Invocation - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010

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Reviews by NODAK:
Photo of NODAK
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has quite a sweet smell to it, with banana and sweet fruit just jumping out...bordering on bubblegum really. Clove spices are also evident....a little yeast. Very Belgian, very good.

Pours a cloudy golden in my snifter with a very impressive, fluffy head that lasts quite a while.

Starts out fairly sweet, with the aforementioned juicy fruit and banana coming forward mixed with a healthy dose of cloves that are also present. Then comes a pretty healthy yeast component which helps bridge the way to the finish, where I get some citrus present giving a slight tartness on the end. There's also a small but noticeable hop bitterness at the end, giving it a somewhat dry finish.

Good balanced Belgian style beer here. Pretty impressed by it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a very fine creamy head that has great durability and leaves plenty of lacing.

Funk, yeast and fruit on the nose. Very Belgian but otherwise not really appealing.

Taste partly parallels the nose, but with a good bit of tartness that, unfortunately IMO, is accompanied by a mild bitterness. Too much funky/yeasty flavor. Oddly, the aftertaste is rather nice however.

M: excellent feel, with a medium body and very good carbonation with an exceptionally soft feel.

O: Too much wild yeast and funk for my taste; overly bitter finish.

(revised with another tasting, also on tap in 2013)

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of ripe pears. Also present are slight amounts of tropical fruit hops that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by moderate amounts of pear flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of earthy hops come into play along with milder amounts of tropical fruit flavors. The earthy hops and pilsner malt flavors carry through to a surprisingly solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by GA's newest brewery - a very good, if non-traditional, BSPA. Well worth a shot when you see it around town.

Photo of lnashsig
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd for the chance to taste this one. Another beer from a brewery I have never come across. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a terrific hazy golden color, impressive head and retention. Smell- nutmeg, sage, bready aroma. Exciting, smells delicious. taste- nutmeg and a nice hop bitterness blast the back of my throat. A really nice malt sweetness finishes on the end. For the abv, this is incredibly smooth. This is a real winner, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a pint on draft at Taco Mac in CNN Center. Pours a rich golden color, topped by a thick, creamy white head, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet pale malt, candi sugar, and some light, fruity hops with tropical fruit notes.
Palate is light pale malt up front, with some bubblegum sweetness. Citrusy notes from the hops, along with more tropical fruit (pineapple) come through mid-palate. Finish is full and rich, with sweetness from the malt and a good dose of fruity esters.
Body is light and smooth, almost silky. A surprise that this comes from Georgia. The alcohol is well-integrated to the point where you'd never guess that this is above 8%.

Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden body with a mild white head. Nose has that typical Belgian aroma mixed with hops. Taste brings the same, but also a nice maltiness. Combines some elements of mild bitter hops with fruity/floral notes, malty sweetness, and a bit of Belgiany spice. There's almost what I would consider a wheat character to this beer, but from what I've read so far, there's no wheat in this one -- which is odd, since the appearance looks quite a bit like a wheat beer as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very round -- almost to a fault. I wouldn't mind a little more zip from the carbomation.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet smell of fruit and grain
Appearance- pours a cloudy orange color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- Nice flavor of fruit and spices, very enjoyable
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation
Overall- Another good beer from Wild Heaven

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is golden with two thick fingers of white head.

S: Strong maltiness and hoppiness; some citrus notes and Belgian yeast come through as well.

T: Cloves, lemon, orange peel, strong hoppiness, and caramel malt background.

M: The body is relatively light compared to the strong flavors, while the carbonation is strong.

O: This is solid. It's pretty hoppy for a Belgian ale.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Atlanta. Served in snifter.

A - Cloudy golden orange with half a finger of white head. Great lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, bready malts.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves, a noticeable alcohol presence, bread, spice.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of DKter
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A crisp and effervescent beer that calls to mind some of the best Belgian Goldens, but with an American twist. It goes down incredibly smooth for 8.5% abv and just feels perfectly balanced with enough hop flavor on the front-end without a bitter aftertaste. This may be my favorite beer ever to come out of the South.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.5: Came out of the growler a deep golden color with very little head. Swirls of foamy goodness appeared after the pour.

