Imperial IPA (M.A.D. IPA) | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Imperial IPA (M.A.D. IPA)Imperial IPA (M.A.D. IPA)

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Rose Brewery’s Imperial India Pale Ale is like a big bitter smack to your senses! You may not like it, but we do!

The finest Alberta malts were blended with six kinds of the freshest Pacific North West hops to create a truly inspirational Imperial IPA. Mark, Andrea and Dave have collaborated on this amazing beer to challenge your palate and amaze you with its complexity.

The result is a M.A.D. I.P.A. (get it? Mark, Andrea, Dave ...)

These hops gave their lives so that you could enjoy this beer: Apollo, Cascade, Centennial, Glacier, Simcoe & Zeus.

Added by BigBry on 01-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - orange-amber coloured brew with off-white foam head. Plenty of carbonation and some good lace along the sides.

Smell - malty and hoppy aromas abound. Some sweet malt and a very strong hop presence.

Taste - even malty flavour and a good wave of hops, mixed metallic flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty spirited offering and stays interesting with each sip.

Drinkability - very good. The price is restrictive and would not be able to enjoy very often. Good interpretation of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this available outside of Calgary this year, I can imagine that the demand in-town doesn't exactly drive 'export' mentality...

This swing-top bottle, with the generic WR seasonal labelling (which is a-ok with me - clean, and easy to identify), comes in at 8.0% ABV this time around.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium copper hue, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a solid film of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of grapefruit and orange, a little pine oil, and sweet caramel malt. The taste is pine and a hodgepodge of citrus hops, caramel and toffee malt, and just a wee tinge of warming alcohol. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, fairly viscous, maybe a little syrupy, as smooth as the hops will allow, and it finishes in kind, the caramel sweetness in a stand-off with the bitter pine/citrus hops.

A very enjoyable and drinkable DIPA, the alcohol well integrated, the big guns in balance (ok, maybe the hops stand out a bit more). No apparent harm befell this bottle on its trip up Highway 2...

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top bomber, thanks Trevor for sending fresh from the brewer. Light grapefruit colour with soapy white head, lacey. Significant carbonation, a little watery, yet drinkable. Moe like an edgy passable IPA. Tasty hops, nothing in the DIPA league. Drinkable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed annually on tap at the Ship & Anchor, but never reviewed
A - clear copper with a tall off white head that was not going anywhere, very nice
S - hop odours of citrus, perfume, herbs, some raw sugar and sharp grains
T - Oily herbal, piney, and citrus hops abound, some toasty grainy malt, and a subtle sweetness
M - Thin smooth that quickly drys out with a pleasant bitter
D - pandering to hop lovers in the best way, dangerously drinkable, and note that the bottle this year listed the ABV at 9.4%

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Photo of stagger
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful rusty amber - maybe just a bit attenuated-looking but still tempting. Nice creamy head with decent lacing. The packaging is the same as all Wild Rose seasonals - the generic label on a brown flip-top bottle. Given the quality of the beer, WR could spend a few bucks on designing logos for their seasonals - they're worth it.

S - Bright and piney.

T - Very nice: a bright, hard hop hit which quickly mellows in the middle of the mouth and finishes on a strong but pleasant note of pine. A very full, rich taste with integrity. If this were a simple IPA it would be quite outstanding, really. For a DIPA, it's not the biggest brawler in the ring, but it's good and balanced.

M - Medium-full bodied with some silkiness to it. Though this beer is strong there's nothing rough about it.

D - Excellent for the style. There's only the slightest hint of the high ABV in the drinking - you could be fooled into making this
a session beer.

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Photo of eat
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the CanBIF6 box I received from wordemupg. Thanks! This bottle lists 8% ABV.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, this IIPA comes up with a good cover of cream white head, which then recedes to some frothy bubbles and a ring around the glass. The body is just opaque and copper-coloured. Retention could be be better but it doesn't look too bad.

Pretty solid hoppy scent. Lots of tropical fruit salad, with guava coming through the most. Light-smelling caramel malt underneath. Something smells a little strange in there as well, though it's nothing extreme. A little salty or chlorinated or something.

