People Skills | Tool Shed Brewing

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Tool Shed Brewing
Alberta, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wordemupg on 08-18-2013

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into an American pint glass. A light golden amber brew with a surprisingly creamy and resilient white frothy head, this is my third Tool Shed brew and after the last two home runs my expectations are high on the basis of who crafted this, albeit tempered somewhat by the knowledge that this is a pretty "safe" style, with a premium on drinkability at the expense of bold flavors. Aroma is strikingly dry and vinous, at least initially, faint vanilla and caramel corn with a more assertive white wine note, rather tannic and floral. Palate was quite close to this, more tea-like tannic notes, dry cereal, and perhaps a few dried berries or drupes with a subtle undercurrent of caramel corn, raisin, and ditch-spawned wildflower. Thin-bodied, maybe just approaching moderate in this regard, fizzy, and with a dry carbolic finish. So ... My least favorite member of Tool Shed's core trio, but still manages to deliver some complexity. Some coarse grain flavors. This is a dryer, considerably less sweet take on the cream ale style and distinguishes itself in this regard. Could see myself lying low with a 6-pack and a few movies one night this week.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Beer is already people skills incarnate, and now People Skills is beer. Nice.

This beer pours on the shy side of a medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fairly sudsy dirty white head, which leaves some suspended soap scum chain lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells lightly of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a soft orchard drupe fruitiness, additional white grape juice, a touch of field honey, and very mild earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more softy sweet grainy, somewhat cereal-like malt, a wafting pastry biscuit essence, middling dry yeast, a bit of wet stone, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is agreeably soft and comforting as suggestive of the style, the body a lilting medium weight, a little less smooth than the proverbial silk, but not by much, and yet not really all that creamy. It finishes off-dry, the fairly complex malt still up for more, while the yeast and hops have already taken their toys and gone home.

An easy-drinking, not particularly challenging offering - wait, I'm saying that like it's a hallmark of the style, which it surely isn't. Soft, kind of innocuous, and yet flavourful enough with the pleasant maltiness to keep the masses and the beer geeks content at the same time. I see what y'all are doing there.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 18/8/13

A clear golden with a few bubbles feeding a finger of foam that sits around for a few sips and leaves a pair of distinct pencil thin rings

S sweet malt, corn pops, fruity, soft caramel, and just slightly metallic with a hint of yeast I can't place, dry cereal and some hops are hiding in there with a little mineral water

T not quite everything the nose had going for it but still pretty solid, faint citrus, not my favorite style but its done well

M medium bodied, not quite creamy but soft carbonation, sweet grains on the finish

O not a bad beer at all, this style is often quite boring but this one has enough going on to please, I could drink a few on a patio

I think this might be a safe beer for the masses unlike their other two offerings that are clearly targeting beer lovers. no reason not to try this one and after trying the opening lineup I'm excited to have this new brewer in town

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Photo of LDuke
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ryften
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New brewery, sweet! Thanks wordemupg!

Appearance. Pours a clear(ly filtered) gold-amber with a finger of white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet, light, and slightly grainy malts and a little bit of grassy hops.

Taste. Again, sweet (but not overly) and lightly grainy light malts with a little bit of bitter grassy hops. Better than many of the style, but not exactly impressive flavours.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, below medium carbonation. Again, better than most I've tried of the style.

Overall. Not something I would buy but would be happier being offered this at my dad's place rather than his usual macro staples. A great beer for a macro fan that might try dipping their toes into the pool of craft.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with light residual sugar notes is OK. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some light fruity ester and some residual sugar. Body is average for style with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. This is not a style that I usually seek but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chubb-a-lub
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mikebu
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an say drinker - this is very good! Smooth, as the style would suggest, and has some flavour and character.

This is definitely a beer I could see drinking on the deck.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't sampled this one since Tool Shed took over brewing their own stuff from their previous contract-based arrangement.

Pours a hazy gold-faintly orange colour. An aggressive pour nets a few fingers of white head that recedes quickly leaving only a bit of lacing.

Smell is what I'd expect for the style: a nice lagery-ale-ish character: fruity esters but with a nice crispness about it. Faint apple flavours, maybe a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste is much the same: lager crispness with ale fruitiness. Bready, pale malt. Some cracker, yeasty. Faint, faint hop presence manifesting mostly in an ever-so-slight herbal twang with maybe just a hint of pine. Finishes sweet-then-dry. Good body, good (light-ish) carbonation.

Really fits the style parameters to a "T." It's damning with faint praise to say this really is one of the better Cream Ales made in Canada today.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mattsander
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A new brewery in Calgary, currently being brewed at Dead Frog. 355 ml can with a paper sticker label. Another new can for my collection, and a couple spares to trade.
Pours clear, yellow golden color. Small cap of foam that hangs around long enough to leaves thin lace rings. Smell is more on the sweetish side, malt and grainy, with a touch of hops. Taste has similar profile, caramel malt sweetness, and mild hop finish.
Medium body and mouthfeel, clean and slightly dry finish.
Another review called it a 'safe' beer style, and I would agree. Nice to see a good beer from another local brewery.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice light amber with a decent head of foam. It had a Yeasty smell with some fruity overtones. You could taste the hops but the malts were hidden. All of the taste was up front in the palate. It was a nice drinkable beer that I would have again (given that the restaurant had this as its only craft beer on tap) and might choose over others if I was in the mood for a cream ale.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Corson
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MightBeADog
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of graybayou
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible. I loved this beer.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of wowthisisactualgarbage
1.55/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Very very very mediocre beer

Pours bland, pathetically macro-infused tinge of off-putting urine yellow. Tiny head, just like how the drinkers of this over priced macrobrew cannot seem to socialize well without "People Skills".

Really need to re-price this, I'd take a coors light over this trash.

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Photo of sherpahigh
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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