Run Wild IPA
Athletic Brewing Co.

Run Wild IPARun Wild IPA
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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
0.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #19,493
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 18.25%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
53
From:
Athletic Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  6
SCORE
84
Good
Run Wild IPARun Wild IPA
Notes: A nonalcoholic IPA.

Calories: 70
ABV: < 0.5%
IBU: 35
Malts: Premium organic malts from US & Germany.
Hops: Blend of Northwest hops with Citra and Mosaic at forefront.
Tasting Notes: The ultimate sessionable IPA. Subtle yet complex malt profile.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/13/2020
Appearance
Slightly Hazy Light copper-gold, some floaties, respectable head retention and lacing

Aroma
Hop forward, citrus, pine, floral, bready malts. Strange grainy/vegetal whang as it settles and warms -- this is a common trait of craft NAs I have been noticing.

Flavor
Clean and light, crisp malts and moderate and pleasing hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel
Light-Medium-bodied and slightly sugary, no astringency or excessive wateriness

Overall
Lacks the punch of a full strength IPA but approximates a low alcohol hoppy APA or malt-leaning "session IPA" Lack of alcohol affected the aroma, but did not significantly affect the other aspects.

A decent-tasting craft beer with less than half the calories and no alcohol effects is a big win.

Thursday at 09:20 PM
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, gold with 1/2 inch head. Taste is citrusy hops and black team. Bitter, medium-light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Super good. Hard to believe this is a low abv beer. Tastes like a great west coast pale ale. Will get this again.

May 29, 2020
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nlb802 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy mackerel that is a good beer, for not having any alcohol. Hoppy, malty, and as someone said YES it tastes like beer. Happy to find this for 9.99 for a six pack. Nice job on this!

May 26, 2020
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descobar from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: pours straw colored with nice white head with avg retention. slight lacing observed
smell: sweet, light citrus, some spice
feel: medium body. light carbonation. light on astringency as well, just noticeable on palate. resiny, creamy texture.
flavor: nice balance of mellow malt sweetness and low but noticeable bitterness (more PA level). finish is smooth and has the bitterness make a nice late appearance
Overall: nice. like one of the new lo cal, no carb session IPAs. I could drink this. would be curious to try it on draught. most important. it tastes like beer!

May 03, 2020
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The heavy malt in this brew is awesome because, it actually tastes like a West Coast American IPA. Strong malt presence however, has a thin body. Best non-alcoholic beer I have ever tasted. So far I have drank 3 NA beers and this is by far the best. Also glad this beer features citra and mosaic!

Apr 20, 2020
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feliciasnh from Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Since my body has rebelled on me and decided that alcohol is a non-starter anymore, I'm on the hunt for NA substitutes for when I just want to have that beer drinking experience without the after effects.
This IPA knocks it out of the park for me.
- It looks and smells like just about any other IPA out there.
- It is nice and bitter, without being overwhelmingly sour or harshly hoppy.
- Nice amount of carbonation.
- Like all of the other NA beers I've tried, this one is missing that final bitter note at the back of your tongue at the end of a sip; that must be what the alcohol supplies?

Even my husband, who still enjoys all sorts of alcoholic beers, declared that this one is pretty darn good. Not that he'd ever reach for one instead of a regular beer, but NA has come a long way with this brewery.

Anyway- I'd drink these all day, and will certainly be enjoying one after hiking, without having to deal with how lousy alcohol makes me feel.

Mar 13, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There are very few NA beers I would put at World-Class for its style, this would be one of them. Atheltic Brew Co takes pride in offering the best NA beers on and this one truly shines.

Pours a straw gold with mildly fast dissipating head, the smell is of hops. Flavour is fully hopped forward, as an IPA typically would be, and then the rich malt found in all ABC's beer shines throw the back. The dry-hopping really adds a lot of character. Acidity is low and overall mouthfeel is slightly soapy. Carbonation is below-average.

Feb 15, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wildly impressive for a sub 0.5%ABV beverage. Bests the living shit outta dozens of realboi™ IPA that are far worse. Would guzzle this stuff all day between cans of All Day, out on a manmade lake on a boat full of fakebreasted women in bikinis. Big W for the N.A. world here, boys.

