describes Clouded Dream as a “Hybrid IPA/Belgian Style White Ale,”
which is fairly accurate. It does have a lot of makings of a witbier,
only stronger; though it’s not quite hoppy enough for a White IPA (is
“White pale ale” a thing?). What it is, however, is an interesting brew.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It appears to have been bottled on 5/10/14.
Appearance: IPA-like look of glowing orange hue with an opaque body from
all the sediment. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which laces
and retains pretty well.
Smell: Sweet confectionery aroma of butterscotch, orange marmalade, and a touch of spice.
Taste: The first thing I notice about this beer is how sweet it is. Much
like nose, the palette has a sweet confectionery taste of butterscotch
and orange marmalade. There seems to be an herbal presence here, similar
to that of an all-natural cough drop. Lemon peel is also noticeable,
though that could be due to the Citra hops. The coriander is subtle and
shows up right at the end and leaves a slightly dry, peppery aftertaste.
It’s not an especially bitter brew, or perhaps the hops have faded by
the time I got to this bottle. I’m not sure what yeast strain was used,
though it doesn’t have much of an obvious Belgian character. I did enjoy
the traditional witbier spices, but I could use a little less malt
presence and more hop bitterness.
Drinkability: For a 7.3% ABV brew, Clouded Dream is surprisingly
full-bodied. The mouthfeel is soft and calm with a smooth texture,
though the alcohol does make itself known in form of both flavor and
warmth. I would not considering this refreshing, though I would say it’s
easy to drink.