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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.

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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.

      

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On tap at Ambulance, amiable straw-yellowed moderation contrasts maize-dried astringency against corn-sugared sweetness and light honeyed citrus to its soft cereal-grained backend. One of the better cream ales tried in 2015.

   

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On tap at New York Wing Factory, abtruse autumnal moderation combines dry-starched pumpkin roast with orange-oiled candied ginger and pink peppercorns. Orange rot midst nearly upends raw gourd adjunct. Sugar bread spine lightly sweetens the backend to contrast the brief pumpkin-squash finish.

   

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rating: 3.5

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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.

    

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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.

 Narragansett Cream Ale Now

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On tap at Birdsall House, smooth nitro-creamed eggshell-headed pleasantry retains cleaner grain-hop profile and gentler reedy hop bittering than less definitive cream ales. Mild tea-like flow mellows into baked breaded bottom while grouty piquancy speckles silken minerality. Arguably the best cream ale marketed in the states. Get onboard!
 

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Rating: 3.5

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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.

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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. 

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