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Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 06-09-2013

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, Glasgow (£3.00):
Hazy golden amber and topped with a huge, foamy white head that settles at about the height of a thumb with some lacing left on the glass too.

Fresh smelling as the name would suggest with lots of pine and bitter hops coming through with some lighter grapefruit on top of that. It starts to mellow around the middle and the citrus notes become more pronounced with a smell of grapes and very light tropical fruit notes too.

Bitter hops and some grapefruit start things off along with a few citrus flavours and touch of malts that I didn't notice in the smell. Some of the topical fruits make an appearance though along with some pine and a little spice.

Very lively carbonation with a solid citrus tang, some spice and lots of bitterness throughout. The body is about medium and the finish is a dry, refreshing one.

A decent beer on the whole with a strong bitter and citrus filled taste that was more refreshing than I had expected and one that goes down well. The aroma could have been slightly more pronounced but definitely a beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden pour with a nice fluffy white head with good retention. I happened to sip from the glass for 20 minutes or so, and a fine thin head still lingered. Super fresh smell, flowery hops, citrus and buckets of pine. The taste is bitter, of course, with notes of piny and citrusy hops, a bit of honey and a slight medicinal bitterness in the background that - surprisingly for me - fits the beer quite well. Great stuff, be sure to drink it fresh.

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Photo of innominat
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stephenlee
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a pale ale that uses hops sourced from either hemisphere - potentially resulting in a variety of flavour profiles. This bottle apparently contains NZ whole cone hops along with Pacific Jade and Centennial.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with fine sediment and decent carbonation. Yields a reasonable head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with notes of grapefruit, peel, white grape, melon and citrus. Underpinned by mild caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Delicious!

Tastes of fruity aroma hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, mild white grape, a hint of melon, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly - the hop oils stimulate the tastebuds. Good body, though the carbonation could stand to be increased. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, stewed leaves and earthy yeast.

Very tasty - a fantastic pale ale from Wild Beer. Looks decent, even if the head doesn't stick around. The aroma and flavour are superb; a smorgasbord of fruity hop notes for your senses to revel in. Body is alright, though more carbonation would improve the beer's texture. A top-notch brew that will delight any hop-head. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy straw color with white head. Aroma has really nice floral notes and some sweet lemon. Taste is citrusy at first and continues with grainy notes. Finish has tea notes with a light to medium bitterness. Light to medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent pale but nothing really special.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle. Pours a golden, cloudy colour with a white head which leaves some lacing. Aromas of citrus, grapefruits & lime. Taste is of grapefruit, passion fruit, caramel, lime, hint of spice & citrus hops with bread malts also present. Aftertaste is crisp & dry with a medium bitterness.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vinicole
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange. Quickly dissipating head.
Aroma of pine and spice.
Citrus/grapefruit flavour. Astringent bitterness gives it a good bite.
Moderate carbonation.
A good copy of an American pale ale from a British brewer,

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Photo of Foley67
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask served via handpump at port street bar which lends to a good looking beer
My first pint of cask wild good stuff but given not much aroma and not particularly exiting flavours not spectacular

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of risenz
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale ale is dead, long live pale ale! As the craft beer world steers more and more toward the hop-centric IPA, its nice to know that the beer style that put American craft beer on the map still finds favor with competent brewers. The Wild Beer Co.'s American-style pale ale hits a double right down the middle with all the classic flavors prescribed for the style and with impeccable balance.

Hovering above its hazy champagne-gold body and its creamy stark-white head, its toasted scent comes at a mild surprise. Toasted granola is met with the quintessential grapefruit and orange peel along with a long herbal drift onto the nose. Its taste is supple with light caramel and simple sweetness.

Its slim sweetness soon breaks apart and the hops settle onto the middle palate with their brisk citrus taste and a bold herbal character that hinges on peppercorn, ginger, lemongrass, parsley and sassafras. Smooth in bitterness, its grip on the late palate is moderate and hits a chord that's slightly above the toasted malts that remain.

Bright and bitter-sweet, the medium-light ale is on a drying track that further favors the hops the longer the ale simmers on the finish. Almost minty in its alcohol character, the pale ale has a woodsy, tea and herb property that's not quite grassy but not quite of citrus rind either.

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Photo of mytu420
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dirty blonde with crusty white head. 3.75
Tin, flowers, papaya, and shortbread on the nose. 3.75
White buttered toast, then peach melba, tangerine juice, some jagged herb and cantaloupe hops. 4
Pear finish and lingering dryness.
Almost medium, oily, slight chew. 4

Southern Cross

June 16 expiry date, so I'm figuring this as 3 months old - borderline. And I do wonder if it's lost a step - the hops are gentle and indirect. But they are lovely, all soft fruits and juicy citrus, with (as the copy says) a lemon Italian ice thing to the Southern Cross. One to spend time with, especially fresher. 4.25

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mizx
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanglow
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper with some haze. Small head, reduces to small bubbly layer. Sweet mango and some pine in the nose, floral too. Mainly mango. Average carbonation. Assertive grapefruit bitterness , very little to no malt going on here its mainly hops and a bit more hops of various fruity and piney persuasions. A bit thin for the 5.5% too.

Good, not great in the bottle. I suspect this would be a bit better cask served, imo of course :)

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