Cream Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer. There is something about the sometimes bready, sometimes crisp, sometimes both tastes that come with a Cream Ale. When given the opportunity to review Crop Circles, a collaboration Cream Ale from Seedstock Brewery and Launch Pad Brewery, both out of Colorado, I jumped at the opportunity.

Being based in Michigan, both of these breweries were new to me, so I had no expectations or bias heading into the beer review. A little bit of research taught me that Seedstock is in Denver and is known for their true-to-style brews. Launch Pad is in Aurora and has an experimental approach. I like collaborations between breweries like these two because both are taking steps out of their comfort zones and what they are regularly producing for their brands.

Crop Circles poured a bright, straw color into my glass and had little to no head. The beer drank easy and had all the traditional notes of a Cream Ale. There was a sweet taste to it as I enjoyed drinking this crowler through another warm evening in Michigan in our seemingly endless summer. It was an easy drinking Cream Ale at 5.2% ABV and could be enjoyably crushed or savored and sipped on. According to the brewer’s notes I received, Crop Circles was “brewed with lager yeast at ale temperatures” and includes a “healthy addition of Colorado wildflower honey.” “Crop Circles” was a fitting name as the beer resembled a golden field waiting to be harvested or have crop circles drawn in it for farmers to discover.

I’m going to be keeping Seedstock and Launch Pad on my radar! I’d love to try beers from each to continue to get to know the Colorado craft beer offerings.


Disclaimer: Better on Draft received crowlers of Crop Circles from an Indie Creative Co representative.


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Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.


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