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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-16-2006

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by TheRealBigC:
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3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up when I was snowed in in Wendover, Nevada last month as I made my way out to the west coast. One of my goals on here was to review a beer from all 50 states and sure enough, this was the bottle from the Silver State that I ended up grabbing. While not a bad beer, this was a bit odd and not like anything I ever had before. Malt forward and full, one bottle per session was enough for me but it was a welcome, but odd, change of pace from what I was normally used to!

The pour to this was clear, caramel, and topped off with a thin, white head that didn't take too long to settle down. A brassy hue what was the liquid reminded me of as the aroma was a mix between that alloy and copper. Lots of caramel, spicy bread, and grain in the muted nose as they came out more in the taste. Many referred to this as Nevada's take on Fat Tire and some extend, I could see that. A grassy undertone grew stronger as this warmed up but the taste never fully appealed to me. This wasn't bad as much as it was different, weak, and just...lacking in something to take away in the end.

Not a lot of booze in this, which was this beer's saving grace. Too much malt and bread wore me down in the end but for something easy and simple, this ended up fitting the bill. More caramel in the taste and biscuit malt might have given this this body and depth that would have appealed to me. At least I was able to quaff a bit more down after finishing this off!

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Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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 dertyd
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 socon67
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcotom
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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 RyanK252
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -9.5%
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 Heretodaygonetomorrow
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 MonkeyBread
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LouZ
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cory-WC
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 44 ratings