Empire Brewing Co. “Cream Ale” Review (#053)

Empire Brewing Co.
Cream Ale
Syracuse, New York
http://www.empirebrew.com/

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.

ABV:5.8% ABV

Review:

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.

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One comment on “Empire Brewing Co. “Cream Ale” Review (#053)

  1. […] The moment that I saw they had a Cream Ale on nitro, I knew what my first beer would be. Instantly I longed for a thicker, creamy version of the regionally available Genesee Cream Ale. I enjoyed this beer as we were waiting for our meals, which did not take long. You can read my tasting notes here […]

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