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Northern Lights Ale | South Shore Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tavernjef on 06-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,412
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
49
pDev:
21.9%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of jduff
1.08/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of botham
1.91/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a light golden color with a half finger of white head that has poor retention and leaves light lacings.

aroma is lightly fruity and a touch spicy, with notes of light bready malts and some herbs in the background. a light note of citrusy hops comes through as the brew warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a watered down character and a general lack of character. a lightly herbed note that comes off a bit medicinal is the only real distinct flavor, albeit still subtle.

mouthfeel is light bodied and watery, with a crisp finish of little to no flavor.

drinkability is bad. this brew contains elements that could be good if they were more concentrated, but the end product is flabby and hardly drinkable. this begs the question of whether or not the brew is fresh (the price tag was placed two months before it was drank), but not much about the beer suggests that it would be much better if it was. not recommended

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Photo of dav2080
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of d5001986
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Chokobo
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy and cloudy light yellow/golden. Very little foamy head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Faintly sweet and grainy/grassy. No noticeable hops aroma detected. Smells like an average cream ale/adjunct lager.

Taste: Fairly thin, weak and sweet. Not the worst cream ale I've tried, but far from the best. Everything about this cream ale is fairly average.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light and highly carbonated. Not so great.

Drinkability: This brew is light on just about everything, as far as cream ales go. It's closer to a light beer than a cream ale. Not a lot of flavor, and not one I'd seek out again. For Wisconsin beers, New Glarus does a better cream ale with their "Spotted Cow" brand.

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Photo of Graetzj
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of zeledonia
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
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 CharlesDarwin
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. The aroma made me think of being in a spice store with all the various blend of musky spices, but it was all downhill from there. The color was light golden and boring. The flavor tasted like bandaids and medicine, although I'm downright certain it was not infected, but nonetheless was obviously unpleasent. No depth and a VERY watery finish.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of majorbase2
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of The_Original_Drinker
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dragomni
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pweis909
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual beer with lavender scent and maybe another herb that I cannot name right now. I could see how the herbal spices might be offputting to someone who just wants to drink a beer. I was pretty skeptical, but the taste and aroma did grow on me.

This review reflects thoughts on a 6 pack of bottles consumed over the course of several days.

A-Looks like a yellow ale. No remarkable head characteristics.

S-Doesn't really smell like beer, does it? Strong lavender. Still, a little credit for being different.

T-The traditional beer characteristics (hops/malt) are unremarkable. About what I expect for a cream ale. It comes down to weather you like the herbal qualities.

M-A bit thin.

D-After my first bottle, I thought I had wasted $8, but this grew on me and I found myself looking forward to the herbal taste. Still, it reminds me of medicine more than beer. Probably not for everyone.

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3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is a weird one, had two 10 oz glasses of this cuz this first one was awesome, but for some reason the second glass fell short.

Light pale yellow with a thin white head, faded quickly and leaves minimum lace. Smell is faint of wheat, slightly fruity and fresh with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is light and a touch of cinnamon with wheat and malt flavors present. Feel is light bodied and a bit watery.

The first glass was much better with more prominant cinnamon and lavendar where as the second glass was much lighter all around. This disappointed me cuz the first intrigued me enough to track down Bo the brew master and ask whats in it. Apparently made with lavender flowers and the malted barley is soaked in whisky beforehand. Pretty cool. We tried to figure out why the taste changed and it even prompted him to check on the gages, pressure, and brew type things he was mentioning, but no reason came forth and stumped us both. Now its just a fading memory of a once interesting flavored beer. Majorly bummed, I was about to go growler crazy but the second glass clinched it as 'no thanks.'
I'm pretty sure, if going by the first glass, I would have rated the taste and smell as 4.5, but the second glass just left me wondering to much.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Slarson7
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beckje01
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

This beer has a cloudy gold look somewhat see through but hazy, nice floral nose. Lots of herb in the taste with a clean nice taste in the end. Very light but in a rather good way. Would be very nice in the summer time, but this tasting is in the winter.

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Photo of rocklibster
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, even murky appearance, dull yellow hue, very nice cap of milky white foam.
Unusual aroma, very odd mixture of yeast, cream, and citrus scents, quite a funky affair, not sure how to place this queer duck, ...lemon cream pie, that's pretty close...
How's it taste, though? Very light on the tongue, fairly smooth, minor hop play, with citrus and cream still at large in the flavor. The "herbal" part of the name I'm trying to figure out...
Thin body, short finish, but it goes down with ease...I can pass a few of these past the lips, but after a while it would get annoying, I think.

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Photo of Pbomb
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is golden and a bit cloudy. There is a small white head after you pour. The beer has a light hoppy/floral, citrus, and ginger scent along with some other unidentifiable herbs. The taste is the same, but not very powerful. There is a little carbonation, and some bitter endnotes. Overall, the beer is not complex, nor is it spectacular...but it's good and drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmmm....I think I've had this other places, only it was called ginger ale.
And in many ways, that is exactly what it sets out to be.
Pours a semi-hazy golden with a edging of white suds.
The nose is really the ringer here, with its thick blanket of lavender, crystallized ginger, rosewater, and spearmint. It smells absolutely intoxicating, it just doesn't smell anything like "beer".
Onto the taste, malt and hops exist only in chaperoning amounts. The basest of white breads and dry leaves, with a dollop of corn syrup. The herbal contributions loom obviously large, with vanilla pod, ginger, cardamon, mace, clover honey, and loudest of all, jasmine and lavender. This is akin to drinking perfume without all that smell-incongruent astringency.
The body is soda-thin, highly carbonated, but just shoves itself down the throat.
Difficult as hell to rate, as this veers mighty close to the leper malternative. But there is certainly a place for this.
Seems like the best soft drink I've ever had.

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Northern Lights Ale from South Shore Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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