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Brown Ale - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark brown and ruby hued, this ale expresses notes of espresso and chocolate. Very approachable, Wild Rose Brown Ale is mildly hopped with a medium body and a clean finish. Don't be afraid of the dark. Get down with the Brown.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002)
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TJMcScmeebs


2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

05-21-2012 13:39:40 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

10-30-2013 05:52:51 | More by Ianleesrivette
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GabesAles

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: decent looking beer, but head was good, deflated faster then i would have liked, but not too bad... nice dark brown color, very clear, no haze.

Smell: smells malty, caramel

Taste: kind of sweet, estery, very malty, not very bitter, I did not find it to have a nice balance, A little too estery for me, perhaps fermented at higher temps... or not aged long enough before bottling..

Mouthfeel: It's no worse than the mouthfeel of a typical macro, however i expect better mouthfeel from a craft brewed brown ale... certainly does not have a velvety mouth coating characteristic

Overall: Unfortunately i did not find this to be a great brew, I would not buy it again

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:35:25 | More by GabesAles
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a couple of different offerings from these guys so decided to give this a go. Dark brown beer with white white head and some lacing of note.Smell was a big put off..quite a sour odor that didn't seem right. Taste was also slight off..prehaps the sour smell playing games with my taste buds. Did detect a smooth nutty flavor that was nice. Wondering if I got a bad batch here..stay tuned.

note:..bought a sixer of Wild Rose IPA from the same store and it smelt and tasted more sour than this beer...old stock syndrome is my guess..may have to re-review this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 00:15:29 | More by Shadman
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-23-2011 06:40:56 | More by Vandelayindustri
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-28-2011 06:48:01 | More by EskimoDave
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear root beer color with a huge amount of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. It appears clear, and with a fairly pathetic looking tan color head, that is very thin, and settles to a patchy looking film. The lacing is modest at best....it starts out promising, then fizzles to a water bubble like texture on the side of my glass. Not an enticing looking brew...

S- This area is better, with aromas of sweet caramel, coffee bean, and dark chocolate dominating the smell. There is a somewhat earthy nut smell in the middle and the finish is comprised of wet soil, molasses and roasted malt.

T- This is flavorful, albeit light. There is flavors of toasted almond, chocolate, coffee and toasted wheat bread. There isn't much of a hop bitterness, but it is there, ever so slightly. Overall, it is much like the aroma, but with a little more complexity. I find the flavors don't last long after the swallow, making this a somewhat bland tasting brown ale IMO.

M- Fairly heavy carbonation for the style I find and this was light in body unfortunately. While i find it quite flavorful, it doesn't last and doesn't permeate the palate that well. It lacks a real depth overall.

O- It's not a bad tasting beer, but I feel that its' character is fairly bland for the style. It's too clean and crisp for my liking and is good for those maybe entering this type of beer. Very average overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:28:45 | More by ChrisCage
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from 355 ml. bottle.

A-Pours with one finger of white head that drops quickly. Leaves a trace of lacing on the glass. Deep dark brown colour.

S-Very malty and sweet with hints of hay. Very slight hop aroma.

T-Malt forward. Slightly sweet and caramely.

M-Creamy with mild/moderate carbonation.

O-Always good and very drinkable. A nice change of pace from really hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 05:01:33 | More by Muhly
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in the $1 singles bin at my local liquor store. There isn't any freshess date, so hopefully it's still good. I've had a couple beers from Wild Rose, and they seem to have a good thing going on. Hopefully this is as good as the IPA I remember.

This beer pours a very deep, almost opaque, red colour... It's a very "brown ale" indeed. There's about one finger of head sitting on top, that shows no signs of going anywhere.

The aroma is slightly funky. The bready yeast is very apparent, alongside some roasty malt. I'm guessing mine might be on the old side if it has this unusual smell.

The flavour is light, but the dark toasy malt comes through. It's sweet to start, and the hops are quite subdued. It almost has a bit of a dark fruit and chocolate taste. the light body makes this an easy drink, but also drowns out some of the flavours that start to develop.

Overall, this is a very average brown ale for me. I'd rather have a Big Rock Trad than this (another Calgary brewery). It's not too bad though. Perhaps my bottle was on the old side.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:20:42 | More by evlu1441
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't add much to the other reviews, which seem to be bang on:
Nice and dark, brown head, chocolate malt highlights, a very tasty offering but lacking the "je ne sais quoi" when it is served on tap.
The 341ml bottles are at just the right size and price however. The big flip top bottles were over-priced for what you got.

In Calgary it is getting to quite prevalent on tap (along with their Industrial Park Ale) but if you haven't been to the Hop In on 12th Ave. to sample it and the other 8 or 9 micros on tap then you should waste no more time doing just that.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 18:20:57 | More by MAB
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. They must be having some problems with their bottling and labelling because all of these bottles have gobs of glue on them and one had it's label missing and the label was stuck to another label. Beer inside was still good none-the-less.

Clear, and dark brown with red highlights. Creamy beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin cap. Sporadic sheets of lace.

Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee in the aroma.

The smooth roasted malt character at the start increases in intensity to a coffee and malt-bitter finish. Has a bit of a harsh abrassive quality to it. Aftertaste is of roasted malt.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Has a bit of a bite to in in the finish that is a little stronger than I'd like.

This doesn't seem nearly as creamy and smooth as I remembered it being on tap. Still a good brew, just a little more agressive with the roasted-bitter character than I like in a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 02:10:02 | More by Noxious26
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a deep copper brown, with a thin but dense head that laced my glass well.

The aroma is caramelly, and malty.

