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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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very good

38 Reviews

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002

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
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 80
Photo of prosper
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Garin
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of Masterkush7
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking off color amber, slightly cloudy/hazy with a nice light tan head and super lacing that stuck to sides the entire time I sampled it.

aroma was sweet from the malts and slight floral in character. Hop aroma was present, but not overpowering.

very nicely balanced between the light carmel malts and the bitter hops. This one has a pleasant hop bite and aftertaste.

smooth, almost creamy and very easy to drink.

a keeper!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! I reviewed this one quite some time ago, and the notes have been lying around for a while - not sure why. Anyway, here goes! It was poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, and a mild pour yields a one-finger head, surprisingly dense, with good retention and sparse and speckly lacing. Speckly, is that a word?

Aroma: Mild, but the predominant notes detectable are a grainy, biscuity malt foundation and a vegetal, leafy hop presence. Not bad, but pretty routine.

Taste: Unique, really. Not sweet - the malts are very wholesome - and what sweetness is here is well balanced by a nice bitterness and some leafy and citrusy, tart hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very clean (the effect of the water, perhaps), leaving only the faintest and most delicate of aftertastes. It's thin, and light-to-medium bodied. Very even.

Drinkability: A very sessionable and pleasant IPA. Alcohol is not noticeable and of good level for the style, the flavors and aroma are well-balanced and nice ... nothing wrong with this one. Just a good, above-average, enjoyable IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A semi-aggressive pour from the bottle nets about two fingers of foam that recedes to one finger and then a thick ring, but persists decently (and leaves nice lacing). Colour is an amber/copper, ever-so-faintly cloudy, but lighter around the edges.

Smell is citrusy hops (grapefruit especially) with a slightly toasted malty backbone. There's a faint, almost candied sweetness that I'm having trouble parsing. Taste is surprisingly well-balanced, with the hops present but the malt component really holding its own. Burnt orange, decent bitterness. A slightly citrusy, perfumey, slightly earthy, toasted flavour going on. Wish they would dial back the carbonation just a touch. But it's a fairly solid IPA generally: not flashy or in your face, but tasty and decently drinkable.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

This is a very solid IPA. The hop balance, grapefruit nose and malty finish make for a very enjoyable brew. If you want an even and well flavored IPA, this is definitely worth a try!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2009. Fresh bottle from CanBIF5, c/o the Wildone. This is from their new hop-back.

A: Clear, copper-bronze with a white head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Nice American hop aroma (tangerine & nectarine with hints of pine, grass & floral) with an underlying grainy, biscuity malt.

T: Nice fresh hop flavour: nectarine, tangerine & grassy hops, toffee & biscuity malt with a smooth bitterness. (I'd put the flavour between a 3.5 & 4).

M: Well attenuated moderate body has a little hop acidity and an off-dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable (probably more-so with a little less carbonation).

Original review 10/21/2008.

The label says "Wild Rose I.P.A. India Pale Ale" and has it at 6.0% abv.

A4: Hazy copper with an off-white head; minimal retention, but some lacing.

S4: Nectarine, grapefruit, toffee, nuts & hints of cotton-candy fruity esters. Sublte orange rind and mineral-earthiness. The balanced aroma is between and American & a British IPA... Canadian?

T3.5: The hop flavour isn't intense, but it's well-rounded (grapefruit, piny, grassy, nectarine). North American pale malt flavour (grainy biscuits with hints of toffee). Very slight oxidation (flat cardboard flavour). Decent bitterness. The alcohol doesn't seem that high, it like a really hoppy pale ale.

M3.5: Moderate body & carbonation.

D4: It's not overly engaging, but it's very drinkable

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for this one -

Pours light orange amber (tea-like) with a thin off-white head that doesn't last the duration. Minimal thin evidence of lacing sticks.

The smell is of biscuity malt with a citric and floral backing. I'm thinking that in style the backing should be leading the way, but it is pleasant. Smells more like an APA that has not forgotten the hops.

The taste is biscuity and caramelly with a bitter, citric and floral, undertone that pulls through in the finish to get ahead, leaving me satisfied. While the bitter hops lagged behind a bit at the start, they come through ahead in the finishing line, with the malty sweetness rounding it out. The dry, bittersweet finish lingers long enough to be satisfying, as well.
More of an "old school" IPA, or a hoppier APA, or an English IPA with American hops. Whatever, the case may be, it certainly has a nice taste.

