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Kiwanda Cream Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Kiwanda Cream AleKiwanda Cream Ale

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82
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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 30
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marc77 on 03-15-2003

12.5 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.1% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 5 lovibond
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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 60
Photo of jimmyray5150
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly complex but entirely approachable. No wonder this beer has racked up so many gold medals.

Photo of PZBREW
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a darn near good and perfect cream ale. Just worth a try.

Photo of avwrite
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty sounding beer that, when it came to the actual taste, was a bit flat. It reminded me of a lager and I couldn't taste any of the creaminess. It was a nice easy beer though, so I could see myself enjoying it on a summer day.

Photo of nqdell
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Truly one of a kind. It finishes like a Stella without the taste of skunk. Feel is 5 because it nails the cream moniker. Not something you find in a lightweight ale.

Photo of Wasatch
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, which does leave some nice small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, and sweet. The taste is pretty good, malty, nice yeast note. Medium body, with a sly dry finish. Overall a tasty brew.

Photo of LouZ
4/5  rDev +10.2%

This is the beer that got me started down the road to becoming a beer snob (aficionado). Fond memories drinking this along the seashore.

Photo of souvenirs
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle brought back from Oregon by a friend.

A: clear yellow, visible carbonation, a few millimetres of head
S: pale malts, corn
T: fairly generic. "It tastes like beer."
F: smooth
O: nothing to get excited about, I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear golden color with tons of visible carbonation, bright soapy white head that left chunky lace.

S- Sweet creamed corn, floral, grassy, bready, and honey sweetness.

T- Incredibly well balanced beer with notes of sweet creamed corn, honey sweetness, floral and grassy hop notes, bready, and sweet caramel notes.

M- Soft carbonation, incredibly smooth, refreshing, lighter bodied, and semi-dry finish.

O- I never thought I'd be blown away by a cream ale, but this is just an outstanding easy drinking and incredibly well balanced beer. Lots of nice malt sweetness with a gentle hop bitterness.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is a dry grain smell.
The taste is a light lemon bitterness with a creamy background.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's light on the "cream" but still enjoyable.

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : flute

Clear, golden yellow with a thick foamy, white head that dissipates to leave a thin, craggy cap.

Floral, lightly grassy, spicy hops with a sweet, malty backbone. Very easy drinking, but tasty beer.

Medium+ body, foamy medium carbonation.

Subtle flavors and aromas, but quite tasty is the time is taken to appreciate them! This would be a great warm weather beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger white head that is kept intact by active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, grain, slighly soapy. Flavor is sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops, crisp. Light to medium bodied, with a slightly creamy head. A simple and light ale that hits the expected flavors for a cream ale. Nothing outstanding, but a pleasant lunchtime light ale with some off notes in the aroma.

Photo of anarchia
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours transparent, gold, with a thick head that sticks around. Citrusy, sweet aroma with a hint of hay. Just a bit of honey sweetness in the mouth with near-perfect balance. Very subtle flavors--malt sweetness, some hop bitterness, a little citrus/lemon. Coats the mouth until you swallow, then there is a dry finish. "Creamy"--couldn't resist, it really is. Very impressed.

Photo of doughanson78
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden straw color with orange highlights when held to the light. Two finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

S: The main aroma I get is canned tuna fish mixed with mayo. It's not super strong, but it does mask the other aromas. Slightly sweet malts and a healthy breadiness. Some grassiness and a very light corn scent.

T: Very grassy all the way through. Very grainy. Again the slight corn comes out. Some breadiness. Pretty plain.

M: Very thin and watery. Decent carbonation. Maybe a bit creamy. Slightly dry finish.

O: I can't get over the smell. It's not bad, just not what you want to smell. It is drinkable, but there's no way that I'd buy it again. Just nothing going on at all. A disappointment.

Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggeasted Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light puddled film and medium collar and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a lightly sweet grain malt, floral hops and a doughy yeast with a note of caramel and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was rather malty with a mild caramel sweetness and a pronounced grainy feel from the start, becoming lightly hoppy with a slight adjunct presence and a light fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow and had a light spicy sweetness at the very end.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery and slightly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a good refreshing brew with an unpretentious taste and a great drinkability...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of pillowy white foam which have a decent retention and leave a chunky lace on the glass. For the style, pretty damn good.

Smell: sweet malt with a slightly corny adjunct quality. A little corn in this style is fine, but combined with the sweetness I'm getting a little bit of a Corn Pops feeling. Not great, but again, within stylistic bounds.

Taste: a little drier and less corny than the aroma, plus a pleasingly bitey hop character and bitterness. Hops are noble, earthy and herby, and balance this beer pretty well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and moderate creaminess. It's OK.

Overall: a decent and drinkable cream ale. The nose is a bit corny for me, but this beer is definitely headed in the right direction.

Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very brassy pale amber body, hints of light brown color on the edges. Somewhat clear but a tad cloudy, and some slow rising tiny carbonation. Head is four fingers fluffy thick white, with lots of retention. Big cap on this beer.

