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Wild Fly Ale - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

Wild Fly AleWild Fly Ale

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.29%


Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wild Fly is a full-bodied malty light amber-colored beer.

Like the popular Adams fly, the Wild Fly beer shares its wide-spread appeal, distinctive and gentle appearance, and overall elegance.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
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loren01

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a golden color with very little head and no lacing observed.
S: Very sweet/floral smell, with a slight hop scent as well
T: Caramel, sweet. Very slight hop flavor at the end
M: Mouthfeel is about perfect, not too heavy not too light, goes down very easily.
D: This beer goes down almost too easy. Very good session beer, especially on a summer day. Its listed here as a pale ale, I would say its kind of a mix between an amber and pale. Sweeter than most pale ales I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 10:42:25 | More by loren01
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sub-copper and clear, head is an 1/8 of an inch and fading. Malty aroma, mostly on the fruity and caramel side. Profile is dominated by malt over hops, a sense of maple with a pear-like quality asserting itself. Hops are mild and softly flowery. This may be my overall Yellowstone favorite for session status -- maybe needs to be better balanced for style. One of the few beers where the notes on the bottle are close to the actual flavor...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 09:51:51 | More by ADR
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This copper colored ale has a heavy bready floral aroma. There is a noticeable bisuity malt profile with a pleasant alfalfa-like hop presence. Clean, smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 09:14:29 | More by beernut7
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light body for an Amber. Basically golden. A big rocky head helps redeem the appearance. There is a slight floral hop aroma. These floral hops are balanced with a sweet, but thin carmel-ish malt. It finishes with distinct honey-like notes and light lilac petal bitterness.
Decent little sessional, though a bit thin in experience. This is a very light beer all the way around, from color to texture. More body would do wonders here. Still, it is very drinkable, tasty and refreshing. I'd love to be fly fishing out in Montana with a Wild Fly.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 10:46:09 | More by cokes
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color....biscuitty/bready nose.....Body is thin, but has a real nice malt flavor....definitely a session beer...bready malts with also some caramel malts evident....I real easy drinking beer....nice flavor....thinnish, but I can deal with it....Not an all-time great, but a nice tasty easy drinking amber..

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 22:03:10 | More by ZAP
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful label features a trout fly above a landscape scene of a river valley with snowcapped Rocky Mountain peaks in the background. Pour is a hazy amber, with a one finger ivory head. Head had minimal retention and falls into moderate patch lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt with a fruity hops presence that resembles mandarin orange.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Medium body, spritzy carbonation, and a rich coating of malts overtop of the fruity hops.

Taste is predominantly caramel malt with a noticeable hops presence that is grapefruit and orange. Some grassiness is picked up in the dry, finish.

A decent American pale ale that has nice balance. This is the best Montana brew that I've sampled so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 11:00:27 | More by merlin48
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67cuda

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very small head, and is a reddish-amber color, with lots of "stuff" floating it, which I'm assuming is related to the style of beer... I personally don't really find seeing flecks of stuff floating in my beer very appetizing, but thats me. It smells of caramel, with a bit of hops.. kind of tangy as well... The taste was very caramel at first, and then it tastes more like the hops, leaving a somewhat tart aftertaste... The mouthfeel was odd, somewhat watery, but at the same time it felt like it had a lot of body.. Weird. I found it quite drinkable, I've certainly had worse beers, but I've had better as well. I really wish the mouthfeel was better, I think it would greatly improve the overall drinking experience of this beer, and toning down the caramel a bit would also be nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 16:04:57 | More by 67cuda
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color. A small head recedes to nothing in a moment. Some lacing can be observed. A nice floral and perfumey aroma backed by a subdued malt nose. This is a unique tasting Amber in that I get more hop characteristics than malt. It's not bad, but could use some more malt in my opinion. Really big dryness throughout the beer. In a pleasant way though. Hops also contribute a low amount of perfume character. A little light in the body. Maybe medium at best. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 19:37:04 | More by Bighuge
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Has a honey orange hue with an off white head. Cotten candy sweet smell. Light bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Has a burnt sugar malty flavor. Finishes with a spicy sweet hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the old Kessler beer from the 1980's, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 18:11:23 | More by beerceller99
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow/amber color, a bit cloudy, no head, pure carbonation here. Initial smell is floral and sweet malts. The initial taste is of malt and somewhat of a dry, sweet taste throughout. The malt, dryness stays throughout. The description on the bottle is rather accurate.

