Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream Ale
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream AleGenesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream Ale
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American Cream Ale
Ranked #190
Ranked #40,143
3.52 | pDev: 17.9%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream AleGenesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream Ale
Notes: 11 IBU
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is perfect. Gold, clear and bright. Fat white head that lasts to streak the glass for a dramatic ending.

Nose is all kinds of orange. Pithy pulpy orange and cool minty herbal. You might think the mint strong or strange with the orange at first but then it makes you think of the perfect orange hanging from the tree with perfect leaves on the branch. Once your nose relaxes form all that excitement it settles to a cool minty herbal The malt is crackery. The citrus is very fragrant. I thought I smelled graham cracker at first and can we say if I did, that would be because of some residual sweetness form the orange? There are spices in it but I do not know which ones and the cracker malt to me seems soft and neutral and then there's lots of delicate spicy flavor. My first impression was creamsickle! This smells just like a creamsickle. The honey is just on the nose.

First taste I was thinking this is different! Then I fell for it. It drinks with a sparkling bubble and a nice malty cracker. The spice does not play too much to the palate but that cool hop sure does. Nothing overshadows the malt. Juicy orange, sparkling bubble. Refreshing. The hop herbal authenticates that orange and it is very cool. Tastes just like a creamsickle! Fresh fruity and light bodied. Subtle malt that does impart too much flavor. It's softly elegant under all that boisterous citrusy fun. The beer grows on you and the more you inhale it's fragrance the more intoxicated you become. This is a fun beer. The honey does not impart and real sweetness or heaviness to the mouthfeel just some depth and texture. it's as though it too has been made crisp by the hops which leave a gently lasting bitterness.

Awesome summer beer. I think the brewer did the main side proud and showed us his personality and love for the region . Cheers Genesee Brew House.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a small creamy head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like herbal honey, orange peel and orange creamsicle, with some clove and mint flavors that are kinda strong.

This was a pretty good idea, not entirely executed well. There's a weird, possibly not intended mint and clove finish on that detracts from the rest of the beer. If the honey sweetness was stronger, this would be work better for me, but the spicy and minty finish is really a detractor for me. The orange flavor is nice, and pretty dominant.

This is medium bodied, somewhat crisp, with a good drinkability.

This is a pretty fun beer to try, but there are definitely some flaws to it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We are CANticipating CANother scorcher of a day & I am drinking Lager-style & fruited CANned beers in an effort to beat the heat. I have been (mostly) homebound these past four/five weeks following a prostatectomy & it has given me the CANportunity to sift through the backlog here at Chez Woody. I have uncovered all sorts of beers to CANstitute brewery horizontals, but today is just going to be odds & sods.

From the CAN: "Pilot Batch"; "[undersigned] Dean Jones Brewmaster"; "Malts: 2 Row & 6 Row Blend"; "Hops: Herkules Hops"; "IBU: 11".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, steady C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It did not disappoint, either, quickly forming two-plus finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a very pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas. Nose made it quickly apparent that it was "Orange Honey" & NOT "Orange & Honey"! It smelled like the orange blossom honey that CAN be procured at the local Farmers' Market. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft in the mouth & on the tongue. The taste was not simply orange blossom honey, but also with a light vanilla sweetness, making it taste like a Dreamsicle/Creamsicle! I used to really like them as a kid, but I have a mild lactose intolerance now, making ice cream a tough sell for me. 8=( This was SO evocative of summer.

It made me want to go over to the corner store & buy a pack of baseball cards & then go to the park & read a comic book! The corner stores no longer carry packs of baseball cards & the newsstands have all either closed or done away with comic books, forcing me to go to the specialty shop where the comics are so expensive that I hate to read them outside of the CANfort of my home. 8=( I am SO glad to have grown up in the 1970s when it was still easy to be a kid, especially in the Summertime. 8=(

Recovering from my reverie, I CANtemplated just how pleasant this beer was. I was a teenage beer drinker & my all-time fave (still is) was Genny Cream. We would go to a nearby crick & submerge our CANs to get cold. It was a tasty brew & this one-off just goes to show that they know their business. Not every beer has to be a hop-forward masterpiece nor does it need to be some RIS that will knock you for a loop after just one. This evoked pleasant memories, was soft & easy-drinking, finished …

Oops! Finish was semi-sweet, very refreshing & just the thing on a hot, humid Summer's day. Man, if they made this routinely, I would be ecstatic to take a mix of this & Genny Cream dahn the Little CANestoga Crick & let 'em cool off inna water. Heck, I might not even need take the fishing pole as a prop!

