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Wyld Extra Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 702
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 04-01-2009

A lighter bodied pale ale, this EPA is aggressively dry hopped to showcase fresh hop flavors and aromas.

29 IBU
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Photo of n1ckels
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna say this is one of the better American beers I've tried. Another one is Dortmunder by Great Lakes. Yes I like Sierra Nevadas, Rogues, Stones, etc. But find me a better American Extra Pale Ale. Perhaps, this is just the American style for me. I could drink this more often than an American IPA. This is better than Pennant Pale Ale, which means the water in Utah tastes better than Brooklyn. It's a clean, crisp taste with an indescribable beatuiful golden hue.

Nothing epic about this beer, it is understated, except for the color. No one will be clamoring for hints of plum, citrus, or clove in this one. Unsophisticated, yet great! (644 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really fresh and crisp with dominant hop aroma. Has both notes of citrus and pine and is really well blended to create a fantastic smell. A hint of malt even sneaks in here and there.

Crisp malt taste immediately upfront followed by a wave of delicious hop flavor - just as it smells. An aggressive bitterness hits midway and rides through the finish as it finishes quite dry with a lingering hop flavor. Manages to maintain balance.

Medium-light body, creamy texture, well carbonated.

Wow, this is one impressive brew. I could easily drink this all day long, and at 4% ABV, it's completely possible. I am very pleased I had the opportunity to try this. (802 characters)

Photo of Lukass
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light, slightly opaque, golden color

Smell – Fresh, clean hops, with some lemon hints.

Taste – Very refreshing. Piney, citrusy hops hit you well for only being 29 IBU. Got some sour (in a good way), lemony flavors from the hops. Slight malt sweetness. Had a clean, dry finish.

Overall – I was very surprised this beer got only an 80 rating. This would make for a great session beer. I could tip back quite a few of these in the summertime. I thought this had great hop flavor, and sour/sweetness balance for only having a 4% abv. Would've guessed a higher abv on this one. Would definitely have again. (626 characters)

Photo of Muse
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this in a local "organic" grocery and picked it up on a whim. I don't have a preference either way for organics (I think it's often a bit of a crock, but that's beside the point).

This beer surprised me. I love a good, crisp, hoppy pale ale, and this delivers nicely. Very clean, light in body, with very refreshing mouthfeel.

Some have described it as thin or watery. I think that's harsh. Don't expect an Arrogant Bastard here, this is indeed a light ale. But if you're looking for something flavorful to bring to a party that can go a long way, it's a winner.

It's become my current go-to for an around-the-house pale ale, and I'd definitely recommend you give it a shot. (686 characters)

Photo of gradestarr
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Extra Pale Ale. I purchased this at Uptown Market in SW Portland Oregon because the 12 oz bottle was $1.35 and because it was already cold. Imagine my surprise at being refreshed by a pale ale very unlike having sex on a boat (f---ing close to water!) but instead a cocktail of subtle flavors that played on my tongue like they were elementary school kids and it was recess time.

Nice decently lasting very puffy off-white head, not quite totally clear appearance but whatever. Light but not as light colored as I was expecting (was expecting rolling rock color)
Can't tell what it smells like as I am congested.
Tastes amazing, grapefruity hops yielding to grassy hops and leaving a green and black tea-like finish which was extremely compelling. Bitterness is just right and refreshing.
Smooth and refreshingly carby when cold, as it warms it's still okay. (872 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle at Cost Plus. Distinct, pleasant citrus aroma. Hop bitterness up front, floral and grapefruit on a light, semi sweet bready malt base. Finishes dry. Clean and crisp with good carbonation. Tasty and refreshing. An excellent session IPA. (249 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow. Just a slight head white head.

Pine and resin in the nose.

Whoa tons of flavor here. Pear and citrus shine with plenty of pine. Bigger body than anticipate for a session ale. Still loads of hop character. The Amarillo and simcoe blend beautifully with the dry finish. Straw and biscuity notes come through in the malt character.

Really a treat and Iove that all this is packed in a 4% beer. (409 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has become my new favorite session beer. At 4%, it might be the lowest abv craft ale out there.

Light copper color, nice hoppy nose. Good hop flavor (Citra?), light-bodied as to be expected... malts show up in the finish.

This beer absolutely delivers on its "Extra" Pale Ale style. (291 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I CAN't understand why we CAN't review multiple serving types as we once could, or else I am missing a trick that others may know. My local, in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped off a number of CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM) and this was one of them. Today is 06-10-2013 and the following review is for a CAN:

From the CAN: "Brewed with ORGANIC barley malt"; "98.6% Organic Ingredients".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so I allowed it to settle a little before moving to an inverted Glug. This produced just over two fingers of foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep-gold. Nose was redolent with resinous pine hops and I again found myself wondering where APAs leave off and AIPAs begin. Please do not misconstrue this to mean that I am complaining, but instead just openly mulling a long-standing question for myself. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of peaches, believe it or not! It was totally unexpected and it was not as if I had been eating peaches or even had anything to do with peaches recently. That is simply what it tasted like. The flavor and the medium body made it eminently drinkable and it was half-finished before I realized the pace that I was setting for myself. Finish was semi-sweet and still quite peachy.

