Preparing for Lawn Season: Brewing a Pre-Prohibition-Style Cream Ale

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,679) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

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  2. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (737) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Done...well almost...Local Yokel Cream Ale coming to a boil as we speak :slight_smile:
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  3. BeersandBread

    BeersandBread Initiate (199) Jan 20, 2016 California

    what makes this Creamy? I use this same recipe for a regular pre-pro lager. Is it the temperature that makes a difference? for mine I always cold ferment.
  4. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (873) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

  5. DLang713

    DLang713 Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 New Jersey

    I've never had a cream ale that I would describe as "creamy" in any aspect. I've always wondered how the term "cream ale" came to be--it seems like a bit of a misnomer, at least to me. I've heard beer reviewers describe certain cream ales as creamy, but honestly I think it's just mind games based on the labeling of the beer.
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  6. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (737) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

  7. DrewBeechum

    DrewBeechum Meyvn (1,306) Mar 15, 2003 California

    Yeah, cream ale is a style moniker from the breweries at the same time that you would have seen "smooth ale". Unfortunately for us who want a connection between the name and the taste characteristics, "smooth ale" as a name died out a long time ago (believe pre-pro, I'd go check my resources but then I'd wake my wife and who wants to do that?). All this and more on Jan 25th on my show. :slight_smile:
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  8. Witherby

    Witherby Initiate (102) Jan 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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  9. DrewBeechum

    DrewBeechum Meyvn (1,306) Mar 15, 2003 California

    Coming back through to say - if you want to hear me talk more indepth about cream ale - go look for Episode 2 of the Brew Files from Experimental Brewing.
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