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Kiwanda Cream Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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82
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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:
12.5 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.1% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 5 lovibond

(Beer added by: marc77 on 03-15-2003)
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by craigreno:
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

craigreno, Aug 10, 2013
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Photo of JasonA
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber from my main duck in BIFIII.

Crystal clear light copper. I mean seriously clear. Unbelievably clear. Little head. Plenty of lacing. Some carbonation.

Smells light. No real smell at all. No alohol, hops, barley, yeast, fruit etc. Light vanilla almost.

Initial carbonation, but settles very quickly into a smooth and creamy beer. While not thick, seems thick with the way it finishes. Funishes a yummy beer. Almost like a Pilsner, but not. Some alcohol, but masked very well. I cant place the body (dare I say corn), but subtle and long lasting.

Cream Ale's arent for everyone. They are not very complex, but should be appreciated as soothing and relaxing. Definately a drinking beer, and one that should be appreciated more.

JasonA, Nov 22, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with small white head, leaves a good amount of lace. Fruity yeast aroma, hints of apple and orange. Malts are mild and light, with a touch of sweetness. Hops are sparkly and lightly citric, a bit hoppier than some cream ales but that's because most are bland mass-produced pasteurized lager wannabes. Still, the hops are hardly noteworthy. Fruity ale yeast dominates the flavor with traces of butterscotch that linger. Some lactic sourness in the aftertaste. This is a solid cream ale, or, light golden ale, as I think of it, since it's not really creamy. But the style does almost nothing to excite me. The buttery flavors dominate whatever malt sweetness and hop bite there could be. I guess Pelican wanted to make a light, lager-esque beer for those who don't like big beers. A cream ale is a valid compromise if you don't have storage facilities or bottom-fermenting yeast. Still, I'd rather reach for a proper, crisper, cleaner-tasting lager any day of the week.

Thrasher, May 18, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Seattle_Suds, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

HoppySeb, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle.

22oz. Brown bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours a grainy straw yellow with good clarity. Medium head on the pour with some retention and good lacing.

S: Light cereal grain malt bill, somewhat earthy and husky. Very light grassy hops in the back.

T/M: Cereal grainy with a touch of sweetness and some more of the earthy husk. Hops come out a bit more with a snap of bitterness and some earthy, very grassy, and just a bit of floral quality. Body is medium light or so with nearly lager like crisp carbonation and a clean finish.

D: Low ABV and very easy to drink. I think it'd get boring after awhile but it's very well done.

pwoods, Dec 14, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dcbeers, Feb 09, 2013
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.

Brenden, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jh1982, Nov 23, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant golden hue with light, persistent carbonation and a very light, stark white head. Sweet nose of light fruit, honey, and the faintest whiff of hops. Fairly substantial body (cream is an apt description) holds a palate of lightly sweet malt and a touch of bitter hops, with background notes of citrus and light honey. Could drink this one all day.

ElGordo, Jun 23, 2004
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

bum732, Mar 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant golden yellow from my 22oz bomber with a creamy white foam. Some lacing evident.

Smell is fruity, floral. Pleasant.

Taste is a creamy ale. Very clean, with mild hop prescence throughout. A somehwat filling 22 ounces, bur vey tasty.

Definitely drinakble and enjoyable. Was vey excited to hear that Sam's in IL was stocking these bombers.

KTCamm, Jun 08, 2009
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3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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

souvenirs, May 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear bright golden yellow with thick two-finger head that recedes fairly quickly to a milky clingy layer sheltering a fairly active level of carbonation. Looks really good in my large Thurn und Taxis Rogen glass (4.5)

S - Light malts with some cereal or straw; slightly bready or biscuity with a light floral hop aroma. Nose was generally light but still very pleasant (3.5)

T - Grains and maltiness upfront back with a light hint of fruity sweetness and lightly citrusy hoppy, mildly bitter finish with some pleasant graininess and fruitiness returning in the after taste (3.5)

M - Light-bodied and fairly carbonated going down easily with a creamy-watery smoothness. (4)

D - Light and refreshing brew that goes down really clean and well; very good summer session beer (4.5)

basica, Aug 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ALSAIL, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

n2185, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Spikester, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of isualum12
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden glow with orange on the outside. Great looking.

Smell: Clean and fresh. Light malt with fruit.

Taste: Smooth and refreshing. Flavors are strong but not over powerful. Slight bitter at the end but very nice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a medium body on it.

Would order again in a heart beat. Loved it.

isualum12, Jul 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

hannaho, Jan 05, 2012
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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.

smakawhat, Oct 06, 2012
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Kiwanda Cream Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.