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Hop Cream | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
136
pDev:
18.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
Gots:
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden. Head is one finger and retains well. Some lacing.
S- Smell is mild but is light citrus, some earthyness and biscuity malt.
T- The flavor is kinda medicocre. There is a hint of citrus, a bit of noble earthyness and a touch of sweet malt.
M- Lower carbonation. Medium-light body. Easy drinking.
O- This isn't a bad beer but since they advertised hop I expected more. Not bad, but underwhelming.

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Photo of mdmusch
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice, rich golden color... Barely any head on this brew and dissipates to a small outer lace.

Smell: Not overly aromatic... I pick up some citrus notes from the hops and a pretty profound honey smell. I can definitely smell the lager hidden within this beer.

Taste: Actually the beer itself tastes alright. At the beginning you taste something similar to a standard IPA, but that taste almost immediately goes away. The aftertaste is subpar, no flavors really linger. Pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: A light mouthfeel. Almost a perfect consistency for a hot day, the problem is, it doesn't meld with the flavor.

Overall: This was an interesting concept. I've been on a cream ale kick lately, and I was curious as to what a more pronounced hop profile would do to the beer. The beer underwhelmed overall, but I won't have a problem finishing the six pack.

Edit: I actually found that I really enjoyed this beer from the bottle... I will give it a bump in ratings because initially I thought it was too bland, but after the first one I really enjoyed the rest.

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Photo of dhannes
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.

A=Dark, rich golden color...creamy two finger head that was very slow to dissipate.

S=Clover honey and citrus and grass. I hate to say it, but it reminds me of the smell of mowing the lawn--cut grass and gasoline.

T=Extreme hop flavor with a sweet backdrop...clearly, Capital is trying to offer an alternative to New Glarus' Spotted Cow, but with more hops. But the hops is a bit too overpowering for my taste and takes it to the extreme for the style. Second half was rather sour and unappealing.

M=First few sips left a film in my mouth, which was not enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. Nice moderate body.

O=This beer got more and more nasty as I got near the bottom. Too sour and too much hops for cream ales.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What folks usually don't know is that early examples of cream ale exhibited a wide range of flavor and feel. The fine folks at Capitol Brewery know this and exploits the crisper, cleaner, and hoppier end of the spectrum than that of the corn riddled lager-like examples.

With its mild haze (presumably from hops), the beer carries a strong straw hue that's brightly golden but not yet amber. The richer look makes me think maibock heading into my first whiff. A cottony white foam floats the beer and is very confident in its retention and lacy adherence.

Grass and grapefruit rise first as the hops dominate the grain in the beer's early aromas. Rustic in nature, the near-stemmy woodish tones over rule the blend of starchy malt, corn, and grain sweetness underneath.

Flavors are more balanced as the grain sweetness latch onto the front of the tongue and give a light coat of crisp bready malts before the hops settle in. But shortly after, the hop flavors of grapefruit rind, orange pith, and citrus oils gain slight command and morph into a grassy, herbal bitterness in finish. The grain taste of "Grapenuts" and cereal reside in support for the light starch and bold hops and add to the sense of crispness and refreshment in finish.

Light to medium-light in body, the grain sweetness is accompanied by rich proteins that hold onto the abundant carbonation deep into finish for a creamy texture. But as the malts and carbonation sharply fall off, what's left is a grassy astringency to accompany hop bitterness as the beer comes to closure. This is the lasting feel that trails quickly for a terse aftertaste and texture.

As the beer lovers will likely agree that the preferred crisper and cleaner versions of cream ale are best. But the flavors here are similar enough to American pale ales to draw these unfair comparisons. These comparisons will leave this hoppy cream ale in slighter celebration and demand.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop Cream pours a nice dark copper color, with a nice sized head. There was a wet slightly hoppy smell, and an almost coffee aroma. The taste had a weird floral taste, that was slightly bitter, with a strong malty backbone, and a bit of a sweetness, and a almost farm like yeasty taste. A solid flavor, but I don't know if I would like to drink a few of these. Overall not horrible, but i didn't find it too enjoyable, reminded me of an up class miller.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz, pours golden-copper with a foamy white head that fades to a thin layer atop the ale, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aromas are grassy, herbal, earthy. Tastes are similar to aroma - grassy, herbal hop, biscuit, earthy, fruity, slight peppeyness on the tongue. Mouth-feel is medium, creamy, and smooth. Nice, but still light enough. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering hops that fade to a clean finish. Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect here. It's decent and sessionable, but I'd probably pass on buying it again.

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Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of akastend
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Steve78
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tgraven
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of mjohnson17
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of spunk509
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sigh. I was excited that Capital made something other than a lager....but alas.

Really very little hop flavor. Just a little bittering. Really lacks flavor.

Appearence is decent with a light lingering head.

Almost no aroma. Light floral. Maybe some noble hops.

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Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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