Urban Wilderness Pale Ale
Snowgoose Restaurant & Pub / Sleeping Lady Brewing Company

Urban Wilderness Pale AleUrban Wilderness Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Snowgoose Restaurant & Pub / Sleeping Lady Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Urban Wilderness Pale AleUrban Wilderness Pale Ale
Notes: This tasty English style pale ale gets its charm from our unique, proprietary house yeast strain. Combined with American malts, hops and Alaskan water, our pale ale is supremely balanced between bitterness and full malt flavor.
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Snowgoose.

A - Served a dark murky orange with a velvety smooth white head that lingers and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Pretty malty and biscuity. Some lemon zest and subtle hops in the background.

T - More of the lemon and hops come out, but otherwise pretty similar to the nose.

D - Sticky light body and good carbonation.

O - Citrusy and hoppy pale that is pretty well balanced with a biscuity backbone.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured it into a Brooklyn Brewery Imperial Pint Glass

Looks like: Amber in color, one finger of head (not a particularly vigorous pour) good retention and notches of lace down the glass, gorgeous cascading carbonation.

Smells like: Malty tones dominate the nose. The overall profile is like wheaties or fresh malt, like being at the home brewers shop and smelling fresh ground malt. This beer doesn't display a lot of aroma from the hops.

Tastes like: This beer is malt forward but not heavy on the sweetness, it's grainy, like crackers or whole grain bread. There is a bit of bitterness and flavor from the hops ust a bit of sour lemon like flavors and enough bitterness to maintain some balance. Well composed product.

Feels like: Good carbonation, medium smooth body, cleansing astringent ending.

Drinks like: This beer is drinkable, it's a drinkable style, but even so it's considerably drinkable. I like hoppy beer and the heavy malt profile is to my liking in this beer. It's nice, it's pretty, if you come to Anchorage, drink this beer!

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light golden copper color with a small half inch head that quickly disappears. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Light citrus hop aroma with a sweet caramel and biscuit malt profile on top.
T: Biscuit maltiness with a hint of caramel and a light underlying hop flavor.

M: Good medium body with ample carbonation and mild hoppiness.

D: All day drinker here. Not too much hops, not too much malt. Nicely balanced beer here. Worth the drink!

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Photo of YeastBreeder
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available in cans and on draft.

It pours a deep golden with a fluffy white head. The head sticks around for awhile. The aroma is of American "C" hops and begs one to drink it. The body of the beer is light and refreshing. The taste is malty sweet, but with just the right bitterness. The alcohol level is moderate, allowing for greater consumption.

This beer is a good American version of an English Pale Ale, and worth a try.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can included as an extra from NoonanDBarbarian. Thanks Brian!

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a big bubbly head that retains a cap for a while and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is a little bit of earthy and citrus hops on top of a sizable sweet maltiness. The taste has the same dominant caramel malt backbone but with some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall an understated and well balanced English-style pale ale.

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Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - it has a light golden color with a three inch head that leaves limited lacing.
S - Very strong Hopi smell
T - It has a great hop flavor and i think that also a citrus start
M - This very hopi pale gives a great bubble in the mouth

I believe this is a truly underrated beer for one it is in the can and can go anywhere

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Photo of tayner
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can courtesy of Frank (akbelgianbeast) as an extra.

poured a honey color with a tiny frothy ring of head, very slight lacing

smelled of sweet malt with a slight touch of bourbonesque alcohol which was a bit surprising.

Taste was sweet malt with some hint of the same bourbonesque alcohol that was in the nose. Very little in the way of hops or bitterness, definitely English in style.

For me, there was not quite enough carbonation and it made it just a hair too sweet and heavy for a pale ale, but maybe they need that in alaska :)

It is relatively easy to drink. It is not as crisp as I would like in a pale ale, and it has that weird bourbonesque flavor lingering around, but it is in cans, so if I were camping in the great white north I would likely tote a few of these babies with me.

