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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (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.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002)
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
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TJMcScmeebs


2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

05-03-2012 04:15:17 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

08-08-2012 01:39:56 | More by philmen
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No bottling or 'best by' date, though I'm sure this is an updated recipe. The bottle graphic is new, and the alcohol content is now 6.0%

Freakishly clear, and a very light amber in color. Has a creamy white head & leaves lots of lace.

Smells strongly of hops - lots and lots of grapefruit and a light zesty herbal note. Actually, I can't smell anything else, though I do detect a slightly skunky odor to it.

As far as taste, it's all hops. Lots of grapefruit, some pine. Plenty of hoppy bitterness, too. Hops in the background, hops on the palate, and hops in the aroma. I can't detect much malt or yeast contributions, though there is a distinct biscuit and slight caramel sweetness that initially hits you before the hops take over. Finish is clean. Still, every time I drink this, it just feels like something is 'missing,' and off-balance, though I'm unable to pin it down. I'm unable to determine which hops are used (maybe there are a few different ones). The bitterness has a character that makes me think that the bittering hops are a 'super-alpha' variety, and I don't like the balance between hop *flavour* and hop *bitterness;* the balance in this case being tilted towards the 'bitter' end of the scale

Mouthfeel is actually rather light, and this is a very drinkeable (albeit hoppy) brew.

All in all, I rather like it; though I think it could use a tad more to balance all those hops. Some dextrine, or nutty maltiness would go a long way in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:34:05 | More by prosper
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-28-2011 06:48:06 | More by EskimoDave
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-30-2013 05:52:14 | More by Ianleesrivette
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for this one.

A: Copper looking beer. Nice head that sticks quite well to the glass. I really this color and the head.
S: Hops. Grapefruit hops. I only get that... :(
T: Grapefruit hops again with some malts in there. The bitterness is nice. I don't get anything more than the hops... a little bit citrus but more grapefruits in my case.
M: Dry, medium body.
D: Easy to drink, this would be a good introductory IPA. Not very aggressive, just enough hops to make a good presence in the mouth. I've seen worse and I've seen better. Average beer which was good to drink!

What amaze me is that craft brewery, even if the beer is ordinary... it is still quite enjoyable... which is not the case for macro... Cheers to the craft brewers out there!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:19:32 | More by ZorPrime
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Golden yellow and lacey, with a lasting though small off-white head. Aroma is only a tad of hops. Medium mouthfeel, a high carbonation. Drinkable, and some hops, but the bitterness can be a lot greater to get it near the average.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 01:12:01 | More by Sammy
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-06-2013 23:07:15 | More by FadetoBock
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper – not rich or robust or anything – but nice. Bright & clear with lots of rising bubbles, small just off white head. Keeps a solid ring and leaves a bit of lace.

S: Citrusy C-hops. Emphasis on grapefruit – both fruit & rind – so maybe it has some Simcoe too. Pale malt base with plenty of low crystal. US IPA from the late 90s. Very pleasant & good strength.

T: Malts are more pale and biscuit than the nose. Sweetness & caramel are there but less. A hint of grain comes in too. Hops are similar to nose but with more weight on grapefruit rind. Nice rounded c-hops flavor with lots of plentiful bitterness. Not spin the head around, but quite good.

M: Just a frog’s hair over medium body. If it is more, then it is the matched yet stiff CO2 lifting it to make it seem lighter. Only a bit of sticky sugars & malt dextrins, but lots of hop tannins. Firmly hop drying finish.

D: Not imaginative or creative at all, but solid & well done. You won’t be shifting any paradigms, but this gets the job done quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 14:17:50 | More by SickGnar
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a lovely coppery gold, perfectly clear, with a bubbly and creamy head that left intricate lacing on my glass. The carbonation bubbles are occasional and individual.

The smell is loaded with floral hops. Underneath the hops, there is some light maltiness, but it's hard to find much that is subtle in here.

The taste is a tad disappointing overall. Very light malty flavours start it out, with some citric brightness. An overall orangey lemony flavour dominates in the middle, with big hops aroma and flavour. Unfortunately, the bitter is practically non-existant. I can't help but wonder if this is intentional in a bottled beer for the masses -- I'm starting to suspect all microbreweries and brewpubs of "Stout Lite Syndrome".

I find the body to be very light as well. It's not the slick, smooth rich beer that I enjoy in my favourite IPAs.

Having said all this, it is extremely drinkable. I mean, I'll have no trouble killing off this 1 litre bottle tonight. The hops aroma is lovely, and the bitter balances the light malt aspect well enough. So it's fairly a balanced beer, I'd say. It's just that it's neither particularly bitter nor particularly malty, and it's not an IPA for me. I dunno. Maybe I'm too picky.

