Canyon Cream Ale | Crow Peak Brewing

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78
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92 Ratings
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70
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Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States
crowpeakbrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light bodied ale with malty dominated flavor. Very low hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

Added by ForWhatAlesYou on 05-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
16.11%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of afinepilsner
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bear1964
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TonyTwins
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheYankee
1.98/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into a pint glass.

Appears a golden yellow. Incredibly clear look. Small hints of honey with a bit of grain background, but a very watery consistency. Best way to describe this is "boring." It's certainly not unpleasant. After mowing the yard on a hot day it's actually pretty refreshing. Very flat. Not one of my favorites, but not something that I'll throw out of the fridge.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it blows my mind that this is rated as poorly as it is, literally baffling to me that folks arent digging it. i think its awesome, and much like their 11th hour ipa, maybe i got a particularly fresh can or something, but i think this is just delicious, something totally different for the style, and its great, refreshing, even memorable. its brewed with honey, which i think is a great touch in a style that doesnt usually get a lot of amendments. you can really smell and taste the honey, floral and waxy and sweet and less refined than some honey beers, definitely not all the way fermented out, its a great addition. creamy in mouthfeel too, lots going on there, expansive and well carbonated and with the only residual being the honey. polleny and fresh, the honey really makes this, and its definitely not watery or anything. cream ale is a style that has been too often ignored by craft brewers in general, and this beer is proof of the potential that exists out there for the style when it gets a little love and attention. i am really high on this, pumped a fair few of them last night, and was amazed by the honey flavor in each sip. way way way better than its ratings!

edit: okay i got it! i figured out where all the low ratings come from. just one night after being in love with the can, i had it on tap at the casino up in deadwood, and it was awful, a totally different beer, flat and metallic and old and dirty tasting, with no mouthfeel at all and none of the vibrant honey that makes the canned offering so impressive to me. perhaps the largest quality gap i have ever seen in a beer from format to format. i will leave scores in tact to reflect the can experience and chalk the bad drafts up to dirty lines or improper filling, storing, or shipping methods. so brutal on tap, so awesome in the can.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cd34
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nuebs
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated can at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of sour creamed corn, lasts entire glass
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor – very light honey, slightly sweet, none of the corn from the aroma; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Futbolmanby
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Flat, Sweet, Grainy, Honey
Brewed with local honey, Canyon Cream Ale pours pale yellow with a head that fizzles out in mere seconds, leaving a flat and unappealing drink in the glass. Minimal aroma with cereal grains and honey. Medium-bodied with a slight chewiness, this beer has a flat seltzer-like level of carbonation. Flavors of granola, toasty malts, some breadiness, hints of corn, and a light buttery note are followed by a dominating honey sweetness. In general, the carbonation issues made this Cream Ale hard to enjoy.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015).

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Photo of Savan
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks a prosaic blonde with thin semi-creamy head, Smell is odoriferous and grainy, Taste is buttery and a little malty, sweet. Has a very good finish about it that I liked. Overall beer starts out unimpressive, however had a good flavour to it and a fine finish. Would be a good beer for a hot afternoon of soft ball.

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Photo of Demi
2.09/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JCMattson
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeGude
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Reno9
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scratch69
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Canyon Cream Ale from Crow Peak Brewing
3.29 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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