Eureka Cream Ale | Bell City Brewing Co

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Eureka Cream AleEureka Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Bell City Brewing Co
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don’t let this Cream Ale fool you. This pre-prohibition Cream Ale is a smooth full flavored Ale that will appeal to your casual craft beer drinker and to craft beer lovers. At 5.8%, this sessionable beer can carry a bit more bitterness than your typical lawnmower cream ale. The added wheat malt gives it the creamy body and wonderful lacing to the last drop. With 4 malts and a blend of 4 hops, including Sarachi Ace and Bravo, this Cream Ale is really how Cream Ale used to be. That’s how we roll! Expect the un-expected from Bell City Brewing.

38 IBU

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL shrink-labelled can picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 10 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear copper-amber hue, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white head. It vanishes steadily over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin collar and some scattered swaths of lace. The aroma is relatively heavy on the malts, with notes of toasted biscuits, grainy sweetness, toffee and some lightly fruity esters. Good for the style, so far.

A serviceable, malt-forward strong ale. Caramel and toffee sweetness are quite prominent, with hints of molasses, raisin and plum. The hop bill comes through much more strongly than on the nose, providing a mixture of piney notes and earthy, herbal qualities. Finishes with some lingering, residual sweetness that does not fade from the palate immediately, opting instead to loiter there. Medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that give this brew a very slight crispness; the overall mouthfeel is fairly smooth, and a little more 'ample' than examples of this style tend to be.

Final Grade: 3.69, a B grade. Eureka Cream Ale is a solid first-offering out of this upstart brewery. Something about the residual sweetness is rubbing me the wrong way, but the issue here is more of a personal preference issue than a 'bad beer' one. It's a little strong and sweet for a cream ale, but it's still an enjoyable ale that puts a unique spin on this rather mundane style. I'll be buying this one again, but it won't be a priority.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, bright copper with little head. Pretty big noble hop character. It actually comes across like a pilsner with a bit more of a malty, fruity backbone. It's more aromatic and has a thinner mouthfeel than many cream ales, but as a weird hybrid pale ale, it works quite well.

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Photo of Motski
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eureka Cream Ale. Very different than most cream ales I've had. Darker, higher abv, and fuller bodied. Pleasantly surprised. Aromas of peat moss. Pours amber/deep copper in colour. Nice off white head with good lacing and retention. Forward flavors of Peat moss, and cereal grains, with a medium bitter finish. Will drink again.

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Photo of TDotScott
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pounder can into a wine glass.

A- Light amber-- a touch darker than typical for style. A rocky off-white head vanishes after 45 seconds. Good clarity

S- Intriguing, but so far from style. Fruity esters. Possibly made with an English yeast. Definitely wasn't conditioned long, if at all. Citrusy American hops (the only thing authentically traditional about this brew) and biscuit malt notes.

T- The malt comes to the fore, with more biscuit and bread crust. The zing of wheat works with the hop flavor, and there is a lingering bitterness to keep it in check.

F- The wheat gives it a very full body, and with good effervescence, it didn't seem heavy.

O- Not unenjoyable, but it's not cream ale. From my understanding, historical cream ale would be light in color and body, with corn adjunct, and, you know, lagered. The hopping is probably right on the money. As is, I guess I'd consider this an ESB with American hops, or an American red with English yeast and malt.

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Photo of ConnorG
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Rhino Summer Fest. A rich brown ale that resembled nothing of a cream ale, other than there being some creaminess at the end. Their idea of a pre-prohibition 1918 era cream ale. Rather malty, 38 IBU, and boozy. Something of an old ale character. Interesting for a first beer from a brewery.

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Photo of bryanzk
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JahTurbo
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Binsane77
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $2.50 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice off white head that dissipates to a film in a minute. Nice and dark.

S- Ok but not much there. You can get the malt but that's about it

T- Pretty god. Enjoyable malts. Not much hops at all.

M- Heavy. Very heavy for a cream ale

O- Pretty good. Nice to find a cream ale with some flavor. This one has a backbone.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little cream ale went well with... Pork chops in a mushroom sauce


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Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK boys and girls... this is a really nice smooth beer with just a bit of bitter hops finish. I am not a big hops person so IPAs offend me, but this one has the perfect amount of hops finish for me, it may not be enough for hops lovers. Give it a shot and post what you think...

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the lcbo for $3. A satisfying brew.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harshalp999
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of Benny_Efkola
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rickfos
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikemands
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

different for a cream, but delicious

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Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Eureka Cream Ale from Bell City Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 64 ratings