St. Croix Brewing Company Reviews




Skyview
3.7
St. Croix Cream Stout
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Brennanís Country Farm Market in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick beige head that quickly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of mild smoked chocolate malt, a touch of cream, dark caramel and floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of roasted chocolate with a touch of mocha. Some creamed coffee and floral hops. Finish is quite smooth with a lingering chocolate and sweet cream aftertaste. For a 7.1% abv sweet stout, the abv alcohol is well hidden.
Friday, September 09, 2016

JPDIPSO
2.7
St. Croix Cream Ale
Very flat looking pour. Slight haze of the dark straw liquid. Minimal head, with just a couple tiny bubbles lurking around the rim of the glass. Sweet grainy aromas, with hints of cream caramel. Earthy grains and malt in the front. Earthiness continues throughout the quaff. Iím thinking this one lost some of its carbonation. Has a slight bite, but no zip. Reminds me of a zwickel near the end of its fermentation. I should likely pick up another one to see if the carbonation was lost. 7/10
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

islay
2.9
St. Croix Maple Ale
Small (1 or 2 oz.) pour, from a 12 oz. bottle, at Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. Consumed on 2-6-16. Listed as ďSt. Croix Maple Cream Ale,Ē but I suspect itís the same as the ďSt. Croix Maple AleĒ listed here. Pours a hazy, slightly murky bronze with beige head. Juicy sweetness, presumably from the maple syrup, in the aroma. Maple syrup sweetness with dry, bordering on chemical, finish in the flavor. Good maple syrup/sugar flavor presence. Light to medium body. Smooth in the palate.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

deyholla
3.5
St. Croix Sour Maple Ale
Sampled from the tap at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Pours a hazy deep amber red with a bubbly white head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma is full of raspberries supported by light maple and sweet grains. Flavor has more maple up front with a growing tart raspberry note and a hint of sweet grains.
Sunday, June 07, 2015

presario
3
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
From the previous ratings there may have been a recipe change in the 7 years since the last entry. Dark dirty Amber. Almost no head. Light pepper scent. Flavour is sweet with a pepper tingle around the mouth and a nice light burning sensation and in the throat.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BVery
3.3
St. Croix Sour Maple Ale
Sampled at ABR 2014. Murky orange pour with a small soapy white head. Maple and sweet/tart raspberry. Decent.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Headbanger
3
St. Croix Maple Ale
Bottle (Old Notes-Brewed by August Schell)-Pours a darker amber with a decent sized head. Aroma of malt, hops, and faint maple. Taste of the same with the maple becoming more prominent. this light bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bacterial
4
St. Croix Sour Maple Ale
On cask at Autumn Brew Review. Holy crap this was a surprise. Huge maple nose, very cool. Lots of earthy flavor from the berries rather than straight up raspberry taste (or aroma), though there is a nice lingering of raspberry in the finish. A little more carbonation would be nice to help pick up flavors (in my opinion). Really nice beer.
Friday, October 04, 2013

XmnwildX12
3.6
St. Croix Sour Cream Stout W/ Dark Cherries
At Stillwater Brewers Bazaar 7, Dark brown pour, minimal head. Aroma of cherry, light brown sugar. Taste of nice tart cherries, almost takes over.
Sunday, May 19, 2013

XmnwildX12
3.6
St. Croix Sour Maple Ale
At Stillwater Brewers Bazaar 7, Aroma of raspberry tea, taste of raspberry, tea, very floral, not bad.
Sunday, May 19, 2013

portableparty
3.2
St. Croix Maple Ale
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a foamy off white head that slowly fades. Aroma has sweet malts and floral hops. Taste is bitter floral hops and malt. Palate is thin and dry. This drinks nice and is not maple forward like you would think with its label.
Saturday, November 24, 2012

ryanfolty
2.9
St. Croix Maple Ale
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Light brown pour with some head. Maple and hops in aroma and taste. Light bodied.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