The following is my original review from a bottle:

A mini-trade with my colleague, Sam Knocken, netted me this and several other Uinta beers. That works!

From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Unleashed by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Brewed with renewable power"; "Extra Pale Ale".

Unleash the hops! My pour not only created a finger of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention, but my kitchen smells like someone is cutting open a bunch of grapefruits. Yum! Color was a deep orangish-amber with just a hint of haze. Leaning in, I could also smell biscuit-y malts to accompany the citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was pure grapefruit. Finish was dry, not gaspingly so, but still very dry. If the ABV truly is only 4%, this would make for a highly sessionable beer. Me likee. (2,185 characters)

Photo of JimKal
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, dark gold. This was definitely lighter, in appearance, than most of the Pale Ales I've tried. One finger head that left really nice lacing.

S: Nice crisp odor.

T: I just loved the way this tasted. It was somewhat surprising given the light color. Nice citrus hop notes.

M: While the mouthfeel was on the light side it still delivered more than I expected for a 4% ABV beer.

O: This one will be a staple in my fridge. Great taste (subjective), low ABV, and It comes in a can! (493 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange gold color with a tremendous 2 finger cloudy/foamy white head that faded extremely slowly with canyons forming as the head went down, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down - a fantastic looking pale ale.

Smells of cereal, sweet malt, light caramel, grains, biscuit, grass, floral hops, citrus hops, lemon zest, herbs and light fruit like apple or grape; aroma is soft and nice combo of malts and hops with nice balance.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, lemon, herbs, grains, sweet malt, caramel, grains, biscuit, tea lead, very light spices like coriander and pepper; real nice pale ale flavor that leans towards an American IPA, while the nose leans towards and English ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a light body, very mild carbonation and a refreshing clean finish. Overall this was tasty and highly drinkable, and to me is a great session beer. Another winner from Uinta that I strongly recommend trying. (963 characters)

Photo of deereless
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: There was a little foam over after uncapping this beer, a solid centimeter of frothy head on a medium pour, Deep gold - 3.00, S: A very pleasant aroma, some nice earthy hops, a few hints of bubblegum, definite grassiness - 4.25, T: Solid hop bite, dry, tastes like some green/fresh hops are part of the build though given the bottling date of May 2008 - I doubt I would pick that up over a year later, I do wonder how much more prominent the hops would have been if it had been fresher - 4.25, M: 4.00, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable extra pale ale - then again that is coming from a hophead and this one doesn't disappoint, as an organic beer there is absolutely no loss in taste. Apparently "Four +" is affiliated with Uinta Brewing, I'd gladly drink this beer again - 4.50 (781 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5/29/08. Poured into my Carlsberg pint glass.

A: I got a small, whitish head, but it looks sticky and that it might leave some nice lacing. Very active carbonation shows itself off through the clear deep gold color. The small head has a lot of staying power, and amazingly leaves lace down the side of the glass till the last drop.

S: Mostly hops up front of the Cascade variety. Beautiful floral hop smell. It smells just like a standard good pale ale. The aroma promises some hop bitterness up front supported by a decent malt backbone.

T: The taste was as expected...I got hop flavor with a little candy sugar sweetness in the aftertaste. Not complex like some of my more favorite pale ales. The flavor was more lacking in the malt department. This was not a bitter pale ale either. The hop bitterness id extremely subdued and it almost tastes watered down.

M: Medium to light bodied. Very soft and crisp carbonation. It does not leave much of an impression on the mouthfeel, which helps out the drinkability rating.

D: Excellent. Tasty and delicious. Wonderful bouquet and smooth mouthfeel make this pale ale exceptionallt easy to drink. Not filling in any way and I could easily finish off a few. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles July 2009; Sampled March 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces three fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a gold hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, light straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice citrus hop component to it that mixes pleasingly with a floral, peach like fruitiness. Underneath this expressive hop character is a hint of cracker-like malt character. Based on the nose, this is my kind of Pale Ale.

Fairly dry tasting, which really subdues the expressive hop frutiness found in the aroma. The beer is quite light as well, which makes this eminently quaffable and something I would mind as a cool refresher on a hot Summer's day. Herbal hop notes and a touch of pine, as well as solid bitterness all play a big role here in the flavor. I am not sure that they are bigger than the citrus / fruit flavors, but b/c these are so subdued as compared the the aroma, I seem to notice the others first. Still there is a solid hop character that contributes flavors of tangerine, expressive lychee, and even some floral peach notes, each of which becomes more apparent as my palate adjusts and as the beer warms up. Cracker like grain notes become more noticeable as the beer warms, and there is also a soft, honey-like grain quality that comes out as well; this last is definitely accentuated by the floral hop notes.

