Review: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery

Kiwanda Cream Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery — Pacific City, OR

  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • Malts: Premium Two-Row, Carapils
  • Hops: Mount Hood
  • Sampled: 2 oz. draft sampler

Description:  Inspired by one of America's traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda Cream Ale is pale gold with a fruity, floral hop aroma. A sweet malty flavor and a smooth dry finish round out this tasty, refreshing brew! — Pelican Pub & Brewery

Random thoughts:  This was the 1st of 7 beers I sampled during my visit to Pelican.  I actually tried this at the 2010 Oregon Brewers’ Festival, and remember not being too crazy about it.  So I was anxious to give it another taste, just to be sure.

The tasting:  Color is pale straw. I don’t really smell anything at all. It’s very lighted bodied and smooth going down.  Honestly, I really don’t taste much at all either. This is my first sample of the day, so I know my senses can’t be that far off the mark! If you like this style, I expect you might want to drink several on a hot summer day. Although this may be ale, it reminds me of a very light lager.

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable--but not sure I really want to.  Just to be fair, this is NOT a bad beer.  But, in my humble opinion, if you’re going to drink a beer and expend the money and calories to do so, it may as well have some flavor and substance to it.  If you’re looking for a very light and not hoppy beer, this may be the one you’re looking for.

Have you had this beer or any other cream ale? If so, let me know if you liked it.

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