kbutler1
2.8
St. Croix Anniversary Sour
Draft. On at the Happy Gnome. Poured into a 16oz pint glass a clear copper color with a 1 finger tan head that settles to form a nice coaster on top. Nice lace. Very mild sour aroma mixed with a sweet fruit note. More apple fruit flavor forward than anything else. The sourness is extremely mild but drinkable. Reminds me of a cider. No apparent booze notes at all. Medium mouthfeel. Update: Tod from St. Croix sent me a really nice beermail explaining how this beer came to be both in existence and on tap. He also said the abv was about 6.5%, so itís much more drinkable than I had originally thought. He also advised that as it continued in age it would even further develop as I sampled it with at only 3 months of age, would love to try again with some age.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ughsmash
2.3
St. Croix Maple Ale
Thanks to Bob for the bottle! Poured clear honeyed orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up maple initially, with dank, really weird yeast and vegetal notes following.. another touch of sweetness on the back of the nose.. I love maple, but I didnít love this. The flavor found maple and honey at the core, supporting bright, spicier peppery hops, unpleasant vegetal notes, and other sticky sweetness.. very assertive and off-putting on the finish. Light bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. sharp.. not good.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

jebert
2.6
St. Croix Maple Ale
Pours an amber gold with a nice sized off-white foamy head. Nose is faintly of straw. Average viscosity. Taste is a bland mix of hay/straw with a weak note of hops on the finish; not sweet. Only an average beer that could pair with cold cut sandwiches, pretzels or nuts.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

nuplastikk
3.2
St. Croix Cream Ale
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-tan. Effervescent, thin off-white head. Mellow, creamy aroma, a touch of honey and corn. Medium bodied, rather straightforward, captures the style well. Some slightly off fruity undercurrents. Doughy and inoffensive. Sub par but interesting enough, worth the tick.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

sthlm
2.1
St. Croix Cream Ale
[Bottle] Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma is not good. Vegetal (spinach), with soy sauce saltiness and vanilla. Taste is unusual...odd sweetness (candy corn?), with some vegetal notes again. Thin, finish is decent length. Wow, this is an incredibly strange, and not very enjoyable beer. Not something that I plan on revisiting.
Saturday, November 13, 2010

BVery
3.1
St. Croix Maple Ale
Bottle. Brown-orange pour with a nose of brown sugar. A bit thin on body. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, and maple syrup.
Saturday, May 22, 2010

BVery
3.4
St. Croix Cream Stout
TAP: dark pour, huge tan head. Chocolate malt on the nose, taste is oatmeal, roasted barley, with a creamy body.
Monday, June 29, 2009

BVery
3.3
St. Croix Cream Ale
TAP: semi-cloudy pale yellow, aroma dominated by butter (in a very good way!) - smells like buttered popcorn. A little mild fruit on the nose as well. Medium body, Iím still getting more buttered popcorn here! Very unique.
Monday, June 29, 2009

WisconsinBeer
3.3
St. Croix Maple Ale
On tap Winterfest 2009 St. Paul MN. Hazy yellow color, minimal head. Pale malts, notes of mild maple syrup and maple sugar. Light dry finish. Some floral notes to finish, this is delicately flavored, but not lacking flavor. Would make a good session beer.
Saturday, February 07, 2009

Skyview
3.5
St. Croix Cream Ale
On draught during the ABR í08 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a creamy white head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of of both fruity and golden grain malt, a touch of floral and citrus hops and some pear. Taste is medium bodied, with a flavor that is slightly more golden grain malt and fruity than the floral hops. Finish is light, crisp, with a slight sweet golden grain aftertaste that quickly disappears. A little darker in appearance compared to most other cream ales but still a solid cream ale overall.
Friday, October 03, 2008

badgerben
3.4
St. Croix Cream Ale
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Copper color with a large head. Floral, Noble hop aroma. Nice dry grain taste, finishing off with a bit of floral hops. Simple, but tasty.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Skyview
2.2
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear copper penny amber brew with a fast dissolving white head that leaves behind a thin film and some white ring. Aroma of light caramel malt, a touch of vinegar and some citrus hops. Taste is medium bodied, well carbonated with flavors of light caramel malt, some citrus and a touch of BBQ sauce. Finish is slightly metalic, some caramel malt and then a clean finish. Whereís the pepper? I donít think Cave Creek Chili Beer has to worry about this one.
Thursday, August 23, 2007

Skyview
3
St. Croix Maple Ale
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy orange amber brew with a thin white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of light caramel malt, some flowery hops, some light brown sugar, and a touch of saltine crackers. Taste is medium bodied, well carbonated with flavor or light caramel malt, maybe a hint of maple syrup, and some herbal spice. Finish is slightly gritty, metalic with a semi-sweet caramel aftertaste. Hard to pick up any maple syrup in the finish.
Thursday, August 23, 2007

BDR
2.3
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Sedement filled dark amber body. Chunks are large and dark. Ample off-white head with a sweet aroma closer to maple than the maple aleís scent. Sweet body with an interesting flavor characteristic. Iíll have to try a serrano chile pepper for reference.



