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Beer – #485 – Pelican – Kiwanda Cream Ale

Unusual names, unusual music, unusual numbers but usual pondering

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 Kiwanda Cream Ale, a choice I made from two. mostly on the name which sounded more kiwi than it really is.

Brewed by Pelican Pub & Brewery this is in the style that is a  Cream Ale, and they live in  Pacific CityOregon  USA

650ml bottle that is 5.4%  ABV and 25 IBU things, and 153 calories and 650ml bottle, and  2.8 standard drinks all therein.

Inspired by one of America’s traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda Cream Ale is pale gold with a fruity, floral hop aroma.

A Grin in anticipation

A Grin in anticipation

A sweet malty flavor and a smooth snappy finish round out this tasty, refreshing brew!

One of the country’s most celebrated and decorated cream ales, Kiwanda’s version sets the benchmark for the style.

Cream ales are naked in their presentation, with no big flavors to hide behind, and Pelican has crafted a product with nothing to be ashamed of.

To begin, the beer pours pale, straw yellow, and displays brilliant clarity beneath its frothy, white head.

Its aroma is light overall, with hints of spicy hops, Corn Pops cereal and dried flowers.

Kiwanda is easy to drink with clean, grassy hops accentuating an understated malt quality similar to risen dough. Kiwanda’s light body and exceptionally creamy texture are aided considerably, no doubt, by the beer’s gentle carbonation

An older style of beer, if that is possible, perhaps a revival of a style would be more accurate. Even I feel old.

Kiwanda Cream AleLight hoppy aroma, light golden pour, as advertised, and a small but nice looking head.

This is much hoppier than expected, it’s a surprise not an overload, and it made me smile as it was both a surprise and pleasant. The malt is second but energetic fiddle.

A beer that made me smile. 

The aroma and hops though remind me of English beers in some underlying way, I’d research but I’m lazy.  What I don’t get though is “creamy” not really sure what I should or could be expecting with that, perhaps “full” in the mouth?

This then seems close to a Hoppy Pilsner type beer for the way the hops bring to the palate, it looks like domestic beer, and the malt re-affirms that as well.

I’m trying to be clever though as clearly I’m hopeless at this. I’d bet and lose money on thinking that this might be a Lager/Pilsner in a blind taste.  Then again I think that of a lot of beers.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8.5 a of its things from the thing. If I had to take just the one beer on, say, a camping weekend, I’d not be unhappy with this. Unlike a domestic beer though the ABV might creep up on you at the end of the night, and it’s quaffability could lead you to early  sleeping-bag time.

Tonight at the Dubyah residence it’s Ribs, Chicken. Chips, Slaw, Garlic bread, and it’s strawberry season which just means cream. indulgence.  I picked the right beer to get the party started.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am !!
  2. Would I have another? I would like to, lucky for me it’s a two glass bottle 🙂
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, I think that this has both the hoppy and the malty bases covered that would capture imagination and be the catalyst for loads of puffed up  stories about “how I ran a 4 minute mile once”, of course the older I get the better I was.

Listening to an Album by a group –  “The Vines”  – this is a track “Killin the Planet” It’s from their new album – “Wicked Nature”

The Vines are an Australian rock band originally formed as Rishikesh in 1994 in Sydney. Their sound can be described as a musical hybrid of 1960s garage rockand 1990s alternative music.


A mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom) and cold lagering or by blending top and bottom-fermented beers. Low to medium bitterness. Low hop flavor and aroma.


One comment on “Beer – #485 – Pelican – Kiwanda Cream Ale

  1. beernotwar
    October 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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