Notes. An all around average amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 18:31:42 | More by GeoffRizzo
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is light, sweet, floral, "creamy" and generally hoppy. Pleasing and unique.
Red/orange amber. clear. Rich, creamy, rocky head with lacing.
Malt flavor, but not necessarily all that robust. Slight dryness in middle, but not in finish. No complextiy to speak of. Slight caramel. Slight bitterness as warms.
Somewhat soft, somewhat smooth. Heaviness from carbonation. A small amount of creaminess.
This is fine. Nothing special, beyond an enjoyable aroma, to distinguish it from others. I wouldn't oppose getting it fresh on tap if visiting the great state of Montana.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 19:15:41 | More by garymuchow
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wolffman17

Texas

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Fly Ale pours a hazy amber/orange; not quite copper. The head falls quickly and leaves bits of lace.
The aroma is sweet (grape candy) and very bready with a hint of citrus from hops.
The hops are more evident in the taste than the aroma indicated. It's citric (mostly orange) and nicely balanced by the sweet malts. Tart aftertaste.
Very easy drinking. It's simple and refreshing.

It is what it is...a decent pale ale but nothing too exciting. Many are better, many are worse.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 00:56:26 | More by wolffman17
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up in a recent MT trip by my brother.. pulled out of the "on-deck" basement cooler. Listening to the RIS iPod Party mix.. Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb". My half is poured into a stemmed balloon.

Crystal clear lite amber... nice head... sorta suprising... I typically do not expect alot from this brewery.

Smell is dominated by low American hops and yeast fruitiness... descent malt aroma.

Flavor is toasted malts... maybe a little roastiness... good body.. as it warms there is alot of fruitiness (a minor distraction).

I've been to Yellowstone Valley in Billings a few times and while it doesn't look like much from the outside, they make pretty OK brews. Though this one and most of there others need more body, hops, and flavor... EG... they need to take a chance here and there.. but this still is a pretty nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 09:09:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright crimson color, big, creamy, froth atop.
Aroma: fruity (cherries, grapes), bold and shiny,. a little hoppy, but not enough.
Good texture..fills the mouth well, and finds itself easily at play with the senses. Body is sadly thin, though, and the mouthfeel quickly loses it's grip...finish is far too short, light, forgettable.
Unfortunately, that's the sad note to end it on with this brew: it's over too quick and there's nothing to remember it by. Nice enough, in it's way, but I won't be back for more

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 23:51:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Do you know where Newcastle Wyoming is? Didn't think so. Well I picked up a sixer a Wild Fly there. Poured a brown amber color that was clear. Noticeable red and yellow hues when held to the light. Good head that stayed around the edges of the glass through the whole tasting. Limited lacing.

The smell has a somewhat hoppy smell supported by a sweet malt aroma. The malt has some toffee hints and some basic pale malts. Lighter fruit notes like cherries and a touch of tart apples.

The taste has a stronger malt taste then the nose would indicate. A citrus and grass taste at the top mixes but not really a bite at all. More flavor hops then aroma. The malt is sweeter then the smell would indicate as well. Some caramel flavor but it is sweet from the malt (not from say brown sugar).

The body is light and thin. Not per say watery but could have a bigger body. Overall it is easy to drink and balanced well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:42:53 | More by Oxymoron
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GClarkage

California

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/23/04- Purchased at random supermarket while on vacation in Montana. Taken from notes in September.

Appearance- Pours an amber-reddish color with a smallish head and average lacing at best.

Smell- A menagierie of floral hops and carmel malt.

Taste- A bit too sweet for me. I thought it would be more balanced after the smell. It was a blast of carmel malt, then hops came in later. A bit bitter in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Kind of watery and thin, while at the same time a bit like seltzer. Not sure what to make of this.