Feb 12, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "PACKED ON 12/19/2019" there is some more text under that but it is cut in half and unreadable.

Appearance: The body is slightly hazy and has shades of light amber and both light and medium gold. The had is white and very fluffy. Amazing head retention and fantastic sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There are big citrus notes of lemon and lime with herbal aromas of both garlic and onion. It smells a bit like tea as well.

Taste: The beer has a lemon-lime flavor that pops up at first. It takes on a more herbal character in the middle with some bay leaf and thyme with a light hint of onion flavor. There is a pleasant multigrain bread flavor to the beer. It tastes fresh.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is on the low-end of medium.

Overall: It's a really outstanding beer. The can states that this is a "NON-ALCOHOLIC IPA" and it really delivers. Compared to many regular IPAs on the market, this beats many of them in flavor and aroma. I would buy it again even if I wasn't looking for a non-alcoholic beer. I recommend giving it a shot.

Jan 28, 2020
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MiguelEduardo

4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thoroughly enjoy the Run Wild IPA, especially over the course of my dry january. Very refreshing and pairs well with salmon, burgers, spicy foods. ABC also has a Double IPA that's fantastic. They just continue to put out GREAT product. KEEP IT UP!!!

Jan 23, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Appearance
Blonde. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation. 1 finger of foamy white head.

Nose
Guava, passion fruit, Juicy Fruit, and honey.

Taste
Guava, passion fruit, and Juicy Fruit gum. Light pine needles and grapefruit. Biscuity backbone.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
My second beer from Athletic, and again, I'm shocked by how good it is.

Nov 08, 2019
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lipster from New York

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a twelve ounce can. Color is a pale gold with a minor, fast disappearing head that turns to lace. Smells like juicy fruit and hops and tiny a bit like bread dough. Thus far there's no clue, other than the label, that this is an NA beer. Taste gives it away, but not unpleasantly. A big flash of hop bitterness on a thin watery body that then evens out with a pleasant malty aftertaste. Its thin character give away that it's booze free, but with each sip comes just a bit more complexity. For the "style" of NA beer, or even more specifically, an NA IPA, it's arguably the best out there. (Brewdog Nanny State and Bravus IPA both hold their own.) Were I in charge of handing out the medal, I think I'd have to give it to Run Wild IPA, for its sheer balance of every possible element of a well-made NA beer. The look and smell top the (again, very good) competitors from Brewdog and Bravus, and on taste, it probably wins on a nice, clean, beery aftertaste. I keep telling my friends that craft brewers are working on NA beers like it's the cure for cancer, and they're doing great work. Run Wild IPA is probably the first beer I'd give a doubter to show how far these beers have come.

Postscript: the numerical ranking is meant to be relative to other NA beers. Still, even by the standard of session IPAs, which are probably the closest alcoholic analog to this beer, I think this is quite solid, maybe a 3.75 or so on the basis of taste and smell.

Sep 27, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Athletic Brewing Co. "Run WIld"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "PACKED ON:07/12/19 BATCH 127, 130 IPA"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love the colors on the label, and I like the idea of a non-alcoholic IPA but I haven't had a lot of good experiences with them so far. Hopefully this one will be the one! OK, let's pour it and see... it's got a great head on it, and I can smell the hops already. Unfortunately I also smell what seems like unfermented malt. The body is a very hazy deep gold, and the head has held quite well so far. It's dropped to a rocky inch and a half tall cap, but I haven't even poured the whole can yet. Ahh, I also see that it's certified organic. Great; and it's only 70 calories. Hmmm, it's got a gram of fat in it, how is that possible? It also says "made with organic malt" so I wonder if they're also using organic hops. OK, back to the beer itself, the aroma is hoppy with citrusy, floral, and piney notes. Oddly I'm not smelling that wort-like aroma anymore. Good. On to the flavor... ahhh, that's good. There's not a lot of malt there, it's a little thin on that note, but what is there doesn't really taste unfermented, perhaps because the hops come through so clearly. They follow exactly what the aroma suggested but there's also some earthiness there, especially in the dry finish. Now, with that said, don't think that it tastes as hoppy as a standard IPA, it doesn't, but it's really nicely balanced for the malt that it has, and it's quite pleasant. It's just 35 IBUs, which isn't that much, but it works here because of the lighter malt. The head has dropped by this point and there's some whispy foam on the surface but it's not completely covered, but there's also some very nice lacing covering most of the glass. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level. In the end I'm really enjoying this. Maybe that's the power of positive thinking because I really didn't want to be down on another craft N/A, or maybe not. I've decided that this essentially is "the one", and I'm going to pick up at least a 6-pack of this and give it a try. I think this will be a great after work beer for while I'm cooking dinner, and also great for any outdoor events in the summer where you want to be social and have a lot of beers but need to be careful not to get too drunk. You can always switch to regular beer later on. That will be the real test for me though, will I want to have more than one or two of these in a row? As of right now I'd say yes, but I'll have to see.
Review #6,717

