The Wild Beer Co.

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The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
Wild Ale
3.99 | pDev: 11.53%
Jul 20, 2017
Sep 10, 2013
Very Good
Notes: A collaboration of three brewers, three nationalities and six ideas brought together to learn, experiment and enjoy. Made by Kelly Ryan from Good George Beer in NZ, Brett Ellis (originally from the US) from the Wild Beer Co, and Mark Tranter from Burning Sky Brewery. This beer explores new ideas, techniques, ingredients, combinations and processes.

Using all three brewers combined knowledge and experiences to create an incredibly unusual and complex beer, this utilises every opportunity to take advantage of amazing ingredients and try alternative techniques.

Full body, gentle-sweet spiciness, a dry depth with oak undertones, and tropical fruit character, all finished off with tangy Hibiscus flowers – this is one shnoodlepippin beer!
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4.5 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2017
3.98 by socon67 from New York on May 19, 2017
3.67 by leitmotif from Romania on May 08, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Orange pinkish color with off-white head. Aroma has nice lambic style funk with some floral notes and light spices. Taste starts tart but also with light floral sweetness. Finish has hibiscus and tart fruits. Light body, really dry and well carbonated. Overall it's a nice experiment with interesting flavors.

May 08, 2017
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Apr 06, 2017
4.61 by Foley67 from Scotland on Jan 16, 2017
3.06 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Sep 05, 2016
3.25 by GRG1313 from California on Aug 13, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

these guys are so hit or miss with me, but this is a hit for sure. pink peppercorns, hibiscus, and passion fruit are all very forward in this puckery wild ale. i think its aged in red wine barrels too, some kind of wine anyway, lots of oak and fruity tang too. pinky in color, the hibiscus has obviously done its thing here. the passion fruit is the most obvious in the nose though, that and the wild yeasts, which are as funky as they are sour in the aroma, but quite a bit more acidic than weird in the flavor, a little cleaner tasting than it smells. the pink peppercorn is floral like roses here, delicate but in balance with the others, tartness is aided by the passion fruit too. more body than anticipated, this is almost full and almost filling. a real mixed bag to say the least. as odd as all the constituent parts are though, the end result is surprisingly cohesive and clear cut, i like it a whole lot, and it really has no peers out there from a flavor standpoint. hard one to really nail down because its constantly in flux, each sip i notice new nuance, and then the glass is empty. one of the more intriguing beers from a brewery that already has my attention. well worth trying if you find it, something very distinct and original, although maybe not as refined as a more perfect version might be. i hope it keeps evolving...

Aug 08, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Hallu from France

This is a brilliant sour ale. Rather than copy a gueuze, it is all over the place. Passion fruit, pink peppercorns, and hibiscus flowers ? Never thought it would be a good idea and yet it works. I thought it'd be sweet, but it's rather herbal, with a nice spicy kick, with a huge sour ale backbone, but not too sour. It's just like their own version of a kriek with weird stuff. Very exciting, reminding me of what Prairie does. Even the color is different with this nice orange/pink hue.

Jun 07, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

On tap.servedin a Small brandy snifter. Almost No carbonation very orange color looks murky mild on the sour taste with a good body. Oaky finish. Unique taste that's worth a try if you see it. I will be looking or a few bottles

May 21, 2016
3.84 by Oidmoe from Austria on May 16, 2016
3.92 by Ela from Massachusetts on May 07, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pours a dark reddish-brown body, one finger white head, short retention, not much lacing. Smells like a gose would, floral notes, tart passion fruit, lactic acid, a bit of sulfur and leather. It's weird, I like it, but it's quite weird. I'm not sure what the pink pepper is contributing, it is a bit spicy but nothing like black pepper shows up. Flavour works better with these adjuncts; a bit of wheaty, mild rubberiness, spices, passion fruit, floral notes, leather, touch of salt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation, very drinkable. All that aside, this just tasted strange and didn't come together as I was hoping for, but it's certainly an unique beer.

May 07, 2016
3.65 by drew74 from Pennsylvania on May 06, 2016
4.12 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 23, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a cloudy peachy/pinkish color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light passion fruit notes with hibiscus and oak is pretty unique and refreshing. Taste is a nice mix of passion fruit with light hibiscus and some oak with light funky barnyard notes. Body is full with limited filtration and some light carbonation. Nice refreshing drink with nice use of passion fruit with some good level of complexity.

Apr 22, 2016
4.06 by tkdchampxi from New Jersey on Apr 18, 2016
4.25 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2016
4.13 by jkhara12 from England on Apr 10, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Marius from Netherlands

33cl bottle. Pours a bright pinkish orange with a thin white head that disappears quite quickly. Smells of hibiscus, gooseberries, peppers, citrus. The taste is bitter and sour, with notes of pickles, dark fruit, wine, grapes, lemonade. Light bodied and refreshing.

Mar 31, 2016
3.94 by ScottyTheBeerGuy from New York on Mar 21, 2016
4.19 by Risenhower from New York on Mar 05, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Todd from California

Tart, Tangy, Peppery, Oaky

Brewed with pink pepper, passion fruit and hibiscus, and dropped into barrels. Bottle was a major foamer, but no beer was wasted. A light honey color with pink hues and a thin bubbly lace sets the stage, opening with a strong nose of peppercorn, wine and wood. Puckering follows with layers of tart, vinous and a tangy hibiscus tea that's backed by oak notes. Light citrus and soft tropical fruit flavors provide balance with an interesting suggestion of young tomatoes. Pink peppercorns hang in the back, but come forward in the linger with a pleasant spiciness that ties everything together as the beer dries. Liquid awesomesauce here.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

Mar 01, 2016
3.5 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Feb 21, 2016
4.03 by hopley from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2016
4.44 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on Feb 12, 2016
4.15 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Feb 11, 2016
3.54 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Feb 11, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. The pour looked a bit syrupy, oddly. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, berry, pear, red wine, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, floral, oak, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/fruit, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, berry, pear, red wine, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, floral, oak, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/yeast spiciness and light fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, berry, pear, red wine, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, floral, oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/fruit, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit/spiced wild ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/fruit, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 31, 2016
4.09 by agreenman19 from Connecticut on Jan 14, 2016
3.63 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2016
4.25 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Jan 02, 2016
3.59 by Bpayne88 from England on Dec 25, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mdfb79 from New York

From 12/13/15 notes. 12 oz. pour on tap in a snifter at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy reddish orange with a few off white bubbles and low carbonation evident. Tart fruits, citrus, vinegar, tropical notes, pineapple, oak, light tannic notes, and sour red wine.. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall very sour but good; if you like fruity vinegar sours definitely check this one out. Didn't get a lot of brett but maybe the citrus was it...the vinegar and sourness dominated here.

Dec 14, 2015
3.92 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Dec 11, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy pale ruby red in color. it poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of hibiscus and passionfruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of passionfruit and hibiscus along with notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer ash an interesting mix of fruit and wine flavors, although I didn't get any of the Brett or peppercorns in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Dec 06, 2015
3.81 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 06, 2015
1.84 by Guden from Maryland on Nov 29, 2015
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2015
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