Cucumber Blessings
Mill House Brewing Company

Cucumber BlessingsCucumber Blessings
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #19
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,060
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
42
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Mill House Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Our award winning beer is inspired by a yearly tradition where the Buddhist priest to hold a Cucumber Blessings Ceremony to help the village through the long hot days of summer. Cucumber Blessings is our way to keep our village cool throughout the long hot days of summer. Relax & Enjoy.
ABV 5.2% IBU 17 SRM 4
Cream Ale
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jrc1093
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/29/19

Pours a clean straw with a minute haze to the body, and is topped with a few fingers of white foam; good head retention yields moderate spatters of lacing around the glass, as well as a paper-thin cap and light, frothy collar at the surface.

Aroma overwhelms with soft, natural cucumber tones from the start, steadily introducing tinges of smooth sweet malts expected from the style, and the vaguest hay note; vegetal and fresh.

Taste shows light sweet malts dancing with a softened, slightly more herbal cucumber, with straw and a light grassy touch hovering in the background.

Mouthfeel has a medium-light body, while moderate carbonation prickles with a slightly vegetal bitterness across the mid-palate; dry, tightly crisp finish highlights a swallow on the refreshing side.

Great cucumber integration into this one, almost too good as it largely overpowers any trace of the cream ale base, but I’ve got to give credit where it’s due here: this is a unique take on the style, where a new twist offers a familiar level of smooth refreshment so common in the best of this style.

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Manages to crest close to two fingers, bright white and noticeably airy, the bubbles popping looks like a fireworks display thus retention is not all that great, lacing close to nonexistent. Bright golden color with a buffed sheen, displays a few scattered bubbles. The nose focuses clearly on the cucumber, comes off fresh and newly sliced, very pure, supplemented by lemon peel, dill, yogurt, with a soft underlying graininess, not complex but doesn’t present itself as such and doesn’t need to be, pleasing length. Medium-bodied, flat in terms of carbonation, close to a still beverage. The cucumber flavors are clean and resonant without creating a drying texture. Any fruit flavors primarily apple, pear to watermelon. Echoes of corn syrup more than honey. That dill note faded here. Solid malt backbone helps maintain a softly inviting texture and balances out any inherent sourness in the cucumber. Likewise the grains are not arch and at times verge on breadiness. This isn’t the kind of beer you judge in relationship to other beers, kind of has to be taken in isolation on its own merits. It’s a winner.

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Photo of tigg924
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, light gold in color with minimal head. Taste is big cucumber, dill, and light bready malt. Light bodied, sweet, and medium carbonation. Tastes like tzatziki sauce and a light beer mix. Cucumber is prominent. Thought I have tasted most combinations before but this is a first for me. Refreshing, different, definitely beer tasting. Was a bit hesitant at first but would get this again.

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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a WONDERFUL beer! But before I tell you why, I should point out that despite my screen name, I am no longer the hophead I once was (I still love the taste of hops..but my stomach disagrees). So, I have spent the last year or two searching for and finding relatively non-hoppy, low ABV beers that I could at the same time find _satisfying_. "Cucumber Blessings" is definitely one of them! I must admit when I saw the words "Cream Ale", I was hesitant ("what is a Cream Ale anyway?", I thought). Even the word "Cucumber" next to the word "Beer" made me jittery. But, I will admit....I was WRONG. This beer has totally won me over. The cucumber flavor is right on target, not too weak... but also not overpowering or artificial. It couldn't be more perfect. The ABV at 5.2 is hidden, and low enough that you could have another glass if you were in the mood for it. Frankly, I could really drink this anytime, but it is a perfect Spring/Summer beer. The taste is crisp and clean, with just enough sweetness to accentuate the flavor of the cucumber, without being cloying. The body is perfect for Spring/Summer (not too heavy), and the carbonation worked fine for me . My only complaint is that this is not regularly available in Boston yet. :-( Perhaps they will work out a way to get some more here by Spring!

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a brandy glass. Small head with no lace. Golden color and very clear.

Woah, there's a lot of cucumbers in the smell. Think cucumber water, and you'll get a good sense of the smell.

Malty with a huge cucumber presence. This works surprisingly well. The cucumber is front and center but there's a good malt base. Thin bodied but with a neutral carbonation.

This may be the perfect beer to pair up with wings. In many ways, I want to give this beer a much higher score. It's refreshing in a way that few beers ever achieve. In fact, I would suggest that this is an entirely new style.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Slightly hazed transparent gold with a foamy white head. The head dies away fairly fast, but a thin ring remains. Spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Fresh cucumber flesh coolness, cucumber water, watermelon rind, slight amounts of honey, lemon, hay, and cracker. Green apple as well.

T: Tons of fresh cucumber, watermelon rind, green apple skin. A bit like a green Jolly Ranchers. Slightly tart with a light kiss of sweetness. Notes of cracker, hay, and honey from the malt. Finishes crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

F: Light, but not watery. Well-carbonated, smooth, rounded. Clean, crisp, and lightly dry.

O: Super refreshing, simple, and lovely. I love it.

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Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

True to it's ingredients there is a ton of cucumber on the nose and it's bursting with cucumber freshness. That being said it feels more along the lines of cucumber water with hops.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cucumbers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by moderately strong flavors of cucumbers. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is more of a cucumber ale than a cream ale. It's light and refreshing and could make for a good lawnmower beer. I would have never thought that cucumbers could work well in a beer but this beer proved otherwise.

Serving type: can

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pale yellow with a bubbly finger of white head. It recedes relatively quickly, leaves some lacing.

S: Do you like cucumber? No subtlety here.

T: Mostly cucumber. As it warms it becomes a bit more subtle and more of the bready malts come through.

F: Light body, high carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: The cucumber can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it grows on you after each sip. This was my go to beer of the summer.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on draft.

Unique brew with a very clear and present cucumber character. Very interesting and refreshing. Would be good for the warmer summer months.

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Cucumber Blessings from Mill House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 42 ratings