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.