Cream Ale
Newburgh Brewing Company

Cream AleCream Ale
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American Cream Ale
Ranked #78
Ranked #32,405
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States
Cream AleCream Ale
Notes: Our interpretation of a New York original. Originally brewed by ale breweries to compete with the surging popularity of lager beer, it remains a regional specialty in the Northeast United States. Our version is light- bodied and pale straw color, but uses no corn or rice as many of the original versions did. The result is a supremely malty and refreshing version of a style dear to our hearts.
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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

And now, I embark on yet CANother brewery horizontal as a part of The CANQuest (tm)! It's all very exciting.

From the CAN: "Cream Ale is our interpretation of a New York original. Originally brewed by ale breweries to compete with the surging popularity of Lager beer, it remains a regional specialty in the Northeast United States. Our version is light- bodied and a pale straw color, with a perfect blend of malt and hops. The result is a supremely refreshing version of a style dear to our hearts."

I must say, before I even Crack! open the vent, I will be highly surprised if this is better than my old fave, Genny Cream Ale. I drank that as an underage teen imbiber & I still have it on ocCANsion today.

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed up nicely to form just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to stir off of my living room couch & come into the kitchen for a taste. They had just watched the Pirates eliminate the Cubs & were ready to celebrate. Nose was grainy, more bready than biscuity with a light grassy (perhaps) Noble hope presence. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of tangy and metallic, not really up to Genny Cream Ale standards. I got the bready grassiness in its taste, but something was just not up to par. I could not put my finger on it, but I know that it was not going to replace Genny Cream for me. Finish was dry & refreshing, which is the real purpose of the style, but I just think that Genny Cream is a bargain at its price point as CANpared to this craft iteration. YMMV.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 16 oz (473 ml) pint cup at Stewart Airport in New Windsor, NY.
A: Pours a fairly clear, straw to golden color with a one to two finger, off white head, more than rim retention, and complex lacing.
S: Aromas of dry grass, grains, and maybe a touch of lemon.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose. Bitterness slightly stronger than expected by the style.
M: Medium bodies with very persistent, champagne bubble carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.
O: This is a solidly made, quite flavorful cream ale. Not my preferred style, but it was wet and cold and ... available.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal-clear pale yellow. White head, good lacing. Some floating material.
Smell: Yeasty bread. Some slight grape/apple fruity hop aroma.
Taste: Light malt, kind of a nice, tasty noodle flavor. Hint of caramel sweetness. A hint of seltzery grape tartness on the finish with a bit of grassy hop bitterness. Clean and mild with a pleasant malt aftertaste.
Feel: Carbonated, crisp, seltzery, creamy, refreshing.
Overall: Highly drinkable, simple, and refreshing.

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Photo of dkoehler42
1.3/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My girlfriend purchased this beer, figuring that she was a fan of other cream ales and that she would like this one. I heard her complain about having to finish it, so that it wasn't wasted. I had the other half of her four pack in my fridge, so I took one out, and gave it an honest shot. After cracking one open, I don't think I'll be purchasing anything from Newburgh again. The head started erupting from the can as soon as I opened it, and it poured as all head in the glass until it finally settled down into a remarkably pale straw yellow color. The aroma is of a sickeningly sweet chemical additive and the taste is about as on par. When I drank it from the can(not all got into the glass), it tasted overcarbonated similar to some of my homebrew accidents. The mouthfeel also has a negative feel to it. All in all, there's too much good beer in the world, this isn't one of them.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No canning date.

Pours a pale gold with a finger of soft, white cap; good head retention and lacing left behind.

Aroma of hay, barn wood, grassy hops, and I'm even detecting fleeting notes of some barnyard funk sans the tartness; finish fades pleasantly with slight hints of lactose and malt.

Taste is hay, light grass with earthy undertones, and a nice floral finish.

Mouthfeel gives a crisp, medium body which allows for a nice display of delicate hops before fading into a clean, smooth finish.

A solid cream ale, if not anything spectacular. A bit too light on the flavor for my tastes, but it's ultimately easy-drinking, inoffensive, and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bready malts, a touch of yeast and lots of hops for the style. Herbal, floral and spicy. Overall it was a good beer out of the can at a concert but it seems a far cry from a cream ale.

