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Wild Rose AF23 Pale Ale

Brewed by Wild Rose Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Calgary, Canada
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
AF23 PALE ALE is brewed using Superior Pale 2-Row as the base malt, a bit of Munich malt, some C-60 (crystal malt) and a little bit of flaked oats to give this brew a smoothness on the palate. Extensive use of Columbus hops creates a clean, long lasting bitterness while Cascade hops provide a fresh grapefruit flavour and aroma. Dry hopping with a small amount of Centennial hops finishes this fine brew. Consistent with our pursuit for authenticity with all of our seasonal brews, we used a special English Ale yeast for this classic style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle, sampled at Medicine Hat Beerfest 2016 and several times thereafter. Light orange, off white head. Bright zesty citrus hop character, kind of made me think of lemon-lime, with lean malt structure and a dry finish with mild bitterness. A touch thin, but very bright and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1527) - CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Appearance: clear medium gold with one finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright pithy citrus, vinous, biscuity pale malt, tropical and stone fruit, grass. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body tending slightly watery, moderate carbonation, short mildly bitter finish. (3/5) This starts off quite promising, with bright fruity hop aromas dominating upon decapping. The flavours don’t quite deliver on that, though, and the body tends slightly to the watery. This remains the case through the entire pint: the aromas stay bright and promising, but it stays just a little light on the tongue. Ultimately, it sort of comes across as a somewhat watered-down IPA (albeit a really good IPA). The APA style has always struck me as being a bit of a challenge, and this beer definitely characterizes that. I enjoyed it, but kept feeling it could have been better. (15/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
pours cloudy amd amber with a thin white head. Bold hop aroma, very pacific North west.Very creamy, citrus, grassy bitter. It is a buffet of hop character. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft at Wild Rose. Pours cloudy deep orange, with a decidedly green cast, which makes me excited because it means HOPS!!! Nose is quite hoppy, lots of grass and cedar but there is some snappy hop juiciness here too. Flavours of big hop bitterness, nice yeast, nice malt bill, really earthy snappy hops here. Really nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12720) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Keg at National beer hall. It pours slightly hazy orange-amber, with a small white head. The nose is citrus pith, cereal, dough, soap, peach and lemon. The taste is hay, straw, weak citrus fruit, lemon, grapefruit and light soap, with a bitter-citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
A really nice pale ale; fresh and hoppy taste. The pour is a light golden orange, mostly clear with a thick finger of creamy white head that dies to a thin cap. Tons of lacing remains well after the head has disappeared. The aroma is hoppy upfront with a good amount of citrus hops and a moderate malt backbone. The finish is bitter and lingers for a little while. A delicious and tasty pale ale (especially when as fresh as possible).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Quite hoppy, nice red colour, a lot more flavourfull than expected, its almost an IPA. Quite dry, very tasty, fades out clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 25, 2010
Medium amber color. Nice hoppy aroma with floral notes. Fairly hop forward, easy drinking, lingering bitter finish. Not overly complex, but just a nice go to Pale Ale. Was great on a hot summer’s day at the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
On tap at the Ship and Anchor. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head and medium carb. Good citrusy nose with just a hint of caramel underneath, but the aroma was not as big as I was expecting. Grapefruit, orange and a biscuit-like sweetness start off the flavour before transitioning into herbal, green leady hops and a moderate bitter finish. Not at bad pale ale at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
I was kind of looking forward to this event. The weather did not hold up and luckily we got a table inside. Luck of the draw I had the very nice cask version first. My rating is based on the less desirable tap version. The cask with "different hops" was very good, very nice fruity hop flavour and dusty airy malt. The regular version on cask was more malt, less hops and forgettable.

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