AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
cream ale, is essence, an adjunct lager fermented with an ale yeast
strain. Yet, some of the world’s best cream ale taste nothing like that.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Bold City Killer Whale Cream
Ale. While it doesn’t have any off-putting features, it tastes and
drinks like a generic golden ale. This is one time where tasting a bit
more like a lager might be beneficial.
I poured a 12oz can into a tumbler glass. It was canned on 7/27/15 and
cost $1.99 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!
Appearance: A bit darker than the average cream ale – more of a polished
copper or amber hue. Body is mostly clear with slight haze and
carbonation is visible. Pours to a pen-width, white, foamy head which
never completely dissipates and leaves a trace amount of lacing.
Smell: Virtually odorless (for better or for worse). No overt corn aroma or flaws, but nothing really to latch on to.
Taste: When I think “cream ale” I usually do expect a relatively mild
brew, but a brew with discernable flavor nevertheless. There isn’t much
going on with this beer, though. No flaked maize, no malty sweetness and
no hop bitterness or other character. This is probably better
categorized as a generic blonde or golden ale. There is a faint bit of
lemonpeel and citrus towards the back end, but that’s about the only
thing in the palette that stands out. Though I do appreciate the fact
there’s no DMS, diacetyl, or acetaldehyde. Any BMC drinker could easily
enjoy this; but true craft beer enthusiasts will likely find it boring.
Drinkability: A beer like Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale is probably
sold on the merit of its form, rather than its content. It’s crisp,
light-bodied, and refreshing – all things you want when you’re drinking
beer in Florida in the sun. Still, the body does come up a bit short and
I’m not completely sure of the ABV as it’s not listed on the can or the
brewery’s website. I’d peg it at around 4.5%, but some sites have it
listed at 5 and as high as 5.5% ABV. If this is over 4.6% I’d consider
it wildly inefficient.