Hop Cream | Capital Brewery

Hop CreamHop Cream
BA SCORE
32.4%
Liked This Beer
3.44 w/ 136 ratings
Hop CreamHop Cream
BEER INFO

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
136
Liked:
44
Avg:
3.44/5
pDev:
18.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brass and copper color mix. No bubbles. Quick head and a small ring of residual foam.

Interesting lactose, faintly toasted malts, and somewhat citric hop aroma. A little metallic too.

Dry lactic cream with light orange zest hop flavor and bitterness. Toasted crackers and soda water. Feels carbonated, dry, and bitter overall.

An interesting cream ale indeed, but not something I'll buy again. I will say it's worth a try though.

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Photo of Hoploaf
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you love hops, but are tired of how hops have become so overused as to make many beers off balance, then I suggest trying Hop Cream. I first tried it when it was just an experimental creation that was on tap at Capitol's beer garden. I was hooked on the first sip by the mellow hop flavor and the creamy head. This is one easy drinking GOOD beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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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3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final offering in my surprise Christmas mixer pack.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Some nice floral hop notes, sour citrus rind, hints of earthy pine and a touch of buttery caramel.

T - A tad more mild than implied by the nose, the earthy pine and floral hop notes come through alongside a bready caramel malt base. The citrus rind notes linger alongside some buttered bread.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - The tastiest of the mixer by far, though it could still use a bit of a flavour boost. I would suggest this as a good brew to suggest to someone who is just beginning to appreciate hops. The hop presence is a nice additive to what is otherwise a pretty mild flavoured brew style. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Hop Cream from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 32.4% out of 100 with 136 ratings
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