Cadian Cream Ale | Pump House Brewery

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Cadian Cream AleCadian Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden coloured ale lending itself to the wonderful malty aromas layered with just a kiss of spicy hops for a clean, smooth finish that will keep you coming back for more.

Added by stirgy on 09-29-2003

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Skizem
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of MMansfield
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in the fridge for a while now. Available at most NSLC locations.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden colour with a huge frothy white head. Tons of lacing and great retention.

Aroma: Bread and butter mostly with a some florals. A slight hint of vanila in there as well. Not too aromatic.

Taste: Pretty well balanced. Not overly flavourful but provides a good drink. Quite sweet with hints of fruitiness. Finish is moderately bitter and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Has more body than I would've expected, lives up to the cream ale style for creaminess. Drinkability very high.

Final Statement: I really enjoy this beer. Contrary to the previous review, I feel this is a quality, solid entry into the craft cream ale category. The style is generally brewed to appeal to people who do not necessarily drink craft beer, however, this one is definately a pretty well crafted cream. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mandrake for sending this my way for CanBIF3!

Pours a clear amber, big fluffy white head forms, settles down to a thin layer and ring, leaves lots of lacing behind. Smell is sweet, very malty, caramel, citrus, bit of floral, some vanilla, quite nice, very balanced. Taste is sweet and malty, caramel, slightly buttery, floral in the finish, nice flavours. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a solid ale and something I would drink on a regular basis were it available.

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at the brewery's restaurant in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with a one-inch white head. Looks like a lager. Leaves some attractive lacing.

Aroma: This has a really faint nose. There's nothing offensive in it, but there's also kind of nothing in it. Some very, very faint yeast, maybe.

Taste: This beer has a nice balance of flavors. It almost kind of tastes like if half-and-half was made in beer form. That probably sounds terrible, but it's actually quite nice. It has a pretty good heft to it and sort of a creamy milkiness. Most "cream" ales use the adjective to describe the beer's heft or mouthfeel, but this one actually seems to apply it to the taste. No one flavor dominates, though there are some faint spices on the finish. I don't get any hops. No alcohol either.

Mouthfeel: This is a fun beer to drink. Nice cream-like smoothness, and easy on the palate. It's much denser than it looks, but it's also refreshing and easy.

Overall: This is an enjoyable, fairly simple beer that is certainly worth picking up in a mixed six or grabbing on draft if you can find it. It's sessionable and reasonably flavorful and accessible, but also has a pretty unique profile among cream ales - a style I enjoy, so maybe I'm partial.

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Photo of ZachT
3.64/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear Blonde colour with a 1 1/2 finger white head.

S- Very mild aroma. Slightly grassy and malty. Faint yeast note.

T- Sweet maltiness backed by honey notes. No real bitterness to balance out the sweetness but I suppose it isn't overly sweet.

M- Thick/creamy mouthfeel. Medium-High Carbonation

O- Decent enough ale from a great Maritime microbrewery. Although the taste and aroma isn't anything to write home about, Cadian Cream Ale is a non-offensive craft option that is sure to please everyone, including your macro drinking buddies.

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Photo of spree92
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a cloudy orange-yellow. The white head dropped fast but left great lacing lines. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top, fast.

S- Sugary sweet smell is very strong. Apple rind, citrus peel and a slight belgian yeast finish.

T- Wow, a little disappointed. Very bland. No hops or malts. Very minor fruit flavors.

M- All that carbonation, and it isn't noticeable.

D- -34c with wind today, this would be better suited for the summer. Still, smooth and creamy though.

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Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: toasted malt, sugar, and honey—smells like a non-alcohol beer

Taste: sweet malty, bready, grass with a bit of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end, medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Arguably the smoothest beer I have had in some time. This almost tastes like the base beer for 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon—what I would expect to get without the fruit flavor. A great, sessionable, malty beer. A nice take on the style.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the bottle a surprisingly pale gold colour with just the hint of some orange around the edges (furthering my suspicion that *no one* has any idea what colour a cream ale is supposed to be). Slightly chill-hazed and with a solid head of white, rocky foam that recedes to about a half-finger but does have some staying power. Lots of lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is slightly fruity yeast (some blueberries?), hay, grass, a hint of biscuity malt. Cracker. Slight floral/fruity hoppiness in the distance, suggesting more aroma than bitterness.

Taste is initially surprisingly grainy but softens up. Decent malt body, with lots of biscuit and cracker, maybe the faint suggestion of some toasted malt. Again, yeasty fruitiness, and an ever-so-slight slight herbal hop. Light body (but not watery), and average carbonation. This goes down well, I must say.

When I say this is the kind of "craft" brew my Keith's swilling father would like, that's not a put-down: this is a nice, accessible beer that still has something to offer.

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Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good solid cream ale.

bright gold in the glass 2 finger fluffy cap, goo lacing.

Aroma was bready malts over apple-pair tones

nice chunk of crystal malt up front, some sweetness, some fruit and some cedar hop tones....finished with a slight bittering and bready after tastes.

Very drinkable and mellow character

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Not exactly what I was expecting but this is very hazy brew! It is a pale golden color and it does lack a head unfortunately. It starts out fairly thin and settles to a foamy patch right in the middle of the glass. Moderate lacing but it doesn't stick for long....the overall look reminds me of an unfiltered apple cider.

