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Cadian Cream Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Cadian Cream AleCadian Cream Ale

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73
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blonde coloured ale with the wonderful essence of fresh blueberries. Sweet flavours of peppery blueberries, malts and spicy hops make this one a winner all the way. A one-of-a-kind refresher.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-29-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%

341ml bottle. Is 'Cadian' a local term for 'Acadian'?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly creamy bone-white head, which maintains average retention, eventually giving up an array of forked lightning lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, fairly grapey fruit up front, soft cereal malt, a hint of sour milkiness, and some grassy honey. The taste is more purple rock candy, a tame creamed caramel malt, a touch of cereal biscuit, middling generic fleshy orchard fruit, and some rather understated earthy hops struggling to offset the sweetness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wan frothiness milling about, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly creamy - equal parts dairy and air. It finishes well off-dry, the sugary biscuit and candy-like fruitiness not exactly going anywhere.

Well, truth in advertising, at least - this is indeed a creamy offering, though a tad too sweet and weirdly one-dimensionally fruity for my liking. The hops are also conspicuous in their absence, and I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

biboergosum, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.53/5  rDev -17%

Thanks to Jeff (tupalev) for the bottle! Enjoyed with Blankboy and HogTownHarry.
Pours with average head, a deep golden head. Bronzed in colour. Aroma slightly corn-starchy. Doesn't offer much for appeal. Quite unfavourable taste - like odd cider quality with rotting fruit. Macro like character. No idea as to hop or malt choice - poorly developed flavour profile. Carbonation a little too high, texture grainy and off putting. An overall ugly beer that leaves a bad impression of the brewery.

biegaman, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%

Thanks to Mandrake for sending this my way for CanBIF3!

Pours a clear amber, big fluffy white head forms, settles down to a thin layer and ring, leaves lots of lacing behind. Smell is sweet, very malty, caramel, citrus, bit of floral, some vanilla, quite nice, very balanced. Taste is sweet and malty, caramel, slightly buttery, floral in the finish, nice flavours. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a solid ale and something I would drink on a regular basis were it available.

Viggo, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of wordemupg
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/10/11

A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a finger of bone white foam that hangs around for a bit leaving a couple random patches of lace

S wet soggy cornflakes and a little purple candy, smells sour though not that inviting

T ya just more sour soggy cereal with a little sweetness too it, not that great just tastes a little off

M has some body to it and carbonation works well but it leaves a foul lingering taste in your mouth

O somethings just not right here, there's a flaw or it's just poorly made

I've had great stuff from Pump House but this just isn't it, I might give it another shot just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle

wordemupg, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: toasted malt, sugar, and honey—smells like a non-alcohol beer

Taste: sweet malty, bready, grass with a bit of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end, medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Arguably the smoothest beer I have had in some time. This almost tastes like the base beer for 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon—what I would expect to get without the fruit flavor. A great, sessionable, malty beer. A nice take on the style.

tigg924, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is reminiscent of a hefe with caramel notes. Some grassy wheat and tart citrus notes with sweeter caramel undertones.

T - Unique flavours, and I'm a bit confused by the style. Almost a cross between a hefe and a cream ale with wheat and cloves coming off the top followed by some caramel and toffee notes on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale, but goes down a pit prickly. Finish is a tad dry as well.

O - Overall, not at all what I was expecting from a cream ale. Unique indeed and worth a try, but Pumphouse has some better offerings IMO.

andrenaline, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Gatordaddy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -1.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of DogFood11
1.78/5  rDev -41.6%

The search for a new brew to try continued today at a Saint John Liquor store. Pump House Cadian Ale caught my eye as their red was a decent gobble. This light copper brew was clear and filled with moderate to mild carbonation.

This one lays on the sweeter side of the palate even for a cream ale. It has some underlying extract type sweetness. Vanilla, cream soda backer. Has a hard time cleaning up. Would have liked to have something in there to cut the sweetness. Maybe a charred edge or a sampling of bitterness.

Notes: I wouldn't want this as a session beer nor would I seek it out for an occassional taste. Fairly one sided offering with little to nothing of interest.

DogFood11, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%

A - a hazy pale golden, short head dissipated fairly quickly
S - wheaty and yeasty, mild tropical fruit aroma, light leafiness
T - a grainy musty start, sour citrus, bready with a strange mineral aftertaste
M - light with lower carbonation, even a little flat, with a somewhat bready finish
O - a pretty average brew all in all, and not quite what I was expecting from a cream ale, glad I only bought a single

joemcgrath27, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -1.6%

schnarr84, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%

A good solid cream ale.

bright gold in the glass 2 finger fluffy cap, goo lacing.

Aroma was bready malts over apple-pair tones

nice chunk of crystal malt up front, some sweetness, some fruit and some cedar hop tones....finished with a slight bittering and bready after tastes.

