R&D Wild Peach - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Wild PeachR&D Wild Peach

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 517
Gots: 119 | FT: 15
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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Photo of antoines15
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could smell this beer All. Day. Long. Like everyone has said, it smells like straight up peach rings that you can purchase while in line at Woodman's. The taste is also good but not as excellent as that nose. Yow! A bit oaky, sour, kinda peachy. A sipper as this gets better once warmed. Just need that VSB now...

Photo of worldsworstextra
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best wild ales out there in my opinion. Beautiful color and the peach flavor explodes out of the glass.

Photo of standardcherry
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells incredible and tastes like peach rings.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally opened one of these and am I glad I did tonight.

S. Just like peach rings, crazy delicious

T. Not as pronounced but great for a peach sour, let it warm up a bit, into the 50's for the flavors to come out.

M. smooth, nice little sour bite, enough to draw you back in from the puckering sour.

O. Very solid beer, best R&D yet!

Photo of vonnegut21
3.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this one... tastes like those candy peach rings. Very synthetic tasting. Disappointed.

Photo of BWCampbell
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose makes this beer - may be the best smelling beer I've had the pleasure of drinking. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match it.

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

Absolutely perfect. You could smell the fuzz of the peach.

Photo of Joey2timer
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so much flavor some such small sips. bourbon and peaches all day

Photo of cosmicevan
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this one a few times prior but dang if this aint in the sweet spot right now. honestly tastes better than a fresh peach. color is peach skin. nose is perfect peach and taste, well it is peach. everything is right abut this beer. best peach beeri have ever had far and away and this is the best peach beer I have had.

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. I've been saving this one for a long time; expectations are sky-high.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.25%. Batch cave 2.

BOTTLE: Classy label art. Iconic green/gold pry-off cap.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Full and even. Good consistency and complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is excellent - easily ~10 minutes.

BODY: Copper hazy tangerine with muted brown hues. A bit murky. Translucent and glowing. Nontransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a nice looking wild ale, but isn't unique or special.. I'm excited to try it.

AROMA: Expressive peach - both orchard peach and candied peach. Wild yeast characteristics. There's not much sourness here at all. It just bursts with fresh fruit. There's not overt bacterial character; I don't find intense lactobacillus bacteria or anything. Not much oak or funk.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Not the sour tart aroma I anticipated. Enticing, but not saliva-inducing.

TASTE: Expresses peach aplenty, and the faint oak is nice and ties it together, but it lacks the intricacy I've come to associate with New Glarus' best offerings. Not a real subtle beer either; in fact, it's a bit plain. The orchard peach, nice as it is, dominates, but there isn't a whole lot to supplement. Sourness is mild in intensity, and this isn't real tart. It's maybe a 2/10 in terms of sourness - which is disappointing. This is closer to their fruit beers than to sours. There's no crazy wild yeasts or evidence of true spontaneous fermentation. Not funky or puckering. More of a bacterial flavour profile would help.

Not a gestalt flavour profile. I do like it, but I'm a bit disappointed given the brewery.

Has no overt hop notes, booze, or spice.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied. A bit overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing. Soft and comforting on the palate, with a nice overall presence. Adequate thickness.

Lacks a harmony of texture to taste, but this mouthfeel complements the taste nicely.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. It's an enjoyable fruit beer, but it isn't amazing or mind-blowing, and is one of the only New Glarus beers I've had which is highly anticipated that falls short of expectations. I'd buy it again, sure, but it's not exceptional. Those hoping for a stellar sour will be let down, but it's a nice fruit beer bursting with orchard peach.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle.

High B-

Photo of Johnny_Danger
3.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Did not live up to other rd sours

Photo of aleigator
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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.

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R&D Wild Peach from New Glarus Brewing Company
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