IPA (India Pale Ale) | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada
wildrosebrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Rose IPA (India Pale Ale) is a beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well balanced with plenty of hops. An authentic India Pale Ale, this IPA is handcrafted for the true ale drinker.

Recipe change in 2013 from English to American IPA

45 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,129
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
93
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
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Trade:
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by 69IBU:
Photo of 69IBU
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coincidentally, this beer is also 69 IBU.

Very well balanced IPA. Very clean hoppy flavour but doesn't have an overwhelming taste of grapefruit that I feel is a tad too prevalent in many North American IPAs. A bit basic and some may consider it a little boring, but it's a solid beer for what it is, and newcomers to IPA would probably enjoy it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

"100% wild by volume," says the neck label. Slightly hazy, golden-colored brew with a healthy, creamy lacing that retains well.

Buttery nose of diacetyl, with a little citrus, minty hops and caramel malt. Smooth, light bodied and a bit thin on the palate. Dry, but slick and buttery, too. Fresh pale malts. Woody, earthy, herbal hop notes, but nothing overly bitter. Watery pine. Mild fruity esters. Dry--very dry--finish, with a mineral aftertaste.

Quite English in its body, flavor and finish. The diacetyl is a bit overwhelming, but overall, this is a refreshingly drinkable IPA that stands out amongst a market flooded with high- alpha acid Double IPA wannabes.

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Photo of MAB
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also know as "Industrial Park Ale", named after their location, this IPA is only available on tap, but is fairly widely available at pubs and restaurants around Calgary.

It is far superior to Big Rock IPA, and I'm a fan of Big Rock beers in general. This has a more hoppy nose, and an awesome bitter/ hoppy flavor. If only you could get it in bottles...

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Photo of Garin
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a lovely coppery gold, perfectly clear, with a bubbly and creamy head that left intricate lacing on my glass. The carbonation bubbles are occasional and individual.

The smell is loaded with floral hops. Underneath the hops, there is some light maltiness, but it's hard to find much that is subtle in here.

The taste is a tad disappointing overall. Very light malty flavours start it out, with some citric brightness. An overall orangey lemony flavour dominates in the middle, with big hops aroma and flavour. Unfortunately, the bitter is practically non-existant. I can't help but wonder if this is intentional in a bottled beer for the masses -- I'm starting to suspect all microbreweries and brewpubs of "Stout Lite Syndrome".

I find the body to be very light as well. It's not the slick, smooth rich beer that I enjoy in my favourite IPAs.

Having said all this, it is extremely drinkable. I mean, I'll have no trouble killing off this 1 litre bottle tonight. The hops aroma is lovely, and the bitter balances the light malt aspect well enough. So it's fairly a balanced beer, I'd say. It's just that it's neither particularly bitter nor particularly malty, and it's not an IPA for me. I dunno. Maybe I'm too picky.

I hear this one's a killer on tap. I'll have to try it out.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick splash of loose, bubbley off-white head. Transparent rustic copper in appearance.

Toasted, almost a bit smokey malt on the nose along with a good dose green grass, citrus and grapefruit. Caramel malt comes out as it warms.

Some bready toasted malt up front in the flavour that quickly gets overwhelmed by dry, grassy herbal hops that then finish with the expected citrus, pine and grapefruit zest. Earthy, toasted notes linger in the aftertase.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel leaning closer to the full side, a bit slick at times, light stickiness on the finish.

One of my regular local go-to IPAs when I'm hankering for a hop fix, I tend to rotate between this and Tree's Hophead. I must say it's good to have Wild Rose's IPA back after the period that it was replaced by the watered down Industrial Park Ale for so long, or at least when the Industrial Park was watered down from the hoppy pleasantness it once possessed. Either way Wild Rose is back on the right track with this one once again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Golden yellow and lacey, with a lasting though small off-white head. Aroma is only a tad of hops. Medium mouthfeel, a high carbonation. Drinkable, and some hops, but the bitterness can be a lot greater to get it near the average.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass at 16-18C (I like 'em warm).

Pours light golden with orange hues, aroma of citrusy hops and delicious english malts. I already know I'm gonna need more. Head rentention is minimal but present, good lacing. Cabonisation on the softer side, not a bad thing at all. Taste, english malts, some caramel lots of bitter hops and aroma hops pull through. I'd call upon this one to introduce people to what IPA is about.

BTW, its a Industrial Park Ale, not a IPA, says so on the bottle ;-)

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color (darker than Keith's IPA). Small, even head, lots of carbonation with thin lacing left behind. Nice, full aroma of the hops, some sweetness and some floral notes. Strong hoppy flavor. Light malty taste perfectly balanced with the hops. Lots of taste, bitter but not super biting and no bad after taste. Another plus from Wild Rose.

