Wild Horse Ale | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Wild Horse AleWild Horse Ale

Brewed by:
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This award-winning amber ale is guaranteed to tame your wild thirst. Wild Horse is brewed in the German "Alt" tradition. It gets its malty, rich and complex flavor from a blend of five malts. A two-time Bronze Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 37
Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown, dark auburn color. White head, barely over a quarter of an inch I'd say. Mild malt aroma if you look for it.

Smooth taste, thicker than expected mouthfeel. A good crossover beer to get people into darker beers that aren't super roasty or hoppy.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A darker amber color on this one, might scare some of your non beer friends. White head, leans thin more than thick, almost approaching that 1/2" depth. Smelled like an oktoberfest.

Taste has that weird bitterness that is from something other than hops (or old hops). The liquidity of the beer is weird, comes off thick.

This is like Nevada's version of Fat Tire. Its not as good, less hop kick, but it may suit some of your guests.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source. Was told this was an Amber Ale, not as style described on BA.

For an Amber Ale, drinks par for the course for the style. Not a bad beer by any means. Not convinced it deserves As low as the ratings it's previously received on here.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 10-oz. tulip
From: Great Basin Brewing Company in Reno, Nev.
Price: $4.25
Purchased: Oct. 31, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 31, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel, brown color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki-white head. Light bubble streams coming up at spots. Spotty sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled pretty plain initially. Got German noble pilsner hops, not as good as a recent Stone beer I had with similar German noble hops. Light caramel, roasty nuts and toffee. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste was much better than the nose, albeit less German pilsner hops and more roastiness. Also got caramel, roasted toffee, Octoberfest elements, plum, roasty nuts and bready malts. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Thin texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Just an average beer overall, not a great start or pick by me for Great Basin. Seemed to be a bit too cold for the style as well. (Overall - 3.25)

3.38 | 77 | B-

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Photo of RyanK252
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours rich copper amber with very minimal off white head.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit, a bit earthy.

T: Tart cherry up front, a little light coffee, and a very light hit of roasted malt. Surprisingly simple (not in a good way).

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: While it is light and drinkable and not really offensive in any way, it is quite far from the "bold, complex flavor" mentioned on the label. I'm quite disappointed by this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells fruity and malty with a nice caramel scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness and a long caramel finish. Not real complex just your basic generic Altbier taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall generic Altbier.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a thin head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is musty grain, in the alt style.
The taste has a grain flavor to it, but is overall watery.
The texture is thin with moderate carbonation.
It lacked real flavor. Boost that up a little and this wouldn't be too bad.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at Winco because it was cheaper than anywhere else, and I knew I needed something mild (read: not hoppy or strong) for certain guests for an upcoming party.

Pours a dark amber color, thin off white head, about 2/5" in depth. Aroma was barely anything, some smooth Oktoberfest like malt aromas.

Taste has a little more bitterness of a not necessarily hop derived origin. A little bit metallic/coppery, not as smooth as hoped for style, but the heft and mouthfeel is about right otherwise. Its a strangely viscous beer for being under 5% alcohol.

I think its possible that this beer could cut into the Fat Tire market, I think its aimed at that segment of people looking for something a little more substantial than BMC, but aren't necessarily into the hop or dark beer thing.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer is verry strange it poures a normal redish brown amber color with smells of citrus and bread.but at first taste its odd its real bittter but not like hoppy citrus or even pine bitter its just bitter taste like a bitter bread its not a bad beer but its nothing great eather theese people at great basin are strange so far all there beers taste verry difrent then I've ever had but when I'm in reno again I still will look for new stuff by them.

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting brew from Great Basin. Smell is a little grainy and a little perfumey. Taste starts with a tart apricot and ends with a sort of adjunct taste that lingers on in the back of your mouth. In between is a mini maelstrom of tastes. It's hard to be sure what's happening. Very complex, not for everyone, but a bold choice to be in their flagship lineup.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bomber into a snifter.

A: Brownish orange with a fizzy white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Lightly tart grape and plum with a bready malt base. Light biscuit presence with some earth. Perfumy floral notes are evident.

T: Light lactic sourness up front with a bit of tartness. Grainy, bready, and biscuity. There's a drying grape finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is prickly, dry, and sticky.

Overall: I doubt this is supposed to be sour but it's kind of nice in any case. Reminds me of a Berliner Weiss.

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Wild Horse Ale from Great Basin Brewing Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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