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42 - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 12
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: n/a
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Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: schnarr84 on 04-26-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 12
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into an English pint glass. A yellow just grading into orange amber color with a rather anemic but frothy white head and a sweet, fruity aroma with a co-occurring pine-like note. I am getting lots of generic tropical fruit and some orange/grapefruit citrus, and this also comes forth on the palate. Very juicy and also quite ... Dank? Rank? Like canned peaches and tropical fruit (mango, guava) has started to go a bit gamey in the sun. Not a bad taste, frankly. Is that also a hint of blueberry? I am also getting some great butterscotch toffee, breakfast cereal and almost nutty malt flavors, atypical for a "session IPA" but adding a much appreciated complexity. The sweetness and bold hop flavors are almost in perfect synchrony. The only thing preventing the taste for from being higher is a faintly metallic grainy note that cannot entirely be ignored and a rather coarse finish. Moderate body rather than light as the study descriptor might suggest, with a very bitter finish as one proceeds through an entire pint. Bitter melon rind and woody even. This is aggressively hopped and there's a resinous pine spice emerging late. Damn. Not sure this could truly be differentiated from a non-session pale ale but who cares really. (1,247 characters)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Same label design as the rather recent Life on Mars - grey wood paneling, with a snapshot of two brewery workers (Geoff and Robbie, this time), imitating their best Bros pose. Oh, and they had me at any sort of HHGTTG reference, but especially this one, full stop.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one measly finger of tightly foamy, and softly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some fairly sparse and streaky cloudy lace in minor portions around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of acrid pine and herbal hops right off the bat, with a certain dank, almost funky pervasive nature, further muddled tropical fruit notes - orange and pineapple, mostly - and a subdued biscuity, bready, and ethereally caramelized maltiness. The taste is more gritty orange and generic tropical fruitiness, grainy pale and bready malt, a middling earthy yeastiness, some understated leafy pine bitterness, and a weirdly flinty character, exactly where I might otherwise be chattering on about some sort of alcohol presence. Huh.

The bubbles are light and generally no more than a simple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, the weak-by-design hops lacking the brass balls to interfere here. It finishes mostly dry, the muddled pine and citrus hops seeing serious competition from the unassuming hard water flintiness, and little in the way of malt protestation.

Another agreeable, and pleasantly rendered contestant in that particular bandwagon-jumping event now common around here, ever since Phillips 'unleashed' Bottle Rocket on the BC and Alberta IPA-drinkers' collective heads. I'm still at odds as to whether I agree to the terms of this purported style's actual reason for being, but this is, at the very least, a further example of the so-called beauty of drinking a dumbed-down, um "IPA". (1,858 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of headlessparrot
3.55/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle came from a "The Bitter Truth" sampler pack from Wild Rose, containing three different takes they offer on the IPA style. The mixer pack was reasonably fresh--packaged just over a month ago.

Wild Rose's venerable take on a sub-style that's sweeping the nation. Pours quite light--gold, straw, translucent, capped by decently thick white head that fades to a few millimetres rather quickly, but does leave a lot of lacing. Smell is bready, crackery, biscuity, with a subtle perfumed, citrus, piney hoppiness. Bitter orange.

Taste is piney, grapefruity, but again with more malt than I usually get in ISA as a style. Citrus, biscuits. Tinge of cat pee? Good carbonation levels (leaning slightly high, maybe), decent body considering the low alcohol. Pretty crisp, pretty refreshing. Not my favourite version of the style (locally in Calgary, I think Village Maiden offers the best take on the style), but quite drinkable. (929 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of leaddog
3.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready malts, citrus hops, mango, passion fruit, hint of caramel.

Taste - Citrus hops are present, though a little restrained, particularly in bitterness. Good flavour from the bready malts. Tropical fruit flavour is less present in taste than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A session ale with a solid malt backbone, however the Galaxy hops are subdued and don't provide the punch of bitterness that I would generally expect in an American IPA. (593 characters)

Photo of Corson
3.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/5/14

A clear bright golden yellow, little bubbles popping up here and there, two fingers of soapy foam falls after a couple sips but leaves lots of random lace

S pineapple juice hits me first, faint mango and passion fruit, a little spruce and lots of cereal, almost reminds me of a hopped up kristalweizen but I don't think they used wheat with this one

T some grass and a faint metallic aspect, still lots of tropical fruit but more cereal then the nose, a little lager yeast confuses me more then the wheat

M light, crisp, soft from the bubbles, a little lemon rind lingering on the finish

O I keep telling myself its 4.2%, lots of flavor and quite drinkable, not quite the punch I was expecting from the Galaxy hops but they definitely play a big part

I guess some would say there's balance but it seems one sips all hops and the next sweet grains, either way I could drink a few under a hot sun.
I'm seeing this as another emerging style, the ISA might be a great new summer seasonal, bring em on (1,042 characters)

Photo of artemh
3.86/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev n/a

42 from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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