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Elliott’s Phoned Home American Pale Ale - Cedar Creek Brewery

Elliott’s Phoned Home American Pale AleElliott’s Phoned Home American Pale Ale

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%

Brewed by:
Cedar Creek Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-13-2012)
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Photo of woodychandler


3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

If I am reviewing a CANned beer from Texas, you CAN almost be assured that it came to me via the mysterious JenRay, who is IPA-obsessed and yet finds CANs of every stripe in furtherance of the madness.

From the CAN: "While Pale Ale is one of our favorite styles. Creating [sic] a nice blend of Ameri[CAN] hops and malts that [CAN] offset the German Alt yeast is a little tougher than it sounds. Our goal is a moderate level of hop bitterness that carries over to a soft hop aroma. We are trying some new Ameri[CAN] hops - primarily Apollo and Bravo - that give some interesting notes to flavor and aroma. Bravo gives a blend of lemon, pear, and grapefruit notes. Apollo is mostly used as a bittering hop, but because of the great aroma we get from it, we also used it in the whirlpool. As a result, the aroma comes across as a strong grapefruit note. We think it's out of this world - A [sic] Pale Ale to phone home about!"; "Brewed in east Texas".

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN, but my inverted pour was perhaps a tad overzealous and I experienced some overflow as a result. Whoops. The result of it all was two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = 6.5) that made me wonder if I was getting ready to drink hefeweizen! Nose was another riot of scents - tropical fruits, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, and pine. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was far sweeter than I would prefer in the style. I got a lot of tropical fruit flavors along with cantaloupe and pear, making for a fruity salad-like taste, but not what I am looking for from the style. Sure, I am not a style maven and innovation is nice, but this was not doing it for me. The finish was semi-sweet, but the mention of "sweet" with the style is a CANtradiction in terms, for me and as such I was less than impressed. YMMV.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 16:30:24 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Premo88


3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic

L: hazy gold, no amber, can see through it but it's definitely a haze; big head ... the brew starts to foam up as soon you open the can, to the point that foam comes up out of the can -- ends up being over an inch thick head of white sticky foam, and quite thick; the head sticks like crazy, and the some clumps of foam linger on the skin

S: citrus ... grapefruit mixed with some pine; as it warms, a bit of caramel

T: follows the nose, loads of citrus leaning toward grapefruit with some lemon and detectable pine; also has some grainy notes; as it warms, there's a bit of caramel

F: a bit soft but still well-carbonated despite pouring so foamy

O: not bad but it doesn't stand out from the many American pales out there. the fact that the caramel notes show up as it warms makes me think that's malt -- some might like it and call it balance, but I don't like the caramel tastes in American pales ...

bottom line, it's worth a try and might be a mix of notes you love. it's not overly bitter, quite tame, in fact, and very drinkable. there's definitely citrus, pine, caramel, grain with only the citrus being a dominant player and even it is somewhat subdued.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 07:01:48 | More by Premo88
Photo of obrike


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single pint can at World Market in Round Rock.

Pours a hazy light orange with a decent head and pretty sticky lacing. Looks nice in my pint glass.

Getting some grass and light citrus (maybe lemon and a bit of tangerine) scent and a touch of bready malt.

Taste follows nose. A slight kick of citrus hops followed by some biscuity malt. Not much sweetness on the back-end, and certainly not bitter. Just an easy drinking, fairly nondescript pale ale.

Certainly a good effort and a nice intro beer to those wanting to try something local other than Shiner.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 00:16:46 | More by obrike
Photo of tronester


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big off-white head. Smells of light citrus. Taste begins with some grapefruit rind, then a little malt sweetness, and finishes with a piney citrus finish. Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation levels. Overall a nice, simple pale ale.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 02:33:58 | More by tronester
Photo of BryanCarey


3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce tallboy can, this beer is orange/yellow in color with a cloudy body and a nose that is distinctly citrus- like with some tropical notes. The aroma is certainly enticing, as those fruity esters make you want to tip that glass and take a big gulp.

This pale ale has a flavor that pretty much follows from its nose. It is a fruit- accented beer with flavors of citrus mixed with tropical fruit for a fruit cocktail experience if there ever was one. But there are other flavors to enjoy besides fruit. The taste of bread/dough and biscuit malt is also present and the beer finishes with a softer, fruitier flavor as opposed to the spicier, bitter, hop- accented flavors common to other pale ale.

This is an interesting pale ale and not like I expected, but in a positive way. The taste is fruitier and more refreshing than the average pale ale and its less bitter profile means it will be acceptable to most anyone who tries it. Even non- fans of pale ale will probably like this beer and with its softer, more easy- going personality, it is definitely a pale ale worth trying and worth serving at your next social gathering.

Serving type: can

10-14-2013 04:12:16 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of HardTarget


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tall boy can with some text about American hops, Alt yeast, grapefruit, and other words. No date noted, which is a minus, but it's obviously new to the scene, and I know getting date codes going is work (but worth it!).

Appearance: Yellow amber beer with great clarity, nice combo of enough color and transparent; a good sign. Holds a solid finger of frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Ain't hard on the eyes. After a good long while the head drops to a thin cover with a sticky halo.

Smell: Citric hop cones, not a lot, but what's there is nice. Slight mineral water note, really mild nose, nothing off.

Taste: The yeast speaks German, the hops speak 'merican. They seem to get along but it's a confusing conversation. The yeast has a bit of a bite, and the hops are just enough to bring the package to a balance. Nothing super sweet going, noting bitter, which really just leaves the yeast, and water for that matter. Very quenching, great summer / lawnmower beer.

Mouthfeel: A bit light and fizzy, frothy actually. Slight prickle of carbonation, pretty watery finish.

Overall: A nice Pale, and a very good sign from a new Texas brewery. Nowhere to hide any mistakes with this beer, and there's not a flaw to be found. A testament to the skill of the brewer(s). Has me eager to try their other offerings.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 02:59:58 | More by HardTarget
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tallboy pours a mildly hazed gold color with a large cap of craggy off-white head. Retention is good and lace sufficient.

Nose is really nice, I wasnt expecting this good of a hop aroma to be honest. Hops lean towards the citric and tropical end of the spectrum. There is a biscuity malt in there that keeps things from being one-sidedly hoppy.

Taste has alot to offer - saltine cracker light maltiness with maybe a bit of bread dough. The hops are deftly done indeed, it flows perfectly from a nice little grapefruit flesh bite at the beginning and is finished clean without a harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is great, I was a littel worried it was overcarbonated after the pour, but it is just fine, smooth and densely creamy. I was a little hesitant to pull the trigger on this 4-pack for 8 bucks, but am very glad I did and will buy more in the future. Recommended.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 21:27:52 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of JMad


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky golden yellow color with a huge white, soapy head.

It's smell is nice and fruity, as the can says, i picked up some pear notes along with citrus and bready malt.

Tastes like it smells but lighter. There is a little pine taste to it but overall the taste resembles the aroma but way lighter.

Feels lighter than it should, low carbonation and a wet finish.

This would be an easy drinking session beer due to the non intense taste and low carbonation.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 22:59:55 | More by JMad
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Untapped Festival.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected, with some biscuit malt as well as some orange and grass notes from the hops. The flavor is more of the same, with the orange notes from the hops coming through nicely. There is very little bitterness as this beer is quite balanced with the sweet, biscuit and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 21:05:34 | More by Mora2000
Elliott’s Phoned Home American Pale Ale from Cedar Creek Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.