Cul-de-Sac
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #45
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,469
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 6.74%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
29
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Cream ale dry-hopped with Amarillo.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 29
Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy to cloudy with a pale gold, almost straw color. Modest head which leaves a thick ring of initial lace. A few streaks thereafter.

Malty, with a light crispness to the nose.

Hoppier and less "creamy" than most cream ales. Highly carbonated with a thin body. Slightly sour malt base. Strong, bitter finish and long aftertaste.

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Solid cream ale that is easy to drink, light yellow crystal clear in color long-lasting whitehead with lacing. big hop aRoma and hop flavor. Ithas a better finish. Solid beer

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/20/17 canning date, 5.4% ABV

A: Pours the palest, lightest, cloudiest orange you've ever seen. It almost looks pure white on the initial pour. Tall frothy white head, excellent retention and powdery chunks of lacing everywhere.

S: Grapefruit mainly, a touch flowery. Simple malt, can't quite place it, I was thinking corn but...do they use corn in cream ales? Hmph.

T: Yup, a nice crisp bitter grapefruit up front. Flowery in the middle and finish. Again with that simple malt, I think it IS corn. Kinda crackery. Wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a nice dry and crisp aftertaste of grapefruit. Just a hint of that flowery hop flavor still lingering in there.

M: Light, dry, bitter, crisp.

O: Nice hoppy cream ale. Similar to a session IPA or something like that, just with almost no malt flavor at all.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Straw yellow with transparent body and three fingers of white head.

S - Subtle corn sweetness with a kick of lemon zest

T - Sweet cornbread with lemon and some orange. Amarillo shines more on the taste than the aroma and adds hoppy flavors.

F - Smooth, creamy, and light. Might be a little undercarbonated.

O - Solid cream ale base with the lemon zest adding drinkability.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can 4 pack. Canned on 7/30/17 opened on 8/19/17

A clear, white golden color, light straw, very active with a very nice, thick, creamy white foam cover. Excellent sustainability in its freshness. The creamy foam keeps a constant layer of coverage and lots of lace.

A light, lemmon and slightly fruity hop and then malty aroma upfront, sweet corn and grains, slightly earthy and a tinge creamy. The light, earthy and grainy scented malt and Amarillo, fruity but earthy tones go together very well.

The malt crispness is impressive with light grains, golden wheat and sweet corn that pop right out. The malt then becomes a bit smooth and creamy, in both flavor effect wnd and mouthfeel. A crisp, light body becomes very silky...one of my favorite aspects of American Cream Ale's. (a highly underrated style). Finally , a brewery is brave enough to step away from big IPA's and Saisons and experiment with a style that deserves to be brewed right. This one has all the goods, perfect body and mouthfeel with just the right "cream" feel and flavor. The light malt allows the Amarillo hops to pop, but not in a bold way, they remain deep and flavorful but also do not dominate the malt flavors into submission.

Very true to the style with the big "wow" factor coming from the dry hopped Amarillo flavors. The malt is light bodied but loaded with flavor and then the silky smooth finish to the mouthfeel just puts it on another level for the style. Easy and crushable, but highly enjoyable tge entirevway through!

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

Consumed 8/9/17

A: Pale to golden yellow - hazy with some clarity around the edges - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, retains a small collar and leaves some great streaks of lacing

S: Mild overall, with a hoppy edge - the Amarillo dry-hopping is nice, with some bright tangerine, orange, and grapefruit zest - light malts, with some crackers and light bread - touch of grain

T: Follows the aroma, fairly neutral other than the dry-hopping - mild hops, touch of tangerine and citrus zest - leafy hops, touch of pine - pale grains, crackers, bread, earthy grain - light, corn-like sweetness, mostly clean and crisp

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, crisp finish

O: Seems suitable to drink in a Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-Sac's dry-hopping adds a nice citrus edge to what otherwise might be a fairly dull beer. There's not a ton in this that screams "cream ale," but the style is such a hodgepodge that I suppose it does not matter. I think this fits. And it's definitely very drinkable.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale yellow in color with a finger and a half of white head. The first whiff of the aroma is vibrantly hoppy while subsequent sips are lightly hoppy featuring a crisp pale malt backbone. The tatse mirrors the aroma. Light-ish body with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty cream ale.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Toasted grain, wisp of grass, melon and a hint of pine resin. Simple grain profile. Lighter in flavor and body. Very short, somewhat dry finish. Crushable. It's OK.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into willybecher glass canned on 6/5

A: Yellow body with just the slightest hazing. Head was soapy and white settled nicely.

S: lots of dirty wheat nose and tangerine with grapefruit and the lightest grain back end.

T: Decent amount of citrus flavors fairly juicy hardly anything else comes across the mid palate.

M: Medium bodied a little bit of creaminess lower carbonation.

O: this is pretty average, the dry hopping just make it taste like a NE IPA hardly anything of the cream ale survived.

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Cul-de-Sac from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings