Oak Creek Pale Ale | Oak Creek Brewing Co.

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Oak Creek Pale AleOak Creek Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner. This American Pale Ale has outstanding hop character due to the three varieties of hops used to dry hop it at the end of fermentation. lt has a deep rich color and good malt character for balance.

Added by BeerBeing on 03-31-2006

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing exceptional, but an easy drinking pale with a light crystal malt backbone and a well-balanced, clean finish. Hops were light, as well, making for an easy intro pale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of malt with a brief, fleeting hint of flowery hops
Head average (3 cm), off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing spotty
Body dark yellow and clear
Flavor malt forward with a bit of hop bitterness sneaking in at the end
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Perhaps I’m just used to IPAs and DIPAs, but I can barely find any traces of hops in this pale ale – to me it tastes more like an amber. It is a decent looking and smelling brew but does not seem to meet the judging characteristics of a pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium amber color in the New Belgium snifter with a nice pile of foam. Grainy aroma with a whiff of resiny hops.

Warm, rich, malty mouthful, followed by a blast of hops. Surprisingly robust for five percent. The hops are the earthy sort. Toasty flavor with some burnt cereal. Rather sweet from start to finish. Quite a bitter aftertaste. A disconcerting hint of plastic after letting the glass sit for several minutes. Still, it's one of the better brews from Oak Creek and it didn't all go to waste even though it's a rough beast of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near clear, light copper-toned body with a relatively fast-lived, white head.

Smell: Moderately sweet-scented, bready aroma with a hint of toast, if the toaster was set to the lowest setting. Hop scents aren't too terribly effusive, but give you notes of florals and juicy citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly bready, and lightly tasting of sweetish honey. Slightly floral introduction to the citrusy (lemon and sweet orange) hops, low bitterness, and ultra low hint of grassiness. Drying, soft, faintly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Does its job as being a clean, fitting, easy-drinking APA.

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. This beer, in fact, is also labeled as an Enchantment Pale at the Enchantment resort.

The beer was somewhat typical of a pale ale, with a light hop aroma and flavor balance by a light, bready malt. Color was a light copper with a small amount of very light colored carbonation. Taste was pretty typical of a pale ale, not my favorite, light hops, not too overpowering in any category. The subtle smell was of hops but it could have been more present.

Overall, a decent beer, just not good enough for me to seek out.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Papago.

Served a dsky yellow brown color with an inch of tan, fluffy head. Sticks tight through the drink and leaves great lacing.

The nose is weak (buried under the head); notes of pepper and citrus fruits drift up.

A pepper, phenolic flavor with hints of citric fruits hits upfront, exuding a dry character stemming from the medicinally herbal notes of the hops. The chalky mouthfeel is exacerbated by the abundant pepper and spice. Malts are pale and completely overwhelmed by the menthol side.

Body is about right, watery but creamy. Good for a cask - great temperature to enjoy this beer period. Finishes quite dry, with a medicinal aftertaste. Overall my feeling is that it's too peppery for a session.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from Oak Creek. A golden amber pour with a frothy white head that has excellent retention. Leaves sticky rings of lace during the session. Pungent, citrusy hops. Centennial and Cascade, I believe. Almost in IPA territory if you ask me. They're lightly candied with a touch of caramel. Taste is much of the same. I think it's a tad bitter and lacks the balance it needs but you know what? I'm a hop head. I really enjoy the flavors this one provides. Some grapefruit and a splash of orange and pineapple. Light caramel and a touch of biscuity malt. A light to medium mouthfeel with certain bitterness and less balance than you'll find elsewhere, still enjoyable. Not as drinkable as many Pales in the book, though a hop head's dream. It reminded me somewhat of Alpha King. No, not quite on that level...but up there close. Truly an enjoyable brew and another one I hope to try again in the future.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at AJ's in Phoenix during a recent visit. Although the IPA/APA/DIPA scene is very crowded, I thought this was a better than average example of this style.

This beer poured a bright red, exhibited a lot of head, and was sparkling bright. I was very impressed by the appearance. Aroma was rather malty with a full-hop smell which seemed not too bitter (I could tell there were a lot of hops, but they didn't seem to be of the Amarillo or Centennial variety). Flavor was more of the same, and I thought this beer was very well-balanced, rather than extremely hoppy. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but overall I thought this beer to be pretty good.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- golden straw with a 2 finger fluffy white head, good retent, beautiful lacing, head settles to thin foam ring

S- sweet and hoppy, citrus and pine

T- strong citrus flavors with some pine as well, hoppy but good enough balance that malts can be tasted in the front & middle of a sip, gulp, or swig. Hops take the stage for the finish (nice citrus bite), and encore (though the aftertaste does feel bit more balanced than the finish).

M- smooth, velvety at that, light bodied, perfect carbonation.

D- a complete and unexpected joy. awesome APA, memorable, sessionable, and dare i say loveable. Wish this beer made its way to Vegas, i'd reserved a spot in my fridge for it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good start with a deep amber, tinges of orange pour – nice lil’ white head. Very floral and piney in the nose, and the tastes were a hit also. Little notes of citrus and pine snuck in and danced around.

A tad on the thin side, but for the style it’s about right. I don’t believe I notice much alcohol, I’m guessing around the 5% - not a bad lil’ session brew. Lots of tasty local brews out there, this is one of them. (Yep, checked the label – 5%!)

Thanks again, Solomon420!

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Oak Creek Pale Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
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