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Mother Earth Brew Cali Creamin Vanilla Cream Ale

September, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 31A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer) with the base style of 1C (Cream Ale).  Pours a clear burnished deep gold with a medium size white head of small bubbles that quickly fades to a ring.  A small amount of carbonation continues to rise from the nucleation ring in the glass.  The first whiff is a moderate level of sweet vanilla and low corn grits, followed by a medium low floral note.  There are also some faint fruity aromas of strawberry.  Slightly tangy on the front of the tongue, the beer presents a sweet, almost honey-like, malt note along with moderate vanilla notes and a hint of grits.  Medium low bittering with a low floral hop flavor leads to a moderately sweet medium length finish of honey, crackers, and vanilla.  Medium light bodied with a fairly low carbonation and no alcohol warmth, there is a pleasant smoothness that is contrasted by the tangy character providing a bit more complexity than usual from a cream ale.  The vanilla reminds me of egg nog, so this might pair nicely with hollandaise and eggs Benedict.  Or, if you want a boilermaker, use a shot of good quality anejo rum :)