...ah there it is. A bit of pepper bit in the very finish.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

BDR
2.2
St. Croix Maple Ale
Clear copper color with ample foamy white head. smells like a hoppy lager. So-so hops and malt body with a very bitter finish.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

jrob21
2.8
St. Croix Maple Ale
Pours a orange copper color with a lasting white head. Aromas of apples. Taste is light, thin. Refreshing but not overly exciting. Back end is a little hoppy. Not a lot of dept or character to this one. Thanks to incutrav for forwarding this one.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

drpimento
2
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Had another taste of this pepper beer at the Between the Bluffs Beer fest yesterday. Almost no difference between it and the maple. A slight hint of pepper in an dark amber beer. Average body, malty, no hop. Short finish. Forgettable.
Sunday, April 29, 2007

drpimento
2.3
St. Croix Maple Ale
Had this again at the Between the Bluffs beer tasting. Small sample so a little hard to tell. Some head, no lace; malty beery nose with a hint of maple. about the same in the flavor. Not much finish.
Sunday, April 29, 2007

detroiter
3.5
St. Croix Maple Ale
Pours a deep amber/brown and very clear. Picture a ímapleí beer in your head. Thatís the color I am talking about. Huge head of tan foam. And by huge, I mean about half of the 12 oz glass is foam. Frothed all over my hand, it did. Slight malty aroma - no hops - no maple. Malty somewhat like an alt, no maple character in the taste or aftertaste. A little bit earthy. Subtle spicy/floral hops. A little dry in the finish. Quite tasty and very fresh. In a blind test, I never would have guessed at ímaple;í but still, I enjoyed it.
Sunday, January 28, 2007

detroiter
1.9
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Pours a clear copper color with a thin ring of foam. The few bubbles left on the side of the glass while drinking the beer can hardly be called lace. It doesnít smell bad at all, but a chile beer should have some chiles in the aroma, no? This one does not. I am tempted to say that it does not have any chile in the flavor either, but I found that if you take a large sip, hold it for a while, press it against the roof of your mouth, close your eyes, and think about jalepenos, you will sooner or later perceive a mild chile pepper sensation, and even a spicy tingling on the tongue (which may only be from the carbonation, however). And so, in short, a disappointingly mild pepper flavor, only mildly more spicy than a bell pepper. And no where near as fresh.
Sunday, January 28, 2007

GaltScat
2.8
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Tried on tap at Winterfest. The brewery was recently purchased and this was a new batch of Serrano Ale. Dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma was of malt, hops, hints of serrano peper, and flowers. The taste was similar. This is not a spicy beer. It has hints of serrano pepper that lingered into the finish. Overall, the beer tasted "light"; as if it was missing something.
Monday, January 22, 2007

GaltScat
2.7
St. Croix Maple Ale
Tried on tap at Winterfest. Very much an average beer. Smell and flavor have hints of maple syrup (real maple syrup) but there was also a stronger smell and taste of corn syrup. Some malt and hops in the flavor but these were very light. The palate is syrupy. The finish is sweet with a tough of bitterness.
Monday, January 22, 2007

incutrav
2.2
St. Croix Maple Ale
Nothing very special here. Hasnt been a review in about a year either. I have had both St Croix brews now, as i like to drink local crafts. But the only way you would know this has maple in it is by the smell, and that is faint even. Tasted like a normal lager beer to me, with NO taste of any maple in it. I dont ever know if this is the case from sitting on the shelf for to long, cause this had dust on it, much like when i purchased the Serrano pepper ale last year, and that had NO pepper taste either. They tasted like the same beer! I think these guys are going under soon anyway so oh well....
Tuesday, January 09, 2007

incutrav
2.6
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
I could taste almost NO hint of any pepper in this stuff. Could be that the Cellar liquor store I bought it at, had it on the shelf for a few YEARS! The date was 6/05 on the bottles! It tasted just like a regular ale to me with a verrrrry slight heat at the end, i would like to try again when its fresh though for god sakes.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

