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American Cream Ale
Ranked #153
Ranked #38,972
3.64 | pDev: 13.46%
Braxton Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
Notes: A traditional American lawnmower beer, this golden cream ale features a medium body with a creamy palate feel. The aroma is a balance between subtle corn and malt-like notes with a very slight earthy and spicy hop presence. Pale straw in color with brilliant lightning-like clarity, Storm makes a great session beer being low in alcohol and bitterness, but complete with flavor. However, unlike the typical cream ale, no DMS or harsh corn like aroma is present.
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Photo of That_Mohawk_Dude
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a light aroma to match. Crisp and refreshing with light hops. Very refreshing and reminiscent of a lighter cream ale. Solid, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Look has a glowing golden color, thick soapy head that dissipates over time and leaves good lacing.

Smells mainly of wheat bread and yeast, along with herbal notes. Other notes of a hint of vanilla, sweet corn, and cloves.

Taste is quite watery and flat. Corn and some little spicy hops on the palette, but nothing really else. Tastes like a macro brew lager or something like that.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep golden color with a sizable, fluffy, white head.
Smell is rich and sweet with a nice bitter roast counterpoint.
Taste is smoothe and grainy. Light, earthy, hop bite that compliments the bready body well.
Not super sure how full bodied a cream ale is supposed to be but this one is a bit thinner than other examples I've tasted. Nothing shocking just a bit more toward what I would think of as a lighter lager than not.
Overall a really nice beer. Mild and well balanced, flavorful without being large or in your face. Nothing thrilling or surprising but certainly a pleasant sip.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Alanna and Richard!

A: Golden amber in color with a small light tan head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Whole grain bread, and herbal notes.

T: Bready with some sweetness, and a touch of biscuit and burnt caramel. Slight herbal character in the finish.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall not astounding, but not dull either.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up from the Party Source, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit of head that dissipates pretty fast and leaves decent lacing. Nothing too drastic here.

S - A bit of hops, a bit of bread, a bit of yeast. You won't get bowled over by the nose, that is for sure. It smells like a stronger macro brew honestly.

T - Doesn't taste too bad. Certainly lives up to it's title, there is a creamy, sugary zip in there. Bit of hops, bit of bready yeast, other than that tastes a lot like a good macro.

M - A bit thicker and creamier than the average macro, other than that not much.

O - Not a terrible beer. Not necessarily a good one, but not bad. I don't think I would buy it again, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink a cold one were it offered.

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Photo of JonNM
4.84/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My current favorite beer. It's the malt malt malt malt malt! Creamed corn like a pilsner. Mildy sweet, intoxicating bready smell. Malty sweetness to roll the tongue around for days. Perfect lively carbonation. Low hop presence lets that malt shine through. "Lawnmower beer" is a ridiculously humble description for what is in my opinion a masterpiece of the brewing art.

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Photo of El_Guapo_05
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from the can, very cold, so did not actually assess look. STORM does indeed have a creamier mouth feel than other watery swill. Very soft feel. Aside from that, it just seemed like a way to pay premium craft beer prices for something that tastes like practically every light macro brew out there. At least the macros have price in their favor, since many literally cost only 1/4 as much. Seriously. Went and found Genesee Cream Ale in The Party Source (incidentally, this is where Braxton Labs is housed). $12.99 a 30-pack. Would have picked up some Genny for comparison if only they stocked it in a smaller quantity, but even at about $0.45 a can, who wants to waste time on 30 cans of slightly creamy-feeling water masquerading as beer when the world is fuller than it's ever been with interesting, complex, and often delicious beers that are worth paying attention to.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy medium amber. Small white head with some lacing. Smells clean and fresh with a hint of crusty yeast bread. Taste is clean with a mouthful of malt up front followed by a slightly sweet fruity aftertaste with a hint of sweet corn. Hops flavor is there but with no bitterness at all. Well balanced. Smooth on the palate which leaves you wanting more. With an ABV of only of only 4.80% you are free to down another. Just a great overall beer beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at Blinkers Tavern in Covenington. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lacing. The scent had hints of hope and bread. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was creamy and had decent carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of udfan07
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this beer out of a can. No bitterness whatsoever. Very sweet taste with floral notes. Tried Shiner Hand Spun Cream Ale recently and this beer blows that beer out of the water.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The standard-bearer of this style is, by my humble estimation, Genesee Cream Ale. This one matches and surpasses in quality and can hold its head high. Nicely done.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with notes of corn and floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts with notes of corn adjuncts and a slight bit of associated sweetness (this is mostly canceled out by a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops).
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a pleasant mouthfeel. It doesn't seem to have much in the way of adjuncts compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I'm not typically a fan of cream ales, this beer is quite good. Low bitterness and little-to-no hop flavor, a mild maltiniess and sessionable ABV make it quite refreshing.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Braxton signature glass. Very clear. Light gold color with a hint of copper. About a finger of fine white head. Average retention. Slight maltiness on the nose. Some sweet bready notes and a bit of pear.

Light flavor. Balanced. Nothing crazy or unusual. Grainy sweetness up front, a soft hoppy kiss at mid-palate. A nice, dry, pleasant finish, and you immediately want another sip. A flavorful beer that AB wishes they could make.

I don't have a lot of tasting experience with Cream Ales, but given that Braxton is a short drive from my house (and their reps were really cool when they visited Party Town not too long ago), I decided to make this my first review of a Cream Ale. While this is not a style I frequent, I do like this beer. It has everything I would look for in a summertime, late afternoon, just-mowed-the-lawn-and-want-a-damn-beer beer. The only thing I would knock would be the carbonation. It's my understanding Cream Ales are supposed to be well-carbonated. This one wasn't flat by any means, but I was expecting something with more effervescence.

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Photo of Lukass
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear golden hue with a thin white head, lots of lacing. A very refreshing, grain forward cream ale. Smells of corn and cereal. For the taste.. Lots of flavor for only 4.8%, and very sessionable. Not too dry, but rich with malty sweetness. This beer has a very bready, biscuity, cornbread character. The spicy, noble hop is very faint in the overall flavor of this one, but this is to be expected with a cream ale. A very tasty brew from these guys.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Braxton's flagship beer and inaugural canned beer showcases America's early brewing roots but with more refinement than rusticity, its modern take on the cream ale style give beer drinkers of all levels of enthusiasm something to cheers over.

Storm pours with a deep golden, light copper color and with brilliant clarity. A creamy ecru froth greets the rim but soon folds back into the ale. A savory, juicy malt and grain medley carries a toasty and nutty tone with a sweet taste that showcases finer malt and grain contributions. Lightly of honey, simple sweetness and faint caramel delight the early palate.

Its rich sweetness washes over the middle palate but brings a light cereal character that celebrates Americas early brewing roots. Its creamy texture is met with a mild herbal hop presence to balance the lingering sweetness and to add gentle complexities of hop spice and slight grassy bitterness.

Finishing with a creamy sweet and medium-light mouthfeel, a crisp and refreshing taste turns pleasantly minty while its cereal character outlasts the hops and barley in aftertaste. And for the beer lovers in the Ohio Valley, those outdoor chores don't have to precede industrial light lagers anymore.

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Storm from Braxton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 73 ratings