Newburgh Cream Ale | Newburgh Brewing Company

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20 Reviews
Newburgh Cream AleNewburgh Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 07-14-2012

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -1%
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 -11.6%
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 +3%
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 -6.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +19.7%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinker.

L: A yellow golden brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Bready, earthy.

T: Bready malts.

F: Smooth and lightly carbonated.

O: A great summer beer, easy to drink. I had a few of these today. And I'd have more.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz glass into a mason jar.

Look I know this is crazy cause it's a golden color but it looks almost creamy to me. Head dissipates quickly.

Aroma has that slight lager note as does the taste.

Smooth crisp feel that is light and refreshing.

Great summer drinker.

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Photo of Kessel
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought Newburgh Cream Ale in One Pint can at Hoptron Brewtique, Patchogue, NY.

When cream ales are done right, I like them. This one is a bit above average in my book, but nothing more. I do however love the labeling/branding of the can (like a fantastic concert bill). Down to the beer.

Look: golden hue/straw, with egg white lacing
Smell: Lactic-Sourdough
Taste: bready malt, acid tang, British hard water
Feel: carbonation, cream, moderate gravity

The packaging was better than the beer, but the beer still holds its own.

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Photo of MisterBisco
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Most impressive here, for me, were the aroma and the mouthfeel. The fresh bread aroma is hard to miss, nearly bakery-rich in how potent the malt is (and how the hopping is clearly designed to play up this really herbal, musty breadiness). And for a 4.2% beer, the mouthfeel is incredible - smooth and creamy through the mid-palate, then crisp and dry on the back end. Could tear through a lot of these this summer, as the tall boys just made it to NYC (from what I can tell).

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/12/15 notes. Bought a 16 oz. can for $4 a few days ago, poured into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat clear bright orange-yellow with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Bready malts, oats, dough, Pilsner malts, earthy notes, grains and lightly toasted and burnt malts. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall an ok beer. Easy to drink, but a bit bland and one dimensional. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can with vigor into a Stibinger Bros. Brewing Company Pint Glass.

Sight: A clear golden straw brew with a stark white head. The beer lets out casual bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Once the head settles down, a nice soapy, thin cap rests on top. We’ll call this one about 5 SRM. Lacing forms in gentle rings down the glass; upset only when I take another swig.

Smell: I get a bit of spicy and floral hops plus a twinge of crackery-bready delight. Simple and clean aroma.

Taste: Crisp cracker and piney hops play a duet in my mouth. There is not a huge amount going on with the taste, but I admire beauty in simplicity. Upon further reflection, one might detect a little twang from the ?wheat? the brewery used to provide a little lift on the palate, but more on that in a moment.

Feel: Soft, fluffy, smooth. Good carbonation- that among the elements of its taste keeps one going back for more. Couple this with the moderate abv (4.2%) and taking down two pints of this is an absolute pleasure, not to mention a piece of cake.

Overall: Hats off to you, Newburgh. I feel fortunate to try what is now my favorite beer of this style. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer both in a can and on draft. Go to beer in the summer, when working, after a workout, on the lake, golfing, etc, etc, etc.

L: Pale Gold with great lacing and clarity.
A: Bready and clean with a light hop aroma
T/F: Smooth and creamy, well balanced and very easy to drink with a good body and dry finish

Overall a great easy drinking beer. A nice combination of breadiness and light hoping. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of palma
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pale straw body.very nice thick lacing.

Clean malt. Very light hops in the nose. Clean. Fresh flowers

Tasty. Light. Bready. Herbal. Vague citrus towards the end. Light malty lingering finish. Semi dry aftertaste. Very nice taste. Light tasting yet slightly complex.

I could pound this stuff and enjoy the flavor at the same time. Great beer.

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Photo of jsitko
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the honor of tasting this beer at TAP-NY and got it at the brewery in a Growler as well.

The brew pours a nice clear golden color with a nice white head.

The aroma is a little hoppy and sweet.

The Taste is excellent. The beer starts off with a little hoppy bitter pine flavor that leads into the nice creamy taste you get in the middle. The malt oat combo that gives the beer its creamy taste is very unique and something i have never tasted in a brew. The finish is nice and malty sweet and leaves your palate clean.

The mouth feel is just right. It is not heavy and a very sessionable beer.

Overall this is one of my new favorite beers. I have gotten a few growlers of it already and plan on keeping it on hand at all times. Newburgh BC is doing some good things down on the waterfront!

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample from the brewery.

LOOK: Pale golden, perfect clarity, good lacing all around

SMELL: Fresh baguette, herbal hop, clean, sweet grains, herbal hops

TASTE: Creamy smoothness, moderate body, clean, grainy, bready, leans dry, oat softness, balanced bitterness, herbal, leafy, woody hops, bone dry finish, semi-clean after taste

A few gulps in, very impressive. The balance and dryness builds up the drinkability. Wheat and oat add the element of creaminess and a bit of depth on the way down. A smaller brew but being all malt it was great to see a very liberal hand for hopping here. Cheers to Newburgh for helping redefine this style. 16oz tall boys would be a treat if they get into canning.

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Newburgh Cream Ale from Newburgh Brewing Company
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