-Smell 4.0: Very interesting bouquet on this beer. "Hop forward" which is unusual for a Belgian style ale. I can almost place those hops...Northern Brewer? Also picking up warm sugars and that telltale Belgian yeast.

-Taste 4.5: Wow! Front is slightly sweet, with a very light sourness. Middle is a kick to the palate with BIG malt flavors and mid-level alkaline hoppiness. Finish is light and balanced and features that Belgian spiciness from the yeast and the hops. Delicious brew.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Remarkable given that this is from a growler and is obviously a CO2 conditioned ale.

-Overall 4.0: Slightly short of a 4.5, but nonetheless, an excellent beer. Wonderfully smooth and balanced with no trace of the 8.5% ABV punch. Lots of big flavors, but these are expertly nuanced so that this brew is not sloppy and out of focus: it is a Belgian ale, but is an unusual Belgian Ale. Recommended.

Photo of iadler
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip.

A- Pours a hazy light amber with a huge fluffy head that takes minutes to dissipate, eventually into a nice cap. Rapid tiny bubbles rising.

S- Candi sugar, light green apple, pear, underipe banana, white pepper, barnyard funk and floral hops.

T- At first there is some citrus bitterness followed by Banana, clove and vanilla then a big amount of sweetness with  wheat candi sugar and white pepper. Strange as every sip is sometimes sweet, bitter or really boozy

M- Medium carbonation and light to medium body. Finishes dry with a hint of booze. Bitterness lingers on.

O- This wasn't the easiest thing to drink. Not because it was really boozy, but the mix of strange bitterness and overly sweet flavors really hurt the drinkability. 

Photo of rrski198
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small white thin head. Deep golden brown and yellow. Mild stickage on the head.

S: Heavy clove and traditional belgian yeast funk. Banana and grassy. Earthy.

T: Spicy clove and huge citrus creamy rush. Awesome mild pineapple flavored hop bitterness.

M: Average to above average carbonation with a great finish. Leaves an awesome balance.

O: This is a great beer. Great balance but the creamy citrus sweetness is outstanding.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple pours of this from a 4 oz. taster glass.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of creamy beige head with average retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of pepper and clove spiciness. Peach fruitiness and perhaps a touch of apple. Moderate barnyard funk. Really nice.

4.5 T: Again, lots of clove and pepper with peach and apple fruitiness. Mild barnyard funk. Touches of hay.

4.0 M: Ligher medium body. Good active carbonation. Could be creamier though.

4.5 D: Really good beer. That is all.

Photo of Benh777
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Beautifully captured style.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kkipple for this one.

Pours a nice fluffy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, over very hazy orange honey colored.

Nose has lots of Belgian golden malts, even more Belgian yeast fruits, light apple, pear, light sweet malts, touch of fruity esters as well, bit of phenols though.

Taste is semi sweet, lots of fruit with apple and pear again, bit of esters, and some phenols with a bit of plastic and glue. Then a bit of earthy slight herbal spicy hops which are similar to the imperial brown but doesn't work at all here. Bitterness comes on strong, esp on the finish, a bit dry as well and sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, bit of booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty meh, lots of off flavors and ones that don't belong.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes:
A: Golden colored pour into a pint glass produced a two finger white head with good retention and lacing.
S: Yeast, citrus and hops make their presence felt to my nose.
T: Coriander, citrus and yeasty flavors all give way to the hop bitterness that takes over the taste party in my mouth.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish thanks to the hops.
O: Extremely drinkable beer from a very good brewery now gaining traction in our state.

Photo of womencantsail
1.6/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a clear orange color with a big off-white head.

S: God this is bad. Pepper, ass, and burnt grain up front. Then, an intense earthiness comes through as does the very distinct smell of a wastewater treatment plant. Maybe some crappy veggie dogs in there too.