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is a completely clear golden colored liquid. The head is slim and white and the aroma has a serious orange aroma. The flavor does have some cream soda like qualities, with a bit of vanilla pale malt. Light and refreshing...fruity and drinkable.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up when I was in New York over the summer at - where else - a Wegman's. Never had this before and I have to admit that Genesee Cream Ale is one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to malted barley beverages. While this wasn't as good as their flagship, this was a nice lawnmower beer to kick back with on a warm day and although that weather is long gone now, this was still enjoyable several months later as I watch my Devils choke away another contest...

The look to this was what I expected - golden, clean, and topped off with enough head that quickly settled down. The bottom half of my pint glass had the lacing that was leftover as I sipped my way through this. Lots of sugary soda sweetness, honey, ginger, and orange cream in the muted nose with all of those coming through in the taste. A bit sticky and quite sweet, this felt a bit like the Cream Ale but with some artificial flavor and soda thrown in for good measure. Hard to find the citrus in the taste aside from the initial blast of sweet orange as the lively carbonation combined with sweet and caramel malts gave this the right amount of body and lightness; with those saving this beer from feeling like a gimmick!

Not a lot of booze here as this felt more like a soda than a beer. A stickiness lingered on my palate long after this went down and had there been another here, it would have been easy to have as a mild ginger flavor was all that detracted from the flavor profile of this beer. Not a bad brew but nothing award-winning either - but Genesee is so good at brewing something that fits that bill, with this falling under that description!

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of vanilla, slight orange, slight sweet malt, and hint of cinnamon. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of vanilla, slight sweet malt, orange, hint of cinnamon, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, weak appearance, poor blend, but good body.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoagie1973
1.43/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This has to be one of the worst beers ever brewed anywhere. Total drain pour. Tastes like a melted creamsicle. Just sweet and nasty. I probably drink more Genny products than all other beers combined, but I'm very disappointed with this one from my hometown brewery.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is as advertised, honey and oranges. Taste is orange peels, spices, a touch of honey, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique take on this style, and a solid beer.

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Photo of plowe70
4.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft at the 585 Burger Bar. No surprises here. It had a golden hue and smelled like an orange creamcicle. Tasted of orange with a slight bitterness. Will be one of my summer go to beers this year.

Been drinking this off and on for a few months now and I think Genesee has a real winner here.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rostie
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of heddar33
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im not sure if this should be listed under the brew house or here under their main operation, i guess it doesnt matter much as its all the same spot, but the others like it i see under the brew house page. in any event, my boys all loved this one and reckon its the bees knees for summer, but for me it was a bit sweet and contrived and desserty, but there are enjoyable elements to it as well, it sure is boldly flavored, and has some high and low points. i like the orange here, to me not just an orange blossom element in the honey but actual fruit. its natural enough and intense, flavorful almost like candy though, and bold in aroma and in taste. the honey is nice against the subtle bitter elements of the citrus, but it makes the whole thing a bit too sugary for any kind of real pounding like you can do on the base cream ale. i like that there isnt lactose or vanilla or anything in here, but at the same time it almost tastes like there is, its not subtle. honey is nice because the malt is so light so it kind of fills in, while the orange is fresh and vibrant throughout. the base cream ale, which deserves some love, is almost unrecognizable here, but i think its cool they took the risk and played around with such a staple of a beer. folks in the brewery seemed to love it, and while its a little cheap and forced to me, it really does taste pretty good. fun for the summer, a neat twist on their legendary cream ale...

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Photo of dallynusa
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nodder
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This unique cream ale pours a clear golden amber with a nice head of white foam that
settles down to a thick ring, light pool, and shows light subtle lacing. Nose of orange
zest, moderate grain notes, light cracker notes, and subtle herbal notes mingling with a
touch of hops. Flavors follow the nose with orange zest and medium balanced grain flavors
that are lightly creamy like a subtle orange push up pop. Light cracker and subtle herbal hop
notes finalize the taste. Nice mouth feel; medium high carbonation is lively and refreshing
with a medium light body and a lightly sweet orange touched finish. Overall a SOLID summer
brew perfect for a nice BBQ or spicy foods.


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Photo of chensey13
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Try-em-all
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light bubbles on the poor clear light-bodied very light head minimum leasing on the glass definitely hints of the honey and orange but not overpowering very smooth on the way down great summer beer

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Photo of nater919
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch: Orange Honey Cream Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 30 ratings