Lots of bitterness here and while I feel like the hops must certainly be somewhat faded by now, there's still some character to it. A bit of tropical fruit is present but the hop flavour is mainly dominated by a more earthy, grassy profile. Maybe a little piny as well. There's some tangy pepperiness on the finish, along with some grapefruit-rind bitterness. Just enough malt under everything to serve as a base, though it's definitely the hops that get noticed. No oddness found here, though alcohol does make an appearance on its way down the throat. I'd like to rate this a little higher than 4.0 for taste, but it's not 4.5 worthy.

The feel is not quite what I'd like it to be. It's not distracting, but I appreciate a more oily, viscous feel to an Imperial IPA and this one feels like a plain old IPA at best. Light medium body with similar carbonation.

I wouldn't really call this an Imperial IPA, but it's a very solid example of what many Canadian breweries like to call an Imperial IPA. So many Canadian breweries like to put theirs in a sort of IPA no mans land; IPA-and-a-half or whatever. Still, I'm really enjoying this one. I think it's a little better than my score suggests. Very drinkable, very tasty; nice one!

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Photo of elricorico
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange leaning towards brown with a large frothy off white head. Head falls to a half finger and settles there, leaving fair amounts of lacing.

Big citrus hop aroma. Lots of mandarin orange/orange zest, and some grapefruit as well.

Though a fair amount of malt is immediately notable, this one is a hop heavy IIPA through and through. Grapefruit dominates the flavour though a bit of pine touches the tongue. Taste seems to be most boisterous in the front of the mouth with a more subtle finish, as opposed to most hop bombs I've had that have the lingering potent hop ending.

Mouthfeel does become a bit coarse with the high carbonation and aggressive hopping. Not bad, but certainly not silky.

With higher ABV and IBUs, this still manages to stay fairly drinkable. Nicely done Wild Rose, your seasonals have really impressed me lately.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I happened to be habitating once again in Cowtown for this one! Have yet to stop by the tap room to try it on draught, but I've been collecting my fair share of these brown 500 ml flip top bottles.

Pours out a flat clear light amber in hue, frothy large bubbled cream-coloured head that lingers as a thin frothy cap and leaves concentric rings of lacing to denote and record each sip.

My eyelids lightly flutter as my eyes slowly roll back into my head in a subtle bliss from the aroma. It has that Baby Bear's porridge type of balance, between biscuity and toffee malts, skipping merrilly hand in hand along with a flowery citrus and pine hop presence.

The flavour packs some whallop as well, but once again equally as balanced. Intense, rich, almost Barleywine-like malts married to ripe, pine and white grapefruit rind hops that slowly caress the palate with a certain degree of force and tooth. A sort of playful slap 'n tickle to the tastebuds, firm yet enjoyable. Mind you I only really enjoy that with my beer....

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side, smooth, velvety and creamy, with the slight oiliness expected from the hops coating the palate and throat.

This stuff is gorgeous, get as much as you can while it's still available. That note isn't for you either, it's a reminder for me, as the more you drink the less I get to.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle shared with a friend and generous BA - cheers! Pours a dark golden with some nice foamy head.

Nose is brilliant fruits: tangerine, orange, lemon - plus a nice floral bouquet. Just a hint of caramel.

Taste has a nice balanced rush of bitterness, grapefruits, pine - all woven with a solid pale malt backing and a swirl of sweet caramel. Topped off with a tight, bitter finish.

This is a bit of a stretch to all a DIPA but it IS a nicely balanced and crafted IPA with all the right things going on. Bright, complex hops that don't overwhelm the malts. My only complaint is that I would have loved to see the hops play a slightly bigger role with a bit more of a bitter kick.

All in all, among the upper echelon of Canadian IPAs.

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Photo of DrMalt
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a flip top bottle.

Poured an amber orange/copper with a sturdy frothy white head.

Tremendous aroma with lots of citrus & floral notes.

Taste was full of hop & citrus flavours. Some alcoholic boozey after taste.

Mouthfeel was its best attribute with a full creamy mouthfeel-loads of body

Drinakbility was good inspite of high gravity.

Overall a well crafted DIPA. Worth the purchase

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Photo of benbou17
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BigBry
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap direct from the Tap Room, the winter seasonal, also available in 500 ml flip top bottles. Dark orange amber color, white foam but not alot of retention or lace. Lots of floral citrus and pine hop aroma (Chinook, Bravo, Cascade). Lots of malt which balances the big hop flavor, and keeps it from being too bitter or sharp. According to Wild Rose literature, at 80+ IBUs if you don't know/like hops, this is not the place to start. Thick, slightly oily and coating mouthfeel. My scores may be a bit biased, but it is great to have a locally made hop bomb to compete against other IIPAs. Must get more before it is gone!

