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Juxtapose Wild IPA | Four Winds Brewing Co.

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Juxtapose Wild IPAJuxtapose Wild IPA
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Brewed by:
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LampertLand on 03-02-2014

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 96
Photo of thehyperduck
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle obtained from the latest CANBIF - thanks Farees! Served lightly chilled.

Pours a slightly hazy, medium gold colour, capped off with 1.5 fingers of creamy-looking foam. It dissipates steadily over the next couple of minutes, depositing a curtain of sponge print-patterned lacing as it recedes. A dense cap and generously-proportioned collar remain on top afterwards. Fruity hops on the nose; I'm getting mostly citrus, apricot and pineapple, with suggestions of mango, strawberry, pine resin, and Brett-derived funk.

A very solid IPA; a modest backbone of doughy, bready pale malt and honey sweetness supports a big load of West Coast-style hoppage. Pine needles and resin come through with considerably more force than they did on the nose, in addition to notes of bitter grapefruit pith, apricot and pineapple. Subtly funky; it's noticeable, but Brett yeast flavours are definitely not the focus of the brew (at least, not until you get to the bottom fifth). Finishes with floral, grassy astringency that lingers on the palate. Fruity aftertaste with persistent hop bitterness. Medium in body, with light carbonation levels and a smooth, slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue after each sip.

Final Grade: 4.23, an impressive A-. Juxtapose Wild IPA is almost a traditional West Coast IPA, but for one major twist - the Brett serves as a lovely complement to the piney, fruity hop bill. My only suggestion would be to amp up the Brett a little, because I am finding that the hops are kind of drowning out the funkier aspects of the flavour profile. Not a mind-blower, but I can understand how this one wormed its way onto the Canadian Top 100 - it's definitely a hophead pleaser, but with slightly more depth of flavour than your typical IPA. If you can find it, then try it!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Alibi Room (30-May-16; #700/day 2) served in a 12 oz mug. Bright and complex with layers of fruit (melon, citrus), pine and mildly funky yeast. Lighter carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of flyerzrule
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cloudy gold with a thick white head with moderate retention. Smell is a combination of funk, lemon, mango, and apricot. Taste is the same with a touch of bitterness. All the flavors work well together. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The "wild" part of Juxtapose Wild IPA manifests itself most obviously in the appearance; over-eager foam climbs up the glass as though it were running away from the bottle and the bottom portions come out looking like a combination of milk and sand. Still, this pulpy, opaque orange beer looks good.

And it smells awesome! Brett enhances what was already an incredibly nectarous bouquet. Which qualities should be credited to the hops and which the yeast is a tough knot to entangle but this floral and ultra-fruity aroma is certainly, as the brewery put so elegantly, "where orchards meet pastures".

Things get more intense on the palate; the tongue can appreciate bitter resins and barnyard-y earthiness not noticed by the nose. Still, Juxtapose tastes as though lemon and/or grapefruit juice was freshly squeezed into a chunky breakfast smoothie containing mango, pineapple, blood orange and yellow plum.

Wild yeast adds a whole other dimension to the typical sunny, citrusy IPA - even if sourness isn't really part of it. Instead, it's notes of farmhouse notes of hay, orchard fruit skins and the zest of a thousand lemons (slight exaggeration) that breath extra life into those Columbus, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops.

Not only are tropical hops and funky yeasts two of my favourite qualities, it also just so happens that they pair wonderfully together, each enhancing and complimenting the inherent characteristics of the other. Juxtapose Wild IPA is a beautifully crafted ale that I'd want to have on-hand at all times.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with four towering fingers of dense off-white head that leaves really cool lace as it recedes. Looks like patterns on handmade pottery.

Smells of sweet melon, sliced limes, mild grainy malt, gentle yeast funk and lots of flowery, citrussy hops.

Tastes of more whole grain bread caramel malt, limeade, mixed diced melons, bitter citrus rind, more gentle white cheese funk and more floral hops.

Feels light and creamy. Medium-light bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Four Winds appears to be the real deal.

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Photo of leaddog
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a straw gold with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramel malts, yeast, citrus, hint of grapefruit.

Taste - Citrus and leafy hops provide a nice punch in the start. The bready caramel malts, citrus, yeast, and bitter grapefruit peel help to finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with the yeast and hops lingering.

Overall - An excellent rendition of the style. The aroma could use a little more oomph to it but otherwise a stellar example utilizing wild yeast and the citrus hop profile to its advantage.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my. I really wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer blew my mind. It is bright, complex, and full of melon flavors that I've never experienced in an IPA. I've heard plenty of hype surrounding Four Winds, and now I'm starting to get it. Juxtapose is an IPA that is light on the palate, accessible, and entirely enjoyable.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily one of the best BC IPAs that I've had and one of the best brett IPA I've had yet. Beautiful melon, berry, citrus, slight funk and a crisp, tropical finish. Highly recommended for fans of west coast IPAs in search of something a little different.

