Native Series Tennessee Cream Ale | Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Native Series Tennessee Cream AleNative Series Tennessee Cream Ale
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Native Series Tennessee Cream AleNative Series Tennessee Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tennessee Cream Ale, the second release in our Native Family of beers, draws its inspiration from the rich agricultural and culinary heritage that guides our brewing program. Corn has long been a staple crop of the South, whether being served at the table or sipped from a jar, and was traditionally used as the base ingredient for the Cream Ale style of beer. In celebration of that heritage, we have crafted a light golden Tennessee Cream Ale brewed with flaked corn and heirloom grits, and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast from our Farm for a delicately malty body with a hint of corn sweetness and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Added by jaydoc on 04-06-2016

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Eziel
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBishopco
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle. Hazy orange with a big fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Smells of sweet corn and cereal malt. Yeasty "funk" or "barnyard" or whatever you want to call it. A little floral, too. Tastes grassy and even a little herbal up front. Bitter and yeast immediately. Some of the corn sweetness comes through, but it has an earthy and, seemingly, bretty finish. I had no clue what to expect from the label. This was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of beergoot
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly cloudy, golden body topped with a frothy white head. Dull, ripened fruity aroma; peach and apricot; mildly funky; phenolic. Grainy with a light sweetness; wild yeast character throughout. Medium body; fizzy yet with a deft softness; dry and crisp with a light astringency.

This ain't no cream ale other having a distinct corn sweetness and lightness to the body. Overall, the wild yeast character overtakes things (not necessarily in a negative fashion) and delivers a more farmhouse or saison quality to things instead of a traditional cream ale profile. If the marketing angle wasn't "shouting" cream ale and instead focused more on the dominant wild yeast angle of this beer (e.g., "Tennessee Wild Cream Ale" certainly would be more descriptive of what is in the bottle), I'd rate this beer higher in taste and overall scores. As it is, this is a decent farmhouse or saison beer, but just doesn't cut it with the "cream ale" moniker.

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Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique and refreshing.... Definitely more of a saison than cream ale in my opinion. Funky and quite good... Drinks terrific.. A little steep at 9 bucks but I enjoyed this... Its nice that it's locally made... If not for the price, I would drink this quite often...

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy medium golden amber, very fizzy and carbonated on the pour, but surprisingly left a lingering half finger white head with good lacing. Aroma of grainy, saison style malt, saison yeast, light citrus and pepper; nice, but not much corn or sweetness expected from a cream ale. Flavor is grainy, farmhouse malt with an odd sweet corn malt element (the latter as advertised), bretty wild yeast, light bright funk, slight lemon citrus and herbal farmhouse style bitterness, like chamomile. Finishes with the same unexpected combination of bretty farmhouse and mild sweet corn malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp, peppery carbonation. Well! Not what I expected from the label, but in retrospect, pretty much what I should have expected: a farmhouse style ale with cream ale tendencies. The brett is just at my limit of interest; I'm not a big brett fan, but like a touch of it. The light citrus flavors that are not too tart and the mild sweetness of the corn really appealed to me. This is the kind of ale that really impresses me: not quite a style that I usually like, but leaving me very satisfied and wanting more. This is a very odd idea (I had a laugh when I read the label and bought it … seriously? a farmhouse cream ale?), but got it anyway because of the quality of the other ales I've had from this brewery. I'm glad I did. This is unusual and quite good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

these guys are total champions right now, maybe the brewery i am the most excited about overall right now. they just kill it across the board. this is a delicate wild beer brewed with corn and grits. first time i have seen grits in a beer for sure, very interesting, although like with a lot of their stuff, the impact of the special ingredients is very subtle, and its so much more about the whole than any of its constituent parts. pale soft yellow in color, very gentle looking, but with an effervescent pure white head. it smells a touch starchy, very earthy, slightly sweet like floral honey, and with a grassy hop complexion. the wild yeast seems to be bretty more than bacterial, no tang or pucker here, just a clean funk. the flavor is awesome here, the interesting grains give it some cool nuance, sweetness from the corn for sure, this seems very agricultural, rustic, and calculated. the grits are less obvious to me, but there is a cool body to this thats both hearty and delicate at the same time. light lemon notes too, but there is almost no acidity. musty funk, floral polleny blossoming type yeast notes, subtle spice as well. the whole thing is bone dry and carbonated like dynamite on the palate, so alive and fresh. im not sure there is another brewery in the country doing beer like this right now, these guys are blowing me away beer after beer. one of my favorites of theirs to date. dont expect something aggressive and sharp, this is an exercise in patient and mellow, absolutely loved it!

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: hazy yellow, lots of carbonation, big billowing head
S: fruity, saison yeast, funk
T: tart, funky
F: lots of upfront mouthfeel, dry finish
O: this is a funky saison, not a cream ale

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer surrounded by a larger patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly tart yeast and light citrus/orange zest hops over the top of lighter aromas of slightly sweet corn + cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a light to moderate presence of corn contributing a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of slightly tart yeast and light flavors of citrus/orange zest hops which contribute just a hint of bitterness in the finish which fades away quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light hints of acidic prickliness.

O: Definitely one of the most unique Cream Ales that I have ever experienced but in a good way. Very enjoyable, easy to drink, and refreshing. Never had a Cream Ale using a "wild native" yeast but this works really well.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I suppose this is the first wild yeast cream ale. It's a subtle and drinkable beer, certainly interesting. The corn comes off a bit like a Milk Bar Cornflake cookie. Then mild doughy malt rolls in and there's a light, earthy tang of sour citrus peel in the finish. This beer isn't for everyone, but it's quite unique.

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Native Series Tennessee Cream Ale from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 20 ratings