Canyon Cream Ale | Crow Peak Brewing

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +29.6%
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +4.8%
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 WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.09/5  rDev -32.8%
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 thatoneguymike
3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

Photo of Resuin
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Chucker17
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
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 cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ElGallo
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mhaugo
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
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. Iā€™d probably prefer it to be a bit grainier and drier, but not bad nevertheless.

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Photo of Drknight
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
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 jakea
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ā€“ complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor ā€“ 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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Canyon Cream Ale from Crow Peak Brewing
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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