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Captain Selin's Cream Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SchmichaelJ on 04-18-2003

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 56
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden colour witha small white head of foam. Patchy lacing as well. Their is a slight hop aroma of floral hops, that seem German or US to me. The taste reminds me of the best cream ale i've ever had. Sweet, malty, well-balanced, and not too complex. A light bodied brew that is imminently drinkable. A champion of the style.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled earlier today at the brewpub. Shared with ksak and janlud.

A: The cream ale has the orange-yellow color of a glass of apple juice. The lighter hues leave the ale translucent. A thin white head came with the pour but didn't last long.

S: A little boozy, the ale quickly turns malty. Sweet grains, bready with apple scents. The ale has a surprisingly hoppy bite that goes well with the adjunct sweetness.

T: Softly sweet, the ale starts off with a whimper, gradually building up. Adjunct-y corn sweetness is plentiful, adding strength and depth to the body. Biscuity malts are prevalent, chewy. Pleasant bitterness, not overpowering, lingers at the edges. I really like the corn sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is nice, offering both sweetness and hoppiness. The adjunct aspects provide a much-needed depth that brings out the creaminess.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THe second of two beers I sampled while at the pub.
The beer arrives cold in a pint glass and is a bright clear gold color. A small surface layer of bleached white head is present.
Aroma is mild overall but some caramel and a grainy, husky note is present as well. As it warms a little I also detect some earthy hops and a bit of a fruity character.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel up front with some light fruitiness as well. I get a mild grassy/orange peel hop finish.
The beer is very drinkable clean and crisp.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream ales usually aren't my forte, but I enjoyed this one a lot. From the tap, the Capt. Selin's poured a golden-orange color with very little head or noticeable carbonation. A strong but pleasant corn smell, with a trace of malt greeted the nose. Subtle floral hints were also detectable. The corn is very apparent in the taste, as well, but its presence helps to make this beer very well balanced, and, true to its name, remarkably creamy. The velvety texture remains the hallmark of this beer for me. The medium body is incredibly smooth and feels great on the palate. Yet another good beer from Selin's Grove. Their variety and consistent quality continues to impress.

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Photo of Deuane
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

High time I review this long time personal classic.

A-Light golden amber with a medium white head. Nice lace left behind.

S-Light floral hops with a support of bready, corny aroma.

T-Chewy malty texture with a good hop bite for the style. A bit of corny graininess in the background.

M-Medium body containing a pleasant lingering hop finish.

D-This is my benchmark Cream Ale. Flavours of bready malt and corn blend well with the hops. This is a session brew with a kick!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at the brewpub, served chilled in a glass.

The color is golden with cream ale type appearance yet there is no head however it revives when swirled with decent clarity and fine bead. The smell is mild with smooth malt ester and light hop scent with gentle sweet aroma and grainy odor with mild fruitiness of yeast. THe feel is good with moderate malt body with light bitterness and gentle sweetness with semi-dry finish and moderately carbonated throughout.

The taste has a nice malt base on first sip with a honey-like sweetness with gentle hop in the flvaor and mild pilsner type light toasted malt taste with gentle spice in the dry finish. Overall This is an excellent example of the style, easy drinking and simple yet still a modest amount of malt flavor with session strength a plus.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 2/16/08.

A - Slightly hazy golden body with one finger of creamy white head and very modest carbonation. Head fully receded and left minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma with some faint flowery and perfumy hops, as well as a sweet corn presence. Also detect some sweet sugar or bubblegum aroma.

T - Sweet malts paired with mild perfumy hops and some bubblegum. Sweet corn and faint hoppy finish.

M - Light to medium body with soft carbonation and creamy texture. Sweet finish on the tongue.

D - Very light and quaffable. This one is really easy to throw back. Nice example of this style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the bar into a small tumbler.

Little hard to judge appearances since it is so dark inside but, a light head of off white color. Not much lacing while drinking as the body shows off a brassy clear golden color.

The nose on the beer is probably the only thing lacking. Not much going on some light malts and a faint small honey sweetness.

Taste is a slight cream and gaseous carbonation. Toasty white baked breads with a finish that has a mild lime astringency creeping up. Small sweetness cream kicks in a little bit on the swallow. Texture is solid and coating.

Overall it may not be my favorite to style, but it is a simple example of what a solid good beer should taste like even if it may contain some corn.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Nose brings grain, pale malt, some light stone fruits, and some very soft hops. The taste is a bit of light, pale malt and some good fruit character. The mouthfeel light and creamy; good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Selin's Cream Ale has a golden yellow body with a finger of white head that manages to leave a little bit of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is clean, slightly sweet, pale malt. Maybe a hint of hops in there also.

The brewpub description says Captain Selin's Cream Ale is brewed with corn, and I believe that based on the sweet, almost buttery flavor that reminds me a little bit of corn. Mostly, this beer is pale malts though, with sweetness, grain and a bit of biscuit. The softest hint of hops comes through also.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and I would say generally pleasant.

Drinkable? Hell yeah. Selin's Grove makes great beer, and this is a good cream ale.

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Photo of jakester
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery.

Arrives a chill-hazed gold with only a coating and a ring of white bubbles for a head. Some carbonation is evident. No lacing on the glass.