$6.50 per glass at the Tap Room.

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Photo of Voonder
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Limited release from Wild Rose, great to see them brewing big beers, hopefully this is not the last one.

Pours bright copper colour, very clear with one finger off-white head. Good looking beer.
Smell - traditional IPA, pine, grapefruit, hops, pretty smooth, no alcohol coming through, which scores additional point for me.
Taste - extremely bitter, very hoppy - great stuff. Nice refreshing grapefruity taste upfront, bitterness all the way through, finishes dry.
Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, very rich, full body.
Drinkable for a style. Not as drinkable as it could have been because of bitterness, but bitternes gives that beer the carachter.

Great beer. Hands down the best beer from Wild Rose I've ever tried. I'm glad I bought the case of it.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has an amber-orange appearance with lots of foamy head. Smell is very malty and citrus. Very sweet with kind of a wood/bread smell, quite unique.

Taste is very malty with strong hops, very sweet with a toffee bread hint to it. Picked up orange and citrus as well. Dark, almost syrupy, body with medium carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering musty, malt taste.

Very impressive beer from Wild Rose. It's a very powerful with a crazy mixture of tastes that work together. It's a must try if your ever in or around Calgary.

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Photo of grub
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml swingtop. sampled april 23/09.

pours crystal clear deep orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves a thin layer of lace down the glass.

aroma is nice. light pine and grapefruit. orange and tangerine. big caramel. alcohol. white bread. bit of cracker. touch of fruity character too.

taste is ok. buttery. light citrus. hint of pine. touch of caramel. white bread. medium-high bitterness level. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. feels a bit thin at just under medium body. low very fine carbonation.

drinkability is ok. this one seems a little one-dimensional and thin. the things that should be turned up for an 'imperial' IPA seem to have been dumbed down. i find myself wishing this was another glass of the double hophead instead...

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could smell this one as soon as the seal on the swing top was cracked, very promising indeed.

A- Pours a beautiful clear dark Amber with just about 2 fingers of thick off white head that leaves a nice trail of lace behind. I really like the color and clarity of the body, very inviting!

S- Citrus hops dominate the smell, some sweet caramel malt is evident as well. There's some bready/biscuity aromas, but mild compared to the hops & malt.

T- Sweeter than expected, the hops are definitely there throughout, but they don't really takeover until the end.

M- Carbonation feels right for the style, the body could have a little more weight I guess.

D- My only complaint as is with most Canadian DIPA's is that the hops just don't stand out enough for me in the taste, but it's the best DIPA I've had from our great Country to date. Good work Wild Rose, your seasonal offerings continue to impress.

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Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
From: Chris (wordemupg)

A: Dark amber body with two fingers of white head. Dissipated into a thin ring rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S: Strong malt aromas and decent amount of hops. I'm sure the hops have faded quite some, but they are still evident.

T: Loads of caramel malts up front and mild amount of hops. Tasting much like a EIPA, not bad.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Texture is creamy and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is evidant in the finish, but not by much.

D: Thanks again to Chris, this is a good beer and I'm glad I had it. It's quite a different taken then their IPA, but good none the less. It seems to hold up quite well.

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Photo of Derek
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a fluffy, white head, some retention & good lacing.

S: Resiny pine, apricot, tangerine, marmalade, jube-jubes & cotton-candy fruity esters, toffee & hints of biscuity malt.

T: Plenty of pine & apricot, tangerine, marmalade, toffee, good fruitiness, plenty of bitterness (but it isn't harsh), alcohol is very subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is extremely smooth with plenty of hop acidity in the off-dry finish.

D: A hop-forward, but balanced DIPA; a pleasure to drink.

Thanks to Wildone for this CanBIF5 treat!

2011 Vintage is 9.4% and pretty awesome... nice lacing too!

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Photo of demcorhip
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This will be quick. Not sure of the age of the bottle, freshness dating might be a good idea. Looked good. Smelled good, but just not like an IPA or IIPA. No aroma hops.

Decent pale malt with caramel. Hop bitterness present, just not much of anything resembling flavor. No citrus, no pine, no tropical fruit.

