Black Creek Pale Ale | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek Pale AleBlack Creek Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 07-24-2009

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice. clear, orange mahogany brew with a great creamy head that sticks around leaving chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. Great job with the head!

S: Medium to strong pine and soft caramel malts. It's good.

T: It tastes decent. There's a good deal of piney bitterness which keeps you coming back for more. While being slightly unbalanced because the malts are a bit backstage, it's not really a problem and it strikes me as being intentional. There's a little fruit taste buried in there as well which is nice.

M: Very easy to drink. Carbonation is well done. Maybe a touch thin but it's not a major issue.

Overall: A good, bitter pale ale. Something Ontario needs more of!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO. I think I passed over it a few times thinking it was the porter, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a new addition.

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Nice colour on this, good amber-copper hue, slight murk to it. Left an impressive frothy off-white head that looks a great deal like meringue. More lacing than you can shake a stick at. A great looking brew.

Nose is straight American Pale – citrusy hops, a bit of biscuit or cracker, some nice bread.

A surprisingly good brew – I say surprisingly because I wasn’t overly impressed with their porter, so I didn’t hold strong expectations for the pale ale. I was also surprised that the brewer decided to go the northwest hop route on this. Don’t get me wrong, I want more brewers from Ontario to use those delectable citrusy hops, but for a brewery that is based in a 19th century rural village recreation, it’s a bit surprising that they aren’t using ingredients more reflective of the era. No matter, it’s still a fine pale ale, if bold hops are your thing. Actually, the hops prove to be somewhat overpowering, providing a strong tangy bite at the back of the tongue (I’m guessing Citra), but generally speaking the brew is quite good. Just don’t look for subtlety here. A slight earthy character to the finish.

Mild carbonation provides a nice palate-cleanser. Slightly creamy, medium bodied. Hoppy tartness lingers long on the tongue.

An enjoyable brew, something I will certainly seek out if I make my way to the brewery someday. Since my yen for citrusy hops is otherwise unsatisfied by the LCBO’s current selection, this will more than suffice.

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Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mintjellie
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper red with loads of off-white foam on top. Very little lacing. Smells mostly of pine with subdued citrus and toasty malt undertones. On the palate, theres a big hit of leafy and citric (tangerine) hop flavours. Light diacetyl note is complementary, not distracting. Powerful bitterness lingers long into the finish. Somewhat light in body with an oily, resinous mouthfeel. It's good to see more Ontario brewers crafting ales that can serve as a proper hop fix.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed at Trafalgar based on a Black Creek partner recipe. Enjoyed at the brewpub. Carbonation is right there, mouthfeel a bit on the watery side consistent with Trafalgar. Mosty malts, with a secondary bitterness, that accumulates from the finish. Not very drinkable.
Neutral aroma, light coloured.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head with big bubbles - burnt orange amber colour - patchy lacing

S - grassy hops and some pale malt and earthy citrus

T - pale malt with a strong grassy hops flavour - a little earthy - definitely a hint of orange peel and a grapefruit note
M - medium body and a little carbonation - silky up front - hoppy enough that it feels a little spicy (bitter) in the mouth with a ligering tingle on the tongue - not unpleasant

O - a decent english pale ale with lots of grassy hops but not overpowering for me (but probably for some others) - definitely will grab another. On second thought (i.e a later review)it does seem to be conflicted between the american and english versions - seems to have the englsih malt with the american hops - reminds me of smash bomb just not nearly as good

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light piney notes with some nice semi-sweet caramel malt. Taste is quiet refreshing with light piney and hoppy notes that are well balanced with some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation. Well brewed and closer to an APA then an English Pale Ale IMHO.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasting notes from 5/3/11
Poured in to pint glass.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head with good retention.

S - Fairly sharp hop bitterness up front with some light citrus and pine notes coming through along with a slight bready malt backbone that had an ever so slight sweetness to it.

T - The hops have a very unpleasant sharp bitterness to them up front and that taste continues to dominate the palate and completely distracts the taste buds from other flavours. When really focusing on the bakground flavours, some light floral and grainy notes come through along with a slight sweetness. The unpleasant hop bite lingers in the finish.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

O - This was disappointing. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of dipso123
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of BushwyckCraft
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy orange/red colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there is some really fantastic lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and hops. I was actually plesantly surprised to taste a bit of a fruit juiciness as well.. grapefruits and oranges. There are very few beers from Ontario that have this kind of flavour. It finishes with a malty and mildy juicy hop aftertaste.

