Kiwanda Cream Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Kiwanda Cream AleKiwanda Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12.5 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.1% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 5 lovibond

Added by marc77 on 03-15-2003

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 235
Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smooth and slick best describe this cream ale. Small creamy white head, slightly hazy golden body. Sweet malt aroma, bread dough, biscuits. Taste is slightly tangy and sweet, malty, light citrus, hay. Abrupt finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of cream. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of cream. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to glass at the Brewery at Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR
Appearance:light amber, clear liquid, medium off white head that disappears slowly
Smell:malty, grainy aroma
Taste: medium bitter
Palate: lively carbonation, creamy
Overall: very good ok to repeat
Drank: May 6, 2016

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a creamy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of floral notes, a hint of citrus (lime) and sourdough bread.

The taste is of sourdough bread - sweet and tart with lemongrass and a floral, refreshingly dry finish.

It has a creamy, smooth body.

Nice characteristics. A pleasant brew and a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy white head; not much lace on glass. pale and cloudy off-yellow. Smells tart and biscuit. Tastes very tart, dry, and a little peppery in the backend. It also had a bready, soda cracker-like taste to it. It reminds me of a marriage between a Czech pils and a champagne. It's refreshing and bubbly; light bodied and easy to drink (if you like tart cream ales). It was decent. I liked the dry aftertaste a lot. Nice for a summer quencher.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as something of gag gift for x-mas. Only in the NW... would happily get more gag gifts like this one.

The beer pours a bright gold color with decent head retention and OK lacing. The nose is attractive enough, as I get light sweet cookie dough, some grassy hops, honey and light vanilla. The flavor profile is more of the same, and I appreciated the soft, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long and soft, but with a touch of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, and drinkability is exceptional.

Couple of thoughts. The entire time I drank this, I kept on thinking that this beer reminded me of a well made, helles lager from the vaterland. Just my two cents, but I think calling this beer a cream ale does it an injustice/dis-service, as it really lowered my expectations (who wants to drink a "cream ale," unless your idea of a delicious beer is something in the BMC vein). In any event, this is actually a very tasty, easy to appreciate beer, one I was happy to have a chance to try. I generally have an IPA palate, but I can easily see myself ordering this again. Impressive!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the last beers I had in my house in Redfield, SD. Written down on my phone.

L : Tall, towering, creamy head @ 3 fingers. Body is 70% transparent and yellow-gold.

S : Grass and straw, honey aromas as well. A notable hop presence in the nose, mixed with pale malts.

T : A great balance of hop and malts, it comes together very nicely. It ends on a yeasty, fresh baked bread note. Quite a bit of spiciness, too.

F : Very carbonated. Crisp, light, airy. Ends semi-dry.

O : I'd have it again if it were up in this area. Unfortunately Oregon is where this beer stops. :-(

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden color with a slight transparency to it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a slim cap of a white head. The head dissipates rapidly.
The smell has sweet grains, light corn.
The taste was mainly sweet with no aftertaste or finish.
The mouthfeel was light bodied, great sessionability, sweet and creamy feel.
Overall, its a cream ale, by God, of course, one can't compare this to Sucaba, really, folks why the low reviews. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Moose90
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served From 22oz Bottle

A — Pours a very clean and clear, bright pale yellow, thin bright white head.

S — Smells of light malt and grain, not too complex but that's okay.

T — Clean, crisp, malty, grainy, cereal like malts, very refreshing.

M — Light body, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O — Overall very nice representation of the style, very easy drinking and clean.

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Photo of avwrite
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty sounding beer that, when it came to the actual taste, was a bit flat. It reminded me of a lager and I couldn't taste any of the creaminess. It was a nice easy beer though, so I could see myself enjoying it on a summer day.

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Photo of nqdell
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Truly one of a kind. It finishes like a Stella without the taste of skunk. Feel is 5 because it nails the cream moniker. Not something you find in a lightweight ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, which does leave some nice small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, and sweet. The taste is pretty good, malty, nice yeast note. Medium body, with a sly dry finish. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle brought back from Oregon by a friend.

A: clear yellow, visible carbonation, a few millimetres of head
S: pale malts, corn
T: fairly generic. "It tastes like beer."
F: smooth
O: nothing to get excited about, I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear golden color with tons of visible carbonation, bright soapy white head that left chunky lace.

S- Sweet creamed corn, floral, grassy, bready, and honey sweetness.

T- Incredibly well balanced beer with notes of sweet creamed corn, honey sweetness, floral and grassy hop notes, bready, and sweet caramel notes.

M- Soft carbonation, incredibly smooth, refreshing, lighter bodied, and semi-dry finish.

O- I never thought I'd be blown away by a cream ale, but this is just an outstanding easy drinking and incredibly well balanced beer. Lots of nice malt sweetness with a gentle hop bitterness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is a dry grain smell.
The taste is a light lemon bitterness with a creamy background.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's light on the "cream" but still enjoyable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : flute

Clear, golden yellow with a thick foamy, white head that dissipates to leave a thin, craggy cap.

Floral, lightly grassy, spicy hops with a sweet, malty backbone. Very easy drinking, but tasty beer.

Medium+ body, foamy medium carbonation.

