Clear Sky Daybreak | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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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:
Clear Sky Cream Ale infused with vanilla bean and a rotating selection of light roast coffee from One Line Coffee.

Added by zimm421 on 09-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,386
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
66
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
4
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Lukass
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atlas1
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I might not have purchased something called a "coffee vanilla cream ale" on my own, but my sister and her husband brought me a couple of these recently from Ohio. So there you go.

Pours a thin, slightly cloudy golden straw color with no head or lace. The nose is funky with distinct notes of vanilla and coffee present at the same time, which I guess is kinda the point. Slightly bready aroma to it as well. It's not a strong aroma, but its subtlety conveys a certain dignity. The taste follows suit here, with noticeable flavors of vanilla and coffee, followed by less noticeable earthen terroir flavor, and finishing up with a faintly recognizable sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Malty sweet, but also something beyond that. Funky. Mouthfeel is forgettable.

On the whole, this is a really interesting beer. I think it works, but it an odd way. I wouldn't rush out to buy lots of this if I lived in Ohio, but but I'm glad I got to try it just because it's so unique.

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Photo of krl2112
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aemcneal
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received from WesMantooth as part of NBS BIF #6. According to the label, it was bottled on August 14, 2017. I may have mistaken it for a style better suited toward aging.

Poured into a Wolf's Ridge glass from the same sort, a sort of stemless Teku-looking type, this was a hazy, honeyish color of amber, with a thin, noisy head that dropped quickly.

After allowing it to warm up a bit, the nose was of vanilla, with just a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Initially, it smelled of a sweet, corn-like aroma, but waiting on it to warm up a bit rewarded with some complexity.

Better balance in the taste than in the nose, but the vanilla is a little too dominant. The light coffee is an undercurrent that becomes more dominant as the taste heads towards the finish. The middle of the taste features a corn-like malty sweetness that's too brash for my liking. Maybe if a darker roast of coffee was used that would tone down the corniness.

Body is somewhere between light and medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Too much vanilla, but that's more on my palate than the beer, I suppose. For me, a little vanilla goes a long, long way when it's in beer. The coffee might balance it better if it was a stronger, darker roast, but then again, I'm a fiend for dark roast coffee. This is an interesting experiment that didn't quite win me over, but it's possible it might have if I'd drank it when I received it. Regardless, Wolf's Ridge is an adventurous brewery whose products, in my limited experience, are always worth checking out. Thanks, Corey!

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Photo of RomanOstrich
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Immediate smell of coffee and clean malt. Vanilla flavor is light, but adds to the overall full-bodied feel of the beer. Look and mouthfeel of a classic cream ale, much like Wolf's Ridge's regular Clear Sky cream ale. Overall, just a wonderful beer for both session drinking and standalone.

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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/18/2017. 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 retaining the cap. Aromas of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of coffee, vanilla, pale malt/corn, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Minimal herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of coffee, vanilla, pale malt/corn, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Not too watery feeling. Perfectly clean lager flavors, zero yeast notes present; but probably covered up by the coffee/vanilla. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good flavored cream ale. All around nice robustness and balance of coffee, vanilla, pale malt/corn, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very well balanced between all flavors. I felt the base beer was far superior. This feels thinner/lighter on body/flavor. Not quite as crisp on the finish. Could have benefited using a darker roasted coffee blend for more complexity. A very tasty and enjoyable offering otherwise.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of akopczyk
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6pck of this from the beer store around the corner. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of vanilla ice cream. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is a cream ale base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from BA Mag Issue #120 ( Jan 2017 )

Clean, Caffeinated, Different, True
A fitting name for a very impressive Cream Ale base that has been infused with coffee and vanilla beans. I always get very excited when a brewery comes out with a coffee beer that is not a Porter or Stout. Clear Sky Daybreak, a Cream Ale with some vanilla in it, really works. And one of the best things about this brew is that it does not lose its Cream Ale quality or its beery character at all. Viva la cerveza extrema! [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75

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Photo of durwood64
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Coffee in a cream ale was to much for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from @SomethingClever – thanks Dave!
12 oz bottle with smeared packaging date. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – faint vanilla, no coffee, hint of graininess.
Head average (Maximum 2.2 cm, aggressive pour), white, mixed density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to five mm creamy ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – gold, clear.
Flavor – very light coffee and vanilla and some graininess. Flavors are subtle, but this is one of the few vanilla brews in which I can both smell and taste the vanilla. Tastes like a lager with some coffee and vanilla added. No alcohol, no diacetyl, possibly a hint of dimethylsulfide but very weak.
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation.

Really not very much to say about this beer. No strong flavors or aromas. A passable lawn mower beer.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liam_mcnulty
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NMA
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ejsheaffer
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Clear Sky Daybreak from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 66 ratings