I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Lager-like gold hue, clear body with plenty of spastic
carbonation visible. Forms a small, white, soapy head which mostly
dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Mild nose with light notes of lemon peel and corn.
Taste: A cream ale is basically a classy adjunct lager in disguise.
Rarely do you find one that’s not only good, but impressive. That’s an
honest assessment of Brown’s Cream Ale, though. This actually has both
genuine malt and hop character while still making use of its traditional
flaked maize adjunct. I get a light pale maltiness here, almost
cracker-like or biscuity. Reminds me of a Dortmunder, but not nearly as
dry. The Cascade hops create for some lemony citrus flavor, but not much
in the way of bitterness (which is apropos for the style). The corn
does show up on the finish, though it’s sweeter and cleaner than the
corn sensation found in a macro lager. This is a cream ale done right.
Drinkability: Going into Brown’s Cream Ale, I was expecting something
very thin and overly fizzy. Fortunately, the beer is actually a bit
bigger in body with its 5.25% ABV weight. The mouthfeel is definitely
crisp, though it calms down quickly and becomes remarkably smooth and
refreshing. If only it was a little lighter so as to be a true session
beer, but it’ll still work very well as a summer brew.