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Session Cream Summer Ale

Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Cream ales are the ale version of light American lagers. This beer is refreshing and thirst quenching – just the thing for a hot summer day. A little deeper gold than most cream ales, this beer also has some light fruity apricot notes in the flavor and hints of corn (reminds me of Bugles) in the aroma.

The malt is grainy and a bit bready, providing some pleasant contrasts to a crisp and fairly dry finish. There are some spicy black pepper and floral hop notes, both in the flavor and the aroma. Very pretty to look at, it’s brilliantly clear.

Cream ale is usually highly carbonated – this beer is moderate in carbonation. Very palate-cleansing, and leaving no lingering aftertastes, the bitterness is just enough to draw your attention, and then fades into a clean finish.

Drink it by itself after a hard day in the yard, or maybe with a light French onion dip and chips.

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