Fresh | The Wild Beer Co.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stephenlee
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of vinicole
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 risenz
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mizx
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanglow
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Martine
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This APA came with beer52 order. I was never a fan of the Wild Beer sour style so this is the first time I'll be trying one of their pale ales.

Pours hazy tangerine-amber into a tulip glass from a 330ml can. The puffy white head is 3 fingers high, lazy, and creamy smooth with an almost stout-like appearance to it; excellent retention. There's plenty of lacing on the glass as it diminishes to a consistent 1 finger high.

I know why they call it Fresh. The nose is wonderfully citrusy with big notes of tangerine, lychee, mango, and grapefruit. I also get lots of resiny pine underneath the fruit, floral grassy notes, and just a hint of something herbal and peppery underneath. It certainly isn't as powerful as some other American IPA's but it still has character.

The flavour ploughs you with that grapefruit, lychee, and tropical bite, barrels straight into dank resiny pine, forest perfume and floral grass, and then bitter hops jump in to seal the deal. The flavour doesn't stop there, however, and those wonderful sweet citrus flavours come back for the aftertaste, along with partners of fresh grain, straw, and more piney freshness. The flavour doesn't knock you for six, but fresh is definitely the word, leaving the palate feeling cleansed and renewed after every sip. Some PA's will overload you with big dank flavours but this, in my opinion, has the right balance between citrus, bitter, and flora.

In the mouth it feels quite carbonated, but I think it suits this beer by adding a further tangy, zesty zing to the flavour, warming the tongue like ginger, but not overstaying its welcome in preparation for the next sip. It is light bodied but slightly resinous which further adds to the sensation of drinking fruit and pine.

All in all I love this beer. It's by no means the best APA out there, but this approach gives it a balance which is just right in my opinion; it still certainly holds its own. Here in the UK it can be difficult to find really great APA's or AIPA's with big flavour, but I think this is a great substitute. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. For a beer named "Fresh" with the warning "Drink Now + Don't Age" on it, I was a little dubious, given it doesn't have a date on the bottle and it's here in Australia on the other side of the world from where it was born. Still, let's see where we go...

Pours a pale golden colour with a massive crackling head of white that forms swiftly and settles to a foamy mass that stays pretty persistently. Lacing forms in soapy clods. Carbonation is quite aggressive, running through the body very swiftly. Looks pretty good.

Nose is pleasant, but given the rhetoric on the bottle, I suggest it isn't as fresh as they hoped it to be when drunk. Pleasant citrus hops come forward with a slight tingle of passionfruit or guava, and a cut grass/pepper spiciness. It's certainly pleasant—the main issue is that it's not as powerful and potent as it might have been. Amp that aroma up and I'd be loving it.

Taste is clean and slightly earthy, with a clear but somewhat woody hop bitterness towards the back. It actually works rather well, but it's the sort of bitterness you get in a beer that doesn't smell like this. Pleasant and herbal, but lacking those fruity/citric flavours suggested by the nose. Finish has a pleasant lingering bite and a hint of nuttiness, and the carbonation is remarkably rather tamed.

Feel is good: there's not a whole heap of tingle to it from the carbonation, but is does get a bit gassy after a while.

Overall, very drinkable. I probably didn't get it as fresh as it should be, but it's still remarkably tasty and clean, and there's not any hint of oxidation or other age issues. Some day I'll try it again, close to the source, on the day after it's bottled. It's worth that, certainly.

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