Strawberry Whale Cake
Burlington Beer Co.

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From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #75
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,763
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.63%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
97
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 20, 2022
Added:
Oct 05, 2014
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  14
SCORE
84
Good
Strawberry Whale CakeStrawberry Whale Cake
Notes: None
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Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the can into a nonic(k) pint glass. Packaging looks like May 31 2022.

Peach and grapefruit like orange, with just a hint of pink to the body that's opaque but not murky. Quite a big full three finger fine head, with lots of staying power. Very nice thick cap retention as well. The beer though has just a bit of a dull look to it unfortunately, but is otherwise solid to the eye.

Good aroma, simply strawberry with a light cream sensation that is more milky than sweet sensing. Goes to a nice light vanilla almost condensed milk flavor on the nose as well, with minimal grain, and no sourness either.

Palate is sort of pedestrian. Real light bodied even for a cream ale, with wet character, and fleeting touches of watery tasting strawberry. Little sense of white Duncan Hines cake mix quality and a finish that really dissolves too quickly.

Really needs a solid malt backbone to push the flavors through nicely. Otherwise, passable but nothing real impressive.
Aug 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by nickb2000

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.38 by biteme398 from Virginia

May 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.46 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by Burt from Rhode Island

Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by DruC4 from Michigan

Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by mmhannon from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 2021/05/12
Pours a med frothy pinkish 1 finger bubbly head with med retention, fair sticky lacing, very hazy opaque, not sure how to describe the color, like a pinkish orangey color like grapefruit mixed with orange juice?

Nose is interesting, definite strawberry in there, berry juice and some musty seed like notes, a little doughy creamy malt with some corn notes, straw, a little plum fruit as well

Taste starts with creamy base beer, cream ale, doughy wheat like malt, soft proteins, little corn like character and cake batter, straw and dough, fair strawberry as well, strawberry juice and a little generic berry fruit juice, touch of bitter stem/seed character, almost thinking I get lactose but could be vanilla icing from wheat, med sweet sticky finish a touch dry, little tartness as well

Mouth is med to a touch lighter bod, quite creamy and soft, med frothy carb

Overall an interesting beer, definite strawberry and some cream ale although I feel like exaggerated cream ale maybe to get through the fruit, still enjoyable beer
Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Deep, vibrant, amber pink

S - Light strawberry and underlying graininess.

T - Light strawberry, cream, and grain

M - Big medium body with some thinness around the edges.

O - Not my style of beer but an interesting twist that makes this one an easy drinker.
Jun 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Jun 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.29 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

May 27, 2021
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have had some poor experiences with canned beers from BBCo, and even their IPAs seem to fall off kinda quickly and become a shadow of their former, fresher selves, so what better way to see if they've gotten any better over the past year (or so) than with a less-than-a-week-old strawberry cream ale? Yeah, I know that doesn't make any sense, and I'm already over it.

SWC pours an odd pinkish color into my pint glass... it's totally opaque but the body has an orange-red hue to it that is tough to place. Head is rather nice, forming about a finger of off-pink suds that just stick around and go just about nowhere even after minutes in my glass, other than perhaps clearing a bit on the surface of the beer itself.

The nose is strawberry cheesecake with strong leanings towards the authentically-dairy-like side of things, which is a bit off-putting to me at first but... surprisingly, it grows on me after a bit, and I do find myself enjoying the scent of this brew. Not a cheesecake fan, but the slight lactic-ness is drowned out by a hefty strawberry addition that feels extremely natural and well-balanced. A bit of biscuity malt doesn't hurt either, and honestly... this is good smelling stuff. Very redolent of fresh berries 'n cream with a vanilla and honey undertone that is rather well-rendered. I approve, oddly enough.

Flavor is great too, actually. Maybe I'm just totally in the mood for a less hoppy beer right now, but the light sweetness and dainty malt balance of this beer (plus the fact that it's only 5%) is really hitting the spot. Full-bodied feel with dense creaminess in the mid-palate followed by solid strawberry and melon in the finish. Honestly, maybe this sounds like a mean thing to say, but this is like one of the "Shakedown" beers from local brewery Four Quarters if it was done correctly. Now, this isn't hoppy at all, but it has a very natural and lithe approach to the fruit that it seems 4Q has yet to nail. If BBCo did a hoppier version of this and dialed it in to 6-7%, they'd be contending big time. I know BBCo can do fruited IPAs well (I'll never forget Double NĂ¼ Disco Jumpsuit last Summer!), so... let it be do!
Apr 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 18, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a pinkish red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Strawberry and citrus up front along with some bready malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with waves of strawberry along with some citrus and bready malt. Finishes with lingering strawberries and some earthy undertones

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Seems a bit heftier than 5.5%

O: A solid cream ale that heavily focuses on the strawberries. Very easy to drink. Worth checking out
Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jun 28, 2019
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Rated by PA_Chris_A from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A small.step below Riverboat Racketeer.
Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a cloudy light red/straw color, minimal head. Has a nice creamy strawberry aroma. Not exactly a cream ale base, is a bit funky and sour, strawberry flavor is a bit artificial tasting. Carbonation is good. Overall, not my favorite.

1/11/19
16 oz can dated 7/25/18. Thanks Adam
3.5 rating
Jan 12, 2019
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Rated by usagijunjou from Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I love this beer. So bummed I can't get it in NYS!!!!
Aug 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.42 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by gmcmillan67 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Nice fluffy mouthfeel with a opaque peach color. Fruity taste similar to strawberry sherbet definitely has a creamy feel to it. Great balance of flavors here would recommend if you like fruity ales
Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2018
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Reviewed by CoachBillMoore from Massachusetts

2.01/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Picked it up @parkerpieco for dessert after one of the best pies of my life. My bride loved it but I found it unduly sour devoid of any sweetness despite the teasing aroma.
Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire

Jul 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.66 by zotzot from Vermont

Jul 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by RobDB from New Jersey

Jul 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.62 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.73 by ejane from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Mar 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Dec 03, 2017
Strawberry Whale Cake from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 123 ratings