Wild Goose XPA (Extra Pale Ale) | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BEERchitect on 09-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of adamette
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured into my DFH pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as part of a "mix" 12 pack by my brother. I traded him something for it and the other 4 beers from the pack.

A Translucent orange brown body with a one inch head that dissipated in 2 minutes. Minor lacing. 2.5

S I struggle to smell anything but a faint ....maybe light malt and hops...very distant. Not impressive. 2.0

T Wow, this lacks taste like no beer that I have had since the last time I had a Bud Light. Really, it is superior to Bud Light but not by much. Some barley malt and that is about it. It mentions the IBU at 27. I do not taste any hops. Very unimpressive taste. 1.5

M Much too close to water in its thinness for my taste and preference. 2.0

D Good but the taste leaves so much to be desired I cannot see ordering or purchasing this again. 3.5

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a thinnish, wispy, white head.

Smell: Simply put, it's a nose of light, delicate pale malts reasonably supported by some spicy, zesty hop notes.

Taste: Mild pale maltiness with just a small hint of crystal sweetness in the fore. Spicy, earthy hops with a minute addition of citrus. Fairly restrained bitterness throughout, but, don't get me wrong, it's more than enough to maintain control. Finishes dry with that (still relatively light) bitterness still lingering around.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Politely average! Don't go in think it's an Extra Pale Ale where it's a pale ale plus a little extra. No, it's an Extra Pale Ale where it's a pale ale dialed down a bit.

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Photo of Thur123
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of anything considered an Extra Pale ale, it pours copper and clear into a pint. Little white head with no retension and what appears to be a very small amount of carbonation. It looks kind of dull and simple, but simple might not be terrible. Noses a slightly sweet balanced blend of malts and hops. Not very strong smelling at all.
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First thing is bitter hops with a light and clear malt taste behind it. The bitterness is strightfoward and lacking in any kind of real complexity other then floral hops. Ends nicely but the carbonation was fine, even if this was a little on the watery side for me. Not bad, but there are better examples of the style, the SW 420 is what comes to mind.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly translucent orange-copper color. The off-white head is short and frothy. Retention is average, with a smattering of lace.

S: A toasty, somewhat mineral nose to this one. A touch of earthy spice. Pale malts and a slight, vague fruitiness.

T: Pale malts with some bready crustiness. A typically British herbal/mineral hop flavor provides some flavor and a solid, if one-dimensional bitterness. Slight light fruitiness at times.

M: Body is on the light side. Carbonation is mildly tingly. Finished quite dry.

D: On the whole, a rather boring, one-dimensional pale ale. I give them a bit of credit for going with a British style instead of a run-of-the-mill American, but it doesn't go very far. Chalk up another moderately disappointing brew from Wild Goose.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XPA pours a deep golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that fades slowly to a wide collar and almost solid, but very thin surface covering. Lacing is standard.

The aroma is malty and grainy with a bit of earthy and leafy hops (perhaps Fuggles).

The body is medium-light with a bit of a dextrinous edge, and it's gently smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation. The label describes this as an "English-style" ale, so that fits right in.

The flavor follows the aroma to a T, with the addition of a tiny bit of spiciness, and a solid, backing bitterness. It finishes quite dry, and blocky with bitterness that fades steadily away leaving yoour palate refreshed and ready for another sip...

However, there's really not that much going on in the flavor to make you want to go back. The malt is good, but it doesn't stand out, and the hops are good, but they don't stand out either. In fact, except for the bold bitterness, it's what I'd call 'too perfectly balanced'. It's just an easy drinking, very basic ale that you might have with dinner and barely even notice until your glass is done. So does that go to drinkability, yes. But beyond that it falls a little short. Decent, but far from great.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is impeccably clear golden yellow color. The color itself is fine, but not much body. High-tide foamy head, fades quickly.

The aroma is that of a lager. Some crisp pale malts, but no hop aroma. Smells really more like a pale lager than anything. Not great.

The taste is heavy crystalline pale malt. Any flowery hop presence is overshadowed by creamy malt. Probably more bitter because of malt than anything. A hop or two would have helped, but probably wouldn't have saved it.

