Canyon Cream Ale | Crow Peak Brewing

Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale
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Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States

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

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sara24
4.17/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This quiet ale holds its own against the other delicious pints at Crow Peak. Matt and the boys are doing something right in South Dakota.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured into an Imperial pint at the brewery
10 IBU

A: Completely clear light gold. Pours a thick, dense head that falls but leaves decent lacing.

S: Slight citrus, yellow fruit. Nice sweet honey over malt.

T: Very light but with full flavor. Very crisp malt. A little citrus kicks in. Some slight fruitiness.

M: Rich and creamy for a lighter ale.

D: This is what craft beer's answer to light beers should be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +30%
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 brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden ale that pours with lively carbonation in my standard pint glass. A small head nestles on top and is fed by everlasting carbonation. Crystal clear, brillant light gold color.

S: light aromas of grainy malt with a lttile background sweetness. Some floral hops in the background. Not terribly aromatic, but it fits the style.

T: light malt backbone with slight graininess. No corn flavors, which is a plus for me but would be ok for the style. The hops provide light bitterness with a touch of citrus. Simple flavors that meld well into an easy drinking beer.

M: light bodied. Strong carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. Spot on for the style.

O: really a nice representation for the style. I really only have some homebrewed versions and spotted cow for comparison. This is right up there with spotted cow. This was great on a 95 degree day.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.81/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Vertex at the top of the Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City--a very fun place.
A: Light yellow color, not much head unless you jostle it around, mild lacing
S: lovely subtle aroma of yeast and malt
T: mild, creamy, balanced, hops, yeast, little hops
M: light, mild carbonation
O: I am not familiar with this style, so I am judging it as a novice--it is very good ale on the light side, creamy, refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of sluggo013
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer in sturgis. Poured it from a can into a plastic hotel cup.

Appearance - golden with little to no head.
Smell - not much of a smell. Slightly sweet odor.
Taste - I'm a fan of cream ales and this one does not disappoint. Very light bodied and pleasant. Extremely smooth. I'm not mentioning flavors because there isn't anything strong to note. No aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - this is a perfect summertime beer. Its light, refreshing, smooth and the carbonation is pleasant.
Overall - pleasant surprise after a 12 hour drive from jackson wyoming. It was much needed and i wish I'd bought more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Golden cream colored body with a quickly diminishing head. Within a minute's time it's literally a small foamy ring leaving no lacing. A bit disappointing. The body is 30% opaque.

Aroma : The bouquet is faint, but I'm getting graham cracker, sweet malts, a little toasted grain, and some honey. Deep inhalation is required for sampling.

Taste : A little watery at the forefront - though not completely, and it morphs into a crackery, sweet biscuit malt flavor with notes of honey and graham, with a fine dusting of hop at the end. It's easy drinking - quaffable even, and refreshing. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel : Slightly cleansed at the start but builds to a slightly creamy body and a semi-dry finish.

Overall : This is a nice refreshing beer. I'd drink it again, it's easy, unoffensive, and while not that impressive, it does the refreshing thing real well while retaining flavor. Best cream ale I've had thus far. This actually may become a staple in my beer fridge someday.

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Photo of furballkazoo
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You can really taste the local grown honey, otherwise just a nice light beer.

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Photo of cd34
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bear1964
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Savan
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
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 thatoneguymike
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of a_f7
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of DeRusto
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of scratch69
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benloho
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super easy drinking beer for summertime and outdoor excursions. Great packaging. Nothing mind blowing but tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of RDW
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crow Peak Canyon Cream Ale
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$5 can at Blatt Beer & Table, Omaha, Nebraska

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold w/ an almost greenish cast (is this old beer?). Limited bright white head of foam. Average lacing.

Smell: Limited aroma of sweet adjunct-like malt.

Taste: Sweetish, malty, little hop, slight fruit. Basic. Accessible. Finishes dry with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, soft moderate carbonation. Smooth, and almost creamy.

Overall: Interesting. Tasty. Very drinkable.

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Photo of nuebs
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Canyon Cream Ale from Crow Peak Brewing
Beer rating: 8.5% out of 100 with 94 ratings
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