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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My initial introduction to the "Cream Ale" style was a wonderful Cucumber Cream Ale by Millhouse Brewing (Poughkeepsie, NY) . Having thus conquered my fear of the C.A. , I decided to try this one, and I was not disappointed. It is light and thirst quenching, yet satisfying and delicious, and reminds me very much of a classic imported Kolsch like Reissdorf . Coincidence?... maybe. But Beer Advocates description of the cream ale style notes that it is "an ale that is often (though not always) finished and by the addition of lager yeast", which would create some kind of connection to the classic Kolsch style. Maybe that's what I'm tasting? In any case, at 4.2 % ABV, it's a great session beer and I will be adding it to my summer beer list. Oh... and in case you're wondering, despite the large, smiling cow on the can, this cream ale has no milk or cream in it (none of them do...despite the name)

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: May 21, 2018... OCCASION: super-psyched for a Cavs blowout, though down 2-1 in the ECF against the Celtics... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin stange... pours a sizzling, cloudy yellow golden body, swirling with bubbles and haze... the head is a sudsy, soapy off-white half-finger of imbalanced consistency... aromatic and crisp, with apple, light spices, vanilla, Saaz hops that suggest some ping... the dough is bakery-fresh, and that is pretty much what this feels like--a bready, airy, inviting aroma... the flavor is vanilla, slight banana, yeasty esters, lemon grass, light lactic hints, and a floral allure that makes for a refreshing, smooth ale that is just north of Genesee...

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear, straw color with a light green hue. Good two-finger head which settles slowly in a lumpy fashion. It also leaves chunky lace along the glass.

Raw pale barley grain aroma. I note a bit of skunk despite the liquid being poured from a can.

Thin bodied with more than ample carbonation, this beer screams lawnmower. The flavor is grainy like the smell. There is a light touch on the hop. The finish is crisp with a bit of sourness. Short aftertaste. While Cream Ales are not my thing, this is one of the better ones that I've had.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a fairly nice looking straw gold color with a nice soapy foamy white head. Mildly dissolved to create a mild film speckling in a semi-spider web branching out of it's lace.
The aroma seemed to meld a fine sweet creaminess to some light corn and white cracker malt. Light floral hops but they seem a bit muted.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a fair balance of the hops to the malts in the taste. Floral hops, are once again, a bit muted. But given the style, I was happy that the hops are where they are in this beer. Mild aftertaste of the malts coming across somewhat like white bread and sweet cracker.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV seemed to be as projected. Mild finish of sweet corn, white bread and cracker.
Overall, a cream ale, per se? Well, I'd say it's an Americanized cream ale like a NG Spotted Cow but not a true Irish cream ale. Still, it's one I'd have again. Nice use of the lager yeast on Newburgh's part, I noticed in this beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: golden colored, slightly turbid though still see through, looks like a damn hurricane in the glass from all the carbonation. Huge head
S: Pretty simple aroma of lightly toasted malt and floral hops. Smeels creamy too
T: Nice, Toasted malt again, light honey-like sweetness, touch of milk sweetness. Hops are floral once again and provide a light dryness on the finish. Flavors are subtle but really well balanced.
F: Ultra smooth and easy drinking. Not at all crisp just straight up creamy.
O: Great cream ale. Don't remember having a cream ale in almost 10 years but will have to revisit this one for sure.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; very little lacing;

S: grainy with a bit of corn in the background; no hop character;

T: a touch sweet; all grain from start to finish; no bitterness; aftertaste is rice-like;

M: light bodied; lightly carbonated; refreshing;

O: not much to it (not inappropriate for the style); a gateway beer to the craft world;

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Photo of Soloviev
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit too carbonated for my taste, but a really nice version of NY classic cream ale. It has a little more hop flavor than your typical cream ale, definitely worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: murky dark yellow/light orange color with some amber notes as well. large 3-4 finger white frothy, rocky head. bubbles continue to stream from the bottom, looks well-carbonated

s: grains, light caramel, sweet citrus, big lemongrass, a touch of vanilla, and a huge bready crackery backbone. smells silky...if thats possible

t: grainy, lemongrass, pepper, caramel malts, fresh dough, and oats. there is a touch of sugar sweetness after that which is then cut by that peppery flavor. something almost like berries in here as well, and a touch of bubblegum. finish is bready

m: lighter mouthfeel but there is massive massive carbonation in here. extremely effervescent which is helping to push some of those more delicate flavors

o: bready and effervescent. the creamy feel to this beer combined with the carbonation level and head make this an interesting beer to try. its good, light, yet makes you think

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Photo of Lembeh
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Newburgh Brewing Company and it's a good one. Pours straw yellow with a nice white lacy head. Taste has some hop bitterness a bit higher than what can be seen in this style but it doesn't take away from the overall lager characteristics. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with a steady carpet of white. 4
Lagery grain, corn and hops. 4
Big white toast crust, slight cornbread middle, and big grass and spice Noble hit. 4.25
Almost medium, some chew, creamy. 4

Big toast and big hops in a super smooth body. More pils than lager. Best cream ale I’ve had; I see why it wins things. Nice can art, too. 4.25

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Date is mangled on the edge of the can, possibly a 6/14 but hard to tell.