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Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2009. Fresh bottle from CanBIF5, c/o the Wildone. This is from their new hop-back.

A: Clear, copper-bronze with a white head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Nice American hop aroma (tangerine & nectarine with hints of pine, grass & floral) with an underlying grainy, biscuity malt.

T: Nice fresh hop flavour: nectarine, tangerine & grassy hops, toffee & biscuity malt with a smooth bitterness. (I'd put the flavour between a 3.5 & 4).

M: Well attenuated moderate body has a little hop acidity and an off-dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable (probably more-so with a little less carbonation).

Original review 10/21/2008.

The label says "Wild Rose I.P.A. India Pale Ale" and has it at 6.0% abv.

A4: Hazy copper with an off-white head; minimal retention, but some lacing.

S4: Nectarine, grapefruit, toffee, nuts & hints of cotton-candy fruity esters. Sublte orange rind and mineral-earthiness. The balanced aroma is between and American & a British IPA... Canadian?

T3.5: The hop flavour isn't intense, but it's well-rounded (grapefruit, piny, grassy, nectarine). North American pale malt flavour (grainy biscuits with hints of toffee). Very slight oxidation (flat cardboard flavour). Decent bitterness. The alcohol doesn't seem that high, it like a really hoppy pale ale.

M3.5: Moderate body & carbonation.

D4: It's not overly engaging, but it's very drinkable

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A semi-aggressive pour from the bottle nets about two fingers of foam that recedes to one finger and then a thick ring, but persists decently (and leaves nice lacing). Colour is an amber/copper, ever-so-faintly cloudy, but lighter around the edges.

Smell is citrusy hops (grapefruit especially) with a slightly toasted malty backbone. There's a faint, almost candied sweetness that I'm having trouble parsing. Taste is surprisingly well-balanced, with the hops present but the malt component really holding its own. Burnt orange, decent bitterness. A slightly citrusy, perfumey, slightly earthy, toasted flavour going on. Wish they would dial back the carbonation just a touch. But it's a fairly solid IPA generally: not flashy or in your face, but tasty and decently drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for this one -

Pours light orange amber (tea-like) with a thin off-white head that doesn't last the duration. Minimal thin evidence of lacing sticks.

The smell is of biscuity malt with a citric and floral backing. I'm thinking that in style the backing should be leading the way, but it is pleasant. Smells more like an APA that has not forgotten the hops.

The taste is biscuity and caramelly with a bitter, citric and floral, undertone that pulls through in the finish to get ahead, leaving me satisfied. While the bitter hops lagged behind a bit at the start, they come through ahead in the finishing line, with the malty sweetness rounding it out. The dry, bittersweet finish lingers long enough to be satisfying, as well.
More of an "old school" IPA, or a hoppier APA, or an English IPA with American hops. Whatever, the case may be, it certainly has a nice taste.

While the body could be fuller/creamier/chewier, it certainly keeps above being thin. Certainly, it is smooth. A very easy-drinking IPA, with alcohol being, while not non-existent, reasonably well-covered. Goes down easy enough, for sure, and I could see myself enjoying a 6-pack if it were readily available.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Wild Rose's brews so I picked up a pack with 6 different ones inside. I was in the mood for a hop bomb and the label on this one caught my eye.

Pours a clear, amber color with a half-finger of creamy head that dissipates within a minute or two, leaving some patchy lacing behind. Carbonation looks average. A very hop-forward scent, grapefruit and pine sap; some sweetness. Love the smell, usually beer odour doesn't interest me this much. Like a pine forest after the rain.

Taste follows the smell well; very hop-dominant with grapefruit and pine. There is some malt sweetness underlying this but the hops dominate without being obnoxious. Grapefruit citrus bitterness lingers in the aftertaste long after swallowing giving a very dry finish. Light-bodied; average carbonation allows you to enjoy the flavours. 6% ABV isn't noticeable. If there were more than 2 of these in the pack I'd be tempted to keep drinking.

I am already impressed with Wild Rose and there's still 5 more beers to go. Definitely recommended if you are looking for a great Canadian IPA in the American style. If I see 6-packs of this anywhere, it could become my go-to IPA.

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Photo of Shadman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking off color amber, slightly cloudy/hazy with a nice light tan head and super lacing that stuck to sides the entire time I sampled it.

aroma was sweet from the malts and slight floral in character. Hop aroma was present, but not overpowering.

very nicely balanced between the light carmel malts and the bitter hops. This one has a pleasant hop bite and aftertaste.

smooth, almost creamy and very easy to drink.

a keeper!

