Craft Cream Ale

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  1. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (109) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Why isn't there more of this? My girlfriend got hooked on the Gansett Cream Ale but we don't see it much around here lately, and then she wanted me to track down more of this style. I picked up some Sixpoint Sweet Action but although it's listed as a cream ale it doesn't say so on the can so she was skeptical! (Hah!).

    I haven't brought home Genny Cream yet but I have a feeling that won't go over well.

    Anyhow it's a cool, classic style of beer, you'd think now with session beers taking off we'd see more of it. It used to be the #1 style in America!
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  2. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

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  3. Mhoodj200

    Mhoodj200 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2013 Pennsylvania

  4. Providence

    Providence Champion (801) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    If you're ever in CT, RI or MA grab some Grey Sail Ale. Their flagship is a cream ale and I really enjoy it. A sixer of cans at the beach in the afternoon is a nice time.

    Also, on the sixpoint front, Cream Ale or not, I enjoyed Sweet Action quite a bit as well.
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  5. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Anderson Valley's Summer Soltice is my favorite cream ale
    Fall beers are hitting stores now, but there's probably some Summer Soltice on shelves still. I don't think it's a beer that would have to be super fresh anyway as long as it's been stored correctly.
  6. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (10,443) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    All joking aside, I do enjoy Genny Cream Ale. You get what you pay for.
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  7. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (109) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Oh I've explored the tab...most of that stuff isn't available around here, although that Croydon Cream Ale is...just a matter of tracking it down (looks draft ale.)

    I wanna try the Mikkeler one as well. I know the style is out there, but it's rare is all I'm saying, when you'd think more breweries would experiment with it since it used to be so common.
  8. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,488) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    :astonished: When was that?

    Cream/Sparkling/Brilliant/Present Use ales were created, mid/late 19th century, by ale brewers in a failed attempt to both mimic and compete against lager beer, after they lost the US beer market to the upstart German immigrant lager brewers. Those beers never came close to becoming the "#1 style in America" - although they did enjoy regional popularity in New England and upstate NY.

    Also, as originally brewed in the US, they were adjunct (corn) beers, so would not qualify as "craft" under Brewers Association definition.
  9. MrIncognito

    MrIncognito Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Virginia

    Sixpoint Sweet Action is pretty good. I would think you could get that in PA since it's brewed in Brooklyn
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  10. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (269) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Grey Sail Ale tastes nothing like Gansett Cream. If you didnt tell me they were the same style then I never would have guessed.
  11. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (165) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    If you can get ahold of Cape Kiwanda Cream Ale from Pelican Brewing, you will be a happy man. One of my favorite beers ever.
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  12. Dools9

    Dools9 Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    The Flagship ale is pretty solid, very easy drinking beer.
  13. Strwrs777

    Strwrs777 Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 California

    Buffalo Bills Orange Blossom Cream Ale is my all time Fav... (Hayward ,CA)
  14. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (185) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Don't be so quick to disregard genny cream ale. I don't think any other cream ale has as many accolades.
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    deleted_user_749702 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013

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  16. Googs

    Googs Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012 New York

    Dieu Du Ciel makes a fucking delicious cream ale that I believe I had on nitro..blanking on the name though.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,564) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    As was discussed previously the Cream Ale style was ‘invented’ by US ale breweries to ‘mimic’ the taste of US lagers. The breweries would either utilize a neutral ale yeast (one that would not produce a lot of fruity flavors) and/or ferment the ale yeast cooler to minimize the generation of fruity flavors (esters). So any ale that is light in color and light in fruity flavors should be something that you girlfriend would likely find to her liking.

    I would think that beers classified as Blonde Ales would be acceptable. I have not had Ballantine XXX ale in an extremely long time. Maybe she would like that?

