Newburgh Cream Ale | Newburgh Brewing Company

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Newburgh Cream AleNewburgh Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Willytee3:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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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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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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 Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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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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 mackeyse
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bpak22
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great. Smooth, not too hoppy, caramel like aftertaste. Love this beer.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 k47k
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 broadway848
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt73
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Darwin232
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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