Empire Brewing Co.
Syracuse, New York
From The Brewery:
Our Cream Ale is carbonated with nitrogen so it cascades as it pours. This gives the beer an extremly smooth mouthfeel. It is golden in color with a crisp hop flavor and aroma.
Appearance: The golden, nitro fueled beer was poured into a pint glass on tap in the brewpub, releasing micro bubbles that cascaded to the top, forming a thick, heavy, creamy head, that lasted the whole pint, and then coated the bottom when done.
Smell: Very light smelling; mild sweet malts, with a little yeast.
Taste: Mild and sweet. To me, this is how an American cream ale should be. The flavor almost takes a back seat to the mouthfeel and drinkability of the beer. Not that they should forgo flavor, just in terms of the dominating characteristic. I think this beer has the perfect balance of flavors and size.
Mouthfeel:Creamy and big, but light. Almost like a meringue would be. Fills your mouth with this airy whipped texture.
Drinkability/Palitability:High; this is a session beer. One went down easy as can be.
Notes: This is a perfect example of an American Cream Ale to me. Where something like Genesee Cream Ale falls short, this brew covers; “mouthfeel THEN flavor”, rather than “slightly more interesting mouthfeel than mainstream beers, with the same flavor.” I really enjoyed this beer.