Drinkability- After trying two of these, the second tasted a bit better. OK, but not as balanced as I would like.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 18:56:52 | More by GClarkage
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boss302

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Wild Fly Ale. 12oz

A Red, clear, decent head, could have use some thickness. Head didn't last. 3.5

S Not much Hop aroma, in fact kind of flat on aroma altogether. 3 

T Bready/grainy some malty sweetness. Not much hop flavor. Balance toward malt. 3

M Thick mouthfeel, medium body, low on carbonation. 3.5

D A good beer, not bad, but could use some attention. This was served in a bottle and it is the only one I've had, so I can't determine if cellaring was an issue, but could have been. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:38:02 | More by boss302
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Enola

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a reddish orange with no head or lacing. The smell is citrus like and bready. The taste is malty, herbal, somewhat like candy and has a nice cherry aftertaste. The hops are really not there as this is more malty. The beer is sessionable, overall it is fair. Middle of the road. Thanks to Wcudwight for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:25:12 | More by Enola
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xymyl

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange beer with a white top. Pretty large head with good staying power for something so seemingly light. Good carbonation.

Smells like orange blossoms, then fresh squeezed orange, lemon and lime juice. Super citrus on the nose, so much so that you have to try very hard to smell the malt beneath.

Taste is honey and bitter citrus, then suddenly light and dry bringing the acid to the fore. Certainly not representative of the style. More like a semi-sweet lambic than anything else.

Light bodied beer that I'd like to experiment a bit with. Maybe try it with king crab and butter? I don't know. Strange. Interesting, but not in a complex way... more like a "what the?" way.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 17:22:08 | More by xymyl
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like lemon sweet tea. Head everything considered it looks like lemon sweet tea.
Smells a bit like lemonade. Doesn't have the typical citrus, piney hop aroma for the style. Kind of reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum.
This has the same intense fruitiness the other Yellowstone beers I've tried has. Almost like a beery tropical fruit punch. Not very APA like.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and uninspired.
It's drinkable. It's not a drain pour, but that's about all I can say about it.
This is the last of the Yellowstone Brewery beers that a buddy of mine brought back on vacation. Great novelty beers, especially if you are into fly fishing as I am. But, they all tasted pretty similar, which is not all that great. Better than your typical macros out there, but in the broad world of craft beer, you can usually find better options.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:52:01 | More by wcudwight
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dirtylou

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, purchased and consumed within yellowstone national park

from notes

appearance: dull light amber body, light beige head

smell: doughy, bready, grain - not much else

taste: flavor follows the nose - very heavy on the bread and grain notes, which overwhelm any sort of subtle hopping or malt sweetness below. drinkable, but kind of worthless as a beer

mouthfeel: medium

overall: a poor purchase

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 19:28:00 | More by dirtylou
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Wild Fly Ale pours out a golden brown color with a inch of head and plenty of suspended particles. Crisp malty aroma with no noticable hops. The flavor is a thick, bready maltiness along with some sweet caramel. There's some floral hoppiness too. The finish has an off-flavor that's hard to describe. It's slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there is a solid level of carbonation. Neither good nor bad. Just another average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 00:36:19 | More by beveragecaptain
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Bright crystal clear rust color. An inch of foamy head, slightly hazy. Smell is of slight skunk and malt. Metallic malty flavor, bread-like notes. Hop presence is ok. This beer is a little below average vs. the style, and the other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 14:15:21 | More by TastyTaste
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this before & it tasted better, so not sure what happened to this 6-pack.

Pours a hazy honey color, head rapidly dropped to a thin bead and minimal lacing was present.

Smell: Bready malt & that's it.

Taste: Malt and fruitiness and just a hint of hops. A little bit of apricot and honey?

Mouthfeel: Thin and undercarbonated.

Drinkablity: Not unpleasant, just not good. It will be a while before I try this in bottles again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 02:37:38 | More by russpowell
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palliko

California

2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is translucent golden with almost no foam or lacing. Aroma contains notes of floral hops and sweet malt. Initial taste is slightly sweet malt subsumed in hops. Nicely dry, but too thin and watery to be a great beer. Aromatic and drinkable, but neither balanced nor crafted by brewers who really care.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:21:34 | More by palliko
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Wild Fly Ale from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.