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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild Rose IPA (India Pale Ale) is a beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well balanced with plenty of hops. An authentic India Pale Ale, this IPA is handcrafted for the true ale drinker.

Recipe change in 2013 from English to American IPA

45 IBU

(Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002)
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4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also know as "Industrial Park Ale", named after their location, this IPA is only available on tap, but is fairly widely available at pubs and restaurants around Calgary.

It is far superior to Big Rock IPA, and I'm a fan of Big Rock beers in general. This has a more hoppy nose, and an awesome bitter/ hoppy flavor. If only you could get it in bottles...

MAB, Oct 28, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

curtismontcalm, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

maclean25, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Hewsinator, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of beerbum05
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Orange/light brown colour, medium head with a nice creamy look, medium carbonation, clear.

Smell - Malts and hops

Taste - Strong ale taste. A bitter beer.

Overall - I very much liked the beer. It reminded me of what an old english ale would've tasted like a century ago. I highly recommend for someone looking for a strong ale.

beerbum05, May 29, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint glass from the cask at the tap room nov13 2009

A very hazy golden orange with no head or lace, this one`s different from other servings with out doubt, almost looks like jello from all the suspended particles and almost glows when held too the light

S slightly better then the tap by having super heavy grapefruit taking center stage while still having a floral smell

T the heavy grapefruit is mixed up well with some mild pine with a fair bit of complexity is added by the cask conditioning perhaps some bread and caramel

M for the amount of particles suspended in this brew I excepted it to be like jello, not quite jello but not water by any means. puts a little grit on the gums and there`s no doubt you drank a beer cause you can taste it after the fact

D I must say I found this much better then expected, the same beer but not. the difference is easy to see and taste, very from the cask

I doubt I will have this beer again from the bottle it just wont compare

wordemupg, Nov 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Beervana, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

schnarr84, Sep 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear, orange color, nice head and lacing, nice looking beer!

Smell - very nice, good aroma hops, nice floral aspect to it

Taste - very hoppy, citrusy, medium to heavy bitterness,

Mouthfeel - not quite as good as it could be, but none the less, not bad.

Overall
I am a big IPA fan, that being said, I did actually really enjoy this brew, over all a nice product.

GabesAles, Oct 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. During a maelstrom of NHL hockey, NFL football, and WJHC 2009 TV coverage, madly directed by the clicker in my Dad's hand, I needed to go to my happy hoppy place, and I'm in and/or around Calgary, so here we go.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a swath of limestone cliff face lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of punchy grapefruit and orange citrus pith, a further bit of musty lemon juice, a touch of wet pine, and a reserved bready caramel malt. The taste starts with more blended, and quite bitter citrus notes - grapefruit, kiwi, underripe pineapple, and blood orange - a bit of leafy, herbal pine needle, all before being balanced well enough by the grainy, bready, and slightly caramelized malt.

The carbonation is fairly mild, but supportive enough in its bearing, the body a stoic medium weight, and mostly smooth, despite the hop bitterness. It finishes quite dry, the hops gaining an additional grassy nature to fully round themselves out, the balance of this offering taking another minor hit.

A rather fine example of the style, but yet no overt hop bomb, despite the impression I may have just given. It continues to be a frequent go-to beer for me, even since the name and slight recipe change a little while back. I've lost track of the number of times I've picked up a sixer of this brew before going to a party, ski trip, or to see my folks in Calgary. My Calgarian-by-proxy self puts this in the same rarefied Alberta pale ale space inhabited by my adopted town's Alley Kat Full Moon.

biboergosum, Dec 29, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Pale pink orange in color, a thin layer of whitish head that quickly disolves, no lacing.

S Really nice fresh grapefruit, some refreshing lemon and some slightly spicey orange. Some bitter hops arise.

T Starts off very smooth with some tastes of rye. The bitter hops are led into with no signifinicant hop spike, with leads and ends of predominately lemon.

M Really refreshing, very little carbonation, with some slight grainiess.

D Really great break from the darker stuff. I'm not an everyday IPA man, but I'd have no problem drinking this one all the time.
~ Thanks voonder for the great trade.

CoolJosh, Nov 13, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first ever beer review so here it goes.

it pours a nice golden orange colour with about a finger and half of head that eventually dies down to a thin layer which hangs around until the end, it smells fairly light with mostly a citrus and a faint grassy smell, first taste is the citrusy/grapefruit taste of the hops with a bit of a piney taste and then the malts come in with a little bit of caramel sweetness and make for a very well balanced ale, it is nicely carbonated and a tad bit oily, overall it is a very good IPA and a good introduction into the style.

Tackledorange, Feb 06, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Wild Rose's brews so I picked up a pack with 6 different ones inside. I was in the mood for a hop bomb and the label on this one caught my eye.

