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R&D Wild Peach - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 449
Gots: 113 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 08-01-2014

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Ratings: 523 | Reviews: 60
Photo of aleigator
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Peach '14 vintage

Thanks to Kevin for providing the bottle!

Pours a vibrant, dark orange color, with a big, froth head.

Has a very intriguing nose, perfectly balanced between funk and fruitiness. First thing you get is a mellowed tartness with some barnyard and wood, from which a lovely aroma of ripe peaches leads. There is also a note of glue and yogurt, adding to the well pronounced peach impression, while the aromas dont become too loud in general.

Has a pleasant, lively carbonation with a refreshing light body.

Tastes of tart lime from the first split-second, with earthy, leathery malts providing the necessary balance for the beer. Accompanied by a sour funkiness, with a hint of vinegar to it, the peaches become visible, providing a smooth, soft mouthfeel, as well as a ripe fruitiness together with wooden, toasted stone fruit qualities. The high carbonation changes the direction of the beer after this first impression, by giving the beer its thirst-quenching character, without overruling the peaches at all. Reveals flavors of slightly honeyed malts during the finish, providing a nice juiciness, wrapped up by an enjoyable dryness at the very end.

The peach is unbelievable well pronounced in this beer. The brew establishes typical sour beer characteristics from the beginning, while it seems to be a bit more mellow than usual, allowing to emphazise the peach. Once the fruits hit the palate, they wont leave it until the very end, although the other flavors continously change and develop on the tongue throughout. This allows the beer to become insanely profound and interesting, while it never looses its initial, fruity focus.

Photo of blockdude
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very impressive! Sort of reminded me of supplication but the Michigan peaches made me like this that much more. Despite being close to 2 years old, the peaches could not have tasted any more fresh along with the other ingredients. Very nice blend of fresh peaches, oak, bourbon, leather, and supposedly horse (not a flavor familiar to me, just reading from the label). Would like to obtain another bottle in the future or if I'm lucky enough to try the elusive vsb.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best out there without a doubt

Photo of JohnParadee
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge sour fan, but this was as good a sour as I've tried.

Photo of Rutager
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much peach as its poured, floral and fruity. Same with the taste, floral peach, nicely sour. So much peach!!! Amazing (but not quite vsb).

Steasy66, unnatural feelings for you bro.

Photo of rlee1390
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy amber in the glass, two finger head that lingers.

S-Peaches, bourbon, oak, leather, tartness.

T-Amazing balance. Nice peach followed by mild bourbon and oak. Leather notes and well. Some grass, nice tartness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and super smooth.

O-The best sour I have ever had.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This tasted like a slightly less sugary peach ring gummy. So peachy, slight sourness. Very tasty if you love peaches.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It taste like you are biting into a peach, literally. Not sour at all like I expected. Great beer.

Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt orange pour, with a small wispy layer of off-white bubbles that held pretty good. In the nose, funk and peach, not overly sour. Lots of fresh peach flesh in the taste, again, not overly tart and sour, somewhat earthy and mulchy, leather and a little farmhouse. Also some almond in there; wonder if they left the pits in the peaches. Body was medium, mouthfeel wasn't really crisp like I prefer in beers like this, more chewy, with a toned-down acidity. Not bad.

Photo of brentk56
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a modest head that leaves a few dashes around the collar

Smell: The bouquet of fresh peaches is enormous, with some bready character underneath; just a touch of funk and sour tones

Taste: Peach juice dominates, with crusty bread, leathery funk and a hint of maple; slightly lactic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: New Glarus is gifted when it comes to fruit beers and while this one is more of a fruit beer than a wild ale it is still incredible

Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was this an actual beer or was I drinking a peach? This was sooooo good. Fantastic. Top 5 wilds I've had

Photo of TampaRainman
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into HF Tulip.

A: Pour reveals a murky shade of copper. Turns up a but if head that quickly fades. Wisps of bubbles linger in rim.

S: Peach candy hits you in the face. Very sweet-smelling. Tangerine/sweet citrus zest.

T: Sweetness upfront. You can tell that this beer is related to the standard NG Fruits. Really nice oaky notes push through the peach juice and a really pleasant dry tartness finishes to balance it out.

F: Really nice carb level. Finishes dry but not mouth-puckeringly sour.

O: Delicious Peach Bomb. The dry tart finish brings balance that I imagine might only improve with a little more time in the bottle.