This is actually a pretty damn solid Pale Ale; I wasn't expecting much here, but this is actually quite good and I would happily while away a hot afternoon with a couple bottles of this on hand. I could wish for just a hint more body and malt character perhaps (as this would boost the fruity hop flavors), but then that would kill how light, refreshing and easy drinking this beer is. (1,789 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-PLeasant boquet of floral, citrus hops
Taste-Nice wave of white grapefruit-rind bitterness, pale malts and "dusty" hops. Light-bodied but vey nice flavor. At 4.0ABV, this brew lends itself well to a session with friends around the grill or on the deck. (379 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fruity sweet orange hop with a light caramel malt.

The taste consisted of vibtant upfront orange and citrus hop that evolved into a dry grapefruit-like hop. There was a good malt backbone with a doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty, fruity and very easy to drink ale. (472 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, short, stout, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison...
"USDA Organic" on the orange, front logo sticker...
Appearance: Medium-copper, light-bronze, hue... Minimal head... Minor lacing...
Smell: Mild, slightly hoppy aroma with nuances of lemon zest...
Taste: Despite the low ABV, there was abundant taste in this dry-hopped, organic pale ale... Hints of fresh mint, bittersweet grapefruit, lemons, limes, and a hoppy finish make this an easily drinkable, very enjoyable beer...
Light-to-medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Ultra-easy drinkability...
Good stuff... (581 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Golden honey orange color. One finger of head when I got it that slowly dissipated. Light white lacing with good retention all around.

Smelled a potent whiff of citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and lemon. Lots of bitter notes, but refreshing, making me want to try it.

Got a sharp taste of citrus bitter hops up front, giving way to a refreshingly clean finish. Grapefuit, tangerine, orange and lemon led the way. Very bitter overall. Seems a lot stronger than 4 percent.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-below average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

Just a great beer for the summer. Another good beer from Uinta. (735 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Mildly hoppy aroma brings some citrus to the table along with some grassy notes.

T- Flavor follows suit with a moderate bitterness and some light grapefruit. Nice Bready malt to balance.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A great pale ale for sessioning due to the low ABV. Doesn't skimp on taste either. (645 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark golden color, a little haze. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Fruity, some citrus, clean malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Clean malts, a little caramel and touch of honey. Fruity, apricot. Mild-medium hop bitterness, grassy-citrus. Finish is crisp and bitter. Body is crisp, refreshing, dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's a very good American Pale Ale. Very sessionable. (397 characters)

Photo of KylightZone
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The lighter golden color surprised me for sure. Nice fluffy head that left some decent lacing.

S: Decent amount of floral and citrus hops followed by some sweet malty goodness.

T: The citrus hops are nice and carry all the way through the entirety of this brew. Followed by some soft malts and a crisp bready characteristic.

M: Simple to drink, light-medium body.

Notes: I love utah beers mainly because of their easy drinking ability. Session brews all the way! (470 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wyld Extra Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 4.00 %

LOOK: Pale orange colored brew with fine clarity. Active carbonation rising to an inch of pillowy foam. Leaves some lace down the glass.

SMELL: Aromas of orange, lemon, grass, hay and herbs are all there in full effect. Inviting aroma of pale ale goodness.

TASTE: Orange and grapefruit zest, mild tropical like note, resinous hop notes, grass, and a light caramel base. Very flavorful with loads of hop notes packed into a 4% pale ale. Impressive showing.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, even finish, clean, it is what it should be.

OVERALL: A great tasting pale ale from Uinta brewing. Their success in brewing seems to be the subtleties and solid flavor of all their beers. This is no different; a world class pale ale especially adept for sessions. (847 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured between a high tumbler and an ISO and Westmalle glass this beer began with lots of foamy head and and a vibrant yellow colour. Light guenching carbonation to start leading almost to a flatness. Rich ripe fruit on the nose with a clean and sour taste and some trace of ginger.

Of all the glasses the Westmalle Trippel showed it best. Sort of reminds me of a cross between a Berliner Weisse and a gueze. Very very interesting and very pure getting back to basics. Real idividuality here. And not an infantile horned demon or posturing hyperbole anywhere on the bottle or its label.
Can imagine Henry Thoreau drinking this on Walden Pond. (644 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Ogden last night at a local restaurant on 25th St. After I orderded it, the barmaid said she'd bring out a twenty-five cent appetizer as their license required a food purchase. Silly me! After a week on the ground, you'd have thought I'd get the hang of drinking in Utah. So a little bowl of home cut potato chips appeared and they were very, very good! The Wyld showed up in a very generous Pilsner glass (for $3.50) and looked quite fine. A big frothy head floated over the bright gold ale and an aroma of malt exuded forth. The Wyld is a tasty, well balanced brew with a decent amount of flavor and a refreshing effect. I think this is the current #2 beer on the Utah trek and I'll likely get another. A very drinkable item! (748 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Pours a golden orange with little head. The nose is bready, toasty, and has some citrusy hop notes. The flavor is malt forward with a big, bready, biscuity malt character with some underlying notes of burnt toast. The hop character is very citrusy with notes of grapefruit complementing the malts. There is a faint bitterness in the finish, but it's balanced and welcome. The mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth, and crisp.

This is an easy drinking, flavorful, sessionable beer. It's worth trying. (532 characters)

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Wyld Extra Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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