Gahan House Cole's Cream Ale | The Gahan House

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Gahan House Cole's Cream AleGahan House Cole's Cream Ale

Brewed by:
The Gahan House
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sweet, smooth, lightly hopped ale with a thick, creamy head.

Added by bobsy on 05-27-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by terryeckmeier:
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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special to report. It was your average cream ale. Nice golden straw colour with a average lasting head and lacing. Good session beer but if you're looking for something distinctive I'd try the Iron Horse or the Sydney Street. Great pub thought a must see if you're in the Charlottetown area. Try the fries best i've ever had.

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3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, part of a mixed-pack called Fathers - The Gahan Series, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, where the Fathers of Confederation mapped out the idea of what would become our nation. George Coles, the eponym of this offering, was the Premier of the Colony of PEI at the time, and a brewer by trade - coolio!

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with four flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and even a tad creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some thorough drifting continent and Pangaea webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy and bready pale malt, a touch of toasted biscuit, mildly tart apple and pear fruit esters, white pepper, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is biscuity, bready pale malt, a hint of honeyed caramel sweetness, a muddled orchard drupe fruitiness, mixed peppercorns, and spicy, grassy, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is definitely clear and present, but hardly a danger - it just manifests as a tight sort of frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, but solid-seeming, with an attendant, almost buttery smoothness. It finishes off-dry, sure, as all the bready, grainy goodness is duly offset by the lingering spice and hops, but not exactly overtaken.

Well, this is how cream ales should damned well taste - well malted, but with enough hops to make a serious go of it. Nothing mind-blowing, but for the style, this is quite pleasant to drink, tasty, and makes me wish that there were more of this one in the 4-pack, rather than the plain-Jane blueberry and wheat ales. Though perhaps, in their new packaging, their recipes have been agreeably tweaked as well - time will tell.

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3.4/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Gahan House as part of the sampler.
Pours a brilliantly clear medium golden color with a smallish white head.
Aromas of light sweet bready malt and lots of butter.
Flavor follows the aroma.
Diacetyl rest would go a long way here, I'm thankful I only had to toss back 4 ounces of this stuff.

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Photo of lgmol
2/5  rDev -38.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%

Coles Cream Ale is arguably a fair bit better looking than the P.E.I. premier after whom it's named and whose picture graces the label (though, in fairness, the tiny suds of its head have nothing on his thick, bushy mutton-chops). Seemingly unfiltered, this sunset-golden complexion makes for an aesthetic beer indeed.

The aroma is marked by an ultra-biscuity, ultra-bready malt note. You'd think this brewer was initially a baker. There's also a pinch of clove as part of a spoonful of pear compote. I, personally, love this smell though admittedly it's one I normally find in beers that are long in the tooth (this one, however, is less than 5 months old).

There's something distinctive in the flavour. At first I thought fig paste, then raisin, then mushy pears. It took me a third of the bottle to put my finger on it: marmalade! Indeed, the tastes of oranges (both the dried flesh and candied peel) is a perfect accompaniment to all the fresh-baked country loaf flavour, especially on a mild August afternoon.

There's enough of those bready, biscuity notes and marmalade flavour to fit right in at an old-English ladies picnic. That being said, I can't see any beer drinkers, no matter how casual, being turned-off; this is about as agreeable as beer gets. There's not much depth or intrigue, mind you, but that clearly wasn't the purpose anyhow; this is an easy one to like.

I've never been especially enamored with Cream Ales, but I enjoyed this one more than expected. Gahan is a good brewery so this shouldn't have come as any surprise. To be sure, the standard beer geek will likely respond to Coles Cream Ale with a giant yawn, though fairweather drinkers and those who truly appreciate beer for what it is will surely find it a nice ale.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Gahan House Cole's Cream Ale from The Gahan House
3.26 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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