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordemupg for this.

Poured fro ma 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A chilled haze on a light copper body. 3-4 fingers of off-white foam that shows no signs of slowing and has lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel malt and light hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt, hop resin with a sweet touch.

Mouthfeel: Malt is stronger than the hops with a low bitterness and a bit of thinness in the finish but does have a lingering effect.

Overall: A decent effort. Not a big kick but it's good and satisfying.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Gave this a fairly hard pour into the glass and was greeted with a frothy, slightly beige in color head that was about two inches thick....from there it settles to a thick cloud like layer over the brew. The color is a mostly clear amber with fine columns of carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is very good here, with an oily looking film of spotty foam clinging to the glass.

S- A well balanced aroma...the hops are at the forefront and smell fresh, but there is an underlying sweet malt smell to counter this. More specifically, the sweetness seems to carry caramel, brown sugar and a yeasty quality. Good marks here for a nice overall profile....possibly just a little more muted than I would like though.

T- Definitely an IPA, with lots of hop bitterness detected on the palate immediately. After this initial thirst quenching flavor, the malt comes through, but not to the point the aromas let on....just more of a modest malt character. The finish becomes bitter again, just more modest and leafy tasting. Not super aggressive which I like....very good overall!

M- Medium/lite in body, with fine carbonation hitting the palate. There is a creaminess to the brew that I like and it helps to keep the flavors sticking to the tongue well....I sense a bit of a viscous film that covers my mouth when swirling this around.

D- Overall I am not offended by drinking this at all...and I'm no hophead by any means. It's quenching, well balanced, hides the alcohol well and would make a perfect mid-summer type of beverage. I'd also think this would compliment spicy Asian and/or Indian cuisine well, as the bitterness would cut through spice rather well. Another well made product by Wild Rose and I will probably get this at some point down the road again. Similar to the old Industrial Pale Ale that WR made!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. During a maelstrom of NHL hockey, NFL football, and WJHC 2009 TV coverage, madly directed by the clicker in my Dad's hand, I needed to go to my happy hoppy place, and I'm in and/or around Calgary, so here we go.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a swath of limestone cliff face lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of punchy grapefruit and orange citrus pith, a further bit of musty lemon juice, a touch of wet pine, and a reserved bready caramel malt. The taste starts with more blended, and quite bitter citrus notes - grapefruit, kiwi, underripe pineapple, and blood orange - a bit of leafy, herbal pine needle, all before being balanced well enough by the grainy, bready, and slightly caramelized malt.

The carbonation is fairly mild, but supportive enough in its bearing, the body a stoic medium weight, and mostly smooth, despite the hop bitterness. It finishes quite dry, the hops gaining an additional grassy nature to fully round themselves out, the balance of this offering taking another minor hit.

A rather fine example of the style, but yet no overt hop bomb, despite the impression I may have just given. It continues to be a frequent go-to beer for me, even since the name and slight recipe change a little while back. I've lost track of the number of times I've picked up a sixer of this brew before going to a party, ski trip, or to see my folks in Calgary. My Calgarian-by-proxy self puts this in the same rarefied Alberta pale ale space inhabited by my adopted town's Alley Kat Full Moon.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! I reviewed this one quite some time ago, and the notes have been lying around for a while - not sure why. Anyway, here goes! It was poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, and a mild pour yields a one-finger head, surprisingly dense, with good retention and sparse and speckly lacing. Speckly, is that a word?

Aroma: Mild, but the predominant notes detectable are a grainy, biscuity malt foundation and a vegetal, leafy hop presence. Not bad, but pretty routine.

Taste: Unique, really. Not sweet - the malts are very wholesome - and what sweetness is here is well balanced by a nice bitterness and some leafy and citrusy, tart hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very clean (the effect of the water, perhaps), leaving only the faintest and most delicate of aftertastes. It's thin, and light-to-medium bodied. Very even.

Drinkability: A very sessionable and pleasant IPA. Alcohol is not noticeable and of good level for the style, the flavors and aroma are well-balanced and nice ... nothing wrong with this one. Just a good, above-average, enjoyable IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some old reviews in a box after moving. This one's from a ways back (perhaps fall 2008?). Why do I find crap like this and not forgotten money. Pithy review follows...

Nice, classic IPA appearance, with an orange-amber appearance, and one finger of bubbly white head. Good integration of grapefruit and caramel in the aroma. Better balanced than a lot of IPA's, with the sweet malts helping to cut through the high bitterness. Certainly lots of citrus in the flavour, with some pine notes. Crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for this one.