TexasAggie12
3.2
St. Croix Maple Ale
Light but refreshing aroma. Orange color with a thin head. Very hoppy bite from start to finish with a little malt and honey thrown in. Nice beer if you like a mildly sweet brew.
Thursday, February 23, 2006

MilkmanDan
2.3
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Darker than expected, orange-copper. Nose peppery, chemical, some actual sweet malt. Flavor is surprisingly not incredibly horrid. Vinegar and peppers, but, being serrano, itís not like thereís much flavor beyond the heat. There are a few actual fat malts here, but the chemicalized pepper character is too much. That being said, itís surprisingly not actively horrible.
Friday, February 10, 2006

RAYBOY01
2.6
St. Croix Maple Ale
Subtle honey/maple/sweet malt flavors make this one a nice offbeat brew. Some mild hop bite, but not some much as to frighten itís target consumer: Minnesota farmers.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

RAYBOY01
2.5
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Subtle heat index is the key here...this is not CAVE CREEK...mild heat and solid pepper flavors make this one a pretty decent beer to wash down some chips and salsa. And, by the way, itís the FIRST chili beer.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

JK
2.3
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
A light lager body with simple pepper flavor. Tha that is black pepper, which dominates the aroma and the flavor. I think they achieved what they were going for; this isnít so spicy that Minnesotan, who would typically describe barbecque sauce as "hot," couldnít drink it, but the result is a beer that has the flavor of black pepper with almost no heat at all. There is no fruity flavor at all, as the description promies. Worth a try; at least it is not offensive.
Sunday, October 09, 2005

auerbrau
2.3
St. Croix Maple Ale
BLBF. Light dry malt aroma. Amber pour. Acetic gross malt flavor, with no maple flavor. Probably a mistake of the hybrid process.
Saturday, September 17, 2005

MilkmanDan
2.9
St. Croix Maple Ale
Deep orange, huge white head that subsides to form a thin puffy layer. Nose has maple, honey, bit of malts. Honey sweetness, bit of maple, some hops. Mildly grassy at the end, vaguely toasty.
Monday, July 18, 2005

robertsreality
2.1
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005: Gold Coloring with White Ring. Very Light Hops on the Nose and in the Background of the Palate. Pepper Pretty Much Dominates This Ale. Would Be Good to See a Better Balanced Pepper Beer.
Sunday, April 17, 2005

auerbrau
1.5
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Peppers in beer is just bad. No more of this. That tangy vinegar pepper aroma and flavor overwhelms all other qualites and makes me want to spit. The color looks sick, with a green and red amalgam of vomit. No, just no.
Saturday, April 09, 2005

ChrisPants
3.7
St. Croix Maple Ale
Color of baltic amber with large-bubble head. Aroma of raisins. Taste of same with golden malt extract, honey, and finally, pure maple syrup (not aunt jemima) on the finish. Sweet and satisfying. Good one- or two-of beer, a bit sweet for session.
Friday, February 18, 2005

JK
3
St. Croix Maple Ale
Not bad at all. Looks great, very dark orange, with a white lace on the glass. Aromas of hops and some maple. Surprisingly complex. Hops, malt, light maple, and a lager taste. Thin, with a strange, oily aftertaste.
Thursday, February 17, 2005

BrewGuru
0.8
St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale
Not sure where to start with this. About all it has going for it is color, and the floaties detract from that. Tastes really weird--probably oxidized too. Chile beers have a place, but this one misses the mark badly.
Sunday, December 12, 2004

BrewGuru
1
St. Croix Maple Ale
Sampled this at a beer fest while visiting Minnesota this summer. Like other reviews here, looked great, decent aroma--tasted awful. Not sure if this beer was very old or just a bad beer. I hope this really is a "one-of-a-kind beer" because we donít need any more like it!
Thursday, December 02, 2004

GrainBeltGuzzler
2
St. Croix Maple Ale
looks good, smells good, tastes absolutelly horrible. Kind of a sweet syrupy maple flavor with a somewhat sour aftertaste, Available on tap at the waffle house
Saturday, November 20, 2004