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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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 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 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 bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 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 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 biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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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Black Creek Pale Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
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