While the body could be fuller/creamier/chewier, it certainly keeps above being thin. Certainly, it is smooth. A very easy-drinking IPA, with alcohol being, while not non-existent, reasonably well-covered. Goes down easy enough, for sure, and I could see myself enjoying a 6-pack if it were readily available.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass at 16-18C (I like 'em warm).

Pours light golden with orange hues, aroma of citrusy hops and delicious english malts. I already know I'm gonna need more. Head rentention is minimal but present, good lacing. Cabonisation on the softer side, not a bad thing at all. Taste, english malts, some caramel lots of bitter hops and aroma hops pull through. I'd call upon this one to introduce people to what IPA is about.

BTW, its a Industrial Park Ale, not a IPA, says so on the bottle ;-)

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Photo of Poutanen
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've always thought of Wild Rose products as subpar compared to other small breweries. I saw the Beeradvocate sticker next to a case of this beer last night, and decided it was worth a try!

Pleasantly surprised I'd have to say. I consider myself an IPA hog and this was certainly enjoyable. Not as well balanced as Epic Armageddon, not as hoppy as Smashbomb Atomic, however it was a very sessionable beer.

So far the best Wild Rose product I've tried. Colour was an inviting golden, didn't get to smell it much as the glass was a tall narrow glass. Taste was hoppy, fairly balanced, and didn't have any displeasing undertones. Head remained around until I finished the glass. The finish was enjoyable, it didn't fall flat on it's face or carry on too long.

Worth a drink if you're looking for a session IPA and don't want to spend $5+ a bottle.

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color (darker than Keith's IPA). Small, even head, lots of carbonation with thin lacing left behind. Nice, full aroma of the hops, some sweetness and some floral notes. Strong hoppy flavor. Light malty taste perfectly balanced with the hops. Lots of taste, bitter but not super biting and no bad after taste. Another plus from Wild Rose.

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Photo of Long813
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Chris (wordemupg)

A: Dark copper body with light only escaping at the edges of the glass. One finger of white bubbly head which quickly dissipates into nothing. Leaves no lacing.

S: Hops, citrus, getting some maltiness and breadiness in it too. Interesting mix of what seems to be an American and English IPA.

T: Caramel malts and breadiness. Topped with loads of hops and some citrus. Again, tastes like a great mix between the two styles.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Leaves a sticky bitter aftertaste which is a little to much for me. No sense of alcohol at all.

D: Thanks again to Chris for this one. It's so easy to drink I couldn't believe how fast I went through it. This is yet another great showcase of what Canada can do. The mixture between what I feel to be American/English IPA is great. Best of both worlds.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to some friends from Red Deer for bringing this across the border for me to try.
L - deeper golden colored ale, nice clarity, huge persistent, creamy off-white head
S - weaker nose of earthy and citric hop, caramel, not much else
T - plenty of up-front bitterness with earthy, citric, piny hops and a biscuity, bready malt backbone with some caramel - nice balance
F - super creamy, medium-fullish body, finishes dry with lingering bitterness
O - a nice treat, no complaints here. Nice English IPA. Great pick up! Glad to try!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick splash of loose, bubbley off-white head. Transparent rustic copper in appearance.

Toasted, almost a bit smokey malt on the nose along with a good dose green grass, citrus and grapefruit. Caramel malt comes out as it warms.

Some bready toasted malt up front in the flavour that quickly gets overwhelmed by dry, grassy herbal hops that then finish with the expected citrus, pine and grapefruit zest. Earthy, toasted notes linger in the aftertase.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel leaning closer to the full side, a bit slick at times, light stickiness on the finish.

One of my regular local go-to IPAs when I'm hankering for a hop fix, I tend to rotate between this and Tree's Hophead. I must say it's good to have Wild Rose's IPA back after the period that it was replaced by the watered down Industrial Park Ale for so long, or at least when the Industrial Park was watered down from the hoppy pleasantness it once possessed. Either way Wild Rose is back on the right track with this one once again.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some old reviews in a box after moving. This one's from a ways back (perhaps fall 2008?). Why do I find crap like this and not forgotten money. Pithy review follows...

Nice, classic IPA appearance, with an orange-amber appearance, and one finger of bubbly white head. Good integration of grapefruit and caramel in the aroma. Better balanced than a lot of IPA's, with the sweet malts helping to cut through the high bitterness. Certainly lots of citrus in the flavour, with some pine notes. Crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.