I hear this one's a killer on tap. I'll have to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 04:52:09 | More by Garin
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-11-2013 22:25:09 | More by ptarmigan98
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-30-2013 18:15:17 | More by Kmat10
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Jediknight362

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-11-2013 04:06:51 | More by Jediknight362
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-18-2014 00:35:43 | More by Oidmoe
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my CanBIF6 box from wordemupg. Thanks!

Wild Rose IPA pours a hazy amber with only a misty cover of off-white foam, leaving a little bit of lacing. I poured pretty hard but this one doesn't seem to produce much head.

The nose seems to be more sweet malt than hops...not a good sign for an IPA. Light, sweet malt and bread with some faint floral hops. Not much smell coming off this one.

The flavour is luckily much better than I was anticipating from the smell. Still quite malty but there are enough hops present to qualify it as an IPA. Light caramel malt supports some decent grassy hopping. This one definitely tastes more English than American. No alcohol presence and the finish is pretty short, not really leaving anything behind. Decent if a little plain. There isn't a bottling date listed on the bottle; I'd hope for this one that it's not at its freshest. The hops are fairly characterless.

The low carbonation (and resulting lack of head) and silky medium body make this one feel almost like a cask ale, which is kind of cool.

This is pretty drinkable but not something to go out of your way to find. If I lived in Alberta I'd probably pick this up now and again. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:20:04 | More by eat
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Masterkush7

Alberta (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good ipa brewed close to home. A English style ipa that I like even though I’m a bigger fan of the American style. A good Carmel malt background balances out this ipa that has a nice dark brown color. I enjoyed this brew and will again for that price

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 14:28:06 | More by Masterkush7
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear light copper with two fingers of off white head that both retained and laced well
S - the smells are a little too subtle for an IPA. There are some earthy and grassy hops, but the strongest smells seems to be nutty malt
T - earthy hops are nice, the nutty malt is a good balance, and some light grassy notes on the finish, but still a bit too subtle on the hops
M - medium carbonation and a nice hop bitter that dry's out well on the finish
D - although I like a good hop kick, there is enough hop flavours here to test the palate of the average beer drinker but still be enough for the hop heads, and if you enjoy some bitterness it will go down very easy

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:36:19 | More by joemcgrath27
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordemupg for this.

Poured fro ma 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A chilled haze on a light copper body. 3-4 fingers of off-white foam that shows no signs of slowing and has lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel malt and light hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt, hop resin with a sweet touch.

Mouthfeel: Malt is stronger than the hops with a low bitterness and a bit of thinness in the finish but does have a lingering effect.

Overall: A decent effort. Not a big kick but it's good and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 15:13:19 | More by papat444
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

"100% wild by volume," says the neck label. Slightly hazy, golden-colored brew with a healthy, creamy lacing that retains well.

Buttery nose of diacetyl, with a little citrus, minty hops and caramel malt. Smooth, light bodied and a bit thin on the palate. Dry, but slick and buttery, too. Fresh pale malts. Woody, earthy, herbal hop notes, but nothing overly bitter. Watery pine. Mild fruity esters. Dry--very dry--finish, with a mineral aftertaste.

Quite English in its body, flavor and finish. The diacetyl is a bit overwhelming, but overall, this is a refreshingly drinkable IPA that stands out amongst a market flooded with high- alpha acid Double IPA wannabes.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:54:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-11-2013 02:24:50 | More by LDuke
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MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-14-2011 19:12:14 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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Avant_Garage


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-09-2012 23:43:50 | More by Avant_Garage
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-20-2013 22:03:16 | More by goalie35
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harrisonpoured

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-12-2012 00:40:09 | More by harrisonpoured
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a 20 oz pint on tap at a Calgary pub in the far NW. I look for this one on tap and its surprising that it remains somewhat hard to find even here at home. Bottles are everywhere. Arrived a deep reddish bronze color with maybe an inch of white foam. Aroma is bright and fresh, with subdued citrus, green leaf, dry biscuit malt, and other medicinal or mineral notes. Palate follows the nose by and large. The hops trump the malt, which is mostly dry biscuit, maybe a little honey sweetness. Citrus is downplayed as well, there's a little orange marmalade and lemon. Initial impression features assertive watery pine that recalls Buckley's mixture cough syrup, with a coarse bitterness that might please some double IPA fans. Hops are also earthy and herbal, I'd guess Columbus or something similar (or a whole shit ton of something English like Target or Challenger). There is plenty of green catty tomato leaf flavor that is more American hops than English. However, as my palate habituated to the bitter attack a mellow peachy sweetness started to emerge to provide some needed balance. Thinnish body with moderate carbonation and would be easy to quaff were the hops less potent. I hold this brew in high regard and I prefer it to many other Western Canadian takes on the style ... Could use more English malt complexity but I enjoy the hop regime for some reason. There are old and new world elements and the total package satisfies the bitter receptors quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 21:00:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.