Cream City Pale Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cream City Pale AleCream City Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored ale with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is mostly of mildly piney hops, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste is very sweet with not a great deal of hop flavor. There is some hop bitterness but nothing upfront, and some light pine spice.

Decent feel, not much carbonation. Heavy.

This is really an unimpressive APA. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served up at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled during the fourth week of August. That's nice to know.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, deep copper body with a small, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Grainy-scented pale malt aroma with a light touch of caramel and faint kiss of lemony citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with some husky, grainy astringency and a light caramel sweetness. Very minor fruitiness. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Dry, bitter, and more graininess in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely hitting medium-bodied. Medium, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. The excessive grainy astringency made for an altogether lackluster (but not lacking in graininess) pale ale.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received as a gift from R&S.

Tried 21 Jul 2008.

Medium bubbly white head. Clear bright yellow orange color. Aroma is fruity sweet, grapes, moderate hop bitterness. Starts pleasantly malty sweet and then turns nicely bitter. Aftertaste has some honey. Well balanced, good hop flavors. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.

Thirst quenching. A good everyday easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, murky, with a pillowy white head, excellent retention, light lacing.

S: Very light, though I get some hop and caramel notes.

T: Mix of grass and earth in the hop bite, a bit of cedar. Sweet malt, sugary finish with a hint of alcohol. Too much phenol.

M: Nice medium body, good carbonation character, creamy.

D: A nice pale, started out bland, but warming it up coaxed some character out of it. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American-style pale ale is very tasty and fairly well-balanced .

It's amber with a medium, dense, light tan head slowly shrinking to a thin top. It leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is light caramel and bread with grapefruit and pine, just a little too grapefruity for me but not very and reminiscent of Lagunitas Censored.

The taste is bready and grapefruity with a light sweet body, a hint of caramel, lingering light bitterness, and a soft, pleasant feel. It's slightly too grapefruity for my preferences, but not much and it has nice, persistent flavour with a strongly enticing, lively, tart, bitter-sweet jiucy quality. It's engaging, easy to drink, yet very tasty.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= light thin head that continues to bubble and sparkle even after the actual head is gone. a little hazy amber color with minimal lacing
S= I picked up some hops right after my pour and you have the malt present as well. Smell is somewhat muted with this beer i think, there's corn and something i can't put my finger on that makes my nose tingle
T=surprisingly stong given the weak smell, good hop bitterness along with a very subtle malt sweetness, it tastes very earthy on the base of my palate and theres a little bit of a flower taste in it from the hops that goes beyond just the bitterness
M= highly carbonated, smooth with a medium body
D= pretty high, I really like the bitterness from the hops and the very small flavors mixed into the flavor, the carbonation could become a problem trying to come out of me later but it's worthy of buying many more

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy copper in color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruit and floral nose.

Taste: caramel, ripe red grapes, mild bitterness, and a mild bitterness makes up a decent but not overwhelming pale ale. The floral bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a session ale but is a little mellow on the flavor front. But several of these can be quaffed.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ouncer just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: Tawny, dark-copper, orange, ruddy hue... No head... Minimal lacing...
Smell: Malts in the nose, some tangerines, crisp...
Taste: Very clean and refreshing... Definite oranges, nectarines, nice balance of hops and malts... Some butter and bread nuances...
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, easily drinkable stuff...
Not bad at all...

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is hoppy, piney and grapefruit with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Goliath
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange/amber color with a thin off white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is weak. A bit of citrus and pale malt.

Taste is not that great. A subtle hop presence giving a tiny bit of citrus and a slight bitterness. A tea like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is sessionable, and the flavor is ok, but it's terribly boring and not really that great.

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Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange copper with a medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S-Fresh malted grain with a whiff of apple/pear fruitiness and a vauge hint of citrus.

T-Sharp, crisp citrus bitterness holds it own against the sweet caramel maltiness. Nothing crazy, but then again I wasn't expecting it to be.

M-Medium-light body, maybe just a tad thin. Lingering bitter crispness holds on and then smooths out in the end.

D-Surprisingly drinkable to me. I wouldn't pick this as an all nighter but certainly worthy of a few at the summer BBQ or ballgame.

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Photo of tayner
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle dated april week 2

poured into a shaker pint, a golden color with a small white head with ring and skim coating of head. not impressive

smell was grassy hops although very mild.

taste is slightly sweet with light grassy hop profile. very much a lawnmower beer or crossover beer for your non-craft-beer friends

mouthfeel is thin and watery.

easy to drink this, drinks similar to your standard macros. Not worth paying craft beer prices on this one when a cheap macro would be nearly as good.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, rich copper colro with a small, foamy, one-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grass. There were also some floral and citrus notes.

T - It tasted slightly bitter with a burnt toast maltiness. Nice balance of hops and sweet malt.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good APA. Nothing fabulous but highly drinkable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cream City Pale Ale pours a deep, clear, tangerine with a fluffy lid of cream.

