Canyon Cream Ale
Crow Peak Brewing

Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale
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Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States
Cream Ale
Ranked #179
Ranked #29,085
3.17 | pDev: 16.09%
Aug 29, 2021
May 16, 2011
Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale
Notes: A light bodied ale with malty dominated flavor. Very low hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma.
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4.1 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Aug 29, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 18, 2021
3.73 by MJSFS from Florida on Jun 08, 2021
3.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 11, 2020
4.04 by Try-em-all from Missouri on Dec 23, 2019
4.3 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Dec 02, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by daliandragon from Maryland

I picked this up yesterday while vacationing in the Badlands and nearby Sage Creek campsite. Beautiful golden color with nice clarity but little head. The nose and flavor are tinged with a heavy biscuit note.

Big tasty crystal malt laced with a slight metallic note. Easy drinking and smooth in texture. Another solid cream ale.

Aug 09, 2019
3.69 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jul 30, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by KTCamm from New Jersey

6/23/19...pours pale gold, clear. Foamy white top. Milky nose. Lactose forward. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth. Buttery. Quite mellow. Straight up but still. Real nice.

Jul 14, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

tested from 12oz cans
Very clear beer, hint of gold in color. nice fine pure white head that dissipates quickly leaving plenty of lacing
Not much smell, little bread, sweet floral, honey
taste, low on flavor not much there, micro amounts of bread, and a little honey and floral. Very smooth. Creamy? just a touch of creaminess. A clean tasting beer.

easy drinking beer, might be good on a hot summer day. Not bad really but a very light duty flavor wise beer. i didn't notice any off flavor or flaws. Ale? taste more like a lager

Nov 02, 2018
3.72 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Oct 21, 2018
3.03 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Aug 09, 2018
3.5 by Grinky from Illinois on Jun 14, 2018
3.4 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Oct 25, 2017
3.27 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Oct 09, 2017
3.35 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Aug 17, 2017
3.35 by pistol_pete from South Dakota on Aug 02, 2017
3.3 by afinepilsner from Iowa on Sep 24, 2016
3.68 by Bear1964 from Nebraska on Aug 07, 2016
3.37 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Jul 18, 2016
3.34 by TonyTwins from Nebraska on Jun 30, 2016
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1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by TheYankee from Iowa

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.

Jun 09, 2016
3.25 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on May 31, 2016
3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 08, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Mar 30, 2016
3.25 by ColSanders123 from Georgia on Jan 28, 2016
3.69 by cd34 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2016
3 by fthegiants from California on Jan 05, 2016
3.41 by nuebs from South Dakota on Oct 21, 2015
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3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Oct 21, 2015
2.74 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 17, 2015
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3.04/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Todd from California

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).

Sep 16, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Savan from Minnesota

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.

Sep 15, 2015
2.09 by Demi from Minnesota on Aug 24, 2015
2.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota on Aug 10, 2015
3.27 by JCMattson from Georgia on Aug 09, 2015
2.77 by LukeGude from Iowa on Jul 20, 2015
3.28 by Reno9 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2015
3.49 by scratch69 from Missouri on Jul 14, 2015
3.5 by elkinbrown from Tennessee on Jul 08, 2015
Canyon Cream Ale from Crow Peak Brewing
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 109 ratings