Clear Sky Cream Ale | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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3.66/5
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Clear Sky Cream AleClear Sky Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Ohio, United States
wolfsridgebrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our pre-Prohibition styled American Cream Ale is brewed traditionally with American barley and corn to create a crisp, light, all-day drinker.

Added by zimm421 on 05-31-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,766
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
45
pDev:
16.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Photo of Spencer96
1/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/31/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with pale malt/corn and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of pale malt/corn and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Very clean lagering, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent cream ale! All around great robustness of pale malt/corn and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery feeling for the low ABV. Pretty much a perfect example of the style. Clean bready malt/corn flavors; with mild hop balance and restrained yeast ester character. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Determined419
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nousername
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Josholson666
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear-gold body, nice fluffy white head which recedes to a nice ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.
Strong corn and toasted grain aroma. Very nice for a cream, not overly sweet smelling. Slight floral hop scent.
Taste is similar, a little more floral note to the taste. Lots of corn and grain though.
Feel is real nice, nice medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth finish.

Really nice cream, one of the truest to style I've ever had!

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours golden in color and has thousands of tiny bubbles feeding three plus inches of white head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a grainy and floral aroma.

It definitely has a grainy flavor. There is a little floral taste in the middle and finish. The finish has a mild bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel

It is super easy to drink. I love Clear Sky Daybreak, so I had to try the base. It is decent for what it is. I think I will stick with the Daybreak though.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The corn is strong in the aroma, almost sulphur-like, but the flavor is crisp with lightly toasted grain and corn. Among craft cream ales this is probably the truest to tradition. Yes, it kinda tastes like corn but it avoids all the cheap beer off-flavors of Little Kings and Genesee Cream.

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Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear, gold body with minimal head.

Delicate cream and cornbread aromas.

Soft and dry, flavors of biscuit, light butter and corn keep this light and easily drinkable.

Now what the hell is up with all the reviews talking about coffee? Come on people, learn how to review the correct beer: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/33530/191752/

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated February 1, 2016. Pilsner glass. NOT DAYBREAK. For all those who reviewed the coffee-infused version of this beer, this is not it.

Appearance: Before judging the beer itself, I'm just going to note that I love the "lumpy shoulder" bottle and the elegant label and cap. With a fairly aggressive pour, yields one finger bright white head, and a full gold with rows upon rows of streaming carbonation. Some retention of a thin skim of foam, but the lacing is very, very good.

Smell: a fairly sweet, "beery" smell. Nothing off. A little hint of drying hay or straw. Doesn't smell like much; which is what the style is supposed to smell like. Certainly smells better than a blonde ale.

Taste: Pretty light, inoffensive arrival. Remains light, a little grassy across mid-palate. Not as much sweetness as I would have expected. Not really sweet at all. Then transitions to a fairly bitter/hoppy ending. Not in absolute terms, but for the style. There is something that is just a little too potent in the ending hop note. Like Prima or Pivo pilsners, when the hops start to go off on an excessively hopped light beer, you can really tell - perhaps this is approaching that.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of midweight. Really, it's remarkably crisp and clean for an ale. Carbonation is strong, which is appropriate for the style, but is not carbonic or biting. I'd say this is the strongest part of this beer- it is utterly crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a good lager-like ale, though I have to say that when I am in the mood for a beer of this type, I am inclined to go for a German lager. Perhaps this is more true to our national brewing heritage, but it just doesn't do it for me. I have complained that outside of Great Lakes Brewing Co., it's impossible to get good lagers (or lager-like beers) in Ohio. This certainly proves that wrong. It is a well-crafted quasi-lager that hits the spot for quality local lawnmower beer. Would love to do a side by side with Madtree Lift, which I think I liked better. I have had Daybreak, and I can see why people love that so much as compared to this; I think the coffee would go really well with whatever that hop is that I am tasting.

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Photo of Brown120
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClePaul
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Texasfan549
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Clear Sky Cream Ale from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 45 ratings