IPA (India Pale Ale) - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
08-26-2012 14:17:50 | More by SickGnar
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-11-2012 05:00:46 | More by Converge
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-07-2012 15:13:19 | More by papat444
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
I am a big IPA fan, that being said, I did actually really enjoy this brew, over all a nice product.
10-19-2011 20:23:25 | More by GabesAles
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-17-2011 18:25:01 | More by thehyperduck
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
05-09-2011 00:16:22 | More by ChrisCage
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-06-2011 01:41:00 | More by Tackledorange
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-12-2010 19:54:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-07-2010 19:23:51 | More by bobsy
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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
08-01-2010 03:36:19 | More by joemcgrath27
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-03-2010 22:58:22 | More by Long813
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
05-29-2010 20:40:12 | More by beerbum05
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-29-2010 02:56:06 | More by andrenaline
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
05-17-2010 01:20:04 | More by eat
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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