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Photo of FrankBrewbody
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really solid IPA. Wasn't blown away with my first taste but it definitely grew on me.

Look - unfiltered, golden colour with a good steady 1" head.
Smell - hope nose with grapefruit and a good sent of bread/light caramel
Taste - light initial hop taste with a bit of a more malt forward profile. Enjoyed it much more in the middle/end given the bitter, dry finish.
Feel - extremely smooth and creamy
Overall - solid IPA. I think if anything my score being below average bight just be from me being a little tired of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - nice to see this Canadian whale make it to Alberta in something as ignominious as a mixed 4-pack of craft BC brews. Whatever, eh?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, densely foamy, and moderately creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky snow rime lace in places around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed domestic citrus fruit, underripe cantaloupe and honeydew, understated funky yeast, a subtle white pepper and scallion spiciness, and further leafy, weedy, and spruce tip-like hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and mildly crackery caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, semi-sweet blood orange, key lime, and Texas red grapefruit, a lessened generic melon fruitiness, still muddled, but hard to ignore common spices, some coyly funky yeastiness, a tame hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its gentle and caressing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and not so surprisingly smooth, after having read the brewing ingredient list on the label - those flaked oats really earn their keep! It finishes off-dry, the base pale and caramel-tinged malt holding steady, while the fruitiness and funk continue their lazy spin around the (metaphorical!) drain.

Like Nectarous before it, I wasn't initially quite taken by the hype, but in the end, the beer in front of me more than made up for my sardonic lack of faith in hearsay. A stellar wild yeast-treated IPA, insofar as the guest baddies don't interfere with the complex fruity and varied green hoppy goodness on display here. Awesome stuff, and am I ever glad that I have another glass of this to enjoy in peace.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutger this past summer. Your boxes always rule the world man. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Zephyrus Series
IBU: 50
Malts: Pale, pilsner and carapils
Hops: Amarillo, columbus and simcoe
Brewed with flaked oats and fermented with wild yeast

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, 3+ finger, medium looking, foamy white head with great retention. Clear safety orange with piles and piles of carbonation. Lots of it. Head slowly fades to a huge foamy cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing on the glass. A full cap remains and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Lots of hops on this one. Tropical fruit, pine, melon, some lightly funky notes from the yeast, with some grass and hay as well. Citrus lemon and barnyard notes as well. Bold and enticing. Great.

TASTE: Funky barnyard flavors up front with grassy, melon and citrus lemon flavors at the swallow. Nice, lingering finish of funk, tropical fruits, bitter pine flavors and lemon, citrus notes. Hoppy and fruity with some well measured funk from the wild yeast. Not overly sour, but plenty complex and balanced. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Some light bitterness lingers. Nice stuff here.

OVERALL: This is really, really good and wonderfully refreshing. An interesting beer all around and a fun blend of bold hops and wild yeast. Something I was happy to try and would very much love to drink more of this if it came out again. Try it if you get the chance. Thanks very much Rutger! A beauty.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6.5% abv, 50 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - light orange yellow with three finger head, cloudy. the yeast is so active!
S - citrusy, grassy, earthy, malty(kinda like fat tug), yeasty, hint of pineapple(funk?),mango at the back.
T - good carbonation, smooth medium body. tartness kick, like pineapple juice, bread malty, n juz enough hop at the end. malty lasting. spice like cumin.
O - indeed there's so called "funkiness" in this beer!! brett characteristics is out. it's a really good blend of two styles. love it!

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Photo of IllNate
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with tones of head, I would say too much. Aroma is yeasty, brett, with citrus hops, pineapple mostly. Taste follows with a balanced bitter/sour. It's more subtle than I was expecting, but I can see that any more and the beer might not be as quaffable as it is. Feel is thin, bitter and sour, not much to hide behind here, I'm impressed it walks the line so well.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade from Westcoastbeergeek! Thx westcoast. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a massive head. You need to pour easy and slow or else it's a 3" high head in no time. Medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Amazing amount of scents here. Good hops. Lots of yeast and a bit sour.

T- Almost a blend between a sour and an IPA. Super tart and bitter on the tongue. Grassy notes. Barley is there in spades. Not sweet at all. Gotta love brett.

M- Dry and tart. Very refreshing

O- Very good brew. The blend is well balanced between sour and IPA. Kind of a hybrid beer. Me likie a lot! Will buy again IF I ever see it.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with...... Liver and onions with bacon! Sounds a bit funny but the liver texture and taste just lights up this brew

Enjoy

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Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into tasting glass.

