Captain Selin's Cream Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

BA SCORE
3.74/5
63 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
selinsgrovebrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SchmichaelJ on 04-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,066
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
63
pDev:
13.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. I am up for a decent cream ale. Yellow and lacey. Light mouthfeel, light drinking. Hoppier than expected,a tad of citrus zest, and easy drinking. Carbonation right there, which is above average for this brewpub. Nice session ale at 4.5% abv.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head fades and doesn't leave any retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is mostly grain aromas with a little bit of hops as well. The taste of the beer was decent, it had some corn and malt flavors with a hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was sharp, big amount of carbonation with I felt made this beer much too harsh. Overall it's a decent beer, not the nicest cream ale I've had.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Co in Selinsgrove, PA

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some faint brassy highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with hints of light fruit (apple and peach).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with some hints of light fruit sweetness - apple really stands out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: Sessionable but a touch too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Nose brings grain, pale malt, some light stone fruits, and some very soft hops. The taste is a bit of light, pale malt and some good fruit character. The mouthfeel light and creamy; good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at the brewpub, served chilled in a glass.

The color is golden with cream ale type appearance yet there is no head however it revives when swirled with decent clarity and fine bead. The smell is mild with smooth malt ester and light hop scent with gentle sweet aroma and grainy odor with mild fruitiness of yeast. THe feel is good with moderate malt body with light bitterness and gentle sweetness with semi-dry finish and moderately carbonated throughout.

The taste has a nice malt base on first sip with a honey-like sweetness with gentle hop in the flvaor and mild pilsner type light toasted malt taste with gentle spice in the dry finish. Overall This is an excellent example of the style, easy drinking and simple yet still a modest amount of malt flavor with session strength a plus.

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Photo of orangesol
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours golden yellow with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of sweet pale malt, a touch of earthy hops, and some very faint fruitiness. This one is fairly simple, and that is both a good and a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a creamy corn flavor that quickly fades away leaving hints of pale malts, light sweetness, and a subtle hop bitterness. A touch of fruit comes through as it warms.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, creamy feel that works very well with the subtle flavors.

O - One of my go to beers when I am looking to just drink something simple. If you are at the pub and you aren't into some of the more advanced styles than this is the perfect beer for you.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at the source.
Slightly hazy deep yellow with a smallish white head. Rich bready pilsner with hints of cereal or corn and a firm spicy floral hop to counter. Pretty tasty summer beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass, the brew appears a clear golden yellow color. A thin film of white head sits atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves strings of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives a thin film back to the surface.

The smell is sweet with a scent mildly reminiscent of corn that mixes with a herbal hop character. A faint touch of sulfur is noted across the back but I'm stretching to find more characteristics here as the overall aroma is quite mellow but enjoyable for the style.

The taste includes sweet grainy malt that is a little bland, not in a bad way, just a type of sweetness thats unidentifiable outside of mildly resembling corn just like the aroma led on. Mild fruits such as pear and apple skin come out as the brew warms. A bready sort of grain feel is noticed in the aftertaste. Faint hop inclusion provides some contrasting flavor without much bitterness but it keeps everything in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very well done for the style. It isn't something I would seek out or drive there just for simply because it is seemingly always available and easily approachable for the folks who are looking for an icebreaker.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the bar into a small tumbler.

Little hard to judge appearances since it is so dark inside but, a light head of off white color. Not much lacing while drinking as the body shows off a brassy clear golden color.

The nose on the beer is probably the only thing lacking. Not much going on some light malts and a faint small honey sweetness.

Taste is a slight cream and gaseous carbonation. Toasty white baked breads with a finish that has a mild lime astringency creeping up. Small sweetness cream kicks in a little bit on the swallow. Texture is solid and coating.

Overall it may not be my favorite to style, but it is a simple example of what a solid good beer should taste like even if it may contain some corn.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled earlier today at the brewpub. Shared with ksak and janlud.

A: The cream ale has the orange-yellow color of a glass of apple juice. The lighter hues leave the ale translucent. A thin white head came with the pour but didn't last long.

S: A little boozy, the ale quickly turns malty. Sweet grains, bready with apple scents. The ale has a surprisingly hoppy bite that goes well with the adjunct sweetness.

T: Softly sweet, the ale starts off with a whimper, gradually building up. Adjunct-y corn sweetness is plentiful, adding strength and depth to the body. Biscuity malts are prevalent, chewy. Pleasant bitterness, not overpowering, lingers at the edges. I really like the corn sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is nice, offering both sweetness and hoppiness. The adjunct aspects provide a much-needed depth that brings out the creaminess.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden colour witha small white head of foam. Patchy lacing as well. Their is a slight hop aroma of floral hops, that seem German or US to me. The taste reminds me of the best cream ale i've ever had. Sweet, malty, well-balanced, and not too complex. A light bodied brew that is imminently drinkable. A champion of the style.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Available On-Tap at the Selin’s Grove Brewery during a quiet Saturday afternoon visit.

Appearance: Strikingly thin pale yellow with some golden hints. Soft and thick creamy head, smooth and resilient in nature. Leaves a few partial rings demarking each mouthful.

Nose: Low on strength, almost non-existent, it has a very delicate grain aroma but not much else.

Taste: Dry and clean. Creamy and low in strength on flavor. A tad perfumey in the finish. Grain texture is rounded. Nothing to see here……move along….

Mouthfeel: As expected the Mouthfeel is creamy but beyond that the feel is thin, lacking in depth. Managed a whole Pint of this before I made my final judgment. Nicely carbonated and creamy but thin.

Drinkability: My last drink here at Selin’s, OK granted it was not that wise leaving this on until last, but the name put me off and I wanted something to wash everything down. Easy to drink but it lacks body, nothing to keep my attention other than a creamy nature.

Overall: Nice enough, the creamy nature rescues this one from blandness. But beyond the creamy feel this is far too simple, too basic and a little “flowery” for me. Leave this one for those embarrassing folks that turn up to Selin’s and ask for a Bud Lite on Nitro…..for they would surely love this. Oh and another thing,….the name of this brew kept reminding me of the old UK TV animation Captain Pugwash for some reason…..

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THe second of two beers I sampled while at the pub.
The beer arrives cold in a pint glass and is a bright clear gold color. A small surface layer of bleached white head is present.
Aroma is mild overall but some caramel and a grainy, husky note is present as well. As it warms a little I also detect some earthy hops and a bit of a fruity character.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel up front with some light fruitiness as well. I get a mild grassy/orange peel hop finish.
The beer is very drinkable clean and crisp.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a white head. Aroma of grainy malt, peach and apricot. Flavor of sweet malt, light fruits, banana, and light bitter hops. This is very drinkable and tasty. Nice cream ale!
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Selin's Grove Brew Pub.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of corn, some breadiness, and lightly floral. Tastes of basically the same - corny sweetness, bready/doughy and floral.

Notes from 10/26/08.

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Captain Selin's Cream Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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