I said, subjective, so I won't dock a lot of points for that. OK...I can see a citrus lover enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is solid. Creamy cream ale, well done.

Overall, while not my cup of tea personally it's well done, except for the artificial maple flavor. Take out the orange and I'd buy it again.

I wasn't able to finish the can FWIW. Just too much sweetness and orange.

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Photo of troygreer
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

The nose was very Orange cream forward and reminded me of a cream soda but the flavor was a maple mess.

I enjoy maple syrup and it was very heavy on the maple which gave me an initial enjoyment. On the other hand, the way it masked the other flavors and blended everything into an unpalatable mash up, made this beer a drain dump for me (as well as the other 3 people who cracked open a can)

Like with many other beers that attempt an orange flavor, it was very artificial with what little I could taste.

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Photo of johnjohnbeer
4.5/5  rDev +25%

This beer is insane. I've never had anything like it. We had it at a tasting and almost everyone thought it was one of the most unique beers we've ever had. Really enjoyed this. Cream mouth feel and then every flavor listed right in a row. The maple finish is a nice touch.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Deep orange when held up to the light. Pours with a big off-white head. Some lacing and a thick collar.

Smell - Orange can be smelled across the room. Pungent and very fresh smelling. Maple behind it.

Taste - Much more maple-y, especially up front. Bright orange, but it's more subdued up front. Some caramel malt. Orange flavor comes back with a pithy bitterness steeped in bright orange flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Surprisingly bitter.

Overall - This is the kinda beer where the name tells you exactly what it will taste like. Orange stronger in the nose, maple stronger in the flavor.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Sample procured at EBF. Pours an deep, cloudy orange color.

S-Well the name is spot on. A combination of oranges and maple for sure. The oranges remind me of triple sec.

T-Very sweet. Almost like a mixed drink. Orange, caramel and maple are all there. Finishes with a sweet graininess.

M-Medium bodied and the alcohol is hidden by the sweetness. Tingly carbonation.

O/D-Points for individuality. I didn't love it all too much but I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

A definite highlight at the EBF for me. Orange hits first in the aroma and strong. Flavor is maple fudge mixed with orange wedges, Body is super creamy and spot on. Balances a nice sweetness while remaining refreshing. Please bottle this ASAP!

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Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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