Croydon Cream Ale | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Croydon Cream AleCroydon Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Often called your typical American lawnmower beer, cream ales are not unlike their American light lager cousin. Brewed with American 2 & 6 Row Barley, Flaked Maize, a touch of Munich malt, and of course, sugar, Croydon Cream Ale is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. We also use American Cluster and Czech Saaz hops that give it a touch of hop bitterness and a hint of floral aromatics.

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Photo of dank203
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

very light in color, nearly clear. flavor balanced, a little desserty charness to it. some tingling on the palate. interesting but could be better executed

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Photo of JPowell712
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An old school style cream ale. Reminded me of what my Grandad used to drink in the summer while watching the Phillies. It poured a nice golden straw color with a white creamy head. The smell was a classic clean hopped odor. The taste was very good. It has light refreshing malty and smooth taste. I could drink these all summer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is straw gold, head is off white, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top, light bubbles.

Smell is subtle, light biscuit, touch of neutral grain.

Taste is a bit more involved than the aroma, light biscuit, more depth to the grain notes, maybe some crackers or wheat; nice hop grassiness and solid bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel is very on point for a cream ale, neutral initial presence but lingering full flavor on the tongue and cheeks. Nice lingering breadiness.

Overall, a solid take on this very drinkable style, nice graininess and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A – Light hazed golden color with a 1 finger thick and billowy white head. Well carbonated. Fades quickly, scant lace.

S – Cracker aroma mixed with wheat and yeast. Grass, caramel, toffee, balanced and not too sweet.

T – Follows smell with the start at the sweetened cracker taste leavened by yeast. Grassy and tart apple taste follow, with a good lemony drying spell.

F – Nice creamy feel for a light beer.

O – Great session brew from must try craft brewer. Not sweet action, but a good 2nd place in category.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can, and yes, since you asked, that can did reach me by way of the incredible woodychandler. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some grains and malts are present. Taste is grains, bready malts, a bit of lemon, a good thirst quencher. Feels medium bodied in the beer and probably would be better enjoyed on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a clear light golden color into a Duvel glass with a 1/2" bright white head that soon recedes but leaves some foam and lace on the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves behind some light speckles. legs and small patches of lacing.

The fresh clean aroma has a lightly malty character to it (cracker? biscuity?) with a touch of floral and grassy qualities.

While the flavors are mostly predictable from the nose there's a bit more flavor here than expected from the nose. Overall the light slightly sweet malt is backed up by a touch of citrus and possibly a hint of pine, and there seems to be light but still pleasant touch of floral and grassy character as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with some light gentle carbonation. A medium length finish traces of the lightly sweet malt and touches of fruit which all fade into dryness as some light bitterness emerges from the background.

While not particularly complex or strongly flavored, this is a good workman like beer that has some nice character to it. This could be an ideal beer for a warm summer afternoon on the patio or to suggest to those who think they don't like beer. While I'm not going to go out of my way to find this beer again, I’d certainly not turn one down if offered and I’d be happy to recommend it to someone who wants something with a bit more flavor than a mass market beer but who isn't looking for strong flavors.

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Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super crystal clear straw yellow body; 1/2 finger soapy like head. No lacing left in the glass.
Smells like a typical lager style with some wet cardboard and a little cracker-like smell.
Tastes EXACTLY like one would expect from an "American Lawnmower Ale" - a little lemon on the tip of the tongue, followed by that dry maltiness and a little corn.
A super light mouthfeel; watery, clean finish and at 4.2% you can definitely put several of these down.
Overall a decent and easy drinker for what it is; not exactly a style that receives a lot of love on this site, and not exactly a style you'd think of having on a cold wintry day like today, but just imaging a hot steamy August with a can in your hand...pure refreshment!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of glass but have had before. Yellow. A finger of head. Little carbonation. Sweet. Boozy even for the low ABV there is alcohol heat. A little bitter but subtle hops. Decent malt. I wish it had more carbonation. I liked it but won't buy again for a bit even though it is a good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/17...take home growler from Croydon PA. Pours bright gold, clear, high white foam. Mellow malty nose. Smooth creamy taste. Very clean. Light bitter below the creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The breweries take on a lawnmower beer. Poured slightly hazy yellow. Fluffy white two finger heading which left tremendous lacing. Very crisp cracker like malt, with a nice bitter hop balance in both nose and taste. Slight linger of hop in the finish. Very smooth, balanced and a trace of lactic like feeling in the mouth. I hate to make it sound like favoritism but this brewery is no joke very good stuff coming out of here.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin film covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but also has some subtle hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and is quite creamy and smooth.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a two finger thick and billowy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the heaviest of a cracker like aroma mixed with a bit of wheat and some slightly yeasty smells. Along with these aromas comes some sweeter aromas of a caramel and toffee nature as well as a hint of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweetened bready taste with some notes of a yeastiness mixed within. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade a bit giving way to more grainy and grassy tastes. All the while a little bit of a sour lemon and an apple taste come to the tongue and with the grassy and hay flavors getting stronger and leaving a somewhat drier and rather crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thins as would be expected for a brew of only 4.2 % with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the style and very light abv. nature of the brew the feel is great and makes of a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A decently easy drinking and less sweet cream ale. A good session style brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek Croydon Cream Ale
$6 on tap at Rex1516, Philadelphia, PA 04.12.2014

Appearance: Hazy golden body. Short head of creamy bright white froth is short lived. Minimal lacing (possible dirty glass?).

Aroma: Lightly fruity, sweetish malt, delicately floral/grassy.

