Maple Cream Ale
Dead Frog Brewing

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3.76 | pDev: 0%
Dead Frog Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A ruddy bronze-amber hue with a half-inch or so of off-white bubbles gracing the top. Aroma decidedly sweet and to no one's surprise there's some maple syrup in there out front, although with a nutty malt note and a middling degree of grassy hops. It is difficult to avoid comparisons to beers such as Granville Island's MCA, another thin and fizzy concoction that panders to the "Canadian Maple" motif but in this case delivers little that would make a pancake lover sit up and take notice. My take is that there is too much maple in the present offering, almost a fenugreek seed-like grainy maple character that starts off pleasant but becomes cloying after about half a pint. Perhaps this flavor in beer is simply not my bag, baby. On the plus side, the aforementioned nutty malts are not completely overshadowed and there is a pleasing sour fruit note in the otherwise dull finish. I can detect little else in the way of complexity. Not all bad but nothing that's going to make me want to return. Maple lovers will likely disagree. Better hopped than the competition.

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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at Beer Revolution in Capital City (Alberta's version), now within agreeable walking distance from my downtown abode. (Yay!)

This beer appears a crystal clear medium brassy amber colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy pale beige head, which leaves some nice scattered bonsai tree lace around the glass as things easily sink away.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, woody maple syrup, a sharp orchard fruitiness, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops. The taste is a bit more up front with the earthy maple sap essence, though thankfully not at the expense of the bready caramel malt, nor the understated leafy, fruity hoppiness.

The bubbles are average in their bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit astringent in its first attempt at smoothness. It finishes on the semi-sweet side, the maple adjunct and caramel malt doing their best on the road, early morning Timmie's impersonation.

For a country as steeped in maple lore as we are, the beer offerings that incorporate such are strangely lacking. See GIB's and Amber's for the two extremes - I'll be thinking of them as I appreciate the subtle, if not overly complex hand that came up with this one in front of me.

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Maple Cream Ale from Dead Frog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2 ratings