Briskly clean cold spring-watered moderation places corn-sugared pale wheat malts and light hop bittering above honeyed biscuit spine. Sourdough-breaded remnant fortifies the mild back end.
On tap at Ambulance, quirky warm-weathered delight brings creamed coffee sensation to light lemony orange tartness and corn-sugared vanilla respite. Winsome cold-brewed Caffe Calabria coffee tones delicately collapse above honeyed wheat base. Faint butterscotch, vanilla and roasted tobacco illusions waver.
Not far removed from Shebeen Cannoli Beer with its powder-sugared cupcake frosting and pastry-like sweetness. But its Nilla wafer waft, lactose-sugared vanilla bean influence and light funnel cake battering only affect the wispy cream soda finish as paltry lemon-dropped orange frontage fades fast above doughy white wheat base.
Generic canned moderation stays mustily acrid. Faded yellow-fruited souring combines with wet-papered grain mildewing and buttery sourdough breading for drab dry-bodied dreck. Lemon-limed grassy hops and light German pilsner-like malts pick up slim orange pekoe tea herbage and barren lemongrass snip.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, crisply citric cream ale utilizes tropical Mosiac hop acidity and pilsner-malted flouring to capture the essence of a zesty-fruited pale ale. Perfumed yellow grapefruit entry picks up brisk orange peel bittering. Advertised milk-buttered adjunct seemingly a non-factor.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, approachable copper-based autumnal hybrid retains buttery vanilla creamed crystal malting to abut vegetal pumpkin meat roast. Advertised orange-oiled pink peppercorn seasoning stays below candied ginger herbage, lemon saffron oiling and sugary gin-rummy ethers (produced by hefty 9% alcohol volume). Vodka-wafted rubbing alcohol waft increases ethanol burn, but supple cream ale never succumbs to acrid liquor-based phenolics.
Serviceable pre-prohibition style cream ale (in a can) claims to be staple in Rhode Island during the Sixties. A bit thin, its spritzy citric-spiced grassy hops creep alongside smooth pale-lagered Vienna and caramel malts. Mild lemony orange twist and light vanilla creaming veiled by phenol complacency. White-breaded spine nearly goes limp. But it’s summertime sessionable when chilled.
Fine canned version streamlines baked-breaded sourdough malting with resinous hop bittering, coarse grain-husked minerality and wafting cologne musk. Herbal snips and vegetal wisps glide through the salt-watered briskness as well. Serve to anyone intrigued by Heineken’s pungent hop bitterness or to less aggressive Dortmunder lager imbibers. Betters any marketed cream ale.
On tap at Mews (and available in cans), polite moderate-bodied cream ale makes for an easygoing, approachable session beer. Dry wood-toned hop spicing creases honeyed citric easement above crowded biscuit malt bottom. Baked bread, wheat toast and baguette illusions provide restrained alacrity.