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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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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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Dawkfan
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
Photo of wordemupg
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
Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

IronDjinn, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
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
Photo of biboergosum
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
Photo of CrellMoset
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

CrellMoset, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
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
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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%
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 prosper
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

prosper, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Shadman
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Shadman, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ;-)

bloberglawp, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Garin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Garin, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of MAB
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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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.