Medium bodied, only thing missing was dry hop aroma and flavour.

Will have to try to revist and rereview this if freshness can be guaranteed. Otherwise will just have to pass.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml swing top bottle, thanks to markaberrant.

Pours a mostly clear amber/orange with some gold highlights, thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, thin layer, lots of chunky lace stuck on the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, biscuity malt, lots of grapefruit, some floral, some alcohol comes through, bit of orange, sherry, not too hoppy, kind of weak. Taste is interesting, malty up front, some caramel, lightly sugary, lightly buttery, grapefruit, orange peel, light floral, biscuity, not enough bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, kind of weak and boring, alcohol is decently hidden though. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had last years run of IIPA but didn't do a review. Apparently the recipe has changed a bit with some extra dry hopping and a higher ABV (@ 9.4%).

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with the slightest haze, finger of head with decent retention which settles to islands and leaves some nice fine and sticky lacing.

S - Soapy citrus and woody pine and cedar with some caramel undertones. A definite hop bomb with a sweet tooth to it! Yum!

T - The flavours are a little bitter, but the cedar and citrus hops come through with a touch of caramel malts. A bit of a bubble gum and cotton candy hop flavour lingers on the palette. The ABV is incredibly well hidden and is nicely disguised by the hop bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium but smooth texture, finish is dry (as expected), but not so much to be a turnoff.

D - Overall, a very tasty IIPA and highly recommended to any hop head. I could toss back a number of these in a single session, which is a bold statement for something nearing 10% in ABV. Alcohol is very well hidden by the bitter hops, but the bitterness is not overly sour. Easily one of the best brews by Wild Rose. Now to taste this bad boy on tap!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing top bottle poured into Unibroue glass feb9 2010

A clear copper with a thick two finger head that slowly falls to a thin film that leaves decent lace well down the glass

S a fair bit of pine with some grapefruit and other citrus with just a little toffee and booze

T as it smells but with a little more caramel, and even more pine
pretty good if you ask me, not too much I would change here

M low carbonation but it works for it, almost a little syrupy

D a solid DIPA and I will be drinking it again soon

my only regret is drinking from the bottle after I had this from a tap and cask. this is a great beer don't get me wrong, but side by side it's just not the same. I do however strongly recommend this beer and you should try your best to drink it from any serving type. a big thanks to Wild Roses rep Derek for this bottle

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Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of my 5 bottle WR stash. This one was worth the travel.

Pours an dark amber ale with a masive cap that laces the hell out of a glass.

Pungent aromas of musty-woody hopping and grain husk with citrus and sweetness to it.

Big stiff belt of malt in the front side is well balanced against a pervasive citrus-pine hopping and herbal-earthy under tone. Long oily rich finish with lottsa hop and malts.

A great big beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with soapy white head and lots of lacing. This smells much maltier than it does hoppy. Some citrus hops and lots of caramel malt. Bitterness is quite understated. If it wasn't for the alcohol, I could have sworn this was a single IPA. Carbonation is spot on for the style.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial IPA brewed in Alberta of all places?! And in a fantastically cool swing top bottle to boot? I would give this beer high marks for that alone. The fact that this beer delivers in every category on top of that is just a bonus.

Anyway, it pours like a standard dark amber IPA, only mildly hazy. This has a good head on it. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful, like pineapple juice and mandarins and oranges and grapefruit, I'm guessing some nice cascade dry hopping went on here. There's a faint malt and pine. It is the Garfunkel to the taste's Simon.

This is a treat. It's a roasted caramel malt with a bit of earthy, herbal bitterness to it, with a nice fruity hop taste. Alcohol is present in the taste and warming, but in harmony and not at all out of place. It actually reminds me of Church Key's West Coast Pale Ale in its hop profile, so $10 says this has a good dose of chinook hops in it giving it an almost thickly dense and chewy pine and herbal bitterness.

It's medium bodied, maybe a little slick and smooth.

It's more drinkable than sessionable, having a solid caramel malt backbone with a nice medley of hops that are bitter and fruity citric and earthy and herbal which, rather than all clashing with each other, seem to work together as a team.

Thanks so much to stagger for the opportunity to taste this. I'm hugely impressed by it.

FWIW I cracked open a Church Key WCPA just for kicks after this and yes, there's a definite similarity.

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Imperial IPA (M.A.D. IPA) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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