Wild Night Honey Cream Ale
Swamp Head Brewery

Wild Night Honey Cream AleWild Night Honey Cream Ale
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #228
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,655
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 13.39%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
147
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Swamp Head Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
Wild Night Honey Cream AleWild Night Honey Cream Ale
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Reviews by Nass:
Photo of Nass
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-

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden yellow color with a large frothy white head with great retention and lacing all around the glass. The aroma is malt, citrus, honey and a touch of hops. The taste is malt with a faint honey-like sweetness, citrus and a nice touch of hops in the finish balancing out the sweetness very nicely. Glad I finally got to try a beer from this brewery, looking forward to trying more of their lineup.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Portertime
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of babaracas
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gtreid
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was featured as a guest tap at Cigar City. Poured into a 4 oz. tasting glass.

A: Crystal clear, light yellow color. Probably the clearest beer I have ever seen. Large white head, with nice retention and lacing.

A: Sweet honey, corn, light malts, and small notes of piney hops.

T: Very light for an almost 6% brew. Nice notes of honey and pine sap, with a subtle citrus hop bite. Finishes slightly dry and sweet. Absolutely no hint of alcohol.

M: Light body, good amount of carbonation. Very clean and crisp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is super high due to the light character of the brew. Overall, I really enjoyed my sample. This would be a great session brew sitting by the pool or at a baseball game. Can't wait to try more swamphead! Skal.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mullenite
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the clearest, lightest color beer I've seen with this much flavor. Pours a crystal clear, light straw color with a tall white head with a long retention. Bubbles constantly stream up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell contains the graininess of the flaked maize in the beer. A little bit of fruit and spice come through the nose as well, though not as strong.

Taste is a lot of tupelo honey with some slight citrus and graininess lingering in the background. If you've never had tupelo honey before I could understand not getting any honey flavor out of the beer but as an avid tupelo addict I get that as the dominant flavor.

Beer is thin but not watery with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall this beer is extremely easy to drink and extremely refreshing. The sweetness and thin body make this a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of MisterE
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of unclejimbay
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

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Photo of CampusCrew
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.

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Photo of joemochas
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City. This beer presents a nice eggshell head. Honey yellow with a nice carbonation.

Not much in the nose. A little sweetness and some cedar.

The taste is light ale with a little bit of cedar. Weird. I'm wondering if the line was cleamed. Oh, well. It's still pretty good. If you search for it you can pick up a little honey in the finish.

The feel is nice and creamy, while still very light. An interesting juxtaposition.

Pretty drinkable. Light and refreshing on a hot day, of which there are many in Florida.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Wild Night Honey Cream Ale from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 147 ratings