Pours a big frothy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a fair pace, little soapy lacing, mostly clear slight hazy golden yellow color.

Nose fresh creamy malt, creamy wheat like and toasted grainy pilsner malts, a little creamy oat mash perhaps, with floral grassy noble like hops, nice creamy mash aroma and a touch of minerality with the grassy hop and yeast additions.

Taste brings more creamy mash flavors, creamed corn like but not corn flavor, creamy wheat or perhaps oats, toasted pilsner malts, a little cereal grain and husk notes, juicy lager malt flavors and corn creamy notes, with a touch of minerality in there again. Then hops kick in, big spicy grassy herbal hops, they continue to ramp and become very bitter, especially on the dry finish, super dry finish, lingering big bitter spicy herbal hops and mineral flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, creami-ish, decent fizzy carb.

Overall starts pretty nice, then the hops just come through and smash it to pieces, the big spicy herbal bitter hops just tear it apart and make it hard to continue drinking, they clash quite a bit with the nice cream ale base. Hops are nice, but when you use them too much or the wrong style it can destroy beers, I wouldn't say it destroys this but def way too heavy on them.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden pour from a can to a chalice. A small foamy white cap peaks at half a finger dying eventually to a small ring. Sparse spotty lacing.

S- Pale cracked barley and a honey-like grainy sweetness balanced by just a touch of hebral and spicy hops.

T- Simple like the aroma but clean and balanced out. The pale barley allows for a foreground of honey, bready grain, fresh cracked malts and cereal. Backdrop of hops which are spicy, earthy and herbal.

MF- Light overall body but plenty of texture with frothy and creamy consistency. Crisp medium-high carbonation and a light bitter end.

Smooth sailing with a light and laidback balance of pale grains and subtle hops. Comes off as quiet but clean and well done.

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale straw color.

The aroma offers grainy sweetness, a bit of sweet corn, with very subtle floral hops.

The beer follows with a grainy to almost sugary sweetness up front surrounded by some floral notes, with a light lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of dmnota
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear and pale golden with lazy carbonation. Minimal white head dissipates quickly. Grassy and piney with corn-cereal and a slight mineral back; looks and tastes like a fuller-bodied pilsner. Finishes semi-dry with sweet corn and a final point of herbal bitterness. Refreshing and light, a great beer for the beach.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color, with the slightest hint of haziness. Thin cap of white that fades quickly. DMS and a faint grassyness in the nose with a medium-low level of doughy malt. No hop aroma. More corn like DMS flavor in the taste, along with bready malt and the faintest hint of herbal hop character. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels fairly dry finish is enhanced by slight hop bitterness in the end. Not an overly exciting style for me, but I can appreciate a simple beer being made well. This is quite refreshing and is true to the style in most aspects, it could a touch more clarity and heavier carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean and drinkable blonde with a dry finishing bitterness. The malts are doughy and toasty, but subtle. It's an excellent cream ale, but don't expect huge flavors.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a crystal clear deep yellow. Oddly enticing!

S - oats and bananas on the nose. Bready, some floral characteristics. Very bright.

T - wow. Lots of flavor for 4.2%. More of the crackery oats up front, with a bit of a bittering punch that is present throughout. Taste quickly falls off into a skunky wheaty dryness. Delicious.

F - medium carb. Smooth creaminess. Lives up to its name!

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

got this one in a variety craft beer box and was pleasantly surprised. the beer poured a bright hazy yellow with a large two inch head. the smell was very hoppy and pleasant with the taste not far behind the smell. an overall easy drinking beer that easily is an everyday type of summer brew to consume. not bad coming from newburgh, ny (where there isn't much else good)

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Photo of JREDD45
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first go at reviewing so be kind, folks!

Appearance: Comes out of the great looking can a nice, light gold. A little darker than straw. When poured into a pint glass it had a creamy head that dissipated after a few minutes to leave a thin mustache around the top of the glass. Relatively clear with some bubbles rising to the top. Lacing stays pretty consistent around the glass. 4/5

Smell: Smells like bread, but I can't pin down what kind. A little bit of hop flower and spicy pepper, surprising to me for a cream ale. Mostly clean and bready. 4/5

Taste: Some hop resin with a little pepper and cracker. Nice hop bitterness on the finish and a little hint of booze toward the middle. Reminiscent of a lager in that it's nice and clean and doesn't have one overpowering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, a little chewier on the tongue than a traditional macro lager.

Overall: A nice deviation from my usual IPA's but still packing more flavor than many lagers. I would highly recommend it to people trying to break into craft beer. In sum, drink it!

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Cream Ale from Newburgh Brewing Company
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