Smells of light pale malt, slightly bready, and very faint herbal/grassy hops. Not alot of aroma. Smells clean.

Tastes clean and malty. Light bready malts, a little sweet, with a nice and easy hop bitterness. Detectable but very light herbal hop flavors. Aftertaste is a short malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness, a low to medium carbonation level, but finishes kind of crisp. Surprising.

Although this style is kind of boring, I did enjoy this one. It's on style, and a very good training wheel beer for beginners.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale yellow color with a thin white head rounding out the top and not much lacing. The nose had some hints of the pale malt and I picked up some slight touches of hops but overall the nose is pretty light. The taste has a sweet malty character to it, a bit bready as well. The taste is not overly complex but very crisp and refreshing. The crisp refreshing taste and light body make for a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours golden yellow with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of sweet pale malt, a touch of earthy hops, and some very faint fruitiness. This one is fairly simple, and that is both a good and a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a creamy corn flavor that quickly fades away leaving hints of pale malts, light sweetness, and a subtle hop bitterness. A touch of fruit comes through as it warms.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, creamy feel that works very well with the subtle flavors.

O - One of my go to beers when I am looking to just drink something simple. If you are at the pub and you aren't into some of the more advanced styles than this is the perfect beer for you.

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Photo of billzee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on On tap at the brewery on 12/29/09 (very cool place). Gold in color with a hazy appearance. Real nice thick creamy white head, minimal lacing. Malt and hoppy notes. Sweet malt and corn with a faint hoppy finish. Minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. I could drink a ton of these.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler to go from brewery.

A: Nice golden ale, good head with decent lacing and good retention.

S: Grainy, noticible corn. Very slight hop aroma.

T: A clean sweet bready, grainy malt flavor.

M: Creamy smooth, yet slightly crisp, but thin.

D: Very sessionable. Crisp, clean smooth, low ABV. Nice beer

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a white head. Aroma of grainy malt, peach and apricot. Flavor of sweet malt, light fruits, banana, and light bitter hops. This is very drinkable and tasty. Nice cream ale!
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really hazy orange, with some golden pink streaks. Very nice white creamy ring. Slight lacing.

Very subdued scent. Very grainy and a little bit sweet. Lots of oats.

Very dry, yet creamy. Good carbonation. Nice banana sweetness. Very nice light. Fairly easy drink.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with about one finger of fluffy white head that doesn’t last long.

The scent is of sweet malts, notes of fruit and some hop presence.

The taste is of sweet cream, sweet malt, notes of corn and floral hops.

Light body, smooth and a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an overall good beer, nothing extraordinary but I wouldn’t mind having this again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Co in Selinsgrove, PA

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some faint brassy highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with hints of light fruit (apple and peach).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with some hints of light fruit sweetness - apple really stands out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: Sessionable but a touch too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass, the brew appears a clear golden yellow color. A thin film of white head sits atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves strings of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives a thin film back to the surface.

The smell is sweet with a scent mildly reminiscent of corn that mixes with a herbal hop character. A faint touch of sulfur is noted across the back but I'm stretching to find more characteristics here as the overall aroma is quite mellow but enjoyable for the style.

The taste includes sweet grainy malt that is a little bland, not in a bad way, just a type of sweetness thats unidentifiable outside of mildly resembling corn just like the aroma led on. Mild fruits such as pear and apple skin come out as the brew warms. A bready sort of grain feel is noticed in the aftertaste. Faint hop inclusion provides some contrasting flavor without much bitterness but it keeps everything in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very well done for the style. It isn't something I would seek out or drive there just for simply because it is seemingly always available and easily approachable for the folks who are looking for an icebreaker.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. I am up for a decent cream ale. Yellow and lacey. Light mouthfeel, light drinking. Hoppier than expected,a tad of citrus zest, and easy drinking. Carbonation right there, which is above average for this brewpub. Nice session ale at 4.5% abv.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

A - Pours a light golden with minimal head and good carbonation.

S - A bit weak...faint aroma of sweet bread & grains.

T - Bready malt comes through with a slightly sweet (not quite caramel, but close) finish.

M - A bit thicker than I anticipated...medium body with a crisp, not-too-sweet finish.

D - Not a big fan of the style by any means, but it holds its own...one of the better Cream selections I've had. A good selection for the wife.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite numerous visits to this pub over the last 5 years this is the first time I've tried the cream ale. Friday 9/28.

poured from the tap, looking very nice, pale yellow, with good head.

Not much in the aroma department, tough to get anything actually

Taste was ok. Not a big fan of creams, but not unpleasant. Just...not special I guess

Mouthful was not particularly memorable

Overall, perhaps this beer would do the trick on a much warmer day. With so many other great beers at this brewpub, this one fades into the background.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Selin's Grove Brew Pub.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of corn, some breadiness, and lightly floral. Tastes of basically the same - corny sweetness, bready/doughy and floral.

Notes from 10/26/08.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw colored yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam

S - grainy aroma with a slight hopness to it

T - sweet malt flavor with a bit of perfuminess

M/D - I'm not the biggest fan of Cream Ales and although this one wasn't bad, I wouldn't be interested in trying it again.

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Captain Selin's Cream Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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