    I am not too familiar with Blonde Ales. Maybe go here:

  18. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    If you can get your hands on NG Spotted Cow, she might enjoy that too. I'm pretty sure that it comes out of the facets in Wisconsin.
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  19. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I totally agree. I love that beer, so much flavor with low ABV.
  20. shand

    shand Poo-Bah (1,764) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Hardywood does a tasty one ... in cans!
  21. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    I have a feeling it will go over well...and you will get laid
  22. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Poo-Bah (1,849) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Delicious and would be easy to trade for.
  23. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Sixpoint make s a great cream ale but also Horseheads does the cream ale pretty well. if you can get it try it. It's called chemung canal towpath ale.
  24. ahq514

    ahq514 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois

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  25. elementX

    elementX Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2007 New York

    Empire Brewing Co. from Syracuse does a good Cream Ale. Draft only though. If you're ever in Syracuse or NYC look for it. They serve it off Nitro which adds to the creaminess.
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  26. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (323) May 16, 2012 New York

    Genny Cream Ale = Definition of underrated
  27. Scrapss

    Scrapss Crusader (762) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    1 more vote for Anderson Valley Summer Solstice. And yeah. I do buy a 30 pack of Genny Cream Ale from time to time if there is an outdoor warm season event. It's pretty good as lawnmower beer and it's not BMC.
  28. Jimbobebop

    Jimbobebop Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois

    Bell's Special Double Cream Stout ( Bell's hitting NY oct.1 so it's a bit easier for you to get) and Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake.
  29. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Yep, it is a tasty can O' brew indeed. glad to have it in the backyard.
  30. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,901) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You need to review what a Cream Ale is, then what a Cream Stout/Milk Stout/Sweet Stout is.
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  31. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,263) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Third Street has one ("Rise to the Top") that I still have to try, and 'lil 'ol Reads Landing brews a solid version, too.

    P.S. Can I get a "what what!" for Little Kings? :sunglasses:
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  32. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Made me laugh a little, it's like $5.49 a 12 pack here, is that good or bad? You get what you pay for sounds like a contradiction of you like it, or it's drinkable, but for $5.49 what do you expect.
  33. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,945) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    One I thought was really good that I haven't seen around since I had it a couple years back was Sirius from Lagunitas. It's my second favorite next to Sweet Action in my admittedly limited experience with cream ales.

    EDIT: Sirius is retired. That explains that.
  34. Scrapss

    Scrapss Crusader (762) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Genny cream ale is $18/30pk here. Again, you get what you pay for and use it appropriately. Buy Anderson Summer Soltice if you want better and the audience can appreciate it. Buy Genny Cream Ale for the BMC'ers since it's closer to what they usually drink and you don't have to buy/suport BMC marcoswill. Win?/Win?
  35. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    I would think that beers classified as Blonde Ales would be acceptable. I have not had Ballantine XXX ale in an extremely long time. Maybe she would like that?

    just for the record, I have recently had a Ballantines. It is a sad sad beer. It was the last pale ale brewed in the US so I had to try it. When it shuttered, someone bought it and poured industrial lager into a container labeled with the history of American brewing.

    I would have left my day job to take the name and re create the beer.
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  36. victory4me

    victory4me Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Cream Ales tend to have a lot in common with less-hoppy pale lagers.

    Has she tried Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes? Or, for a (very slightly hoppier) pale lager, she might dig Sly Fox Helles, which also has the can thing going for it.
  37. TheBoog013

    TheBoog013 Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 California

    Grazias from Hess Brewing is the best representation I've encoutered of this style. Great beer.

  38. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,160) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    Took my kid to Western North Carolina for camp last week. Picked up a 30-pack of Genesee Cream Ale for $14.99. If that exact beer had been brewed (and canned) by some hipster Asheville "craft" brewery it would've cost $14.99 for a 6-pack.

    Buy and drink the Genesee and enjoy.
  39. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,142) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Could not agree more with this. Creams ales are, to me, the most basic of 'basic drinkers'. Beer to swill whilst downing a tasty pizza, calzone, tacos, etc. And Spotted Cow is just about perfect for this.
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