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 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
Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 liamt07
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
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 biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Creek Historic Brewery's Pale Ale is 'pale' in the historic sense; it wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century that beers started to look clear and golden-yellow. Up until that point, ales like this here murky, sludgy, brownish-copper one were about as 'pale' as it got.

The toasty, grainy-sweet malts in the bouquet are lavishly enriched by a citrusy acidity and soft floral undertones. What might have been a little plain and pedestrian is instead distinguished by a refreshing candied, fruity zest - in other words, it's hops to the rescue! It smells like brown sugar coated grapefruit. This shows a lot of potential.

Those floral, fruity hops - surely some combination of American "C" hops - provide the same candy coating in the taste. A treacle of pine, a flurry of lemon zest shavings and big chunks of grapefruit all show up on the palate without a ton of accompanying bitterness. Amidst it all, however, the grainy, bready taste of pale malts is not forgotten.

The brewery claims to base all their beers on historic recipes from the mid-1800s; indeed, the abundant hoppiness in this pale ale harks back to a time before refrigeration (and before industrial breweries diluted their beers to a point of insipidness) when hops were needed as natural preservatives. The taste of bitter orange peel is heavy in the finish.

A price tag of $3.55 is a pretty steep for a bottle of pale ale, but Black Creek Pale Ale does represent fairly good value for your money. I was impressed by how much hoppy character and bitterness it packed, considerably more than other Ontario offerings. If you've been wondering what this historic brewery has been brewing up for us, no need to wait any longer - pick up a bottle now that they're available at the LCBO.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger biege head on a copper body. Bright with strong carbonation. Soapy lacing is thick on the glass and there is a good one finger head retention.

S - Strong hop. Biscuity malt, outweighed by juicy, citrussy hops. Malt character seems darker and more caramelly.

T - Very much an American Pale Ale. Maybe the darker malts lend this to more English influence, but this is a well hopped PA for sure. Quite malty and hopped hard. Juicy, fruity hops with a caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Dry with a bitter finish.

O/D - I can't hide the fact that I liked this. Not completely unlike Hoptical Illusion. Well balanced, except the hop takes over in the flavour. Well put together, but not English to me.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 deonreds
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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 kwjd
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of SebD
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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 RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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 hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A flavourful pale ale, classified as British but with definite American elements.

Dark amber with brown and orange highlights. Limited head but still pours with a decent level of carbonation and has a pleasant mouthfeel. Aroma of toasted malts and toffee. Flavour introduces citrus and pine notes along with the caramelized malts. I like the lingering bitter finish.

Overall a well balanced ale, with "a lot going on" for its 5% ABV.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dipso123
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of mrmanning
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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 rale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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 MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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