Pours a clear, amber color with a half-finger of creamy head that dissipates within a minute or two, leaving some patchy lacing behind. Carbonation looks average. A very hop-forward scent, grapefruit and pine sap; some sweetness. Love the smell, usually beer odour doesn't interest me this much. Like a pine forest after the rain.

Taste follows the smell well; very hop-dominant with grapefruit and pine. There is some malt sweetness underlying this but the hops dominate without being obnoxious. Grapefruit citrus bitterness lingers in the aftertaste long after swallowing giving a very dry finish. Light-bodied; average carbonation allows you to enjoy the flavours. 6% ABV isn't noticeable. If there were more than 2 of these in the pack I'd be tempted to keep drinking.

I am already impressed with Wild Rose and there's still 5 more beers to go. Definitely recommended if you are looking for a great Canadian IPA in the American style. If I see 6-packs of this anywhere, it could become my go-to IPA.

thehyperduck, May 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a small beer glass.

Appearance - dull copper colour with fast disappearing while head. Virtually no head retention, moderate carbonation.

Smell - aroma of clean malt backed up by the unmistakebly clear hop scents. Slight toffee detected also.

Taste - very crisp, even start. Gives way to a strong hop presence, exactly as the style should have. Nice continuous spicy hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - very short period of straight carbonation activity gives way to spiking hop activity. Once the aftertaste is present it is a pretty smooth finish.

Drinkability - goes down very easy. At 6%, impressively easy. Very enjoyable and decent hop complexity for the style - an excellent choice.

DoctorStrangiato, Jul 04, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into 16 oz pint glass.

A - This IPA is a nice, clean amber hue with a foamy, off-white head. Head retention is well above average when compared to similar domestic IPAs, and leaves a sticky web of lacing that left me quite surprised.

S - Mild but enjoyable hop presence. Subtle grapefruit character, with some pine and grassy aromas. Mild caramel malt adds a touch of sweetness and balance. Very simple, but decent for what it is.

T - Exactly what the nose hinted at. Mild pine and grapefruit hoppiness, and slight caramel malt to balance. A predictable and spectacularly average IPA, but a tasty and drinkable profile nonetheless.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium-to-light body. Bitterness is right where it needs to be for the style, making it easy to drink.

D - While this IPA might not deliver a big hoppy profile that some other Western Canadian IPAs do, it certainly provides a drinkable experience. This is my first Wild Rose brew, and it definitely exceeded expectations.

Converge, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

abrdnck, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Gave this a fairly hard pour into the glass and was greeted with a frothy, slightly beige in color head that was about two inches thick....from there it settles to a thick cloud like layer over the brew. The color is a mostly clear amber with fine columns of carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is very good here, with an oily looking film of spotty foam clinging to the glass.

S- A well balanced aroma...the hops are at the forefront and smell fresh, but there is an underlying sweet malt smell to counter this. More specifically, the sweetness seems to carry caramel, brown sugar and a yeasty quality. Good marks here for a nice overall profile....possibly just a little more muted than I would like though.

T- Definitely an IPA, with lots of hop bitterness detected on the palate immediately. After this initial thirst quenching flavor, the malt comes through, but not to the point the aromas let on....just more of a modest malt character. The finish becomes bitter again, just more modest and leafy tasting. Not super aggressive which I like....very good overall!

M- Medium/lite in body, with fine carbonation hitting the palate. There is a creaminess to the brew that I like and it helps to keep the flavors sticking to the tongue well....I sense a bit of a viscous film that covers my mouth when swirling this around.

D- Overall I am not offended by drinking this at all...and I'm no hophead by any means. It's quenching, well balanced, hides the alcohol well and would make a perfect mid-summer type of beverage. I'd also think this would compliment spicy Asian and/or Indian cuisine well, as the bitterness would cut through spice rather well. Another well made product by Wild Rose and I will probably get this at some point down the road again. Similar to the old Industrial Pale Ale that WR made!

ChrisCage, May 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

berley31, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a light copper with 1 finger of white head, some retention, moderate lacing.

S- Sweet malts, floral & citrus hops, toffee. A real nice aroma here!

T- A nice balance of citrus hops and sweet bready malts up front. The finish is bitter and dry.

M- Not much carbonation, medium body, fairly slick and sticky in the mouth.

D- A good example of the style, not a standout, but easy to get down none the less.

Dawkfan, Nov 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick bubbly off-white head, clear golden colour, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, pine needles and cedar sprigs.

T - Bitter off the top, but smooth on the finish. Sweet citrus hops with a caramel malt aftertaste, very nice balance.

M - The bubbly head gave the impression that it might be overly carbonated but it is quite light and smooth.

D - Very drinkable and the slightly higher alcohol content goes unnoticed. Very nice balance of hops and malts. Really tasty and worthy to any IPA fan.

andrenaline, May 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

rogerdandy, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Baldpacker, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

wertschy, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Slice00, Jun 24, 2013
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.