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Canyon Cream Ale | Crow Peak Brewing

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Canyon Cream AleCanyon Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States | website

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
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
90
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
33.74%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 90
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 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 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 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 Dsimenson
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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 SD-Alefan
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Crow Peak pint glass.

A very pale yellow in the glass with a slight head that dissipates to some spotty lacing.

The aroma is very slight, a bit of yeasty bread, maybe a hint of honey and a slight sour note in the background.

The taste is sweet with a little hop flavor early on and a little lingering bitter surrounding the sweet, malty middle.

The mouthfeel is very light and slightly bubbly.

Overall, this is a decent cream ale, easy to drink but kind of boring. Probably my least favorite Crow Peak beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canyon Cream Ale pours a bright straw yellow color with almost no head. There is an aroma similar to garbage that has been sitting in the hot sun for a while. The taste however is crisp and has a mellow golden malty undertone. The taste is watery, but still some flavors can be picked out. Overall it tastes good, but its a bit weak and boring.

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Photo of sluggo013
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
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 benlippert
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Canyon Cream Ale is a true summertime beer. This is not a big beer by any means. It is very light and crisp, with a hint of honey. The taste is magnificent, especially on those hot summer SoDak days. This is a Crow Peak regular; one of the few beers they can.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.09/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared this gem with the rb crew recently. The beer is clear and pale yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings malt, yeast, corn. The flavor follows suit. Corn and malt. Light bodied with lingering adjunct flavors. Eh...not a fan of this one at all.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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 mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, it was yellow in color with a foamy white head on top, with decent head retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Some honey, light fruit, and grainy malt.

T: More honey, some biscuity malt, and some light, sweet fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Decanted into a plastic, hotel water glass.
Appearance: Crystal clear. The color of golden straw. Looks like refreshment on a hot day.
Smell: Spicy hops and sweet corn. Neither aggressive. Maybe a little grassy.
Taste: Very light and sweet. Almost unbalanced on the sugary side. Oddly enough, it finishes quick and dry. Nothing much to speak of for the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent.
Overall: Pretty nice lawnmower beer. I’d probably prefer it to be a bit grainier and drier, but not bad nevertheless.

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Photo of sommersb
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

My first beer from South Dakota!

A: Small white head sits on a clear, blonde colored ale. Head retention is low and there's only a little amount of lacing.

S: Honey sweetness in the aroma, plus light malts and some fruitiness.

T: The taste follows the nose, with biscuit malts and fruitiness giving it an overall sweet flavor. Really no bitterness.

M: Body is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is lightly sweet

O: A very light and refreshing beer. Fairly simple but a good cream ale for summertime.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A buddy brought this back from his summer trip out to SD. The beer poured clear yellow with a thick head initially then it dissappeared and did not notice any lacing. The smell had some honey and mild citrus. Taste was ok, malt and a little citrus. Mouthfeel had a light body and mild carbonation. Worth a try...sure....would I get it again...no.

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Photo of Flatlands
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not my style of beer, if you have some new to Craft Beer then this is what I would recommend. It is a smooth and light beer.
A-it looks light and yellow
S-better then a Bud Light, at least it has a smell
T-solid, light and smooth, a good beer for too pricey for me for what it is, however, it's local to the Black Hills and brewed with local Honey. If you like Cream Ales, this is a solid example but again, not my favorite type of beer.
M-not much here but that is the style so think Cream Ale
O-It's in a can, it's local to the Black Hills, put it beside a Bud or Lite and it will kick it's A**. Nuff said.

Thanks for the Can Crow Peak. Any craft beer in a can I will try. I get tired of taking glass to recycle. Aluminum is curb side and I can store more in the beer fridge and take to the pool. This is a good beer for the wife who steers clean of any IPA.

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Photo of MNTom
2.06/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So, I'm a huge New Glarus Spotted Cow fan. Its a cream ale as well. This had a higher rating than Spotted Cow so I thought I was in for a treat. I walk up to the door and actually see Beer Advocate stickers on the door. I get excited. I saddle up to the bar and order the Canyon Cream Ale.

It looks light in color with average lacing and head retention. I've never much cared how a beer looked, foamed or laced. I'm in it for smell in taste because well...ultimately theyre all that matters.

Smell, it was pretty weak. I really had to try to pick out any discernable scents in the smell.

Taste, watered down or weak and faint. I picked out a few faint floral notes, hints of malt and pear skin. Hints. There was no defining character of a flavor.

Disappointed. I've tried the 11th hour IPA and Pile-o-dirt porter as well. Those two on tap and in can. I'm about to head out to school in Rapids City so I plan to return. If I have a disappointing outing in person again I plan to address this with the bar tender. Hell I might even bring some beer with me to prove a point.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured into an Imperial pint at the brewery
5.0%ABV
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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Canyon Cream Ale from Crow Peak Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.
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