Wild Horse Ale | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-16-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of casapy
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Clear, dark amber in color, with a thick, long-lasting white head that left a good bit of sticky lacing. Malt forward, with notes of bread and light caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, with a little sweetness, a dry finish, and just a hint of lingering bitterness. Overall, very tasty and nicely done.

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Photo of RandyCongdon
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is is first Alt-style ale that I found palatable . It is a bit on the mild side, which will make it a decent choice for a gathering.

Look- It has the ruby-brown color of a cream soda and is transparent. There is a thin, white head and virtually no residue on the glass.

Smell-Nutty, malty and toasty. Very pleasant, but it could be a bit stronger for my taste.

Taste- The malt is predominant. There is still a small nutty note that carries over from the aroma. The beer is just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel- The body is quite light. The feel seemed a bit watery, and the swallow is, too. There is a lingering aftertaste that could be described as warming and just a little bitter.

Overall, this could be listed as another "safe" beer. It won"t necessarily wow anybody, but it is not at all unpleasant. I would consider buying it as part of a variety-pack as a change of pace.

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Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of socon67
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -9%
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 +13.6%
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 gritz147
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lccrunchy
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geryeb624
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LouZ
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccleary
5/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Cory-WC
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RyanK252
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Lillo
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Wild Horse Ale from Great Basin Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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