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Eureka Cream Ale - Bell City Brewing Co

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Eureka Cream AleEureka Cream Ale

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 50
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 30.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell City Brewing Co
Ontario, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Cream Ale | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 07-15-2013

Don’t let this Cream Ale fool you. This pre-prohibition Cream Ale is a smooth full flavored Ale that will appeal to your casual craft beer drinker and to craft beer lovers. At 5.8%, this sessionable beer can carry a bit more bitterness than your typical lawnmower cream ale. The added wheat malt gives it the creamy body and wonderful lacing to the last drop. With 4 malts and a blend of 4 hops, including Sarachi Ace and Bravo, this Cream Ale is really how Cream Ale used to be. That’s how we roll! Expect the un-expected from Bell City Brewing.

38 IBU
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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $2.50 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice off white head that dissipates to a film in a minute. Nice and dark.

S- Ok but not much there. You can get the malt but that's about it

T- Pretty god. Enjoyable malts. Not much hops at all.

M- Heavy. Very heavy for a cream ale

O- Pretty good. Nice to find a cream ale with some flavor. This one has a backbone.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little cream ale went well with... Pork chops in a mushroom sauce


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More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL shrink-labelled can picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 10 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear copper-amber hue, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white head. It vanishes steadily over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin collar and some scattered swaths of lace. The aroma is relatively heavy on the malts, with notes of toasted biscuits, grainy sweetness, toffee and some lightly fruity esters. Good for the style, so far.

A serviceable, malt-forward strong ale. Caramel and toffee sweetness are quite prominent, with hints of molasses, raisin and plum. The hop bill comes through much more strongly than on the nose, providing a mixture of piney notes and earthy, herbal qualities. Finishes with some lingering, residual sweetness that does not fade from the palate immediately, opting instead to loiter there. Medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that give this brew a very slight crispness; the overall mouthfeel is fairly smooth, and a little more 'ample' than examples of this style tend to be.

Final Grade: 3.69, a B grade. Eureka Cream Ale is a solid first-offering out of this upstart brewery. Something about the residual sweetness is rubbing me the wrong way, but the issue here is more of a personal preference issue than a 'bad beer' one. It's a little strong and sweet for a cream ale, but it's still an enjoyable ale that puts a unique spin on this rather mundane style. I'll be buying this one again, but it won't be a priority.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, bright copper with little head. Pretty big noble hop character. It actually comes across like a pilsner with a bit more of a malty, fruity backbone. It's more aromatic and has a thinner mouthfeel than many cream ales, but as a weird hybrid pale ale, it works quite well.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Rhino Summer Fest. A rich brown ale that resembled nothing of a cream ale, other than there being some creaminess at the end. Their idea of a pre-prohibition 1918 era cream ale. Rather malty, 38 IBU, and boozy. Something of an old ale character. Interesting for a first beer from a brewery.

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Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JahTurbo
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Binsane77
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK boys and girls... this is a really nice smooth beer with just a bit of bitter hops finish. I am not a big hops person so IPAs offend me, but this one has the perfect amount of hops finish for me, it may not be enough for hops lovers. Give it a shot and post what you think...

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harshalp999
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of rickfos
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikemands
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

different for a cream, but delicious

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Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Ruby coloured clear ale with little head.
S - Very pleasant malty, caramel smell. Underlying pine?
T - Big malt flavour balanced by moderate hops taste. Pine with sweet malt coming through as hops dies away.
M - Flavours wash over the mouth, with nothing dominating. You can concentrate on any of the flavours to bring it to the foreground. Nice.
O - Not a typical cream ale. Big malt, caramel and hops well balanced. Really enjoying this one after a long work day.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO, served cold into a pint glass. Cost was approximately $2.80 CDN.

Appearance - clear and fairly dark, ruby hued. A nice finger of frothy white head, modest retention and minimal lacing with this clear beer.

Smell - creamy, floral with a hint of figs raisins and other dark fruits and a steady molasses backbone. Very aromatic.

Taste - substantially like the aroma, some mild caramel and molasses sweetness and a bunch of raisins and figs imbued. Well flavoured.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate body and light carbonation. Very creamy which was the point here.

Overall - very solid cream ale, with a bigger fruit presence than many. really pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from LCBO; bb 7/2015; poured into glass stein.

The theme of this review is "It's not a cream ale, but it's not bad." This starts with the ingredients (thanks for listing them!) which do not include rice or corn; the grain bill is malted barley and unmalted wheat.

Brilliantly clear red-amber. A vigorous pour raised moderate head, which fizzled to a foam cap after a few minutes. Pretty good appearance, though not much like a cream ale.

Smells quite malty and sweet, with a hint of fruitiness like grapes or green apples. Simple, direct, and appetizing, if nothing like a cream ale.

Tastes robustly malty, with a decent dose of hop bitterness in a decidedly supporting role. The advertised Soriachi Ace and Bravo hops are not really in evidence. Might as well have used cheap bittering hops. Simple and sessionable, as long as you don't mind the 5.8% ABV buzz. Moderate, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Maybe that's why they think it's a cream ale...?

So, just to review: Historically, a cream ale is a slightly skewed take on a traditional American lager, with 6-row malt and a large dose of rice or corn, and top-fermenting yeast. Pre-prohibition cream ales were indeed stronger but they tasted nothing like this. I think the brewer may have figured out that there's no shortage of well-executed but ho-hum American Amber Ales out there and decided to market this one in the Cream Ale category. Whatever, this isn't a BJCP competition. If you like malty but balanced amber ales, give Eureka a try.

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Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of --dida--
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the definition of a cream ale, very smooth, caramel notes, and extremely sessionable

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Photo of captainhampton
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites

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Eureka Cream Ale from Bell City Brewing Co
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