Solid Rock Brewing

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Solid Rock Brewing
Texas, United States
Cream Ale
3.49 | pDev: 17.77%
Jul 09, 2016
May 31, 2014
Our Cream Ale is a smooth, soft-bodied ale exhibiting a light golden color, gentle hoppiness and a fruity aroma with a bright, clean finish. Brewed to be thirst quenching with a more moderate alcohol content than our other brews, it is an excellent quaff to enjoy out on the lake on a hot afternoon. Less filling and lower in alcohol, it is intended to appeal to experienced ale drinkers looking for a session-able beverage, as well as serve as a ‘gateway’ craft ale for drinkers who are curious about craft beers, but may find the taste and alcohol levels of most craft brewed ales over-powering. This brew is a real crowd pleaser for all tastes and appeals to both the male and female segments of the market. A great choice for a chardonnay lover.
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Rated: 3 by bundy462 from Texas

Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Jan 29, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by NeverSettle from Texas

Dec 27, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by zbooks from Texas

Dec 27, 2015
Rated: 2.62 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 3.48 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Aug 14, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 3.48 by mamaraza from Texas

Apr 22, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by Dicers from California

Feb 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I haven't had a cream ale in awhile, but boy am I in the mood for (a good) one.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap. Simple label design. 5.4% ABV. 16 IBU. 5.5 SRM.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide head of beige colour. Lacks the thickness, frothiness, creaminess, and fullness I'd expect to see in a good cream ale head. Retention is average - maybe 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's a clear yellow/pale-copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. Has a lager-like cleanliness, lacking any visible yeast particulate or hop sediment in spite of this beer being unfiltered and unpasteurized according to the label.

Appears aptly carbonated. Overall, it's a generally appealing cream ale appearance, but nothing about it stands out as unique or special.

AROMA: Cream, corn adjunct, clean barley, generic pale malts, slightly sour grains, flaked malts, and a faint kiss of diacetyl. Largely a simple - and some might say boring - aroma, but one which isn't off the mark for the style.

No yeast character, overt hops, or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Pretty generic. Cream, flaked malts, corn adjunct, loose graininess, clean barley. It's light on the esters considering ale yeast was used. Hop profile is barely noticeable at all - you'd never be able to tell they used cascade.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices come through.

It's quite simply built, and isn't unbalanced as a result. But it's certainly not dialed in to the degree it should be, and while it has a loose cohesion it's far from gestalt. I do like it, but it leaves a lot to be desired and has an unfortunate shallow depth of flavour.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's not subtle or complex by any means, but it's within style conventions and is enjoyable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, mildly refreshing, light to medium-bodied, mildly thick, and not too weighty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent, but this texture fails to elevate the beer and fails to accentuate any specific constituent notes from the flavour profile.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: An above average cream ale, sure, but nothing to write home about. I like it and would certainly order it again if I was in the mood for the style. I'm always happy to see more cream ales on the market, but this won't impress the discerning drinkable. Very drinkable, but also very forgettable. Might make a good beer for transitioning those accustomed to macrobrewed lagers into microbrewed beer.

Jan 18, 2015
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Rated by Red_Chaos1 from Texas

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pretty average beer. Fairly plain, not much going on taste-wise. May as well have been a Lone Star or Budweiser, in my opinion.
Dec 18, 2014
Rated: 4.24 by Vipsanius from Texas

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by cgrunin from Texas

Nov 08, 2014
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Rated by Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -42.7%
Well it is certainly better than the other cream ale selection in Austin (infamous brewing)
Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jame515 from Texas

Oct 02, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by greenspointexas from Texas

Sep 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by J_BeeCave from Texas

Jun 28, 2014
Cornerstone from Solid Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 22 ratings