Draught Dodger Maple Cream Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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Draught Dodger Maple Cream AleDraught Dodger Maple Cream Ale
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Draught Dodger Maple Cream AleDraught Dodger Maple Cream Ale

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Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 49degrees on 01-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of santa109
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 45 degrees. Now called Draught dodger. Received as part of CanBIF 4. Thanks seldomseen!

A: Poured a dark amber with a thick looking finger of foamy head into a pint. Nice retention and lacing as the beer goes down.

S: Caramel with a touch of sweet maple syrup. On the malty side, hops seem to be hidden. Earthy aromas are also present.

T: Fairly clean taste, nothing strong here mostly consisting of a bit of maple syrup in the finish. It's definately a faint taste and it seems to fit well with the beer. Nothing spectacular but it goes down smoothly. This is all about malt.

M: Smooth as a cream ale should be. Very enjoyable with a creamy head and low carbonation.

D: This beer's strongest point with the mouthfeel. It goes down so easily. Definately something I could session.

Overall, a clean tasting cream ale with just a twist of maple to make it unique. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a maple-brown with the tiniest bit of cloudiness visible upon close inspection. 1 1/2 finger, frothy cream head with o.k. retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: sweet maple sugar malts with a touch of northwest hops and coffee.

T: nice coffee flavour, not what I expected - but nice. Subtle maple-y sweetness in the background with a smooth, nutty finish. A slight touch of spiciness on the lingering finish as well.

M: medium to full bodied and creamy, the slightest touch of carbonation and a creamy-smooth finish.

D: nothing spectacular but a pretty good maple cream ale with an unexpectedly pronounced coffee flavour. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at The Crow & Gate, just outside Ladysmith (Vancouver Island).

A: Caramel-copper-amber; off-white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Caramel, maple, slightly earthy & floral.

T: Slightly sweet, caramel/maple flavour, touch of fruit-bread. Great for a cream ale!

M: Moderate body is creamy; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Easily approachable; a little sweet for me to session.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now called Draft Dodger Cream ale this is a much improved beer. The colour is a reddish dark brown shade with a decent head. The nose is still pretty bad as no one ester comes out. The taste is malty and semi sweet with a real backbone. Much like the retinkered Russell cream ale , this is very drinkable and full flavoured. The old version was very thin and sweet. Once again Matt Phillips is the most improved BC brewer

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.68/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle found in Prince George, no best before date marked in the appropriate slots on the side of the label. Pours out thin and watery, an amber tone containing a sea of tiny suspended particles. Aroma is faint, light malt and honey and grassy hops, which then gets overcome by a heavier sugary presence, the maple syrup one would imagine (or hope). Flavour is of watered down honey and malt, light flowery hop finish, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel lacks carbonation, it is thin and watery like the flavour. I'm not sure if this bottle has already gone over or not, but it seems by the other two reviews that this is the real deal. A pity....

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Photo of Garin
1.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours pale, clear, and coppery, with a thick and creamy head. The aroma contains honey, maple, and some light hoppy scents, with malty undertones. So far, so good.

The flavour is very light, almost watery. Some malt is detectable, with effort. When I *really* reach, I can imagine some maple flavour in there too. The mouthfeel is nonexistant, roughly equivalent to water. As I near finishing this bottle, a grain flavour builds in the background.

All told, this is a very disappointing beer. There's nothing particularly bad about it, but that's because there's really nothing TO it. It's a shame, as I like to support local beers. Oh well. Better luck next time, Phillips.

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Photo of 49degrees
2.01/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I've become accustomed to various Cream Ale styles of beer in recent years, particularly as more and more Canadian breweries add this style to their line up. Phillips Brewing of Victoria, British Columbia has recently unveiled their own concoction on the theme with the added twist of "real Canadian maple syrup" added to the punch.

The results ... sad to say, this one really fails to hit the mark. I love maple syrup, but the unfortunate miniscule amount of maple added to this ale is almost impossible to detect. It definitely doesn't carry the characteristics forward well and falls way short of what is expected from a product carrying this name.

As far as a Cream Ale goes, this one doesn't really hit the mark either as it leaves a rather uneventful, lacklustre hit in the palette. And just to be sure I wasn't mistaken, I passed the glass around to three others during the taste and everyone said the same thing.

On the pour, this one presents a decent size head which takes some time (10+ minutes) to fade out to a small foamy collar with a little glass lacing to boot.

Aroma wise is not great. While the maple comes through ever so lightly, the malt really comes through strong. But this one has little kick, spice or any true life and really presents itself as a lightweight beer.

Despite its 5%abv and its relative decent head size, there is little kick present in the ale and minimal carbination. Additionally the heavy malt characteristics render this brew as a lame duck that's nearly flat and has a generally unpleasant aftertone to the whole thing. I started writing the review when only half done the brew, and now that I'm nearly done with the 650ml bottle, (and its been a tough slog through it), I've had to alter many points of this review <sigh>

The whole thing really doesn't hit its potential.

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Draught Dodger Maple Cream Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 7 ratings