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

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

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cedar Creek Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-13-2012

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3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Elliott’s Phoned Home American Pale Ale from Cedar Creek Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.