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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Seven Crane Cream Ale by Boise Brewing Co.

September, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Seven Crane Cream Ale by Boise Brewing Co. was judged via the BJCP guidelines category 1C, and we can expect is "A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American 'lawnmower' beer. Easily drinkable and refreshing, with more character than typical American lagers."

The beer certainly looks like a good cream ale. It is golden in color, with very good clarity. There is a white pillowy head sitting on top of the beer that lasts quite a long time. During the course of the pint I had a thin layer of foam the whole time and it left a beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma, however, was a little bit void. I really had to agitate the beer to get much out of it. But what I did get was a low corn-like aroma, some light and mildly honey-like malt, and a very faint floral hop. The beer is clean with no real fermentation characteristics that I can detect. The flavor mirrors the aroma fairly closely with a light and clean malt flavor that is a touch of honey and a little bit of baked bread. The bitterness is low, but noticeable. One of the things I do like is the hop flavor is right there. It is a floral flavor that sits right in the center of the tongue. It's well balanced, and clean. The mouthfeel is a bit more than your American lagers, as it should be. It's medium-light in body, well carbonated, crisp and refreshing. I just wish there was a bit more to offer in the aroma, but it's a beer worth trying and I would have more than one pint of it for sure.