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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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87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jwc215, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Derek, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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
Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

barnzy78, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

bobsy, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

IronDjinn, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

schnarr84, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of CrellMoset
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

CrellMoset, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BigBry, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kmat10, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, May 07, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Photo of CalgaryFMC
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.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oidmoe, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Shadman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Shadman, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of ZorPrime
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!

ZorPrime, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Beervana, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +3.9%

berley31, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

YamagamiTravis, May 31, 2013
Photo of eat
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.

eat, May 17, 2010
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.