Blackberry Farm Brewery Tennessee Cream Ale
Blackberry Farm Brewery Tennessee Cream Ale comes in at 6.3% ABV. This is a part of their Native family of beers that features a wide range of styles and flavors that share one extraordinary, common component: native wild yeasts harvested from across Blackberry Farm’s 9,200 protected acres at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are a lot of beers out there, but this is certainly the first wild yeast fermented Cream Ale I have ever come across. Bottle provided for review.
This certainly pours a good bit darker than I would expect for the style. I get a fairly dark, slightly hazy, golden color in my glass that has a nice white head. Although this is the first beer I’ve had from Blackberry Farm that isn’t technically a Saison, the aroma is rather reminiscent of one. A bit fruity and funky with notes of grain and citrus. Not getting as much grain and corn you would usually smell on the nose of a Cream Ale. Not a total Cream Ale loss on the taste, and I have to say the wild yeast and “everyman” style of beer are working together quite well. The tongue picks up on the wild native yeast strain immediately, a bit tart and fruity with no real funkiness detected. The bulk of the taste that follows is all classic Cream Ale. I am getting a strong amount of sweet grain and mild corn flavor from the flaked corn and heirloom grits used in the mash bill. The finish has a slightly doughy malt and fruity yeast blend that really works.
I thought this would be more of a novelty type creation, but this really stands on its own. This brewery has more than impressed me time and time again. At this point they are by far my new (to me) brewery of the year!