Sep 26, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is easily the best NA beer I've had. It's basically hop water. It smells great and reminds me a lot of All-Day IPA. From what I can tell they just left the malt bill blank rather than filling it in with whatever ruins most other NA beers. (I know they didn't actually do this, but that's what it tastes like to me.) Not something I'd choose to drink, but it's actually fairly decent.

Sep 03, 2019
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AMKW from New York

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this one needs to be considered explicitly in the non-alcoholic category, and as such, it's probably the best I've tasted. This smells like a real IPA and the taste has a lot more complexity than the more widely available n/a beers (side note, I love that Athletic is one of the rare breweries to offer a range of n/a varieties). The hoppy notes do translate to more of a watery lemon bitterness given the lack of alcohol, but it still supplies an interesting and refreshing drink when taking a break from alcohol. Pours a little like an average lager. Thin bubbles, not especially high carbonation, but manages a small head.

Aug 22, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best nonalcoholic beer I've ever had. If this were a 6% beer, I'd rate it a 3.8, but at 0%, it's a 5 all day. Athletic Brewing has made a phenomenal beer for when you're having a dry month.

Aug 08, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit citrus and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except the gooseberry flavors are a touch stronger than those of the grapefruit. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a touch watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is shockingly aromatic and flavorful for a low alcohol beer and even to some of the "Session IPAs" that are out there. It is exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: can

Jul 09, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a suprising slightly dark gold color with a 2 finger offwhite head. Aroma is a little malty with some light citrus notes. The flavor is similar but with more citrus flavor. Impressively strong hop flavor. Low bitterness and light to moderate carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer for NA. Comes across more like a session or APA, not an IPA as the name suggests.

Jul 04, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: floral and earthy;

T: up front, it's like slightly flat, watered down orange soda; from the middle through the finish, it's unripe pineapple with very mild bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate, prickly carbonation - more like soda than beer;

O: I love the concept, and this is better than some other non-alcoholic beers, but you won't confuse this with a good IPA;

Apr 15, 2019
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Simon_Gonzalez from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a light sessionable IPA that has a slight amber color. Definitely recognizable as an IPA, some sweetness on the front, & bitterness on the end, so a good option for an NA beer. I enjoyed this more than the Clausthaler Premium I had earlier, & the All Out Stout gives you something to balance out the lighter complexion. Its malt backbone works nicely, & ultimately it is a good NA experience for those moments when you want to have some dry days / nights. Still doesn't live up to some of the more floral IPAs, but worth having a six pack of in the fridge. Cheers friends!

Mar 05, 2019
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Horns19 from Texas

4.96/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible IPA experience. Delicious and sessionable. Will make this part of my rotation along with its Upside Dawn golden ale sister beer, also by ABC. Glad to have an NA option, finally, as my weeknight beer.

Dec 29, 2018
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epoole3 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style...a solid 4.0 pours golden with a fluffy head, slightly skunky, vegetal aroma at the start, similar to a Pilsner Urquell, minimal malts present, but the hops sweep in quickly and linger around enough to make it an enjoyable NA/sessionable experience. Would be great to see them get a dedicated tap at breweries, craft beer bars or restaurants as an alternative for designated drivers or those on a working lunch. (Rating based on style)

Jul 22, 2018
Run Wild IPA from Athletic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 53 ratings