Inca (India Style Cream Ale) | Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

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Inca (India Style Cream Ale)Inca (India Style Cream Ale)
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Inca (India Style Cream Ale)Inca (India Style Cream Ale)

Brewed by:
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Cream Ale re-imagined; hopped with Simcoe and Cluster hops. This golden ale drinks easy, with a citrus laden, modern hop profile that is sure to leave you refreshed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Falls fast with sticky lacing.

S: Light crackery grains and floral/citrus hops.

T.F: Follows the nose. Light grains/malts with a gentle citrus forward hop profile. Some floral/medicinal character. Sweetness up front but well balanced with the hops. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation.

O: A light and easy drinking cream ale with some added citrusy hops. Not bad... an easy session type brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, poured into pint glass

hazy pale golden color, several inches of big white head. actually seems a bit over carbonated. pleasant citrus and grassy hop aroma. taste is fairly mild. thinner bodied.

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Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The clear bright golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" thick creamy white head that recedes slowly leaving a good bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The layer of foam on the surface persists for quite a long time. Sipping creates some small patches of lacing as the rest slide back down to the beer.

The aroma is filled with grapefruit from the hops along with just a light touch of malt.

The flavors are much as expected with the grapefruit up front and backed up with some sweetness, some breadyness and just a bit of bitterness that remains as the other flavors fade into the dry ending. Overall the flavors are well balanced with none truly dominating the others but with the hops definitely being showcased.

The mouth feel is medium-bodied and smooth, with moderate persistent carbonation. The relatively short finish begins as the grapefruit and malt sweetness fade to leave the final ending to some lightly bitter but still citric hop dryness.

This beer is light crisp, clean and very drinkable. I’d have no problem with having a second one right now. Although the beer flavor profile is not particularly complex the beer is well made and tasty. This would be a good choice for having or serving during an evening of conversation with good friends. Nothing overwhelming and a lot to enjoy.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decided to tick through a bunch of extras that I had received in recent trade/BIF boxes and this one was in that batch. Can date stamped 12/9/16 (yikes...bare that in mind on this review...if hoppiness was supposed to be there, it is certainly a shadow of its freshest self). Clear crisp golden w fizzy head. nose is light cream ale. taste to match, but the body has an odd graininess to the finish...kind of what I would call gateway craft for the macro drinker if that makes any sense. There is zero hoppiness to speak of, not sure if intended, but based on the description, seems I'd expect to taste hops. All in all a light easy drinking non-offensive cream ale. Not bad, but not really my bag.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an unusual cross between a couple styles. Mostly comes off as a cream ale, very smooth. But it's light like a pilsner, compared to others (like Empire Cream) which are more dessert-type beers. Refreshing!ndifferent. We like it.

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Photo of DIM
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/26, a gift from Eric.

This was exactly as advertised, a classic cream ale body and malt base with a generous helping of citrus and lingering bitterness at the end. Interesting experiment, but I'm not too enamored with this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. "Inca"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 6/17/16" and sampled on 10/11/16

Another winner from Saint Benjamin! They're really racking them up in my book, and seem to be headed towards becoming the best brewery within Philadelphia city limits.

Inca displays a hazy gold body with some clear sediment beneath a frothy head of bright white that holds quite well and leaves very nice rings and ridges of lace behind.

The aroma expresses sweet grapefruit (with the pith) and tangerine, as well as passionfruit, a hint of apricot, and an edge of woodsy pine that comes out much more clearly in the flavor. It's clean, and bright - but not bold or overdone.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body, and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor follows, obviously adding malt to the mix, and perhaps a little more tropical fruit, woody spice, pine, and a subtle, almost undetectable bit of cattiness. It's very hoppy in flavor, but not that bitter, balancing nicely against the gently sweet golden malt. If you like citrusy hops, but not the bitterness of an IPA then this one's for you. It finishes dry with residual citrusy and tropical fruit that fades to leave only a bit of chalky pith behind.

Impressive, and massively drinkable, I can't find any fault with this beer. I can imagine that some might consider it almost a one-trick pony, but I don't think that really applies given the malt component it offers, and the complexity of the hop flavors.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I always love reading his review when tone77, my local, in-person trader, beats me to the punch! He may have the first review, but neither of us got the add, although I will take both the photo credit as well as for getting the name corrected. The name should reflect what the brewery has designated, NOT using abbreviations or non-existent caps or other takings of license. The name should be treated as though it is being enclosed in quotation marks and be transcribed EXACTLY as it appears. It is just one of the many services provided by The CANQuest (tm), where we like to get things right.

From the CAN: "A classic Cream Ale re-imagined. This golden ale drinks easy, with a citrus laden, modern hop profile that is sure to leave you refreshed."

Oh, sure! On this one, the Crack! released some Faux'm through the vent, when I didn't really care or want any. On the previous one, when it would have been appropriate, none. 8=( This was another of those brimful craft CANs that always make me feel good, since it is like a Brewers' Dozen, vice a Bakers' Dozen. Just a little extra at the base price. Having (finally) learned my lesson, I utilized a gentle Glug, vice my usual inverted one that has seen Cream Ales just jumping out of the glass. I still got some foaming, but nothing that I could not CANtrol. It settled into two fingers of dense, bone-white head with great retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with a light haziness & plenty of carbonation in evidence. Nose was grapefruit-citrusy, which was kind of unusual for the style, but what they apparently wanted. Mouthfeel was medium, but rather prickly on the tongue from all of the carbonation. The taste was slightly bitter and not really appropriate for the style. It was MUCH too hoppy, raising the modern question of why EVERY beer has to be super-hopped. "India-style"? What does that mean and since when? When I reach for a Cream Ale, I want something light, moderately crisp, perhaps with corn as an adjunct & when I want hops, I reach for an AIPA. Never the twain should meet! Finish was dry and bitter, but that is not my idea of how the style should be presented.

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Photo of IronLover
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow in color with a moderate haze. Poured with a soapy, short, bright white foam with good retention. Medium minty hop aromas with medium light grainy malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a very light creamy feel. A bit on the watery side. Medium high minty hop flavors with a hint of orange zwest followed by a spicy hop bite and medium high hop bitterness. Malt presence is very light. Finished dryly with a lingering minty hop bitterness. Balance leans definitively toward the hoppy bitter side. Body is a little thin and watery. Hop character is a bit one dimensional. Simple and fairly bitter. A little more malt character would pick this one up a few notches.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like I am the first to review this beer. Hell yeah! This beer comes courtesy of the commander of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit stands out. Taste is grapefruit, mild malts, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing and tasty beer, this is not your fathers cream ale.

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Inca (India Style Cream Ale) from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 26 ratings