cream ale is a really under appreciated style. Probably because most
breweries opt to make a lager-tasting beer as a cream ale. But when you
find one that’s really refined, like Newburgh Cream Ale, it’s a special
treat. This is an all-malt brew (which would seem to defy style
categories, but whatever). It definitely has a classic cream ale palette
and is definitely one of the better examples of the style I can recall.
I poured a 16oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.30 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark golden/light copper cue. Slightly cloudy, but otherwise
transparent with carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy
head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Sweet specialty malt, candy, and lemony hops. Has that distinct cream ale aroma.
Taste: “Grainy” is a term beer reviews (and regular drinkers) tend to
use as a derogatory description. But in the case of Newburgh Cream Ale,
it truly is a grainy-tasting beer. There’s a lot of traditional pale
malt flavor plus a lot of distinct specialty malt sweetness. Distinct
notes of butterscotch and caramel as well as the authentic cereal-like
grain flavor. Though only 30 IBUs, there’s a distinct bitterness and
true hop presence here. Lemony is the most dominate characteristic – not
quite citrusy, more of lemonpeel or zest. Maybe even a hint of
witbier-like coriander or other spice. And yet, this beer has that “je
sais se quois” cream ale distinction. A great beer to have available in
Drinkability: This is exactly the kind of brew that lends itself to
being in a 16oz can. Newburgh Cream Ale is light in the mouth, but still
plenty flavorful. It finishes clean and is refreshing across the
tongue. And at only 4.2% ABV it’s got a surprising amount of taste for
such a light brew. Bring a cooler full of these to Saratoga Race Course