Cream Ale is a style of American beer that is a close relative of the pale lager. With subdued hop and malt flavors and a pale golden color, these ales are brewed to be light and refreshing.
To be honest, I’m not one-hundred percent sure both of the beers I tried can be classified as cream ales. I had some trouble searching at my local liquor store, but these were recommended to me by the shop employees.
Boddington’s Pub Ale
A more alcoholic version of Boddington’s famous Draught Bitter. I’m pretty sure this isn’t technically a cream ale. Beer Advocate classifies it as a pale ale. It is, however, very creamy. If I had to classify it blindly, I’d totally say it was a cream ale. Why not? Nice combination of yeast and malt, a bit of a honey flavor, with a very thick, creamy head.
Mother Earth Brew Company’s Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale
A more likely candidate to be a legitimate cream ale (it says “cream ale” on the bottle), yet the body and taste are much more reminiscent of a lager. Where the Boddington’s Pub Ale actually had a creamy taste, this one did not. Even so, there is a nice malty, honey flavor, with hints of vanilla.
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