R&D Wild Bitter | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Wild BitterR&D Wild Bitter

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Hendrick24 on 04-19-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle in a trade with ksecler - thanks bud! Poured into a 16oz stemmed tulip.

Pours unfiltered apricot, some slight tinges of gold when held to the light, frothy tan head with great retention coating my glass with lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, some citrus hop characteristic, herbal tea with a very mild hint of malt. The flavor is super fruity as the nose suggested - the hops intermingle with the tropical esters from the yeast perfectly - a lot of ripe papaya, pineapple, and mango - some brett-like characteristics in there too making this an interesting and delicious take on a IIPA. Medium bodied but very drinkable with good carbonation from the 3 stages of fermentation - it's definitely alive - finishing dry.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Served at Jordan's Pub in Madison, Wisconsin.

Appears lighter brown, perhaps darker copper bodied, clear, half finger white head with short retention time, no lacing or collar to be found. For the most part, looks like a standard ESB, perhaps a bit lighter in colour. Smells primarily of lemon zest, a bit of leather and funk, citrus. No orange marmalade or much malt to be found, but it does already smell a bit musty. Flavour is primarily a mild lemon zest, small amount of funk, a small-moderate amount of biscuit and bready sweetness yet it is moderately bitter with a fair bit of heat to it. This is what I would imagine a young, mild brett IPA to taste like, minus the heat. I should specifically note that it is not tart or sour in any particular manner. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, moderate bitterness on the backend but most of the listed 10.0% ABV is notable as a fair amount of heat. Overall, this is nothing like an English bitter in terms of profile. No orange marmalade to be found if you were expecting that. There isn't much funk yet, and the character of the hoppiness is fairly non-descript. The saving grace is that there seems to be early stages of the Brettanomyces working here; I suspect that it'll become far more interesting with a few years on it. Not necessarily better, but it should definitely evolve. It's still worth a try as it's unique and a different kind of ale than most of us are accustomed to, but I doubt it'll reach the hallowed expectations that the last few years have bought for the R&D series.

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Photo of cokes
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Turbid, translucent apricot-beige in color with a giant glacier of barely retreating, dirty white froth on top.
Scents of bruised pears, white pepper, fresh basil, apple must, old suede, cedar, and balsa shavings. Funky for sure, but not leaning overtly sour.
And that holds true throughout, for better and worse. It carries a dusty, chalky, old orchard fruitiness, mostly of apple cores. It's not sweet, nor is it particularly tart. Touches of biscuit midway. Peppery with yeast inflections, then more peppery with hop nuance. Cedar dust. Cracked, old leather. Some herbal teases -anise and basil hit late. Bone dry on the swallow.
Alcohol is never noticed, the 10% seems like a typo, and if it's not, it the beer's biggest accomplishment.
Airy, gaseous bodied, which stays steady throughout, belying it's gentle heft. The general mouthfeel is its other noteworthy feat. It's probably the most Belgian-seeming American beer I've ever had.

And it's a difficult one to rate. I expected a sour IIPA, but this is neither explicitly sour nor hoppy (at least by current standards). It's Orvalian. De Ranke XX Bitterish. Both favorites of mine. I wasn't quite expecting what I got. As such, I was initially disappointed... Or, more accurately, confused. I keep tweaking the ratings upwards as the pint empties. At this rate, I'd score it perfect, had it been a bomber rather than a pint bottle.

The aging potential seems very high. I'm looking forward to revisiting it.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle, sample from the brewey.

Solid blanket of lacing, great clarity ... left the dregs in the bottle. Heavy Brett. character in the nose and on the palate. Underlying hoppiness is covered by eucalyptus-like phenols and a clean earthy tone. Deep crispness produces a very refreshing crispness, the 10.0% abv is hard to find. The Wild Fruit Cave is flexing its brewing prowess.

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Photo of Benish
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the more interesting beers I tried.

Appearance: light peach in color. Completely opaque with all the sediment dispersed. Looked almost creamy. Little to no head after pouring.

Smell: barnyard character with citrus, hints of bananas and other tropical fruits. Kind of an oddball like smell but I like it.

Taste: tasted almost like some concocted wild tropical fruit drink. Starts out sweet with strong flavors of oranges, tropical fruits as well as some barnyard and some kind of wood hidden in with it. Then instantly it becomes sharply bitter like an orange rind. It also has that nice hit of twang at the finish. The flavors really seem to be mashed together. Its good but a little hard to pick out the flavors.

Mouthfeel: almost a bit syrupy and maybe a little slick. Seems almost a bit acidic in the mouth.

Overall: this is a very good beer that goes the non-traditional path. When I thought I've tried IPA's that go the different path, I then try this one. Not sure if this has Brett but wow this is quite an IPA with huge horse notes.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a big, foamy head that dissapates quickly. A funky medeciny smell with citrus. Tastes of much fruitiness and kindly slaps you on the ass with hopfunk on the way out. Sir, might I have another! As you continue drinking, funk morphs into hoppy, sweet goodness. Thanks for keeping the sour out as I have not caught on to that craze. The alcohol tells me my day is getting better. This is a complex, funky beer that gets better as you continue. R&D, continue on!

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Photo of Smitch
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is funky and funky! smell is hard to pin down between the hops and funk. taste is bitter up front with horse and barnyard through out. mouth feel is beautiful.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think interesting is the proper description of this beer. It certainly has some of the wild sour/funk and plenty of bitter, but there is some sweet, fruit, and spice notes floating in there as well.

I'm excited to see how this evolves, but the way it's tasting right now I can't say it's something that I would want to drink on a regular basis. On the plus side the ABV is completely unnoticed to me and hits pretty hard at 10%


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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtladner
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawner
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another R&D winner from New Glarus!

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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GBallHead
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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R&D Wild Bitter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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