This has been in GA for a little while now, but I didn’t get around to picking any up – to be honest the thought of another, bland and uninteresting Cream Ale hardly set my pulse racing. Anyway, I was discussing the likelihood that ths beer was not particularly interesting with brickstoredave, when he said, “actually its pretty good”. Dave and I don’t always agree on such matters so I was still a bit sceptical as he offered up a draft sample.
I was pleasantly suprised. Offered up as a macro colored lager with a nice, pillow-like head the first obvious departure from a “normal” Cream Ale is in the nose. WAY more hops than I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, this is NOT a hoppy beer, but for the style it’s off the chart. This is carried through to the taste where malts still dominate but there is a distinct hop presence – again, much more than the style would usually allow. Couple this with the relatively high (again for the style) ABV, and you have a surprisingly aggressive and characterful brew.
I would say out of style, but nevertheless a really nice, refreshing and significant beer – not at all what I was expecting. Drink on!