Subtle flavors and aromas, but quite tasty is the time is taken to appreciate them! This would be a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger white head that is kept intact by active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, grain, slighly soapy. Flavor is sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops, crisp. Light to medium bodied, with a slightly creamy head. A simple and light ale that hits the expected flavors for a cream ale. Nothing outstanding, but a pleasant lunchtime light ale with some off notes in the aroma.

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Photo of anarchia
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours transparent, gold, with a thick head that sticks around. Citrusy, sweet aroma with a hint of hay. Just a bit of honey sweetness in the mouth with near-perfect balance. Very subtle flavors--malt sweetness, some hop bitterness, a little citrus/lemon. Coats the mouth until you swallow, then there is a dry finish. "Creamy"--couldn't resist, it really is. Very impressed.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden straw color with orange highlights when held to the light. Two finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

S: The main aroma I get is canned tuna fish mixed with mayo. It's not super strong, but it does mask the other aromas. Slightly sweet malts and a healthy breadiness. Some grassiness and a very light corn scent.

T: Very grassy all the way through. Very grainy. Again the slight corn comes out. Some breadiness. Pretty plain.

M: Very thin and watery. Decent carbonation. Maybe a bit creamy. Slightly dry finish.

O: I can't get over the smell. It's not bad, just not what you want to smell. It is drinkable, but there's no way that I'd buy it again. Just nothing going on at all. A disappointment.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggeasted Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light puddled film and medium collar and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a lightly sweet grain malt, floral hops and a doughy yeast with a note of caramel and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was rather malty with a mild caramel sweetness and a pronounced grainy feel from the start, becoming lightly hoppy with a slight adjunct presence and a light fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow and had a light spicy sweetness at the very end.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery and slightly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a good refreshing brew with an unpretentious taste and a great drinkability...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of pillowy white foam which have a decent retention and leave a chunky lace on the glass. For the style, pretty damn good.

Smell: sweet malt with a slightly corny adjunct quality. A little corn in this style is fine, but combined with the sweetness I'm getting a little bit of a Corn Pops feeling. Not great, but again, within stylistic bounds.

Taste: a little drier and less corny than the aroma, plus a pleasingly bitey hop character and bitterness. Hops are noble, earthy and herby, and balance this beer pretty well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and moderate creaminess. It's OK.

Overall: a decent and drinkable cream ale. The nose is a bit corny for me, but this beer is definitely headed in the right direction.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very brassy pale amber body, hints of light brown color on the edges. Somewhat clear but a tad cloudy, and some slow rising tiny carbonation. Head is four fingers fluffy thick white, with lots of retention. Big cap on this beer.

Nose is a little acrid sour grain, with some of that creamy malt sense for the style. Little maple sugar, but kind of odd. Smell reminds me more of a blonde ale.

Palate hits with a rather ordinary flavor. Mild grains, but a lingering toasted white baked bread. No sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, but missing richness. Slight carbonation behind the body, aftertaste brings some nice crackling toast.

This is an ok brew, but it reminds me of nothing about a cream ale. Drinkable yes, but unfortunately not that memorable either.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Thanks to my wife’s maid of honor for picking me up this from out of town.

A: Pours an ultra-clear light yellow with a huge, billowing, whipped egg-white mousse of a head that took forever to fade from a thickness of four fingers to one. A thick film lasted the whole beer through and left patches of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Very light smelling, with hints of pepper yeast and earthy grains. Not getting much, but that’s expected.
T: Stronger than the nose with husky flavors of dry malts and grains. Hops are low and give a balancing spicy quality. The finish is light and the aftertaste is quick and slightly sweet.
M: Super light, very crisp and easy drinking body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
O: A very mild and light beer that is super easy to drink and very refreshing. I like them a little more potent, but there is nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3oz taster glass
Enjoyed at the brewpub 9/3/12

A: This pours out a clear light golden yellow. Very BMC like. On the swirl, I get some bright lacing bits. Nice carbonation.

S: This smells like a kolcshe style brew. Pilsner etc. Light. Euro grainy grassy hops.

T: Much like the smell, this is a BMC like beer. You get low bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Grassy light hops. Light grainy malts in the mid-palate. Crisp clean finish.

M: It's fairly light bodied

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kiwanda looks like gold, pure and clear and bright. A very slightly off-white head is creamy and compact, maybe reaching one finger in height but never fading away. It sticks around as more than a foam, about 1/2 a finger, the entire time, constantly regenerated by the steady bubbling activity. Lacing is left in patches and in good quantity.
A grains note in the nose starts it off, backed by a gentle sweetness. The undertone is a mix of herbal and lightly dusty earthiness. Cream ale isn't a big style, but it's a little tough to get everything out of the aroma.
There's a good balance of herbal and lightly grassy hops bitterness before the sweetness, and it does a good job of taming it. This beer is an interestingly herbal and "green" cream ale. There's also a bit of earthiness on the dustier side. Into the finish, it ends up a little metallic with a sort of thinness.
The feel is great, and it shows what the style should be in that regard. It's very soft without being weak, light and downright creamy, even fluffy, but with a light crispness all the way though. If the crispness gave a little more nip all the way, this is perfect. As it is, it's what you want a beer like this one to feel like.

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