HAD 53: Cream Ale

The cream ale, the beer that don’t give a damn about it’s bland reputation. We delve into this style, see what brought this beer into the world, and why it continues to be a fixture on the beer scene. So come in, and have a drink!


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  • Beer: Coconut Crème Ale

  • Brewery: Schlafly

  • Style: Cream Ale

  • ABV:  5.5%

  • IBUs: 17

  • BA Score: 82

  • Brewery’s description: Our tropical twist on an American Style wheat ale. Created by fermenting with coconuts and pineapples, then aged on toasted coconut flakes yielding a light-colored dessert beer that’s sweet, smooth and malty.


  • Beer: Little Kings

  • Brewery: Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

  • Style: Cream Ale

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • IBUs: 0

  • BA Score: 71

  • Brewery’s description: “As peculiar as the bottles and twelve-ounce Slim King Cans, what’s inside is special too. Cream Ale is one of only two truly American styles of beer. Though a top-fermented ale, cream ales are still kin to American lagers. Light, refreshing with a hint of malt and hops, Little Kings Original Cream Ale has a smooth body and texture with a slightly sweet finish.”



Beer #1

  • Beer: Kiwanda

  • Brewery: Pelican Brewing, Oregon

  • Style: Pre Prohibition Cream Ale

  • ABV:  5.4%

  • IBUs: 25

  • BA Score: 83

  • Brewery’s description: Inspired by one of America’s traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda has a golden color, floral aroma, refreshing body and a clean, snappy finish. Whether enjoyed with your toes in the sand at our oceanfront brewpub or in your own backyard, Kiwanda Cream Ale is proof that light colored beer can be both refreshing and inspiring.

Beer #2

  • Beer: Tripel

  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company

  • Style: Belgian Style Tripel Ale

  • ABV:  9.2%

  • IBUs: 35

  • BA Score: 84

  • Brewery’s description: Crafted by Ninkasi brewer Tim Sanborn, this Tripel profiles all the spicy, clove-like aromas found in Belgian-style beers. Paired with citrus and floral notes from the use of noble Hallertau and Saaz hops, this beer is crisp and complex.

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