Photo of DrinkDrankPunk
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes and smells like biting into a fresh peach. Nothing short of astonishing.

Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma hits of straight peach rings with that creaminess, sweetness, candy quality, and almost artificial peach gummy bear flavor.

The flavor follows with that same peach ring flavor, both being candy sweet and creamy. There's then some apple cider vinegar as the Oud Bruin base gently comes through. Medium plus tart and a fun fun beer with that candy quality.

Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up at the release during the Great Taste weekend last year. 500 ML bottle with the minimalist New Glarus R&D artwork split with my wife.

Three quarters of the bottle poured just for fun & to keep any potential yeasties at bay. Plenty of carbonation & a clear brew that could pass for a filtered amber (& it might be fun to pass it off as one to some unsuspecting Leine’s drinker). The nose is canned peaches, & nothing is getting through that veil of peach. Interesting opening gambit.

Wild Peach, wow, I’m going to keep saying it. Wild Peach. Wild Peach. This kicks ass. The peach melds with the sour tartness like two pieces of a three piece puzzle, laser-etched. Funky wood follows, with a drying earthiness. Bit of white wine on the end. Fritzy & spritzy, & probably the most drinkable wild ale I’ve ever tasted.

This. Is. Amazing. I had a taste of Very Sour Blackberry a while back & it was excellent & this continues the trend. New Glarus might be the new masters in this country of the wild ale. Excellent beer that’s only a spare whiskers away from the elite.

Photo of TWStandley
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is literally the most insane beer.

Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at great taste, but forgot to review.

It was a nice peach beer with a bit of sour character, but I expected more from New glarus. Waiting in line for 20 minutes was not worth it.

Photo of thegerm87
3.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not worth the price of admission. Delicious but I can also buy a Lipton's peach iced tea for $1.50.

Photo of Graffy
2.61/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

At best this is a slightly soured fruit beer. Calling this a wild ale is a shame. If you like fruit beers you will enjoy this. If your actually looking for a wild ale with any sort of complexity steer clear. This is definitely the last beer I'll be having from ng

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The overwhelming aroma and taste element is peach ring candy. Tasty but that slight artificiality was a detriment for me.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from @jbwimer. Thanks man! Excited for this one. Poured to my Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku. Pours dark hazy orange with a big fluffy off white head that sticks around a bit with some big bubbles. Aroma is insane fresh peaches, even feels like I can smell the peach fuzz, a bit of dry oak, then more juicy peaches. Flavor follows with a lightly sour fresh peach flavor, hints of oak throughout, just a tad bit of bourbon, a light sweetness. The tart-sweet-dry balance here is rather incredible. Medium bodied, some prickly plus carbonation, sweet and smooth. Yep. This is good. Nobody integrates fruit like New Glarus.

Photo of deebo
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at ABR. Remember how peachy it was. This bottle is still the same. This beer does such a great job of bringing the peach flavor into the mix. This is the best fruit sour I've had.

Photo of anteater
4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-orange with a thin white head. Smell is peach schnapps, gummy peach candy. The smell is good in a way, but not what I expected to find in a beer. Very artificial. Taste follows the nose a bit along with a very slight tartness. I would not call this beer sour at all. Big peach punch at the beginning and then the taste disappears, nothing on the finish. Mouthfeel is light as a cloud, very interesting. Overall I thought this beer tasted very good but was let down by high expectations.

Photo of Treyliff
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured into a teku

A- pours a murky brown orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to leave some lacing behind.

S- amazing peach nose, it smells like freshly sliced peaches and gummy peach rings. Their is a little bit of funk with some malty notes, bust mostly just fresh peaches.

T- blast of peach on the palate up front with a subtle tartness that immediately kicks in, peach puree with peach skin, dry oak with classic sour brown flavors

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a tart and dry mouthfeel

O- best peach nose on a beer that I've ever smelled. Drinks like a fine sour brown with fresh peaches

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an iced tea amber with a low white head. The nose is completely one dimensional (in a good way) and smells exactly like those candied peach rings that come in a bag. Super sugary peach.
The tastes, as expected, is super juicy and full of extremely sweet peach candy. This definitely does not have a fresh fruit peach taste. Perfumey would probably be another appropriate adjective. Peach candy all the way with hints of a mild earthy grainy dryness in the finish. Drying finish, with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.Very frothy but fairly soft carbonation with a little bit of a tingle.

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R&D Wild Peach from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.