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Old 12-19-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default I just drank a cream ale for the first time ever.

Fairly often I have an experience that makes me say, "Wow, I don't know a damn thing about beer." Usually that experience is something obvious in that any-brewer-ought-to-know-this kind of way.

Today that happened when, for the first time ever, I drank a cream ale. I've just never had one, instead choosing to pass them over on beer lists for something more exotic. I've also never had one from any of my homebrewing friends. Seems obvious that I should have had one, but it's just never happened.

Today's little wonder was something called "Genesee Cream Ale", which I have heard of but never seen until lunch today at the NY Beer Company on 44th.

That was one tasty little beer. Good mouthfeel, clean taste, not a whole lot of hop character, but just a smooth drinkin' can of goodness. It was good in simple, uncomplicated kind of way. Talking to a friend at work about it, he was remembering "back in the day" when he used to open up a Genesee every day after work to start the wind-down.

Of course I'm probably writing stuff you folks all know. But for me this was a new experience, and once that taught me that I need to pull back a little on my own brewing habits and learn this style. Time to search some recipes!

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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I was raised on that beer! It's still my dad's favorite beer.

I like it because it's like $11 a thirty pack in cans. And it's great on a hot summer day. I always bring some home whenever I visit my dad.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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I've been reading about Cream Ales for a long time, but I don't eat dairy and as stupid as it sounds, I thought they actually had some sort of cream in them so I never searched for one or a recipe until I just read this post. Guess they don't have dairy in them, time to find one to try, thanks for the inspiration.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:17 PM   #4
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I'm with you, I enjoy a nice cream ale quite a lot, and brew them pretty often, too. Here's the last one I brewed http://www.singingboysbrewing.com/Cream_Ale.html

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:20 PM   #5
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it was totally crazy... normally, i like to take my time, sniff, taste, analyze. There was none of that. One sip and a "that's a good beer!" reaction.

Your recipe looks great, Pappers.... is it the flaked corn that does the magic?

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I will tell you over and over again that my favorite beers are browns, porters, stouts.... so why did I kick the cream ale I brewed before the other two in the kegerator, when it was the third one in sequence I brewed?
Good stuff. I too judged that book by its cover until I had one.

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Never had a cream ale.... shoot me?

I've been eyeing the AG northernbrewer one for months, but can't raise myself to do it without trying one somewhere first.

Ordering the first one I see next time.

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Our house cream ale is probably our most popular beer. I love it- it tastes amazing, is refreshing, and it's BMC crowd friendly. You can't beat it.

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Your recipe looks great, Pappers.... is it the flaked corn that does the magic?
Yes, corn is an important ingredient in many cream ale recipes. According to the BJCP guidelines, it can be up to 20% of the grain bill.

Here's part of what the guidelines say about it:

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A low to moderate corny flavor from corn adjuncts is commonly found, as is some DMS. Finish can vary from somewhat dry to faintly sweet from the corn, malt, and sugar.
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