Apocalypse Brew Works

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Cream Ale
Ranked #186
Ranked #38,005
3.55 | pDev: 10.42%
Apocalypse Brew Works
Kentucky, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This interesting Cream Ale may not win awards but it is unabashedly creamed corn with no reservation and no apology. From the excessively light corn yellow appearance to the cream and corn aroma and taste this never wavers from what it is...a beer made from corn.

Mar 23, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. Barley to beer- er, maybe in this case it's corn to beer as Apocalypse brewers revisit a holdover taste from American colonial roots.

Yet as the Cream Ale pours, it does so with the pilsner-type appearance that early Americans preferred. Its golden-straw appearance is semi-bright as it sheds a creamy, ivory-stain head. Its long retention is brought to life with a gentle swirl while the foam clings to the glass with a broken collar.

Cream-ation's grainy-sweet aromas are bready, slight with confection and honey and woven together with unmistakable cereal scents. Lead by corn, there's a highly floral scent to the beer that masks its cereal edge with honeysuckle, lemon and apple blossom.

Its clean and crisp taste carries a mild grainy-sweet taste that's reminiscent of whole grain crackers, thinned honey and a touch of cream corn. Its cereal medley is joined with delicate fruit flavor of lemon and apple before the spicy German-style bitterness crispens the ale considerably in finish. A pep of apple-like sulfur and soft mineral ensures a clean and refreshing finish.

Its creamy body sure fits its style's namesake as the ale's rounded texture is retained through the middle palate and only relinquishes its medium-light nature in finish as the hops dry the tongue and the light minty alcohol warms the throat.

The blessing and the curse of this Cream Ale is that it's quite light on the corn flavor and texture. Where bolder, it would better fall in line with classic Cream Ale, but for the consumer it's a good thing as it doesn't- as the familiar taste of German Pilsner is more alive and well with this hybrid brew.

Mar 19, 2014
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RiffRaff from Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Works, poured an orange-amber, with no head. No detectable hops.

Yawn. Nothing really exciting here. A smooth, serviceable drink for a hot day, but no flavor or aroma notes really stand out in this one. Mouthfeel seems a little watery for the style. Not a bad beer, just not a memorable one.

Jul 10, 2013
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, clear yellow-gold with a creamy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of grain, corn, minerals, and biscuit fill the nose.

T: Notes of grain, corn, minerals, cream, biscuit, and mild, grassy hops wash across the palate. The finish is short and dry with notes of corn, minerals, and grass being most noticeable.

M: Surprisingly fuller bodied than most cream ales (this one is medium in body), predictably dry, and very crisp. Carbonation is very active and lager-like.

O: Cream ales seem to be taking off in the Louisville area, as Cumberland, Against the Grain, and now Apocalypse have all produced one, and of course, the ubiquitous Genessee and Little Kings seem to be selling steadily at most stores. Compared to what is available locally, Apocalypse's Cream-ation is heavier and firmer than most, but it's still a typical cream ale in every other respect. I could see this being a decent gateway brew for those new to craft brewing, but for those who are already familiar with craft brews, don't expect any surprises here.

Aug 07, 2012
Cream-ation from Apocalypse Brew Works
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 14 ratings