There were some extremely long lines for the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and this Kiwanda Cream Ale. I’m not sure that they were long lines because the beers were very good, or because the male to female ratio was very low and most of the females went for the watermelon wheat and cream ale. However, I was optimistic because Jamie Emmerson, my brewmaster mentor during my Cuisinternship, had nice things to say about Pelican Pub and Brewery.
The beer was light and yellow and had a fairly thin head on it. There was a pronounced cream aroma to it, with not much else noticeable in the nose.
It had a very light body, and the mouthfeel was light and crisp. It was very light, with almost no flavor up front, however, there was a big cream flavor in the finish and aftertaste. The cream flavor was almost artificial and a bit heavy for me.
If I had to pair this with a food, I think it may be good with some roasted chicken – as both are light and the cream might complement the buttery chicken flavor.
Overall, I thought it had the potential to be a nice, light refreshing summer beer, but instead, I think the cream flavoring is a bit overdone.