Caramel Cream Ale
Due South Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,814
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.39%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
291
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap aboard my cruise ship.
Clear amber color, small white head.
Not much aroma. Sweet malt, a little vanilla.
Taste follows the nose. Caramel, a little vanilla.
Light-bodied and easy drinking.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Jan 14, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a can, popping the top I get a waft of vanilla and caramel. Pours to a caramel brown with a thin head that disappears. Taste is nice thick mouthfeel, lots of vanilla on the front end, transitioning to zest, then a caramel finish that is flatly bitter. Good for what it is. In my opinion a dessert beer as the sweetness is alot to tolerate.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy dark amber. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Light, sweet malt. Not much else.

Taste: Sweet malt with a hint of caramel and gentle, balancing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and well-carbonated.

Overall: A sweet easy drinker. Good for people who don’t like more bitter brews.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, May 01, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

There is a canned on the bottom of the can which let's me know that I'm drinking this beer at 1 month old. The pour is light brown probably due to the caramel malts, it's well carbonated. On the taste im definitely getting the caramel & some sweetness from the vanilla beans, mild toffee, a little bit of roasted malts. This is quite different from the cream ales that I've had in the past, the taste reminds me of a lighter nuttier type of brown ale. This beer is too sweet & roasted tasting for the style. All in all, when I want to try a cream ale I want a cream ale not a beer that is try to copy another style of beer Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Mar 31, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark amber body. Nice frothy cream colored head.

Toasty caramel notes on the nose, balanced by light citrus and floral hops.

Smooth and toasty on the palate. Brown sugar, caramel grains, cream, and a nice, restrained kick of vanilla on the second half. Not overly sweet.

Lively but very smooth on the palate.

This is a surprisingly pleasant beer; very nice overall.

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 12, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at City Works, Doral, FL

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of caramel are present in the nose.
T: The beer tastes just like a cream soda and has a little sweetness from the caramel and other cream soda flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like drinking an adult version of a cream soda, although it isn't nearly as sweet as pop.

Serving type: on-tap

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metter98 from New York, Nov 04, 2018
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: mild bready aroma here.

Taste: caramel, fresh bread, ripe fruit sweetness, hint of vanilla, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a good mild mannered cream ale that is a nice change up from a hop-centric beer.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Jun 02, 2018
Photo of PTollin
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up while visiting my family in Jupiter, Fl. Very subpar beer.
To the nose it smelled like it had potential.

Tan head, disappeared quickly, little lacing.

Taste was very boring. Not much caramel and wasn't particularly smooth.

This one went right down the drain.

Overall not offensive, was just hoping for something a little more interesting.

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PTollin from Connecticut, Jan 30, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A solid, very solid cream ale...

I think this is my first Due South offering and this might be the best cream ale I have had. In fact, this is what I always thought how a cream ale should be. Nevertheless, this cream ale has a hazy, bronze-ish look with thick, white head (though it had little staying power and no lacing.) The mouthfeel was a bit watery not so creamy and a bit carbonated, but still drinkable enough for me. But what impressed me the most was the taste - by far the best cream ale I have had, it has to be as I've almost given up on cream ales until this one. (And luckily it is a local beer from a few hours down the road.)

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap and Oak & Stone. Lots of foam. MIght be the prettiest beer of the day - like a glass of opaque honey. Right behind a pils, the flavors really pop. Carmel, malt. Too sweet for many, but I liked it.

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jeffdr123 from Florida, Aug 19, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an opaque brownish color with a thick creamy head. The smell is malt with what seemed to me to be a hint of pineapple. Taste is definitely malt forward with some caramel and tropical fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich. Excellent carbonation level. Overall this is an interesting beer that is worth a try.

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Retroman40 from Florida, Aug 06, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Creamy vanilla flavor with awesome mouth feel. Gorgeous in the glass and easy to drink. Vanilla beans are part of the brew, but caramellized malt notes dominate this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, light brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big dose of caramel, Werthers chews, and toffee. Sweet and super malty, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Awesome malt bomb...I like this one. Nice malty treat. Drinks big. First beer from Due South and it has me interested in more.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Apr 09, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviews all over the map. Deserves better. Starting with the look and smell.

A: As fine a color, a hazy russet body that raises a 2 finger, lingering foamy head that lasts and laces as any cream ale. As it should.

S: Fruit and caramel with hints of vanilla and spice cabinet. Highly original without being cloying, and remaining a real beer.
T: As original as the smell, the caramel comes through first, then the vanilla soaked fruit, all kinds of berries and grapes. Also: floral, leafy, and herbal hops that land with sufficient bitterness to a clean finish.

Feel: Light to medium body with a food friendly finish.