Flavor: The flavor follows the aroma. Light, straightforward maltiness is a touch sweet. Notes of apple appear, some citrus/pineapple, and background pine. The hops are delicately floral, and grassy/spicy, almost like soft coriander. Residual, sweet malt/fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Moderate, smooth carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer. A little bit fuller in character than you might expect of a cream ale, but not quite a "blonde" ale.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-gold liquid - color is on par with an adjunct lager... thin, loose, off-white foam forms, but falls just as fast

S: smells very much like an American lager... big emphasis on a honey-sweet biscuit scent - very much a pure, naked pale malt and toasty cookie aroma... faint floral (hop) note in the back... nothing distinct about the yeast or esters

T: up front, a blend of toasted grain (husk) and a sweetish grapefruit flesh, corn definitely lingering in the aftertaste... more bitter than an adjunct lager, with the citrus rind-like hop flavor carrying through the finish, but altogether a good number of notches below that of a standard APA... I'd go so far as to say this is more similar to a golden/blond English 'summer' ale, yet with a sharper toastiness here instead of grassier with a more complex flowery hop flavor one would find in those beers... for the seeming extra-present melanoidin flavor, it's not necessarily sweet, finishing quite snappy dry

F: light-bodied lacking any curves... taut, and a bit frothy on the follow-through... wonderfully dry finish...

O: interesting and much welcome any time seeing a craft cream ale... they did a nice job here, as it's quite drinkable in session... little more rigid and subdued upon the buds than Spotted Cow, but I can see them tweaking this, getting that little bit more flavor and dimension

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing in Croydon, PA.

Light gold color with a small white head. Great clarity. Light sweetness in the aroma, most likely from the additions of corn and sugar, with floral hops coming through at the end. Flavor is well balanced with a crisp, smooth finish. Light in body and a breeze to drink. A very clean ale with no off flavors. A pleasant easy sipper!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somebody took a nice close-up picture of the CAN. Wait, that would have been me, the creator & originator of The CANQuest (tm)! Unfortunately, my CANstantly having to do so CANtributes to my backlog and I implore others to take & submit pics whenever you CAN (or bottle).

From the CAN: "AmeriCAN Lawnmower Ale"; This is another example of great graphics being transferred onto an aluminum cylinder - it depicts a goofy sun, a fellow in a chaise lounge and a souped-up hot rod.

The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, which is actually causing other (bigger) brewers to give their CANned beers that added fill. More than 12 ounces? Is anyone going to fuss over getting more? Less, I CAN understand. A gentle Glug raised a fizzy finger of bone-white head before falling back to wisps. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity & of course, the Gelt Gang (Mammon, Midas & Croesus) showed up en masse to clamor for some. Nose smelled of honeysuckle and a little corn. Believe me, the early days of The CANQuest (tm) saw me drinking a LOT of AALs & as such, I CAN recognize corn when I smell it. The total effect was a perfume-y sweetness, which left me unsure. Mouthfeel was light, not thin, per se, but barely medium. The taste was of, as Bouleboubier said, " honey-sweet biscuit[s]" or more to the point, biscuits drizzled with honey. Really, it tasted more like a clean lager than an ale, which is what people want in the summer. Finish added a light grassiness to the "honey-sweet biscuit" flavor, but it was still semi-sweet overall. I CAN easily envision filling the cooler with CANs of Croydon Cream Ale & going about whatever I had planned for the day. The relatively low ABV makes it crushable, if that is your bag.

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Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Golden yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a billowy, fluffy white foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Bread , cereal and cornmeal aromas with light floral and metallic notes at the end. Smooth, delicate, creamy feel with a light crispness near the end. Bready malt and corn flavors up front followed by light tangy herbal hops through the middle. Herbal bitterness overtakes the sweet bready malt at the end as this finished with a semi-dry crispness and lingering yeasty and herbal hop bitterness.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2016-12-31 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear yellow-gold with a 1.5-finger white head and moderate lace.

S - Mild aromas of grain and sweet floral.

T - Lightly-toasted white bread, light dash of lemon, honey, grassy spice. A pleasant amount of bitterness in the finish; certainly more than something like a Yuengling Lager or a Budweiser but not as much as a German Pilsner.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smoother and creamier than I expected.

O - Quite enjoyable after a long workout at the gym today. Even in winter, this is a good brew. I'll have it again.

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Photo of wise456
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at PJ's in Medford. Slightly hazy light amber appearance topped with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Smells like a wheat soda cracker with a touch of toffee. Taste is mildly sweet with a bit of caramel on the finish. Even with such a low abv, it still has a great mouthfeel with enough chewiness to give it some character. Very nice job by Neshaminy.

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Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a smooth, champagne feel going on. It's like a Miller Lite or a Budweiser but it has more taste to it. I go for more bitter beers but I like this one.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, very nice cream ale. great grainy flavor...really smooth. extremely easy drinking and flavorful cream ale. really surprised, hard to pull off a tasty cream ale, but boom there it is. worth checking out

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this at the beer store behind the counter in a box labeled "past date, drain". I volunteered jokingly to take it home and dump it. Surprisingly this led to a free sixer for me!

I got it cold and the next day I tried it. For the style it was the best I ever had. I was impressed it was like super highlife! Refreshing, quenching and clean. This will have a definite locked in spot in my summer beer rotation!

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is clean grain, grass, cereal, and light sugar. Light bodied, slightly sweet, with high carbonation. Makes for a great sessionable cream ale. Could see this being a summer staple.

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Photo of Spindelphia
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice, smooth cream ale. Light golden color, decent head. Malty, not too hoppy. Little carbonation. Could see this as a perfect summer beer to have at a ballgame.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half from the can, half poured, I've had draft before.

On the style, this is ace. Pours like an adjunct lager with more head. Smell's slightly biscuity, but with subtle hops.

It's like a generic cream ale on the initial tongue, completely inoffensive. However, the subtle hopes (floral overall) come out after the initial flavor.

Medium light, as it should be.

Just a good cream ale. Rated on style.

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