T: Toasted malt and a hint of toffee sweetness. There's a cooked corn smell, veggie dogs, and even a slightly salty note. Earthy and pepper notes to the flavor also. Just bad.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: This was truly terrible.

Photo of beeratlanta
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional Belgian-style golden ale. It has a classic Belgian-style taste that smooths the initial sweet flavors across the palette and shorter backend that leaves you wanting another taste. I imagine that will only taste even better on draft. It will be on draft at outstanding local Atlanta craft beer bars this week read: Brick Store Pub. I highly recommend giving this a try.

Photo of shanblur
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Hazy amber color with a 1 finger white head on the pour. Moderate lacing.

S - Bready malt with a belgian funk smell on the nose.

T - Malty with some spice and belgian yeast elements. Mild hops flavor.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with an average carbonation.

A great brew. Really comes together nicely.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a basketball orange hue with two fingers of creamy eggshell head. Random smatterings of lace. Head retention is low. Color is VERY unique, looks like a DIPA from afar.

Smell -- Bubblegum, orange peel, candi sugar, doughy malt, spring flowers, basil, and a mild clove presence. At first I was really enthused about the aroma, but as the beer warmed more basil/rosemary herbal notes started to spring forth. It slowly gets weird, but there's still a lot of interesting things going on.

Taste -- Not quite as good as the nose, but still pleasant. Banana and candied orange peel, clove, spice, earthy yeast, and muted bubblegum notes. Hop bittering is surprisingly strong, a mix of pine resin and leafy vegetation, leaning more toward leaves than needles. Lingering flavor of bitter herbs, clove, and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-full in body with moderate carbonation. The feel is heavy, akin to a Barleywine or RIS. Too much.

Overall -- Very interesting. Taste like a Belgian-styled IPA that took a strange turn. The powerful hop bitterness seems to have masked some of the great fermentation-derived character and orange peel. Tweaking of the hop program would really do wonders for this beer.

Photo of SteveLyman
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is probably one of the best beers I have had in quite a while.

The appearence seems a little dark to be a pale ale as it is classified.

It smells very fruity. The hoppy smell reminds me of saaz hops but I am told they use noble and american hops.

The taste of this beer is fenomenal! It starts with a barrage of fruity flavors, then a bomb of beautiful hops.

An excelent beer to drink on college football saturday.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to barrelandzachary for sending this my way along with a slew of others from this brewery (including some draft only offerings and properglassware).

Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.

a - brew poured a deep murky orange with a generous two fingers plus of frothy foamy head that was massive and chunky and left huge milkshake like lacing on the glass. head had really nice retention.

s - nose is fairly classic to style and on the sweet side (which is amazing since this is brewed without sugar). bubblegum and bananan...belgian sugar, some sweet grain.

t - a bit more spicey than the nose suggested...reminiscent of the trader joe beers that unibroue brews for TJs. again, big banana and bubblegum but tempered with white pepper, safe, and clove. a bit heavy on the pepper.

m - not as creamy as authentic BSPA, but above avg for an american take. heavy carbonation without being overdone.

o - overall, not a bad BSPA but far from the top...a bit too spicey for my tastes and seems to be a borderline tripel lite. ok but my least fav of the 4 beers i got to try from thus fine brewery.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

12oz bottle into a H24 snifter...

A - Pours a hazy orange with a three finger off white frothy head. Head retention is excellent, and there is lots of lace that clings to the glass...

S - Spice, sweet malts, yeast, and some light fruit notes...

T - Pear, peach, lots of sweet malt, and some spice and yeast on the end. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Really smooth. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation...

O - Enjoyed this one. Really drinkable. Kind of wishing I had another as it goes down so smooth. Looking foward to trying more from Wild Heaven..


Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mostly clear deep yellow, slightly yellow tinged white head. Great lacing.

Aroma: Assorted malt/yeast fruit aromatics, with a hint of some earthy/citrus hop character.

Flavor: Notes of honey, earth, pepper, and some light stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, touch of yeast phenol linger.

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