O: I find this totally unique and interesting, totally worth a try. Best cream ale ever.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Apr 06, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light brown with a 1 finger head that disappeared quick and left no lacing.
Nose is caramel, brown sugar, faint vanilla
Taste is caramel followed up by a smooth but not overwhelming vanilla.
Mouthfeel is an easy drinking light-medium bodied, but the sweetness leaves a lingering sticky feel.
Overall, this is certainly not something I would drink regularly but I could see it pairing well with a meal. I don't typically enjoy anything with vanilla beans but this one is nicely done and not overpowering. I enjoyed it a bit more as it warmed up.

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Grizzarky from Tennessee, Feb 28, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Due South Brewing Co. "Caramel Cream Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, ink jet coding is illegible, running off of the side of the can
$2.29 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Look: Hazy ruby-russet body beneath a foamy head of yellowed froth. Fairly decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Not surprisingly caramelish with a hint of vanilla, but also a touch fruity as well (some red berries, some dark skinned fruit).

Taste: Again, as the name suggests, the caramel comes through clearly, as does the vanilla, and the fruit remains. There seem to be some floral, leafy, and subtly herbal hops in the background as well. It's sweet, but not cloying (there's not enough body for that to happen), and a moderate bitterness balances it and helps dry it in the finish.

Feel: Light-medium in body with a delicately crisp median carbonation.

Overall: Fairly unique and interesting, and sweetish while retaining some drinkablity. It kind of straddles the fence between being a standard beer and a dessert beer. More than just a curiosity, it's probably worth trying.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 25, 2016
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2.36/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz can.

Appearance — Amber meets copper. Pours thin with a half inch of off-white head. Looks darker than most cream ales.

Smell — Sweet, molasses, sugar. Bit of vanilla.

Taste — Overly sweet, molasses and caramel. Reminds me of some of the strong eastern european beers I have regretfully tried. No vanilla there.

Mouthfeel — Thin and very highly carbed.

Overall — Definitely not a good beer. Sorry guys, but I don't think I'd voluntarily drink one of these again.

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HopSynonymous from Massachusetts, Jun 23, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of the Caramel Cream Ale whilst in Fort Lauderdale to take on a Cruise. The beer poured a dark amber with offwhite head and decent of lace. The scent was caramel. The taste was sweet caramel with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is lighter in body good carbonation. Overall it was too sweet to session, but worth a try.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark caramel body, three finger offwhite head, plenty of lacing. Smells of peppery sweetness, caramel, fair bit of toffee, molasses. Very sweet, a bit much. Flavour is caramel, toffee, a slightly astringent molasses sweetness, which I'm not a fan of. Mild earthy bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, sufficient carbonation, on the sweet side still. A bit way too sweet for me, and I don't get very much vanilla here.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Feb 27, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange in color with amber highlights. It is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet. I get some light malt and vanilla.

I taste some caramel, toffee, toast, and vanilla.

It has a light mouthfeel.

It is a decent beer but a little on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium brown with 1 1/2 fingers worth of tan head that quickly thins out. Smell is sweet like caramel and a little bit of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla are very present in the taste especially as it sits in the glass for a few minutes. The feel isn't quite medium with little carbonation. A very drinkable beer, good flavor. I would drink this again.

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Meyers1023 from New York, Dec 12, 2015
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2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the can.

Clear amber pour, small white head. Sweet nose, really just caramel. Lots of sweet caramel in the taste, which was nice at first (considering the name of the beer), but then gave way to a clashing bitterness that just left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe they just use the wrong kind of hops for this, but I'm not a fan.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Sep 14, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a Growler, so know it was fresh. Nice color, pleasant caramel under taste, cream is not obvious. Poured from the Growler into pint glass. Nice head of white foam that settled to a thin layer of lace that lasted quite a while. Caramel taste becomes more evident as the beer warms. Very drinkable at a range of temperatures. Went well with my home/grilled sirloin, but since I enjoyed it with food, I cannot speak about aftertaste. The growler purchase certainly made the price attractive.

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Photo of Moose90
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can with no date poured into 16oz snifter

A — Pours a deep copper color, almost a caramel hue to it, there is a light amber colored head atop of it that fades rather quickly. Some spotty soapy lacing left behind.

S — Smells of light caramel malts and sweetness, little bit of burnt sugar and coconut.

T — Tastes of lime and lemon, a little bit of a rich caramel sweetness underneath it all. Touch of vanilla bean and creme brulee.

M — Medium bodied, bit of a lingering finish.

O — Alright overall, a bit thin and maybe past its prime, but it's OK.

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Moose90 from Washington, Jul 02, 2015
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name of this one gave me some aprehension, but it was actually pretty tasty and drinkability was alot higher than I was expecting. Not an everyday drinker, but if I had access to this I could see throwing this into the mix every once in a while when the mood struck.

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AngusOg from North Carolina, Jun 18, 2015
Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 291 ratings