Juxtapose Wild IPA | Four Winds Brewing Co.

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Juxtapose Wild IPAJuxtapose Wild IPA

Brewed by:
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
At the heart of this nectarous West Coast IPA stands the juxtaposition of ripe tropical fruit esters and mild Brett funk. Moderately bitter and gracefully balanced. Where orchards meet pastures.

Added by LampertLand on 03-02-2014

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of csmrx7
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not usually a fan of wild IPAs as the funk and fruity esters quite often contradict the hops. Juxtapose is a rate gem, where the sight funk is complimented by the hop selection.

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Photo of Bresson
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlendonTT
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler of this bad boy. Some fruity hop character, really dry. No leathery funk as expected, I think the 'wildness' just comes off more in the drying aspect of this beer. Subtle. But great.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mattsander
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Definitely an IPA, but no evidence of 'wild' character to me.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful opaque golden colour. Aromas of candied orange and slight barnyard from the Brett. Flavour starts with a solid hop bite and progresses to orange and tropical fruit. Malt backbone is solid and bready Finished slightly on the dry

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goalie35
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Bottle
No date
Thanks, Siddhartha!

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a thick, bone-white, whipped cream head that stays for the long haul, only ever briefly descending to a decent patchy film, easily roused. (4.5)

Bright citrus oil with flowers and hay, light tartness, bubble gum, grass clippings, lime zest, juniper. (4.5)

Earthy, woodsy hops, musty wood, peaches, forest floor, pineapple, hint of sage, some bready pale malt giving a little body. (4.5)

Prickly, soft and creamy all at once, almost dry, but actually not very. Lovely. (4.75)

Great beer, perfect balance of elements. Funky, fresh and rustic with some tropical juice dipped bread to hold it together.

It looks like Orval's punk grandkid in the glass. The aroma is a journey through textures of aroma and is a sweet lead-in to the dry flavor which also runs through a lot of elements (earthy, honey, fermented juice with mold starting to grow on it, etc.). To top it all off it feels like drinking carbonated reddi-whip.

I realize that I seem like I am gushing, and that I might be overstating how good it is, but this really does hit a lot of high points all over the board. It's well put-together, balanced, funky, hoppy, the pils malt and oats is a REALLY nice touch and gives it some wonderful body that it otherwise might not have... I could go on. Suffice it to say it is fabulous, interesting, well-made, and was a pleasure to drink.

Excellent beer! Grab it if you ever see it! (4.75)

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle courtesy of Benjjjamin.
Poured into tulip.
Mildly aggressive head composed of larger bubbles. Dissipated over a couple of minutes to a leggy glass rimmer.
Slightly hazy appearance with strong sunset orange hues.
Smells of fresh stone fruits. Peaches and nectarines. So ripe Apple as well. Mild barnyard Brett straw/funk.
Taste is similar. Peach is great but gives way to the funk of the Brett and the bitterness from the hops. All nicely blended flavour profile that commands another sip to delve deeper into nuances.
Great beer. Could easily be a gateway beer Brett funk enjoyment zone.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle obtained from the latest CANBIF - thanks Farees! Served lightly chilled.

Pours a slightly hazy, medium gold colour, capped off with 1.5 fingers of creamy-looking foam. It dissipates steadily over the next couple of minutes, depositing a curtain of sponge print-patterned lacing as it recedes. A dense cap and generously-proportioned collar remain on top afterwards. Fruity hops on the nose; I'm getting mostly citrus, apricot and pineapple, with suggestions of mango, strawberry, pine resin, and Brett-derived funk.

A very solid IPA; a modest backbone of doughy, bready pale malt and honey sweetness supports a big load of West Coast-style hoppage. Pine needles and resin come through with considerably more force than they did on the nose, in addition to notes of bitter grapefruit pith, apricot and pineapple. Subtly funky; it's noticeable, but Brett yeast flavours are definitely not the focus of the brew (at least, not until you get to the bottom fifth). Finishes with floral, grassy astringency that lingers on the palate. Fruity aftertaste with persistent hop bitterness. Medium in body, with light carbonation levels and a smooth, slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue after each sip.

Final Grade: 4.23, an impressive A-. Juxtapose Wild IPA is almost a traditional West Coast IPA, but for one major twist - the Brett serves as a lovely complement to the piney, fruity hop bill. My only suggestion would be to amp up the Brett a little, because I am finding that the hops are kind of drowning out the funkier aspects of the flavour profile. Not a mind-blower, but I can understand how this one wormed its way onto the Canadian Top 100 - it's definitely a hophead pleaser, but with slightly more depth of flavour than your typical IPA. If you can find it, then try it!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Alibi Room (30-May-16; #700/day 2) served in a 12 oz mug. Bright and complex with layers of fruit (melon, citrus), pine and mildly funky yeast. Lighter carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

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

Pours a hazy cloudy gold with a thick white head with moderate retention. Smell is a combination of funk, lemon, mango, and apricot. Taste is the same with a touch of bitterness. All the flavors work well together. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of Hopheid
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The "wild" part of Juxtapose Wild IPA manifests itself most obviously in the appearance; over-eager foam climbs up the glass as though it were running away from the bottle and the bottom portions come out looking like a combination of milk and sand. Still, this pulpy, opaque orange beer looks good.

And it smells awesome! Brett enhances what was already an incredibly nectarous bouquet. Which qualities should be credited to the hops and which the yeast is a tough knot to entangle but this floral and ultra-fruity aroma is certainly, as the brewery put so elegantly, "where orchards meet pastures".

Things get more intense on the palate; the tongue can appreciate bitter resins and barnyard-y earthiness not noticed by the nose. Still, Juxtapose tastes as though lemon and/or grapefruit juice was freshly squeezed into a chunky breakfast smoothie containing mango, pineapple, blood orange and yellow plum.

Wild yeast adds a whole other dimension to the typical sunny, citrusy IPA - even if sourness isn't really part of it. Instead, it's notes of farmhouse notes of hay, orchard fruit skins and the zest of a thousand lemons (slight exaggeration) that breath extra life into those Columbus, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops.

Not only are tropical hops and funky yeasts two of my favourite qualities, it also just so happens that they pair wonderfully together, each enhancing and complimenting the inherent characteristics of the other. Juxtapose Wild IPA is a beautifully crafted ale that I'd want to have on-hand at all times.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with four towering fingers of dense off-white head that leaves really cool lace as it recedes. Looks like patterns on handmade pottery.

Smells of sweet melon, sliced limes, mild grainy malt, gentle yeast funk and lots of flowery, citrussy hops.

Tastes of more whole grain bread caramel malt, limeade, mixed diced melons, bitter citrus rind, more gentle white cheese funk and more floral hops.

Feels light and creamy. Medium-light bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Four Winds appears to be the real deal.

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Juxtapose Wild IPA from Four Winds Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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