Electric Avenue - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.98/5 rDev +18.5%
341ml bottle, from Wild Rose's new open-sixer packaging, and their first straight-up lager, it would seem. Named for a (somewhat) infamous formerly bar-laden strip in downtown Calgary, also known as 11th Ave SW, now a more mature kind of neighbourhood.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and even a bit creamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent dissipating cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt - slightly biscuity, too - dry apple, and mild grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more of the same - biscuity, bready pale malt, a hint of white pepper, dried apples and pears, a touch of gritty yeast, and leafy, earthy, and softly grassy hops. Simple, but in a damned agreeable manner.
The carbonation is fairly crisp, and perhaps a bit tight, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad astringent in its otherwise plain smoothness. It finishes just a smidgen off-dry, the belaboured fruit and malt sweetness hardly apt for keeping up with the strong overall drying trend.
An easy-drinking, pleasantly-flavoured, and equitably enjoyable lager, not the usual focus for yer (above) average microbrewery, but it's nice to see it done anyways. This may still cost a buck or so more than the 'premium' domestics, but a loonie is a small price to pay for such a jump in quality, character, and, oh, your soul.
02-09-2014 03:05:41 | More by biboergosum
2.75/5 rDev -18.2%
341ml bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Purchased at Andrew Hilton's Wine Shop in Lethbridge, AB.
Pours a clear golden colour with a bright white head 3/4 inch high. Head recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing down the sides.
Aroma is very grainy... almost cereal like. Not inspiring.
Flavour is all grains. There's a little hint of cooked veggies. Pretty macro-ish.
Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Move along... nothing to see here.
08-02-2014 00:27:01 | More by Noxious26
3.41/5 rDev +1.5%
341ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/14
A clear golden yellow with a few slow bubbles here and there, a big three fingers of foam sits around for a few sips before falling, not much for lace
S yeasty, grass, apple, faint spice, some cracker and a hint of citrus
T metallic notes, doughy, not far from the smell, not a whole lot going on really
M light, crisp, slick on the palate, bubbles soften it up a bit, yeasty finish
O nothing special but a drinkable lager and something safe for the masses
I'd take this over big name macros any day but it wouldn't be my first pick out of Wild Rose's lineup
07-03-2014 02:38:27 | More by wordemupg
3.8/5 rDev +13.1%
A new beer from Wild Rose, subsequent to a big shakeup that a buddy close to staff tells me resulted in some batches being dumped, some feelings being hurt, and a major shift in emphasis that could lead to some old favorites disappearing, to replaced with brews having more "mainstream appeal". I will hold off on the alarm reaction for now. My buddy gave this beer a less than stellar review, describing it as "Bud Light" after sampling at the tap room. I am happy to report that either some things got sorted out or my buddy just dislikes pale lagers (a third option might be that his view of the changes was coloring his perception somewhat). Poured a 341 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass, revealing a lemony golden yellow brew with perhaps five inches of white foam. Smells malty but mellow, dry biscuit and lemon rind with some light grape and sourdough notes. A pleasant noble hop spice rides shotgun. Fizzy but with a nice rounded mouthfeel, some chew for a pale lager and a pleasing mineral bite. Palate is soda cracker and sweet biscuit malts coupled with some apple and pear pomace, dusty old lime peel, baby aspirin, very faint molasses. Finishes fairly dry and crisp but with some lingering aromatic malt. I am impressed with the (relatively speaking) complex malt and spicy hop character in what is supposed to be a no frills lager for the masses and this is why I am OK with breweries going there if the execution is good. It is most certainly not Bud Light. Nor do I wish Wild Rose to stray too far from its workmanlike, tasty ale-concocting roots. So far though, change is good.
03-30-2014 22:24:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
Electric Avenue from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.