Hop Cream | Capital Brewery

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136 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
17.98%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jjanega08
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a totally translucent yellowish amber color. Actually looks quite a bit like a sort of basic lager. Maybe a little darker than piss yellow beer. The head is a finger and falls to a thin skin on top of the glass. Some sketchy lacing but it's there.

S= A solid hop aroma with a sort of wheat in there. I don't know if they used wheat or not. I get a little poopy wheat in it however. There also seems to be some basic malty sweetness.

T= The flavor is interesting. It starts with a smooth hop flavor. Nothing over the top or crazy it's a very mild hop flavor before slowly moving into a sort of nothing taste. After nothing the after taste is a biscuity wheaty flavor. For a moment there I thought it was water.

M= A nice lower carbonation.

O= This is an interesting beer. I actually sort of like it. It's got a little flavor and is super easy to drink. I could see myself picking this up if it were reasonably priced. Mine came in a mix six pack. I may be buying some more of this.

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Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pstutzman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: clear, slightly orange/amber with a smallish head that lingered nicely
S: some citrus hops and a slight hint of malt
T: Starts quite hoppy, then hops vanishes a bit. Not a lot of aftertaste
M: medium-light body
O: very interesting beer. Quite drinkable. Nice hot weather beer.

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Photo of mjohnson17
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as i pour this into a pilsner glass a thick creamy head forms immediately on top of a rising bright golden orange body. thick clumps of lacing are left from top to bottom in the glass. very good looking beer. taste and smell are very floral and hoppy with some bread and cracker in the background. mouthfeel is a little creamy with a nice hop bite to it, clean finish. nice cream ale, will buy more during the hot months.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sixer that disappeared all too quickly, a couple were shared but this is the last one. Poured into a large tapered mug, it has a frothy head of white foam and a copious amount of drippy lacing. Its body is a bright high clarity orange, a perfect crystalline jewel tone. Lasting head retention.

Citrus rind, light yeast, grapefruit and floral notes in the aroma. Hop forward as the name implies, certainly a welcome addition in a cream ale.

Orange zest, citrus pith, light clean malty notes, crackery and resiny dry finish. Light bodied due to the style, plenty bitter but not a chore to drink like some IPAs (not that style comparisons are necessary). A unique and drinkable cream ale from Capital, nice to see a new seasonal from them.

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Photo of mdmusch
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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 rjmclaw
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of MarshMan71
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of scninmer08
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of dhannes
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Strix
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow with a frothy head. Crisp green pepper and grapefruit notes atop something not unlike Spotted Cow. A beer like this is presumably not in Capital's lager-comfort-zone, but I feel like they pulled it off nicely. Nicely balanced, and compared to most cream ales I've had, the hops add a nice burst of flavor. Only picked up a single, will have to look for more. This, along with Lakefront's Wisconsinite, may become go-to summer beers.

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Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jokemon
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from capitol brewing. Picked this up on my way back to IL from WI.

Just like the bottle says there is a very good upfront hop presence that fades into a smooth tasty finish.

It pours a nice creamy head as well. Note: If you are looking for a super hoppy beer this is not it, this is more for people that like hops in smaller quantities.

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Photo of Pyedog
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a new brewery in the Florida Panhandle so I gave it a try. Really surprizing flavor...yes, a very well balanced hoppy cream ale. You should try this if you are a fan of either of these...who isn't? This is a very drinkable offering from Capital City Brewery (good job Kirby)...gonna get some more while I can!

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Photo of Nofear048
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of akastend
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of MyMindSpray
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of soccerfancooch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of slavall
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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