Overall – I have to say that I was very impressed with this beer. As another reviewer stated, it’s more of a American pale ale than a English one. If you’re a fan of hoppy and juicy beers, give this one a shot. There aren’t many like this in Ontario.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before date of September 2011.

Pours an orange-amber with a healthy two finger white head, that's quite dense and creamy. Retains well. Nose is full of hops, dry hopped immensely it seems. Sweet citrus, pine and some dank weed even. Wow. Didn't expect that at all. Taste has some bitter hops initially which linger throughout and long into the finish. Malt is relatively thin, a slight metallic note yet there are some big, juicy hops in there still. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and almost watery at times, but there's some good flavour here, so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt. Nose gave me high expectations of this brew that weren't present when I purchased this and was let down tastewise. A good effort overall, and certainly not something I expected from this brewery. Closer to an APA, methinks...

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Photo of SebD
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper/orange colour to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down slowly and has very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney and citrucy hops with some bready and caramely malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very dominant citrucy hop flavour to it with caramely and bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours and bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a very nice drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. Like some of the others said, I would classify it as an American Pale Ale rather than an English. This Ale definitely reminds me of Hoptical Illusion.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from LCBO store 200. Deep copper with an eggshell cap. Nice pine based nose reminds me of coniferous forest, and leads to perfume, caramel malts, and resiny hoppy goodness. Nice bitterness here, quite piney and resinous with floral petal like dryness. There are some balancing sweet notes from malts, but this is fairly hoppy. Oily, medium bodied, lengthy bitter finish. Very good effort.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; BB date Dec. 2011.

Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber-copper colour, topped with a finger of rich, tan head. Retention is ok; it lasts a few minutes before seeping away to a creamy cap and collar with lots of lacing. The aroma reminds me more of an American pale rather than an English one; pine sap and grapefruit citrus hops, with some underlying caramel malt. Pretty inviting.

The taste follows the aroma - citrusy grapefruit and pine hops are the dominant flavour. A bit earthy/woody with some bergamot. Caramel and biscuity malt sweetness are also present, but slightly overpowered by the hops. Definitely a fusion of American and English pales going on here. Medium-bodied, a bit creamy with some buttery/oily notes. Carbonation level is low-ish; subtle but it works.

Really tasty stuff, I'm glad I picked this up and will probably get it again some time. Definitely worth a try, but don't be surprised if this reminds you more of an APA than an EPA.

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Photo of 500MLperWeek
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Intrinsic
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BCPA pours a very creamy copper colour with amazing head retention. The smell is quite malty, but not very complex. The taste is pretty much the same, dominated by a soft malt flavour that's not too sweet. Its balanced out quite nicely by a above average bitterness. It has earthy tones to it and is actually pretty good. Good mouthfeel, although it could stand to be a little drier. Overall, I'd drink it again, although I won't go out of my way to buy this again.

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Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Mindsquall
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date - 3/12 - This has been sitting in my cellar for a while.

This poured into my pint glass very thick with a slightly off white head, some dregs near the bottom, presumably yeast.

Smell is very faint, i think I smell some hops there but can't seem to make out any other aromas. Taste is pretty bold, mostly hops, some sweet caramel malt in the undertone with a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel is thick with a slightly oily hop aftertaste.

I think I've had this before as a much "younger" brew, and although it wasn't too bad I did not enjoy it as much as this. It appears that cellaring does well to this brew and if you have one I'd recommend letting it sit for a while. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, finger of beige head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - A tad mild, but some citrus hops come through nicely alongside caramel undertones.

T - Hoppier than I was expecting, though still a tad mild. The citrus hops dominate but can come across a tad bitter. Bready caramel lingers alongside some sour lemons.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet on the finish.

O - A tasty pale ale and certainly hoppier than some other Canadian pale ale offerings. Worth a try and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used to live around the corner from this place (and when they dragged us here on educational school trips there was no beer sampling).

Foamy two finger head that dissipates to 1/8 inch. Slight lacing on the glass. Rusty-amber colour. Smells of citrus and hops.

Very hoppy with grapefruit and piney notes. Creamy but not much maltiness. Astringent and puckering. While it may be made the old pioneer way, I'm not sure the old-timers liked their beers this hoppy (but I do).

Probably should be classified as an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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