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

urban wild pours a coppery orange. Decent head, but dissipates fast. Nose is good, slight bit of malt and english hop. But this one is malt driven. But not malt driven as to make it too sweet. Bitterness is there, yet subtle and climbs on the finish. The taste is nice and smooth. Defenitely some english flavor here. There is a nice smooth creaminess to this brew that makes it very drinkable. This is a wonderful session pale. Nice to see a beer that is at least close to the true style. I also like that they use the words English Pale ale, and English style bitter synonymously. And in case anyone cares this is actually 5.1% abv now. I can see why this is an international and GABF medal winner. Great beer for cabin portability.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a tight and frothy off white head.

Smell: Caramel and malt with a hop undertone.

Taste: Sweet yet tart with some woody tones. Nice level of bitterness with a slightly smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Tasty pale ale that is worthy of another serving. The can makes this a quality, and portable brew.

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Photo of swid
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urban Wilderness Pale Ale pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Atop the hazy liquid sits a thin, off-white head that quickly collapses into a soapy ring. Minimal lacing, low carbonation. The aroma of this beer is quite malty, with a faint hint of chocolate and toffee. Hop aroma is minimal, with a typical EPA floral smell.

The taste of this beer is similarly restrained and balanced. The initial flavors are quite sweet and malty, very bready; a faint caramel flavor is evident as well. The bitterness only comes through after a couple seconds, and is slightly floral. The mouthfeel is very "wet", and is light (but not thin) on the tongue. The beer finishes wet, with a typical EPA slightly bitter/metallic aftertaste.

Overall, this is a faithful reproduction of an English pale ale. At 4.9% ABV, it would also make a decent session beer. If I lived in Alaska, this would probably be a favorite standby local beer; in any case, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can hand carried back from the great white north (OK, Alaska) by a beer-loving friend of mine (thanks Jeff!). Price and location unknown.

12 oz can in dark reds and golds with artwork of a vintage truck (circa 1915?) carrying lots of barrels of malt goodness to the town in the background, with snow highlights around. The description indicates this is more of an English Pale Ale/Bitter style than an APA, as described here.

Pours a moderately hazy golden-orange with minimal head and carbonation. OK, it's fine, nothing out of the ordinary. Aroma is floral and fruity (Doublemint chewing gum?). That sounds flippant- it's not. Quite pleasant actually.

Flavor is malt-driven with an acidic stale-leaves hoppiness that left me wishing this had more at first drink. After a few more swallows, the majority of the swallow is a nice malt-hop balance, quite subtle but very easy drinking, but it ends on a very difficult (metallic?) note. I say metallic not because it's in a can, but that's what it reminds me of. I don't care for how it ends.

Now that I have read (on the can) that it's an English Pale Ale, this makes much more sense. The more subtle character is reminiscent of an English style beer. But it still doesn't change my concern with the end of the swallow.

Overall a pleasant enough brew, and I would love to try the others by this brewery, but this one is only OK.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urban Wilderness pours a slightly hazy (chill haze?) orange-amber body beneath a good-sized head of creamy off-white foam that drops shortly and leaves little lacing about the glass. The nose is limited but reveals some lightly caramelish and nutty malt. It's quite smooth across the palate with a very fine, moderate carbonation that's about 2.25 volumes CO2, and a medium body. The malt is what drives this beer, and it's caramelish and subtly toasty with a bit of nuttiness; accented by a thin thread of yeasty fruitiness and some mild spicy and floral hops. The bitterness is firm, however, and rides a line straight down the center of the flavor that keeps it perfectly balanced and far from becoming "sweetly malty". It finishes dry with a rising bitterness and some lingering spiciness. It's very nicely done and quite drinkable.... this would make the perfect quaff for a session with a good bunch of lads at the local!

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Photo of beernut7
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a unique pale. Good amber color with a creamy head. Spicy hop aroma and hints of caramel with tasting. Finishes clean, goes down smooth. No doubt why this is an award winning brew.

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Urban Wilderness Pale Ale from Snowgoose Restaurant & Pub / Sleeping Lady Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 21 ratings