A — Pours a hazy orange hued amber into the glass, there is a rather tall white colored head on it that leaves behind some really nice lacing.

S — Smells of funky brett, which really brings out the fruity components from the hops, it's quite juicy, tropical and bitter.

T — Tastes of juicy hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of a lemony twang too.

M — Medium bodied, nice carbonation level, and a nice long finish.

O — Rally quite nice, a very balanced and funky IPA.

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Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed orange-golden colour, 2 fingers of white head and lots of lace. Smell is fruity, grapefruit and orange, musty with a bit of ginger, spicy as it warms. Taste is musty up front, brett and earthy funk, mild bitterness, hoppy with a citrus and grapefruit finish. High carbonation, medium light body. Very enjoyable and another in a growing list of incredible beers from this brewery that I have had.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: nice orange Amber colour with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.
S: dusty pineapple, mango, and mild rind.
T: mostly dusty, hops is a bit mango But mild. Finish is a touch salty.
M: pretty thin and carbonation is medium low - seemingly all lost in the big head.
O: a fine beer reminiscent of hop savant on the nose but pales a bit in milder notes on the palate.

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Brett strain. Pours with about 5 inches of thick foam but dissapates quickly. Smell is very fruity and dank. First beer from Four Winds and I'm very impressed.

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Photo of Ziggyplayedguitar
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Brett IPA for me so no real comparison here. I guess that's the "Brett funk" I'm smelling here, kinda blanketing the floral fruity smell. Not a lot of citrus here. Looks gorgeous; hazy apricot colour. Tons of lathery head that leaves beautiful lace the whole way Down. Taste: took me a couple sips to get with. Usually like my IPA's big in IBU's. This one is all subtleties. Bright stone fruits with a beautiful smooth duvet of Brett funk? Is this what you're all raving about? Well I can see why. A nice alternative to palate crushing hops, every now and again. I love every 4 winds beer I've ever had and would try anything they make.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for the bottle (CANBIF!!!)

Pours a hazy orangey-hay color with a tall, white, chalky head that has great retention and leaves curtains of lace. The nose is packed with citrus hop notes and funky Brett. On the palate, but the hops and Brett play well together; lots of citrus (oranges, lemon) and white pepper along with the funky Brett, both drying out the finish and balancing a whisp of toasted malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and lively. Overall, this is a very well balanced Bretted IPA. Delicious!

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Photo of meloroast
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

this was some FUNK!
poured into a tulip but still took a few sips for it to open up. not too heavy on the brett...was hoping for a bit more funky horse blanket.
super complex, down the whole bomber on a tuesday night. sweet jeezus.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Pour is a pale golden peach with deep colored center and a white head. Nose has a mix of light grain and stale malt up front with a moderate amount of fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of acidic citrus. Taste is a bit cleaner, grains a bit more integrated with a very tropical fruit back end. Body is lighter, a touch syrupy, with assertive carbonation and a fairly dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice huge white head with excellent retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma of citrus hoppy notes with light Brett presence is very interesting. Taste is also dominated citrus notes with light piney notes with some Brett presence that is noticeable and a lightly sweet finish. Body is about average with excellent carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style but Brett presence is not as dominant as I would have expected.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this beer!

A - poured a hazy opaque bright orange with three big fingers if egg she'll colored head.

S - brett funk up front. Tropical fruit, sweet honey and pine aromas are also present.

T - huge tropical fruit bouquet up front. Pineapple, mango and Mellon notes are all present. A honey/caramel sweetness enters mid palate and gives way to a dry brett finish.

M - medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

Update: Had a bottle on 11/8/15 that had been aged for over a year and this did not age gracefully at all. The brett character was extremely weak, there was still a decent bitterness with no other hop character. Tasted almost stale. Ended up only getting through about 3 ounces of the bottle, sadly.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 7/6/14, thanks Rutager for sending the uber fresh bottle

A hazy golden orange with plenty of bubbles, big three finger head slowly falls leaving a island with plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S lots of tropical fruit, peaches, bruised mango, orange, lemon, and a little spruce and melon, brett comes out but more juicy hops then anything, smells sexy and strong

T caramel with slightly more brett then the nose and the tropical notes fade in the mouth but that still leaves plenty, some spice I can't place, tastes great but the nose has a little something on it

M medium bodied that just stays on the foamy side of cream, some lemon rind lingering with a hint of funk

O just enough brett to play a part, plenty of hops with enough malt to form some balance, this one's going down fast

I'd never heard of these guys and my first impression is a good one to say the least. I wouldn't know what to do if I had a second bottle, the hops are kicking ass fresh but I could see this getting interesting with some age too. What else are these guys brewing that I don't know about?

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Juxtapose Wild IPA from Four Winds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.