Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale

Reviewed by on June 8, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Coney Island Brewing Company

  • Origin: Brooklyn, NY, US

  • Rated On: June 8, 2016

  • Best Before: February 2017

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

If the summer of 2016 is the domain of root beer-flavoured, er, beers, then one might imagine other malt-shop favourites getting in on the game, yeah? And so it is with BBC’s (not the British one) Coney Island Brewing (originally featured here), with their hard orange cream ale offering – bring it on, I say!

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one finger of aggressively foamy, and mostly just fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of wispy ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly blows off. Looks like a beer, at least.

It smells of warm Creamsicles (man I could really go for one of those right now in this near 30 degree heat – this will just have to suffice), subtle grainy pale malt, and well, not much else. The taste is grainy and slightly bready pale malt, orange cream, a touch of further lemon and white grapefruit citrus (the hops?), vanilla isolate, and just a soupcon of metallic alcohol, the better to remind you that you’re drinking a Daddy-pop, after all.  The bubbles are quite thorough, but not particularly long-lived in their somewhat cheeky frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and a tad creamy, as buoyed by that sugary element as this thing is. It finishes on the sweet side, just, with some lingering orange cream (that’s what I’m paying for here, so good), and a weak off-setting booziness.

Overall, a well-made and fairly enjoyable re-imagining of the craft orange sodas I’ve found so enticing the whole of my life – with maybe a more moderated vanilla character, but that’s a-ok, as is the sidling and welcome in my slowly advancing adult years, 5% alcohol quotient.

Brady White

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