The flavour is sweet, malty, and nutty. Some metallic and grainy hints. Thin in the middle and empty on the end. This beer is all up front, with a little lemon over time.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly soft. It's a little single-minded for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 02:11:39 | More by Garin
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown, can be seen through. A fairly fast pour generated very little head, and that faded to a ring rather quickly.

Smell of toasted grains and caramel. Faint coffee aroma hides underneath.

Caramel is apparent right up front, and carries most of the flavour for the front half of the mouth. Further back toasted malt and a subtle herbal hop flavour finish things off. Nuttiness and coffee show more and more as the beer warms, filling out the flavour.

The body is a bit oily, and carbonation is on the lower side. Reasonable mouthfeel.

Like most browns, this goes down rather easy. Smooth all around, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 04:32:33 | More by elricorico
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-11-2013 02:26:33 | More by LDuke
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-11-2013 22:24:54 | More by ptarmigan98
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-05-2011 03:02:17 | More by benbou17
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2013 22:27:35 | More by Kmat10
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice, deep chestnut brown. Whitish head, short lived, Light rim of head left behind.

S + T: Toasty, slightly sweet malts. Flavour is similar. The malts are the primary focus here, and it works out quite nicely. A touch of breadiness. A somewhat cola-like quality in flavour... or like root beer? Interesting, to say the least.

M + D: A bit thin in body. Carbonation is about right. This would be a good cask candidate. An easy going 5%. Very straight forward brown, done well enough, against some stiff competition.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:52:35 | More by Proteus93
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly easy and creamy drink. Well carbonated brown with nuttiness. Drop of sourness masked by good malt profile.Fresh from the brewery, thanks Pootz for sharing. Bit oily coffeee injected consistency, and licorice on aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. I had this on tap both at the brewery and elsewhere in Calgary on other date and it was not as good, overwhelmed by the coffee aroma and taste, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 15:08:48 | More by Sammy
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall 1 litre flip-top brown bottle. Possesses a thin creamy head that quickly recedes to a small ring, but leaves some impressive lacing. Colour of light oak when held to the light, deep chestnut otherwise. Aroma of thick coffee, accompanied by slight chocolate and burnt malt. No discernable hop presence, coffee aroma is far too intense. Flavour is also mostly intense coffee, followed by burnt malt and slight chocolate. Flavour is definitely intense, up-front, and in your face. However I am not a coffee fan by any means, so the aggressive coffee flavour found in this ale doesn't do much for me. Yet I think it would score high marks amongst the Starbucks shills crowd, would be right up their alley, correlating with all the coffee porters and stouts I've tried. Personal tastes aside, this is truly one of the most flavourful browns I've sampled, definitely worth a try, there is nothing mild about it at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 20:51:41 | More by IronDjinn
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Deep brown hue with highlights of amber when held up to the light. Frothy tan head that settles to a thick cap and laces excellently.

S - Sweet caramel malt upfront with mild hops in the finish. Slight nuttiness to it, but this is overall really mild and doesn't provide much aroma at all.

T - Follows the nose really closely. Caramel malt dominates, with some nuttiness following it up. Light floral hops come up in the finish. Maybe some brown sugar, and even some very slight roastiness, but this ale doesn't give very much flavor.

M - Nice and full, with low carbonation. Probably the best thing going for this beer, as it feels weighty but smooth.

D - An unspectacular brown ale all around. A malty but mild local offering I'll likely pass on next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:13:50 | More by Converge
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brown ale, but a tad disappointing.

Nice ruby-mahogany colour with a decent near-white head. Slightly sour, strangely metallic smell with sweet malts. I couldn't really pick up any hops.

The sourness comes through in the flavour and it seems kind of odd. Not horrible, but it starts off sour and bitter and then the sweetness shines through. Caramel and toffee essences.

Decent carbonation, and something you could have a few of in one go - but there are better brown's out there. But there are also worse....

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 02:28:36 | More by BDTyre
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown that turns dark coppery with a distinctly amber/red hue when held to light. Quite clear with more than a few bubbles rising. Small light tan head that sticks around pretty good. Nice bunch of lace too.

S: Quite chocolaty for a brown. Plentiful notes of nutty & sweet. Only a hint of pale & biscuit background. Not finding any hops. Fair strength with interesting character.

T: Lots of chocolaty and loads of nutty. A bit of sweetness & biscuit / pale base. Edge of metallic gets in there. Ghost hint of diacetyl too. Hint of roast. Herbal hops for balance in the background & growing in the finish.

M: Medium body with matched yet cushiony carbonation. Less texture than expected but it does have some. Finish stays neutral to a hint sweet with just a barest bit of hop drying way at the end.

D: More chocolate than the usual just beyond session strength brown. Otherwise a good solid brewpub brown. Tasty, drinkable, & easy to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 13:13:10 | More by SickGnar
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm interesting beer. Dark brown, pretty clear, good off-white head and lace. Smell is malty, kind of sour. Tastes are vanilla, chocalte maltiness, and a bit of a sour finish. The mouthfeel was pretty full and creamy, went down smooth, had some good carbonation. I'd try this one again, but not spectacular. Thanks pootz.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 23:02:14 | More by Viggo
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black appearance with thick brown head. Smell of roasted malts, grain and fruit.

Very malty taste with a strong hint of caramel and vanilla. Tastes very similar to coffee. Medium body and moderately carbonated. After taste is clean, smooth and almost smoky.

Overall, this is an interesting beer with a unique blend of tastes. Was kind of turned off initially, but began to like it the more I drank it. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 02:06:55 | More by CrazyMike
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Brown Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.