Nose is a little acrid sour grain, with some of that creamy malt sense for the style. Little maple sugar, but kind of odd. Smell reminds me more of a blonde ale.

Palate hits with a rather ordinary flavor. Mild grains, but a lingering toasted white baked bread. No sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, but missing richness. Slight carbonation behind the body, aftertaste brings some nice crackling toast.

This is an ok brew, but it reminds me of nothing about a cream ale. Drinkable yes, but unfortunately not that memorable either.

Photo of scottfrie
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Thanks to my wife’s maid of honor for picking me up this from out of town.

A: Pours an ultra-clear light yellow with a huge, billowing, whipped egg-white mousse of a head that took forever to fade from a thickness of four fingers to one. A thick film lasted the whole beer through and left patches of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Very light smelling, with hints of pepper yeast and earthy grains. Not getting much, but that’s expected.
T: Stronger than the nose with husky flavors of dry malts and grains. Hops are low and give a balancing spicy quality. The finish is light and the aftertaste is quick and slightly sweet.
M: Super light, very crisp and easy drinking body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
O: A very mild and light beer that is super easy to drink and very refreshing. I like them a little more potent, but there is nothing wrong with this beer.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3oz taster glass
Enjoyed at the brewpub 9/3/12

A: This pours out a clear light golden yellow. Very BMC like. On the swirl, I get some bright lacing bits. Nice carbonation.

S: This smells like a kolcshe style brew. Pilsner etc. Light. Euro grainy grassy hops.

T: Much like the smell, this is a BMC like beer. You get low bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Grassy light hops. Light grainy malts in the mid-palate. Crisp clean finish.

M: It's fairly light bodied

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kiwanda looks like gold, pure and clear and bright. A very slightly off-white head is creamy and compact, maybe reaching one finger in height but never fading away. It sticks around as more than a foam, about 1/2 a finger, the entire time, constantly regenerated by the steady bubbling activity. Lacing is left in patches and in good quantity.
A grains note in the nose starts it off, backed by a gentle sweetness. The undertone is a mix of herbal and lightly dusty earthiness. Cream ale isn't a big style, but it's a little tough to get everything out of the aroma.
There's a good balance of herbal and lightly grassy hops bitterness before the sweetness, and it does a good job of taming it. This beer is an interestingly herbal and "green" cream ale. There's also a bit of earthiness on the dustier side. Into the finish, it ends up a little metallic with a sort of thinness.
The feel is great, and it shows what the style should be in that regard. It's very soft without being weak, light and downright creamy, even fluffy, but with a light crispness all the way though. If the crispness gave a little more nip all the way, this is perfect. As it is, it's what you want a beer like this one to feel like.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with a one-finger, cream colored head of pillowy foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and earthy with caramel sweetness.

T - Interesting herbal and earthy presence. Almost nutty. Sweet caramel with a touch of spice bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is very unique. Unlike any Cream Ale that I've ever had.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light straw color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S: Grass and a sugar sweetness, pretty tame and straightforward

T: Sweet and a bit creamy upfront with light herbal and grassy note midway to completion

M: Light to medium bodied

O: Not the best cream ale I have had but not bad

Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of grain with a hint of hops.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor with a note of floral hops. Mildly bitter taste at the finish that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and very smooth. An average amount of carbonation. It leaves a light creamy feeling on the tongue.

Overall- I have been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile now and I have enjoyed every drop. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery a few years ago, before I started reviewing, so I was glad to Pelican beers showing on the shelves at a few local stores lately.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy medium yellow color, with about 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was nicely grainy, a bit sweet, had just a touch of gentle hops and, a bit unusually for the style, a touch of yeasty funk. The flavors were pretty much the same, mostly grain, with some underlying soft hoppiness. A fairly typical example taste-wise.

The body was also fairly typical, medium, clean, and with a nicely dry finish. Drier than a lot of other examples, which seem to run more towards the sweet side. Drinkability was very nice, the 22 went down easily enough, although I'd much rather have 12oz bottles. Overall, a nice example of the style. Nothing really stands out, either good or bad, but the 22oz format makes it doubtful I'll grab many more of these. If these were available in12oz bottles, I'd throw a sixer in the fridge to have around as an easy drinking "everyday" brew. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of grittybrews
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of white head. Mild aroma of lemon, grass, and a touch of floral character.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. A hint of lemon up front followed by wheaty biscuit and a bit of earthy bitterness on the tail end.

Light, pleasant, and in keeping with the style, but I don't really feel the need to revisit this one.

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Slightly herbal, oregana like hops, touch of spice, somewhat spicy.

L: Crystal clear, straw yellow, creamy white head, 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Slightly spicy, floral hops with a firm light malt backbone. Medium low spicy/fruity bitterness leading to a fairly clean malt. Fairly dry, clean finish.

M: Slightly creamy mouthfeel, clean, medium carbonation.

Delicious, could drink this all day.

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Kiwanda Cream Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.