Underrated Craft Beer Style: The Cream Ale

The Cream Ale
Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers – Lauderhill, FL

What are the most underrated beer styles? What makes them underrated and different from other, go-to beer styles? We’re waiting… 

Just kidding, keep on reading and we’ll answer all of these questions and more!

One of the most underrated beer style that doesn’t get enough love is the cream ale. It can be tough to find a craft brewery that makes a delicious cream ale anymore. If you find one, try it – if it’s done right, you’ll fall in love with the style.

Cream ales are straw-gold in color with a dominant pale malt sweetness. Adjuncts such as corn may be present in the taste. Low levels of fruity esters make their way into cream ales. The cream ale is fermented warm with either ale or lager yeast and is then lagered (secondary fermentation at cold temperatures). They range in ABV from 4.3-5.7%.

From Rochester, New York to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and more around the country, cream ales are some of the tougher styles to stumble upon inside craft breweries. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones to try right now, and dig deeper into tasting notes and overall profile.

Best cream ales from craft breweries to try right now

The best cream ales from all over the country offer characteristics that are true to the cream ale style. They’re light, crisp, and refreshing. Here’s a list of the most notable cream ales from craft breweries right now.

Hula Girl and Top of the Morning Cream Ales

We truly believe we’ve done a phenomenal job at creating interesting and different ways of making our cream ales. Our Hula Girl is a guava passion fruit cream ale that’s full of flavor and our Top of the Morning is a cream ale with chocolate, vanilla, and irish cream – talk about YUM! These brews are a fun twist to an old-school style – light, crisp, easy to drink, and very refreshing on the palate.

Toasted Coconut Cream Ale

Toasted Coconut Cream Ale from Pompano Beach Brewing Company is another craft brewery godsend of a cream ale. This cream ale gives you all the coconut flavor with a nice medium light body. It’s unmistakably characteristic of the style with a crisp and creamy mouthfeel and sweet malt flavor. 

Queen of the South Vanilla Cream Ale

Queen of the South Vanilla Cream Ale from Florida Keys Brewing Co is another cream ale that deserves high praise for its true-to-style character and its delicious taste. Expect a smooth drink with a pleasantly vanilla and citrus taste. Wonderful!

Xenu Honey Cream Ale

Cigar City’s Xenu Honey has a nice light, floral bitterness with light honey notes. It’s brewed with German Noble hops which contribute to the soft floral notes. It’s thirst quenching and mighty tasty and definitely a go-to for the light beer drinkers that visit the Tampa favorite.

About Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers

Yeasty’s opened its taproom and kitchen in December 2020 giving people a place to enjoy flavorful craft beers and hard seltzers in a funky, fun environment. Founded by the Double D’s, Dan & Denielle, who love bringing awesome people together over delicious drinks and food. When you are at Yeasty’s, you are home! Our menu is simple and satisfying with something for everyone. The craft beer, the freshly made food, it’s one place you want to be! If you are looking for a place to vibe out and chill then stop in today! We have Trivia every Thursday night and events are popping up all the time! You may even see one of the Double D’s pouring up your next YB beer! Your tastebuds will certainly thank you.