Wolf's Ridge Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,177
Ranked #15,025
3.96 | pDev: 6.82%
Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our session IPA is brewed with copious amounts of pungent hops and layered with wheat and oats to create a smooth mouthfeel and bright hoppy aroma and flavor. Hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo.
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Photo of SaltofOH
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Mar 14 2018. CBF pint.

A: pours a slightly hazy brilliant orange copper with loads of roiling carbonation and a thin 1/8 inch head that sticks around a while. Lacing is fair.

S: fresh out of the fridge this has plenty going for it. Citra hops present front and center for a bright and tart nose, with a hint of crackery malt behind.

T: the immediately familiar citra hop profile; citrus peel, grass, pine, with a brightness and lightness. A bready, satisfying middle, with a lingering grass and lemon peel finish.

M: it has a mouthfeel! Light and chewy with high but not excessive carbonation. Not hop water! Clean finish.

O: I really love this! My fourth beer from WRB, and every one I like more. Best brewery in Columbus? Quite possibly. This is a new wave hoppy beer with texture. That is hard to pull off, but they have done it. It does not set itself apart from the crowd in terms of flavor, but it does in texture. This is a summertime crusher for sure.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/1/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected if 4.6%. Overall this is an excellent session IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Great vibrant, juicy, and dank balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. Nice body for the ABV from wheat and oats. Great Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hop profile. One of the better SIPA I have had for sure. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 03, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If I didn't know this was a session I would never have guessed. Very robust for a session not watery at all probably due to the oats. Big citrus grapefruit presence. Nicely bitter and very refreshing. Will get this any time I see it.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Slightly hazed orangey golden hue, lacing dress the glass quite well. Smells of orange zest, faint mint, and fresh grass. Smooth with a nice uptick of crispness, nor overly bitter but the hop do lay down some pungency. Lots of grass, zesty, earthy, and rind-like hop flavor. Just a kiss of breadiness from the malt, obviously a hop forward beer. In the big world of IPAs this is at least a half step ahead from the middle of the pack, certainly a beer I'd want to revisit often.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Jun 09, 2017
Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Driftwood brewed by Wolf's Ridge Brewing, with an ABV of 4.60% This American IPA pours out a cloudy amber color with a decent white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this IPA, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of driftwood is sour with hop bitterness. You also pick up on some nice earthly grains ,malts and citrus in the smell. Now for the taste, bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness, them a nice citrus sweetness. There is also some nice grains and malts.Driftwood has a lot going on in this brew. This is a smooth drinking American IPA, there is nothing overpowering about this IPA. I really like how bold this brew is, but how smooth it goes down. The body of this American IPA is medium. This would go down nice on a hot summer day. The mouth feel of Driftwood is Bold, Rich, citrus, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Wolf's Ridge Brewing, did a nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of driftwood just down the street from the new house. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent has pine and grapfruit. The taste leans bitter from grapefruit and finishes clean. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this may be the best session ipa ive had....ranks near 4hands.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a murky burn orange with a tiny cap of head without much retention.

S - Tropical fruit, dank, citrus.

T - Citrus hops, orange zest, juicy fruit, peaches, some malts present, but not balanced the best and leaves a bit of a harsh mouth feel.

O - Decent SIPA, that is worth a try. I'd like to try again a bit more fresh as I picked this up with a born on date about 2 months old.

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andrewjraab from Michigan, Aug 05, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A grainy and yeasty aroma with some citrus. Lots of zesty flavor. Some lemon, sparking pineapple, and light pine. Crisp and light bodied, but not too much so like many low abv ales. Very enjoyable session that really doesn't taste like one.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft
A: Light orange, 1/2 finger head
S: Bold pine & citrus zest
T: Bitter pine, citrus zest, not a lot else
M: Light-bodied, quite bitter
O: This shows what you can do with hops without a ton if alcohol for sure. That being said as much is there from the hops it needs either more malt or less hops to be balanced

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Photo of Bonis
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/27/16. Crystal clear golden color. Smell was pungent herbal hops and yeast. Taste strayed quite a bit from the description on the bottle. I didn't get ANY of the pineapple and passion fruit mentioned. Very assertive bitterness. Not the cleanest drink, but pretty good nonetheless. An IPA, indeed...

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Bonis from Ohio, Sep 13, 2015
Driftwood from Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 45 ratings