The feel is creamy and fizzy, actually the best part of the beer. Sits on the tongue; solid. Overall this might be good for extra pale fans, but I'm not among them. Too dry and too bitter with no actual flavor.

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Photo of alfistheman
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden yellow, almost like miller but deeper gold. The head is short, light white bright, and laces up pretty well considering the thin body. Lacing fades as the beer is drank... likely due to the very thin body. Smells like toasted bread malt and mild hops. Tastes good, very light, the bread malt hits first followed up by piney hops... Malt tastes rather flat, hops are good. Easy to put back a sixer of these i'm sure... enough flavor to have something there...

This is a good light brew really. Not having tried other XPAs... i don't know the style... however I would love to have a pitcher of this as an alter to any Macro beer out there. Albertsons has this for 6.49 a sixer right now... not bad but too light for my taste. Not something I would seek out.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can someone say mediocrity? I got this as part of a sampler pack, and let's just say Wild Goose left me very underwhelmed.

A - Color isn't so bad, but the head is nearly non-existent. Lacing is minimal.

S - Meh. I'm getting some hops, but nothing extraordinary.

T - Like it smells. Flat, dull, boring. Literally one step above BMC.

M - Watery.

D - The general lameness of this brew kills the drink factor.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold to amber with a slightly off white foamy head that fades to a thin sheath. A slight glass swirl provided additional head.
Good spice and hoppy aroma. Detect pine nuts and citrus.
Taste has same, and is a little bitter (that's good) and some toasty maltiness that provides good balance to the hops.
While nothing was outstanding, I found this to be above average in all aspects.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden hue slightly clouded with a large bright white head leaving behind fine tricled even lacing. Aroma smells like a popular Euro hop character, that we are all used to. There is a skunk in my glass, this was never the case with their IPA back when I went to WVU always a nice hop character this time around only skunked hops in a brown bottle flood my senses. Flavor is not as bed as the aromatics those typical bittering grassy hops work well with a nice pungency that keeps me wanting more hop flavors. Still not a bad brew just the XPA did not serve you typical craft beer lover, instead the Heineken drinker that we could give a shit about. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a nice mix of seltzer water and hops. Drinkability is solid for what it is not a bad drinking brew, pretty much glad I bought the XPA to know it's no OG Wild Goose brew.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A boring and bland pale ale. Aroma was weak with not much to it. Stale light malt with not much else. Pour was a light amber with no head but some small bubbles. Taste was stale and bland. Light buttery malt with just a hint of soapy hops. Good carbonation.

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Photo of JamesS
3.59/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light, very see through copper/amber color with almost no head and very little lacing; very clear for a pale ale. Nice hoppy aroma, very English pale ale like, Fuggle hops perhaps, with a little spice after aroma. Very nice taste, hints of jerky, a very nice English inspired pale ale, not unbalanced, though very much a lean to the hop. Goes down just a bit rough, not the smoothest beer ever.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful looking beer. pristine in appearance.Clear, well carbonated and a decent white head.
Grassy, grainy nose with hints of grainy malts, and floral hops, although slight in the hops.
slight bready malts stand out over a very miniscule hop flavor but a fairly assetive bitterness.
Not bad, very sessionable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a mostly clear peach/golden body with a small offwhite head. Below average retention and some sparse patchy lacing on the glass. Subtle aroma boasts citrusy and grassy hops and some toasted caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Taste has citrusy and pine hops bitterness that is balanced well with a toasty and grainy caramel malt presence. Nicely balanced, and quite drinkable but not very exciting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewery: "Herbal-like undertones of citrus and pine. Refreshing, light to medium-bodies ale with a blaanced malt sweetness and spicy hop character. Clean, crisp finish."

The Pale Ale catagory is the most proper catagory that this site allows, however the brewery bills it as a lighter version of the style. The beer doesn't fall into the traps that ligher pale ales do because of its biscuity, English malt profile is able to buffer the graininess and astringency that would come from an American barley. The hop choice is also solid, favoring the flavor additions of English and American hops instead of high-bittering versions. These work together for a balanced, albeit light, malty beer. No preceivable flaws, just thin and maybe a touch grainy late. I can see me throwing back a bunch of these late this summer.

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Wild Goose XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
3.04 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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