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Eureka Cream Ale - Bell City Brewing Co

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Eureka Cream AleEureka Cream Ale

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell City Brewing Co visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by DaveBar:
Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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


More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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, but I'd be lying if I said I were excited to grab a few more cans of it. 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'd consider buying this one again, but it won't be a priority.

Photo of SenorBiggles
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of SoCalBeerDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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...

Photo of mikemands
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

different for a cream, but delicious

Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of kevinlater
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473ml can into nonic pint. best before october 1, 2014. consumed on july 17, 2014

a: pours an unbelievably clear deep copper. the most aggressive pour in the world only yielded a single finger of fast-dissipating off-white head

s: slight malt presence and that's it. barely any aroma here

t: toast, toasted malt, slight caramel up front. some dark fruit (figs, raisins) and nut flavours mid-palate. tea-leafy flavours all around. mild hop bitterness on the finish. hints of alcohol

m: medium bodied, light-to-medium carbonation

o: the flavours here are excellent. unfortunately, the aroma is incredibly lacking

Photo of camBBcam
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome cream Ale. Definately recommend it

Photo of drinkininthewood
4/5  rDev +8.7%

473ml can purchased from the LCBO $2.85 each, with date - bb 2014/11/15 served in a J.R Brickman founder series pint glass.

A- pours a deep copper with red hues, nice sticky off white head diminishes slightly leaving lace around the entire glass. Lively looking carbonation.

S- Very malty with caramel, bisquits, toast, touch of herbal hops.

T- Nice malt chew up front - sweetness, fresh bran muffins, cereal grains, touch of molasses, and some dark fruit. Light dusting of hops in a finish that is also carries some nice nutty flavors as well as easy going bitterness resulting in nice balance.

M- the mouthfeel really is one of the great features of this beer. It is smooth and creamy full bodied beer that really goes down quite easy. Perfect carbonation.

D- absolutely sessionable even at 5.8%

Overall this is one of the better cream ales ive had, hell probably one of the best. Not for the hop lover, IBUs probably roll in around 12-15, but such a nice malty brew with a touch of grassy bitterness to keep it in check. Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy yet it goes down like a dream. I cant wait to try something else from this brewer, and would love to try this brew on cask. Recommended.

Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper coloured brew under a moderate head that gives way to a ring, no lace. An average looker.

Lots of caramel malt in the nose. Sugary but not treacly, works just fine. Just a whiff of alcohol. Lots of caramel sugar to taste, but in a palatable way. Mouth feel thinner than you might expect for something so malty sweet, so it works. Quite flavourful, decent overall. Fairly big alcohol, but well managed. A proper malt liquor if you like, instead of the harsh stuff that's out there.

For malt fans. An interesting effort, worth a try.

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Eureka Cream Ale from Bell City Brewing Co
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