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All about cream ale
All you need to know about cream ale
Cream ale is an American beer that sprouts from the light lager style, characterized by a mild flavor and a refreshing finish. The beer dates back to the mid-1800s. Its brewing process is similar to that of ale but mixed with a lager beer or lager yeast in the final process. Brewers regularly use rice or corn to lighten the body, while other craft brewers opt to produce all-malt cream ales. Brewers seem to be diverting from the initial cream ale with low hop-bittering and changing to a hoppier character. The beer undergoes intense carbonation with 4% to 8.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) to give a refreshing feeling without being aggressive.
Varieties of the American cream ale beer
The beer comes in two styles. Those brewed to resemble Kolsch, a German foamy beer, and those served with nitrogen. Those served with nitrogen have a distinctive creamy texture, while the former has a mild flavor, pale golden color and creamy texture. There are also different varieties of these styles, each with a unique ingredient combination to produce beers of varied tastes.
Serving cream ale
Serving cream ale at freezing temperatures inhibits the flavor. Serve it at cool temperatures to give time for the flavors of the American beer to develop. It helps bring out the best of the beer. What better way to end the day than with a cool light straw- or gold-colored beer while watching the sun go down?
What foods combine well with cream ale beer?
Cream ales go well with steak, burgers and Mexican foods. It's no sin if you decide to drink the beer on its own to fully enjoy the singular taste.