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Hoptimal | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wordemupg on 01-19-2013

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of mattsander
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Unfiltered and cloudy, pale milky orange. Head sticks around. Not a particularly good looking beer, but kind of bold of Wild Rose to leave this as hazy as it is.

S: The aroma is hop heavy, dank and herbal. Some fruitiness, oily and coarse. Not a very pungent aroma for a DIPA. The aroma hints at crisp and floral/bubblegum, but is overwhelmed by 'dirty' hops. Definitely some onion tendencies. Disappointing.

T: The initial flavor is pleasant and fruity, but it finishes long, coarse and leafy. I have to say that this reminds me of a lot of homebrewed double IPA's, very disappointed all around.

M: The carbonation is tenacious, a consistently creamy bottle from start to finish.

I think the brewer's hop selection here was questionable, particularly the combination of summit, newport and columbus without any brighter, fruitier varieties to accent them. A strange beer - the hop aroma was fresh yet uninteresting / unpleasant.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Dark hazy amber, two fingers of creamy white head, good retaining

S- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine hops and floral hops

T- Bitter hops followed by grapefruit and sweet caramel malts

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, long bitterness

O- Good DIPA, good tropical fruits and grapefruit long bitter finish

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Photo of Converge
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a dense cloudy amber with a sticky off-white head. Dense head retention with lots of sticky suds clinging to the glass.

S - Mild citric character, with big grapefruit and pine. Herbal and hot, can really smell those alpha acids. Alcohol isn't hiding, no, it's out in the open. Mild caramel malt backbone.

T - Not quite as abrasive as the nose implied. Citric and herbal hops, grapefruit and pine, as expected, though not to the magnitude I expected. There's a big balancing malty aspect, really nutty, like, we're talkin' peanut butter nutty. Overall this is actually very balanced, and not the all out hop bomb I was expecting. Probably the most mild DIPA I've ever tried to be honest.

M - A little oily and hot, but not overly so. Carbonation is good, enough to give it life, but not too much as to take away from the smoothness.

D - There's something unique about this DIPA for sure, but I can't quite put my finger on it. The manageable hop profile and pronounced nutty character make for a damn drinkable brew, but not quite what I would call a typical "DIPA" profile. All in all, a little of of style, but to be honest I don't really mind.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, with a rather aggressive BB date (end of March this year), and a suggestion to enjoy this on a cold Alberta winter's day. They don't come much colder than this (high of -29 today), so we're all on the same page there.

This beer pours a quite hazy, flaky sediment-strewn, dark tarnished bronze hue, with three fingers of puffy, cream, rocky pale beige head, which leaves some broad swaths of fuzzy patchy lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of bitter grapefruit rind, a touch of adjacent juiciness, resinous pine sap, toffee pudding, a sassy herbal leafiness, and very subtle warming alcohol. The taste is more grapefruit and sweet blood orange, less peel and more flesh, some mildly astringent, fresh pine needles, a more bready caramel/toffee maltiness, a separate leafy/floral hop bitterness, a touch of earthy yeast, and some swirling, but very well-behaved booze.

The bubbles are pretty near soma-fied, just delivering a decently understated support role, the body a sturdy medium weight, a tad clammy, but generally nice and smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness still prominent, but losing most of its bitterness, and the bready caramel backbone carrying on without a care in the world.

A more than agreeable DIPA, overall, however, it's a bit of a shame how that wonderfully integrated, peppy aroma mostly fades as it works its way through, and on to the finish. It maintains the flavour, just not the oomph, but does do well at hiding those 8 points of alcohol, so much so that this bottle disappeared a little too quickly, like the best ones always seem to do.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - fully hazy bronze, tower of tan head retained forever
S - strong pine with resin and some florals
T - strong pine and floral hops with grainy and light caramel malt, touch of fresh grassy hops linger
M - medium body with decently creamy carbonation, medium bitter with a sweet finish
O - a fully legit DIPA, not sure if this is a different recipe from their previous DIPA releases, but either way its a stone cold killer that is a must, hope this makes its rounds on tap in Calgary

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Photo of leaddog
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger width of creamy white head.

Smell - Hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, caramalts.

Taste - Nice bitter hops followed by the tangy grapefruit and sweet caramalts. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A well crafted DIPA by Wild Rose. One of the better examples of this style to come out of Alberta. This brewery does not disappoint with its seasonals.

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Photo of curtismontcalm
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been looking forward to their Imperial I.P.A. for a while. This version is different from the one they did 2 years ago.

It pours cloudy and amber with a dent head.

You really pick up the citrus smell and it does smell slightly boozy.

I notice an initial hit of citrus followed by a malty caramel flavour. It finishes with a bitter hoppiness with a piney taste.

Very easy drinking overall considering the type of beer. It is an Imperial I.P.A. that you can easily have more than one (as long as someone else is driving)

It is an 8% beer that drinks much easier.

Overall I enjoyed it and look forward to another.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 18/1/13, from my understanding this isn't the same beer as their M.A.D Imperial IPA, Different hops, different brewer, Unfiltered ect.ect..

A glows a murky amber, lots of sediment and not enough clarity to see many bubbles but there's a two finger cream colored foam that sticks around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace
-perhaps my glass was dirty because my second pour has the same head but it sticks around longer and leaves four distinct rings, very sexy

S big grapefruit notes with some tangerine, pine, and faint toffee, lots of citric and slight floral hops with a little vitamin C chewable , smells very strong and I like a grapefruit juice forward IPA and this has just that

T slightly more focused on rind opposed to the grapefruit juice I was smelling, very faint booze I couldn't smell, other then that its similar to the nose

M a nice bitter bite and just a little grit, medium-full with enough bubbles to give it a slightly creamy feel, no booze on the way down and the grapefruit lingers on the finish

O what can I say? this one hits the mark, simple but solid. this DIPA's well put together if you like juicy hop candy

One of the better seasonal brews I've seen in Alberta in a while, this ones not going to last long on the shelves. I'll be the first to admit I like paying 7$ for a 650ml way more then the 10$ 500ml swing top seasonal beers they've released in the past. Well done Wild Rose

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Hoptimal from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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