Wild Night Honey Cream Ale
Swamp Head Brewery

Wild Night Honey Cream AleWild Night Honey Cream Ale
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Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #237
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,343
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 13.11%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
149
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Swamp Head Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  27
SCORE
80
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Wild Night Honey Cream AleWild Night Honey Cream Ale
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spectru from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8/21/2020 Clear pale amber, not much of a white head recedes quickly to a partial film. Not my favorite look; It has a low dry aroma, not sweet as I would expect; Taste is interesting, not bad, pleasant, not robust, not sweet; mouthfeel. Not flat, but in the neighborhood; Certainly not a great beer, but better than many mainstream beers. A disappointment, actually.

8/26/2020 Drinking from the can. Not so bad as i remembered my first reaction. The taste is a little odd, but not objectionable. Gee, that's what I said last Friday.

Aug 21, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is a pleasant golden color with a nice white head. It smells of honey and malts. The honey isn't very strong. The honey taste is less strong but still present. It is balanced well with the interesting malt and fermentation flavors and grassy earthy hops. The feel is flowing, softy and foamy. Overall, it is s well balanced beer with a good take on honey.

Aug 02, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The pour is golden yellow. There is a date on the bottom of the can but it's too small to decipher. The taste is mild honey, mild citrus, & grains. This is an easy drinking ale that would be could to give to macro lager drinker whose looking to broaden his/her palate. I know cream ales are not the boldest of all the beer styles but c'mon mate you guys can do a little better than this. Cheers! B-

May 23, 2020
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oak and Stone. In look, aroma, and taste, it's pretty bland. The honey is not strong, but it's a nice change of pace. Not one that I would return to.

Oct 23, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear, golden hue with a quickly receding, foamy white head.

Largely an indistinct fruity aroma, as well as wheat and crackers odors detected.

As with the aroma, the flavor is far from distinctive; however, the introduction of the honey gives this cream ale a semi-sweet, well-rounded flavor and feel. This ale has hints of mango, mandarine, and some wafer-like cracker flavor reminiscent of a Czech pilsner.

The mouthfeel is clean and short-lived, while the carbonation is restrained for the style. Again, no distinctive lingering flavors.

While it is worth seeking out, especially on a hot day, Swamp Head Brewery has much better options.

Mar 23, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and a crisp flavor. Honey is not terribly evident. The beer is pleasant, goes down easy. But nothing outstanding. In the Floridian climate, it would be a consistent thirst quencher.

Oct 30, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear and light golden yellow with a fluffy two finger head of white foam.

Strong aroma of toasted malt, biscuits, slightly yeasty, and a faint noble hop spicy note.

A bit of citrus lingers, but the toasted malt takes front stage with notes of fresh baked bread and crackers.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, creamy, prickly.

Overall, a decent beer and highly crushable.

Nov 22, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wild Night pours a really light, white gold. It's almost colorless enough to be straight water, until you finish pouring the full contents of the can and it becomes a bit hazier and creamier colored. There are some steady bubbles at first, building a pearl white, sea foam head, which does not retain, at all.

Perfumey flowers come off the nose initially. While not overpowering, they are oddly present in abundance. There's also aromas of a little buttered, sugared popcorn, and a faint hint of amaretto.

Taste up front is a slight tang of lemon, with light, round honey, a bit of corn, and tart grape.

Crisp, semi-dry, and tart enough to almost come across as a Gose. While an unusual take on the style, I like it better than a few other examples I've had recently.

Jun 03, 2016
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ZBowden from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear lemon gold with nice dense white head, smells of wheat and maltiness slight bitterness, tastes of wheat and maltiness dried by the honey with slight bitterness, rather mildly sweet finish with thin mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Jan 05, 2016
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CHickman from New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Epcot, pours clear yellow color with a small white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells and tastes of sweet malt, light caramel, lightly toasted grains, lemon zest and a touch of spicy hops. Just enough balance to make it basic and easy drinking in every way.

Oct 31, 2015
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PatrickBeebe from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft. Looked very pale yellow. Smelled of citrus and cream. Very thin mouthfeel, just a touch of honey. Very earthy with kind of a straw funk. Touch of cream on the end. Very easy to forget this beer.

Sep 14, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw pour (SRM 3) with white foam; great lace from top to bottom; good cap, clarity and carbonation. Honey and baked bread aromas - it kinda smells like muscadine wine. Flavors of honey, bready yeast, with a pale malt foundation; a little floral hop, but mostly honey. Creamy tongue coating, yet brite mouthfeel. Overall, I find the honey to be somewhat cloying.

Aug 13, 2015
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cambabeer from New York

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, swamphead is really a great local brewery that I really appreciate as I'm from Gainesville. This beer has a a nice golden body, cloudy. The head pours thick and bright white and dissipates quite slowly.

Smell is crisp, clean, citrusy, and sweet. Taste follows the smell well. The honey sweetness is delicious and balanced out well by the malt and hop bitterness. This combination along with the crisp feel of the carbonation make this a very refreshing beer. This would be a great session beer.

Overall, my impression of Wild Night is summed up in the fact that I will continue to drink a lot of it. I have a gallon growler from swamphead and I will be filling it frequently with this.

Sep 05, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
The pour was very light yellow-gold, crystal clear with a small but durable white head. Scant lacing.

A pleasant light malt aroma with a nice honey overtone.
Body is light, as expected, with near perfect carbonation. Refreshing, as is the light, honey/malt flavor.

O: best cream ale I've ever had.

Mar 20, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vello's. Pours yellow with creamy heqd, very light colored on both counts. Sweet honey citrus smell. Flavor is sweet but light malts with a rather dirty, lingering dusty finish. Light body and refreshing as a whole but the finish takes away from it.

