Real Vanilla Cream Ale

California
United States
Real Vanilla Cream Ale, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

This crisp cream ale is infused with a hint of vanilla to create an easy-drinking creamy grown-up beer that will transport you back to being a kid.

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ABV: 
5.2%
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Okay, this would ordinarily go under category #1C as a Cream Ale, HOWEVER, with the introduction of ' real vanilla ' flavor this would fall under category of #30A ( Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer ).  A Cream Ale should have characteristics more closely related to an American lager and this doesn't ( not with vanilla flavoring ). The aroma revealed a nice malt sweetness and vanilla.  The pour of this beer revealed a golden hue that was a bit cloudy, perhaps chill haze and good carbonation and small, tight bubbles.  The flavor of this beer was evidently vanilla.  It was mentioned that it had " a hint " of vanilla and that is mildly putting it.  I thought the vanilla presence was quite aggressive in the first sip, but then my palate adjusted to that.  A light malt background and light hops complimented this beer.  As indicated, it was advertised as a vanilla cream ale and I'm not quite sure of that.  A cream ale should  be ' clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American ' lawnmower ' beer. "  This was not the case.  It tasted more like an alcoholic cream soda due to the presence of vanilla.  The body and mouthfeel of this beer was about medium with good carbonation.  The overall impression of this beer is that it is out of character and guidelines.  It is not a cream ale, but something else, I guess a vanilla cream ale ?  Hence, this beer is more of a spice beer than anything else.  Very easy drinkability and a smooth finish.