R&D Wild Bitter
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Wild BitterR&D Wild Bitter
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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.68%
Ratings:
220
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 12, 2020
Added:
Apr 19, 2015
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  68
SCORE
90
Outstanding
R&D Wild BitterR&D Wild Bitter
Notes: IIPA brewed with Wisconsin malts, Yakima Citra and Sterling hops. Aged 9 months in Wild Fruit Cave. Dry hopped with Solvenian Savinjski. Spontaneous secondary fermentation. Final third fermentation in bottle.
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Another beer from the elrogish camping trip in August 2017 in Oregon. Damn shocked the label says 10% abv on this.

Pours an amber color. Amassed a respectable 2/3" white head on it, especially when you consider the style and strength of this beer aren't too conducive to a nice head formation. The aroma was all over the place in a good way, you have the typical hop nose grapefruit/pine, but there was a dense oaky/woody mustiness to it that was not derived from hops, alongside the usual sour lemon notes. Lot going on as the kids say.

I've had a few wild ipas, but this was the first that managed to push a hefty amount of bitterness alongside a hefty amount of sourness. Usually the hops take a back seat, but not here. In fact, this is the first that seems to have a bigger hop/bitterness push than sour push. Has that 'leather bound books' feel to it. Not as dry as some reviews indicate. Carbonation is such that it is crisp, but not necessarily dry. Did hide the alcohol amazingly well.

Aug 12, 2020
 
4.31 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jul 28, 2018
 
4.24 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Jun 10, 2018
 
4.17 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois on Jun 22, 2017
 
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jun 05, 2017
 
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Feb 12, 2017
 
4.04 by Dicers from Colorado on Sep 25, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TX-Badger from Texas

Pours a slightly hazy orangish golden color with ivory colored head. Funk, citrus, light maltiness, tartness and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with lightly tart citrus and floral notes followed by some light malt.

Jul 06, 2016
 
4.16 by Stolenface1 from Virginia on Jul 04, 2016
 
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 24, 2016
 
4 by rossracing from Illinois on May 29, 2016
 
4 by oline73 from Maryland on May 29, 2016
 
4.37 by Ginepiece from Wisconsin on May 17, 2016
 
3.93 by shehateme from Massachusetts on May 15, 2016
 
3.86 by dheldman from Minnesota on Apr 11, 2016
 
4.13 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Mar 21, 2016
 
4 by winningwes91 from North Carolina on Mar 19, 2016
 
3.55 by neutralaction from Connecticut on Feb 11, 2016
 
3.25 by w5baron from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by emyers from Illinois

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a 2 inch billowing white head. Leaves a ton of lacing down the glass.

Quite a bit of complexity in the nose. Distinct spicy character with lemon zest and quite a bit of barnyard funk from the Brett. There is a hint of tropical fruit from the citra hops that barely manages to cut through the funk. Very interesting.

Lots of earthy, mineral character along with hints of citrus and tropical fruit, more barnyard, and clove in the flavor profile. Hints of black pepper on the finish along with lemon and more barnyard. No alcohol presence. Certainly one of the more unique flavor profiles I've experienced.

Mouthfeel is dry and very light for a 10% abv beer. Extremely drinkable.

This is certainly up there among the more interesting beers I've tasted, and as odd as a Brett DIPA sounded at first, it works.

Jan 18, 2016
 
4.27 by ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee on Jan 10, 2016
 
3.91 by Fordknox from Tennessee on Dec 27, 2015
 
3.5 by tclipse from Virginia on Dec 13, 2015
 
3.99 by Ohiovania from Ohio on Dec 12, 2015
Photo of mothman
1.38/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by mothman from Minnesota

White fizzy head. Golden sunset orange. Funky and medicinal. The brett has taken over this beer. It's hard to tell that it is an ipa or even what style it is. Extremely funky and plasticy. Not a good beer at all.

Nov 28, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by rlee1390 from Indiana

Some citrus, the IPA flavor does not really come through. Mild tartness as well.

Nov 25, 2015
 
3.52 by LoveStout from New York on Nov 22, 2015
 
3.57 by Jhfinn from New York on Nov 22, 2015
 
3.56 by acurtis from New Jersey on Nov 21, 2015
 
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Nov 21, 2015
 
4.34 by BDCannon from Texas on Nov 21, 2015
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Floral hop notes, nice level of brett, orange marmalade, pineapple and orange rind. Dry finish. Little sweetness. No alcohol taste. Interesting brew. Perfect blend of minerally saison and double ipa.

Nov 16, 2015
 
3.93 by TboneRN from Minnesota on Oct 18, 2015
 
4.1 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Oct 17, 2015
 
4.06 by SimcoeKid from California on Oct 03, 2015
 
3.27 by jrallen34 from Illinois on Oct 02, 2015
 
4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Sep 29, 2015
 
4.1 by MarkyMOD from Colorado on Sep 28, 2015
 
4.06 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Sep 24, 2015
 
3.92 by Devman171 from Maryland on Sep 24, 2015
R&D Wild Bitter from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 220 ratings