Very drinkable and mellow character

pootz, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of ZachT
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ZachT, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of dasenebler
2.33/5  rDev -23.6%

341mL, no date.

Pours a clear, very light yellow-gold with a decent head actually. Impressed with the retention. The lacing is minimal.

The aroma is grainy and hay-like, not much else.

The flavor is sweet and grainy, with almost no bitterness. Fairly clean, but I'm not digging the flavor at all. Kind of a weird grapey-fruity thing going on too. The mouthfeel has very large bubbles and seems forced and somewhat harsh.

I guess you could drink this, but I wouldn't repeat the experience. Next.

dasenebler, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

beerhunter13, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

BRYeleJR, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Shadman
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%

Not sure if Cadian is drunkese for Canadian....

Bright colour, let's call it bright straw yellow. Slightly hazy, with a fizzy head, poor retnetion. Little bits of lacing.

Sweet, slightly malty aroma. I do detect an almost creamy nose to this, almost like ice cream.

It's not that the taste is bad, just a bit too muted. To be honest, my first thought was this tastes like a domestic Saisson ale. Sweet maltiness, a nint of hop dryness. touch of preserved fruit ( pear/apple)

Bit watery & thin. Low carbonation works pretty well here though.

Doesn't knock your socks off, but then it is in a bit of a 'catch all' category. Macro friend's might find it enjoyable.

Shadman, May 11, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle- Deep straw, pours a fluffy but short lived white foam. Simple nose with grains, sweet fruit (plum) cereal, some caramel, slight hops.Tastes sweet of cereal grains, some bready malts, a bit fruity. Slightly hoppy in the finish.Ok. Wouldn't have pegged it as a cream ale if I didn't know beforehand.

mrmanning, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours very foamy, with a big bubbly head that clearly had somewhere else to be because it was gone in a real hurry. Color is somewhere between pale gold and straw.

At first it smelled a little like....a macro adjunct lager. Uh oh. Some grain, mostly oranges or sweet mandarins. Slight grassy hops.

Taste is...thin. Watery. Wanting. I get a wheaty, buttered corn taste that is somewhat sweet with an underlying fruity flavor with a bitterness in the middle and a clean finish. Overall I would have to say that the taste lacks any real substance or character and is wholly unremarkable.

Mouth feel is mostly a flat yet creamy, very light bodied beer.

This beer might have a use as training wheels to help wean someone off macro brewed lagers, but otherwise it's not anything I ever need to put in my mouth again.

MeisterBurger, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.08/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished to a thin foam quite quickly. Body is yellow and slightly hazy.

S: Aroma is nothing special... smells like some cooked corn and light traces of wheat.

T: Again, unfortunately, nothing to write home about. Lightly sweet at the beginning, but quickly fades to nothingness. I'd expect more from a cream ale than this.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: Sure, it's easy to drink, and you can detect what it seems like they're trying to do with this beer... but in the end, they don't quite manage to deliver.

berley31, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Exeter
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Exeter, May 31, 2014
Photo of seand
3.08/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a creamy white head. A film retains well enough to leave some lacing.

S: Somewhat grainy and a bit overly sweet.

T: Also a bit overly sweet, almost syrupy, not particularly balanced. Kind of one dimensional.

M: Creamy medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Reasonably drinkable, though a bit too sweet.

seand, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of CurtisD
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

CurtisD, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%

A- Not exactly what I was expecting but this is very hazy brew! It is a pale golden color and it does lack a head unfortunately. It starts out fairly thin and settles to a foamy patch right in the middle of the glass. Moderate lacing but it doesn't stick for long....the overall look reminds me of an unfiltered apple cider.

S- There isn't much aroma and what there is, is dominated by a dry grassy/grainy smell. To be more precise, it has a malty sweet aroma and it's very mellow...it's very basic and actually makes me think I'm smelling white milk, which I don't recall ever happening before. No hops noted on the finish....just kind of bland smelling in general.

T- Very malty but it isn't as sweet tasting as the aroma let's on....more of a creamy/buttery flavor that ends up lingering on the palate after the swallow. There is a small hop presence on the finish but nothing special. This is a uniquely flavored brew, but that's probably a good thing IMO.

M- This is a thinner bodied beer, however there is a certain creamy texture to it that makes it feel richer than expected. The carbonation is normal I'd say...not palate scrubbing but not overly mild.

D- Would I drink this on a regular basis? Probably. It's different in it's own right....it definitely is creamy which is why it's called a cream ale I guess. It's richer in character than I expected and I think it would please the average person who just wants a decent craft beer to drink. The alcohol is hidden well and I would have no problem downing several of these!

ChrisCage, Aug 20, 2010
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Cadian Cream Ale from Pump House Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.