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Black Creek Pale Ale | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek Pale AleBlack Creek Pale Ale
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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: 39 |  Reviews: 27
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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 BushwyckCraft
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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

Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangish amber topped by a fresh, bubbly, thick head. Laces well.

Lots of pine in the aroma along with a peaty earthiness and caramel.

The taste is sweet and juicy but with a thick blast of grapefruit pith. Some light marmalade sweetness and caramel, with just a hint of toast. The hops mostly had pithy/piney bitterness, a little flowery and minerally, which is all good if not overly exciting.

Light bodied and aqueous, but it's thin in a refreshing way. I'd just like it if there was a little more body and malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness, or if the hops were added later to add more flavor than bitterness.

Overall not bad, but it'd take some tweaking to be great.

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Photo of kwjd
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head. As the head dissipates, leave some lacing around the glass. Smells of bready malt with lots of hops - I get some earthy and citrus aromas. Flavour seems unbalanced with bitterness without much malt backbone. This isn't overly hoppy, yet it seems to punch above its weight in bitterness. Fairly big carbonation level for the style. An ok pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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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3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After partaking of another Trafalgar offering, this was a welcome brew. Pours a dark amber colour, with perhaps a half fingers worth of thick foam. Very malty, earthy flavours, with some grassy hops and a bit of pine. Tastes very earthy, almost mushroomy, which is oddly good. Plenty of malts and a bitter, floral/piney aftertaste. Medium body, little low on carbonation mouthfeel Overall, a decent beer. Nothing that really screams WOW, but a good beer to stock up on.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 rale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of cyrenaica
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 5, 2011 after purchasing at the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent rust colour in the glass with a huge rocky tan coloured head. The aroma is caramel malt, citrus hops, and pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is rather hoppy with a light malt sweetness. A decent pale ale

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Photo of NV9
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber colour with a creamy coloured foam head that was there for a few minutes, nit much lacing but a small amount of foam remained after 10 minutes.

Smell of citrus and its evident in the smell that there are strong hops in here.

Tastes crisp, lots of hops up front, definite pine bitter finish.

Low carbonation, medium body, good beer, would go for it again.

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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 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 mick303
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 09/12. Pours a clean coppery brown/gold, with frothy off-white head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell is vibrant and aromatic. A light grapefruit citrus. Nice balance of assertive malt and hops. Lot of character.

Taste is initially thick malt, then sour malt notes. It develops an astringent character. Becomes more palatable as it warms, a more balanced creamy malt with a lighter hop character. Aftertaste is long, quite a dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, moderate-light body with some bigger malt body coming toward the end, a bit more creamy. Carbonation is very light.

Expecting a fair bit more after the nose. Palate seemed a bit of a let down, but letting it warm was a big improvement, solid indicator. A quality beer and quite drinkable, but never gets very exciting. Works pretty nicely though.

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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 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 peensteen
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange colour, light white head, sticky with light lacing. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, a touch skunky, malt background, a light buttery note comes and goes not too much though. Tastes is bitter hop and really dry at first, malt comes in but takes a backseat and finishes with citrus, orange and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is dry, well carbonated, oily from the hops, medium body and pretty refreshing. Good overall, solid but can improve though I did enjoy this. More of an APA in my opinion.

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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 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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Black Creek Pale Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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