Nov 23, 2012
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DmanGTR from New York

2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light yellow, probably straw colored. White, scanty head that didn't last too long. A touch of corn and light grains with a hint of metallicness, pears, and grass, but all of this is extremely light. Flavor is very hard to distinguish. Rather bland and not much to the beer. Not offensive, but nothing really standing out either.

Aug 25, 2011
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Portertime from Florida

2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love to support local breweries. I have sampled other varities offered by Swamp Head and has been very satisfied. Got this one during happy hour at Cody's Steakhouse in Gainesville. I was served in a the typical pint glass.

Appearance - very thin with a hint of pale yellow and a watered down look at the top. Almost lighter than a Corona.

Smell - a very timid nose with some honey and orange blossom notes.

Taste - Again, thin, mild honey sweetness and minimal hopping. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - smooth because of the taste but the dull sweetness gets to you after a while.

I would say this is a good session beer but I don't even think it falls in those parameters. I would just stick to their Big Nose IPA, and Midnight Oil Stout. That is where the flavor is.

Aug 10, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, straw with a touch of gold. Rapidly dissipating head.

S: malty, semi sweet

T: touch of bitterness. Malty and cream and honey notes.

M: Moderate carbonation, and light bodied. Very smooth.

Overall: These cream ales always taste more lager-like to me. I really have to focus to get the cream part but for what it is, it is done well.

Jul 31, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to frank for sending me up the barrage of ccb growlers, loving to get to try these. poured into a pint glass.

the pour was much the same as the chocolate version but with a little less head retention and a bit more of a hazed appearence. Very light aroma, nearly non existent at times with light hints of hops, light honey sweetness and a herbal note but it was all under an umbrella of grain and light grassy notes. clean and smooth again with the flavor with little in the way of aftertaste and light dryness in the finish.

overall a nice and solid beer, nothing out of the norm though.

Jul 03, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too special, guest tap.
On tap at Cigar City. A little floral honey. Rather plain cream ale, a little Hallertau hops flavour, a bit of honey.Golden colour, a little white head.A tad meady and drinkable on a hot day, like a light mead. I would rather put some New Zealand honey in hot water and skip the carbonation part.

May 22, 2011
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-very pale light gold, frothy white head

S-smells like honey and grass. not too strong

T-comes in with a fresh grassy taste with just a slight hint at hops. ends with a decent taste of bitter honey. this forms a long lasting after-taste. its fairly simple.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-swamp head, i've heard much about them but i'm guessing this isn't their top beer. this is a lawn mower beer, but not a great one. there are no negative tastes but nothing to make it stand out either.

May 11, 2011
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babaracas from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the tasting room. Amber with a finger of white foam. Smell is pale malt, cereal grains, fairly neutral. Taste is grainy, mild hopping, finishing with a sugary honey sweetness. Very slight rindy hopping. It does a pretty good job of featuring the honey, but unfortunately is otherwise boring. Inoffensive and probably useful as a gateway beer; wouldn't expect a cream ale to be particularly exciting anyway.

Apr 10, 2011
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aepb1 from Maine

2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

notes from phone
on tap at Gator's Dockside 1-3-11

A- Straw yellow, very small, film-like head

S- Very much pilsner-like, maybe a little bit of sweetness but that could just be a little hope from the name

T- Crisp clean sweet malts carry through entire beer, not a whole lot of action going on here. Not like there's some subtle flavors playing around, just not a whole lot going on...

M- Light and watery. Some bite from the carbonation but it's not the worst mouthfeel I've every experienced

D- Dumbed down version of the style... I'd try any other swamphead before this one as I do tend to enjoy their brews

Feb 19, 2011
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: Mild aromas if any, pale malts

taste: Tastes of pale malt subtle sweetness with a hint dry tupelo finish.Very clean flavor profile, all very subtley balanced flavors.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

Jan 02, 2011
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unclejimbay from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap @ Kickbacks
Appearance is impressively clear golden straw in color. One of the most clear Ales I have seen to date.
Mild aromas if any, pale malts?
Tastes of pale malt subtle sweetness with a hint dry tupelo finish. Maybe a subtle dash of butterscotch sweetness. Very clean flavor profile, all very subtley balanced flavors.
Mouthfeel is very light bodied and crisp carbonation.
Drinkability is solid offering for a light bodied ale and/or lager alternative. Refreshing and an impressive rep of the style.

Additional info;
I attended a Swamphead Beer dinner at Kickbacks here in Jacksonville Florida 12/13/2010. The lineup overall impressed me, brews were appropriatte to style and well done across the board. I most notably enjoyed the Hoe Hoe Hoe Wit, Tupelo Cream Ale, Stumpknocker APA, and 10-10-10 Whiskey Barrel Aged as standouts for the evening. Overall a very talented brewery across the entire lineup. I had chance to meet Luke the owner who was a great guy, and Craig the brewer who was passionate and open to share his processes. Both were knowlegdable and I am very excited about this new Florida Brewery.

Here is are most of the Swamphead brews that were offered at the dinner;
Hoe Hoe Hoe Winter Seasonal - a Belgian style specialty ale with cranberries, ginger and orange blossom honey
Wild Night Tupelo Honey Cream Ale
Cottonmouth Belgian Style Wheatbier
Stumpknocker American Pale Ale
Big Nose IPA
Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye
10-10-10 Imperial IPA
10-10-10 Imperial IPA aged in Palm Ridge Whiskey barrels
Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout with locally roasted organic fair trade coffee
Alderwood Smoked Porter
Chipotle Smoked Porter
Stumpknocker infused with Chipotle peppers
Catherine's Inspiration - Russian Imperial Stout
Catherine's Passion - Russian Imperial Stout infused with organic cocoa nibs and Midnight Oil coffee

Dec 17, 2010
Wild Night Honey Cream Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 149 ratings