A: Copper looking beer. Nice head that sticks quite well to the glass. I really this color and the head.
S: Hops. Grapefruit hops. I only get that... :(
T: Grapefruit hops again with some malts in there. The bitterness is nice. I don't get anything more than the hops... a little bit citrus but more grapefruits in my case.
M: Dry, medium body.
D: Easy to drink, this would be a good introductory IPA. Not very aggressive, just enough hops to make a good presence in the mouth. I've seen worse and I've seen better. Average beer which was good to drink!

What amaze me is that craft brewery, even if the beer is ordinary... it is still quite enjoyable... which is not the case for macro... Cheers to the craft brewers out there!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to some friends from Red Deer for bringing this across the border for me to try.
L - deeper golden colored ale, nice clarity, huge persistent, creamy off-white head
S - weaker nose of earthy and citric hop, caramel, not much else
T - plenty of up-front bitterness with earthy, citric, piny hops and a biscuity, bready malt backbone with some caramel - nice balance
F - super creamy, medium-fullish body, finishes dry with lingering bitterness
O - a nice treat, no complaints here. Nice English IPA. Great pick up! Glad to try!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper – not rich or robust or anything – but nice. Bright & clear with lots of rising bubbles, small just off white head. Keeps a solid ring and leaves a bit of lace.

S: Citrusy C-hops. Emphasis on grapefruit – both fruit & rind – so maybe it has some Simcoe too. Pale malt base with plenty of low crystal. US IPA from the late 90s. Very pleasant & good strength.

T: Malts are more pale and biscuit than the nose. Sweetness & caramel are there but less. A hint of grain comes in too. Hops are similar to nose but with more weight on grapefruit rind. Nice rounded c-hops flavor with lots of plentiful bitterness. Not spin the head around, but quite good.

M: Just a frog’s hair over medium body. If it is more, then it is the matched yet stiff CO2 lifting it to make it seem lighter. Only a bit of sticky sugars & malt dextrins, but lots of hop tannins. Firmly hop drying finish.

D: Not imaginative or creative at all, but solid & well done. You won’t be shifting any paradigms, but this gets the job done quite nicely.

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Photo of prosper
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No bottling or 'best by' date, though I'm sure this is an updated recipe. The bottle graphic is new, and the alcohol content is now 6.0%

Freakishly clear, and a very light amber in color. Has a creamy white head & leaves lots of lace.

Smells strongly of hops - lots and lots of grapefruit and a light zesty herbal note. Actually, I can't smell anything else, though I do detect a slightly skunky odor to it.

As far as taste, it's all hops. Lots of grapefruit, some pine. Plenty of hoppy bitterness, too. Hops in the background, hops on the palate, and hops in the aroma. I can't detect much malt or yeast contributions, though there is a distinct biscuit and slight caramel sweetness that initially hits you before the hops take over. Finish is clean. Still, every time I drink this, it just feels like something is 'missing,' and off-balance, though I'm unable to pin it down. I'm unable to determine which hops are used (maybe there are a few different ones). The bitterness has a character that makes me think that the bittering hops are a 'super-alpha' variety, and I don't like the balance between hop *flavour* and hop *bitterness;* the balance in this case being tilted towards the 'bitter' end of the scale

Mouthfeel is actually rather light, and this is a very drinkeable (albeit hoppy) brew.

All in all, I rather like it; though I think it could use a tad more to balance all those hops. Some dextrine, or nutty maltiness would go a long way in my opinion.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Pale pink orange in color, a thin layer of whitish head that quickly disolves, no lacing.

S Really nice fresh grapefruit, some refreshing lemon and some slightly spicey orange. Some bitter hops arise.

T Starts off very smooth with some tastes of rye. The bitter hops are led into with no signifinicant hop spike, with leads and ends of predominately lemon.

M Really refreshing, very little carbonation, with some slight grainiess.

D Really great break from the darker stuff. I'm not an everyday IPA man, but I'd have no problem drinking this one all the time.
~ Thanks voonder for the great trade.

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Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a small beer glass.

Appearance - dull copper colour with fast disappearing while head. Virtually no head retention, moderate carbonation.

Smell - aroma of clean malt backed up by the unmistakebly clear hop scents. Slight toffee detected also.

Taste - very crisp, even start. Gives way to a strong hop presence, exactly as the style should have. Nice continuous spicy hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - very short period of straight carbonation activity gives way to spiking hop activity. Once the aftertaste is present it is a pretty smooth finish.

Drinkability - goes down very easy. At 6%, impressively easy. Very enjoyable and decent hop complexity for the style - an excellent choice.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 93 ratings