Northern Lights Ale | South Shore Brewery

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Northern Lights AleNorthern Lights Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
southshorebrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by tavernjef on 06-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
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1
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1
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 27
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slarson7
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, hazy gold colour. Smells light, earthy hops, with a hint of sweet malt. Tastes light, crisp, slightly fruity, earthy hops, with a clean finish. Not much to it, but crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 50marathons
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer. Nice balance. Love the citrus.

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Photo of Graetzj
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A little to much lavender in the brew

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1.08/5  rDev -69.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Savan
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if this a new recipe or just a rebranding. The Northern Lights label says "ale with herbs added".

Dark tawny reddish orange, visible carb trails, long lasting head retention, it pours with a few fingers of foam at first, and the skim never breaks on the surface. Not much lace, just a few spotty bits.

Aroma is mild, light toasty malt, vaguely sweet.

Taste is an unusual combo of toasted barley and most likely sage, a light sweetness at first, then drying in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carb levels. Lingering toastiness in the aftertaste, the herb addition is only a flash in the middle. Overall not bad, i'll admit I avoided this beer before when it was named "Herbal Cream Ale", but it's not a bad beer at all.

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of tgraven
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dav2080
2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dosrojos
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of zeledonia
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden wheaty yellow color. Little head, gone in a second, and little lacing.

Smell is an amalgam of grains, with a hint of lavender and a touch of apple. Wheat, some light sweetness that feels like corn, but I don't think it is. Interesting, and very different. It's a soft aroma, but full and varied.

Taste is again interesting, though I'm not liking it as much as the smell. Has a very adjuncty feel, with some flavors sitting back there that just don't seem like they belong in beer. Is there corn in this? Has a faint herb-like flavor as well (maybe that's the label working on me). A weak almost-bitter spiciness comes in late. A real mishmash, but none of it great, and it doesn't come together for me.

Light body, just enough carbonation that I'm not irritated, but not enough to make me happy. Finish is blah.

This beer has some highs and lows, but all around, I just find it kinda odd. The flavor is strangely cluttered with hops, adjuncts, and herbs. I'm often meh about cream ales, and this one does nothing to change that.

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Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Northern Lights Ale from South Shore Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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