Smells of sweet lightly caramely/bready malts with some fresh citrusy and grassy hops.

Crisp light-medium body with nice fuzzy texture to good carbonation, and lightly oily smooth feel to it. The flavor brings in a bit of bready, caramel sweetness lightly toasted, with some orangey citrus and fresh grassy/piney hops finishing pleasantly bitter.

Nice, tasty, refreshing. A good APA.

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Photo of KBomb
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream city is a cloudy brown/copper with a small but frothy head. Lots of hops and spice coming off the top of this one-- some caramel malts in the background all bathed in something a little musty. A sharp bite of hops introduces the first sip to the tounge and its followed by a bitter orange citrus and a little butteryness. This is a kinda thick brew, but not too heavy to be enjoyed on a summer day.

This has some character of an IPA. The generous hoppy bitterness might borderline on overpowering, but is still a worthy brew.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my friend derek who brought me a variety 8 pack from the u.p.

pours a wonderful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head that fell to a nice dense 1/4 inch head that wound not go away.
the aroma is malty, biscuits, crystal malt, hint of hops.
the flavor is malty, fresh baked bread, with a firm bitterness, spiciness, earthy hops, lingering citrus on the palette.
very easily sneaks down the hatch.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden with some orange touches and almost two fingers of fluffy white head and okay lacing.

S: Citrusy hops and nice caramel nose.

T: Caramel explodes in the mouth with a nice refreshing piney, citrus hops balancing everything.

M: Too much carbination to be creamy by very crisp and clean.

D: This is an easy drinker that is right up my alley. This is something I would hope to see on cask in Wisconsin.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with virtually no head and no lacing.

Smell is very faint, light hop aroma, but mostly sweet malt.

Taste is light and crisp and a bit slick, caramel malt with a light bitter aftertaste, but overall a very plain tasting pale ale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours amber-orange with a thin film of off-white head. Smells piney and citrussy with biscuit and caramel present in the background. Tastes strongly citrusy, piney, and caramel. Flavor is appealing and well-balanced. Medium in body with ample carbonation. A solid APA for sure - nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a nice sized head that settles to a decent lace.
The aroma is of hops,fruits and grains.
The taste is hops,malts with caramel tones and sweet fruit notes.
There was a slight bitterness to the finish and the brew lived up to the name-it was creamy and the carbonation seemed just right.

Notes: I could easily go through a six pack, so this for sure was a session brew. Well balanced and so easy to drink.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with an average off-white head that left some clingy lacing. The aroma is light, some honey malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is of pale malt with a touch of honey and a dash of grassy hops to give it a bitter edge. The feel is light almost watery with fairly soft carbonation, nice balance, finishes slight bitter. A nice and light APA, enough of a hop profile to give it some flavor. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Pretty clear amber color with a nice two inch head.

S- Mostly hops, mild. Overall nice aroma. Some grains, more than expected for the style

T- Mild grain followed by a nice citrus hop taste with some bitterness.

M- Fair to medium, pretty good. Fairly carbonated.

D- I thought this was pretty good. I could drink a few whenever, Way better than the other beer I had from them. I recommend this, not my favorite Pale Ale but it will do.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice thick fluffy white head. Good retention with sticky lacing. Clear amber in color, with lots of constant carbonation floating to the top.

Smells is fresh cut grass and citrus leaning towards grapefruit.

Good strong bitter finish for a pale ale. Not approaching a hop bomb, and balanced well with the sweet malt on the front of the palate. Actually get sweet caramel on the front of the palate as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full and active from strong carbonation.

This is a good, solid Pale Ale that would get great feedback at any get together.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty good. Thin layer of foam, OK lace. Typical deeper-gold pale ale appearance.

S - Smells hoppy, a little cookie-malt backing.

T - We have a winner here. Flavor here is nearly spot-on, with an ever-present citrusy hop and a malt bill that hangs tough but gives way at the very end. Nothing groundbreaking, but damned tasty.

F - Slightly viscous, it doesn't really get thin, with a fair bit of carbonation.

D - An easy one to kick back and drink; very drinkable pale ale. My favorite of the Lakefront brews so far.

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Photo of Thanby
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a small amount of head that has good retention.

Smells primarily of mild hops and pear with hints of grain and butter.

Hops/citrus right up front but not overpowering. In the middle the grain and herbal flavors take over, and the hops come back to round off with a clean finish and lingering bitterness.

The carbonation keeps it a good consistency, light and crisp, and the hops can only be described as refreshing. As it warms up, more citrus and herbal notes become apparent. Very easy to drink and enjoy with or without a meal.

Overall I'm fairly impressed. It's a solid pale ale with the hop character I love and a slightly more complex palate than most.

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Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.66 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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