S- There isn't much aroma and what there is, is dominated by a dry grassy/grainy smell. To be more precise, it has a malty sweet aroma and it's very's very basic and actually makes me think I'm smelling white milk, which I don't recall ever happening before. No hops noted on the finish....just kind of bland smelling in general.

T- Very malty but it isn't as sweet tasting as the aroma let's on....more of a creamy/buttery flavor that ends up lingering on the palate after the swallow. There is a small hop presence on the finish but nothing special. This is a uniquely flavored brew, but that's probably a good thing IMO.

M- This is a thinner bodied beer, however there is a certain creamy texture to it that makes it feel richer than expected. The carbonation is normal I'd say...not palate scrubbing but not overly mild.

D- Would I drink this on a regular basis? Probably. It's different in it's own definitely is creamy which is why it's called a cream ale I guess. It's richer in character than I expected and I think it would please the average person who just wants a decent craft beer to drink. The alcohol is hidden well and I would have no problem downing several of these!

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Photo of PiratePete
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the only Pump House product that is bottled although at the time of writing there are plans to bring out two of their other brews in bottle. Pours out a medium amber colour with a really big head leaving a light lacing around the glass. A very pleasant malt smell that is augmented by a malt taste and very nice mouth feel. Not heavy or light but just tingly and refreshing. A good ale. Leaves a slight hint of licorice in the mouth for a moment after it goes down. Not really all that creamy but I sure would like another one. It is only available in New Brunswick, Canada in bottle and on tap.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ewpass
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with small head. Faint bread nose. Medium-light body with non-descript crisp finish. A blonde ale but not very creamy.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is reminiscent of a hefe with caramel notes. Some grassy wheat and tart citrus notes with sweeter caramel undertones.

T - Unique flavours, and I'm a bit confused by the style. Almost a cross between a hefe and a cream ale with wheat and cloves coming off the top followed by some caramel and toffee notes on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale, but goes down a pit prickly. Finish is a tad dry as well.

O - Overall, not at all what I was expecting from a cream ale. Unique indeed and worth a try, but Pumphouse has some better offerings IMO.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy, (even) creamy-looking yellow ale with a bit of semi-creamy head that reduces to a skim pretty quickly.

The smell is a mix of apple and custard / tapioca. It smells sweet and creamy... so far, the name fits.

The taste is hard to pin, which is good, I guess. When I had some in the summer, straight out of the bottle, I enjoyed it more, though. It's still OK in a glass. The apple smell isn't in the flavour. The flavour is more of something creamy... a bit of biscuit dough, maybe. There is something about it that reminds me of lettuce of all things (slightly bitter lettuce, at that). Kind of a clove / spice note to it. It's a bit odd, really... OK, but not great.

The feel is good. The carbonation is balanced well, and it's not too watery. Just creamy enough.

The drinkability is OK. It is a bit odd/unique, which is, in some regards, good, but... overall, it's not too tasty.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341ml bottle. Is 'Cadian' a local term for 'Acadian'?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly creamy bone-white head, which maintains average retention, eventually giving up an array of forked lightning lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, fairly grapey fruit up front, soft cereal malt, a hint of sour milkiness, and some grassy honey. The taste is more purple rock candy, a tame creamed caramel malt, a touch of cereal biscuit, middling generic fleshy orchard fruit, and some rather understated earthy hops struggling to offset the sweetness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wan frothiness milling about, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly creamy - equal parts dairy and air. It finishes well off-dry, the sugary biscuit and candy-like fruitiness not exactly going anywhere.

Well, truth in advertising, at least - this is indeed a creamy offering, though a tad too sweet and weirdly one-dimensionally fruity for my liking. The hops are also conspicuous in their absence, and I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of Shadman
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if Cadian is drunkese for Canadian....

Bright colour, let's call it bright straw yellow. Slightly hazy, with a fizzy head, poor retnetion. Little bits of lacing.

Sweet, slightly malty aroma. I do detect an almost creamy nose to this, almost like ice cream.

It's not that the taste is bad, just a bit too muted. To be honest, my first thought was this tastes like a domestic Saisson ale. Sweet maltiness, a nint of hop dryness. touch of preserved fruit ( pear/apple)

Bit watery & thin. Low carbonation works pretty well here though.

Doesn't knock your socks off, but then it is in a bit of a 'catch all' category. Macro friend's might find it enjoyable.

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Photo of berley31
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished to a thin foam quite quickly. Body is yellow and slightly hazy.

S: Aroma is nothing special... smells like some cooked corn and light traces of wheat.

T: Again, unfortunately, nothing to write home about. Lightly sweet at the beginning, but quickly fades to nothingness. I'd expect more from a cream ale than this.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: Sure, it's easy to drink, and you can detect what it seems like they're trying to do with this beer... but in the end, they don't quite manage to deliver.

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Photo of seand
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a creamy white head. A film retains well enough to leave some lacing.

S: Somewhat grainy and a bit overly sweet.

T: Also a bit overly sweet, almost syrupy, not particularly balanced. Kind of one dimensional.

M: Creamy medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Reasonably drinkable, though a bit too sweet.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -2.3%

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