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Area 151 | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Area 151 (named for our location on Highway 151), is a rotating Belgian Style Ale fermented with fruit. This beer rotates between three fruits, each one imparting its own flavor to the same base style beer. We filter 151 prior to packaging to add a crispness and to help bring the fruit forward. Here at Wild Wolf, we think BEER first, fruit second.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Red with a thin off white head.

Smell: Light grassy and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of citrus, sour grassy notes and blackberries.

Overall: Excellent beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Wolf Brewing Co. "Area 151"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "05.05.17" and sampled on 06.29.17
$2.05 @ Bottlecraft, Virginia Beach, VA

Notes via stream of consciousness. I like that the color of the label kind of matches the beer. The label is purple and the beer is kind of ruby beneath a pinkish head. Unfortunately the head doesn't stick around for long and I'm not very hopeful that there will be any lacing. The aroma is unusual. There's some fruitiness to it but it doesn't come across as anything distinct - what's in here?, blackberries, yeah I guess I can see that - and there's a bit of malt as well. I get a hint of yeasty spiciness, and some grassiness or vegetal character as well. The flavor delivers more fruit and the blackberry is much clearer. It's actually pretty strong in fact, but not so much so that it seems artificial, or like a dessert beer, although it could certainly be used as such. I'm pleasantly surprised, they've done really great with the fruit. I'm not sure if this is a summer release or anything, but I could certainly see throwing back a handful of these during an outdoor party or BBQ during the warm weather - while watching the snow fall, not so much, but... it might make a great beer at the Thanksgiving dinner table standing in a little bit for the cranberries! Anyway, back to the beer itself, it's moderately bitter as expected, I'm guessing 20 IBUs or less, and it finishes mostly dry with a little bit of sweetness, a dusting of soft yeasty spiciness, and a light touch of acidity. It's got a moderate carbonation level that lends a gentle caress upfront but then softens, and I wonder if a little more zest might liven it a bit, but then I think, no, it's pretty good as it is, velvety smooth. Medium-light in body. Interesting. Authentic. Massively drinkable. This one's a winner - one of the best fruit beers I've ever had.

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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, can dated 4/1/17. Poured into Behind the Veil Teku glass. Blueberry variety.

L: Small pinkish head with poor retention, leaving just a thin ring. Beer is a clear light claret or maroon color.

S: Blueberries. Belgian yeast. Some malt.

T: Quite blueberry, a little sweet then moving a bit tart through the palate. Really not much else. Without the blueberries this wouldn't taste like much at all. Pick up very little of the malt or yeast.

F: Light to medium body, light carbonation. Construction wanting, balance is OK.

O: It tastes decent, but it's not great. Guess that's where I leave it.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sonnymon
4.98/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Its a great name and idea behind a beer. It gets you excited before you even pop the top. However, once you do open it up, it does not disappoint. It is a full flavored beer that takes control of your taste buds right away. After swallowed the aftertaste left behind is complex and oaky. I would recommend anyone give this Wild Wolf beer a shot. It is great to have great beer coming out of Virginia in 2014!

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting Belgian Pale Ale. Described as a year round seasonal with an explanation that each season features a different fruit. I had the raspberry version and it was very tasty.

Poured a clear reddish amber color into my Chimay goblet with a fast disappearing white head and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is pretty good. The raspberries are quite prominent but not like some annoying fruit/vegetable beer. The fruit aroma is integrated into a Belgian brew with some yeast and spices as main components of the brew.

Taste is similar. Definitely a Belgian style beer with a good hit of raspberries as part of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and still rich. The fruit, yeast and spices blend together for a nice smooth brew. Absolutely no hint of 7% abv.

A good summertime brew but I enjoyed mine in February with a lobster dinner. Very good pairing with food. Worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of teromous
1.95/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: I'll start off by saying that the beer has no head. It forms a slightly pink head but it fades quicker than you can snap. There is never any lacing. However, the color of the body of the beer is really pretty. It has this mahogany red color with deep shades of brown. It has a better color than most actual mahogany furniture. It has good clarity as well.

Aroma: I pick up a light scent of buttered caramel with a touch of toast. I don't get any Belgian yeast aroma at all. It smells more like an ESB.

Taste: Up front there is a fruity tinge mixed with a bit of a toasted caramel flavor and a light dose of fruit. The flavors are very muddy and the beer just doesn't come across as complete. I am getting a touch of yeast character but it is largely lost in the mix of other mediocre flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has an almost syrupy texture to the beer that is sickly sweet and hard to palate. It feels unfinished and heavily under-carbonated. Watered down cough syrup comes to mind.

Overall: It just didn't taste like a very well thought out beer. There was a strong flavor of buttered caramel mixed with some tart fruit and an underlying toasted flavor. All of these flavors just muddied up the beer and none of them stood out. It felt like a grab-bag beer or something that was made with whatever was left over in the brew-house. It came out looking nice but that is about it. I would strongly suggest against buying the beer as I won't be purchasing it again.

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Photo of golf4collet
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Wolf's "Area 151" is considered by them a year-round seasonal, which they themselves claim makes no sense initially- but they go on to explain that they brew different fruit-style versions of it depending on the season. So far they have done blackberries in the fall, cherries in the winter, and raspberries in the spring/summer. This one I just got in a 22 oz bottle was their raspberry version. It poured a clear, pinkish-red color. The smell was sweet and not too overwhelmingly of raspberries but definitely noticeable. The taste was crisp and clean, and very drinkable. The beer seemed more like a 4-5% than a 7%. The finish was subtly dry and refreshing. I was very pleased with this beer, and am excited to try more versions as the seasons pass.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GoodOmens
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in tulip glass. While a year round seasonal they change out the fruit depending on the time of year - this is for the raspberry version

A - Dark almond with little to no head

S - Nice light smell of florals with a hint of raspberry

T - Very light and refreshing. Hard to believe its 7%! Light hints of the raspberry but it does not overpower at all.

M - Some hints of carbonation that nicely tickles the tongue

O - This is a perfect hot summer time beer. Nice, cool and refreshing I could see this being a issue if you forget the beer is 7%. I will be seeking this out to buy again.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Area 151 from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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