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Brewed by Wild Rose Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Wild Rose IPA (India Pale Ale) is a beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well balanced with plenty of hops. An authentic India Pale Ale, this IPA is handcrafted for the true ale drinker.
So hop to it.
6.0% alc./vol.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Industrial Park Ale... Safe level of hopping, but lacks fruit/malt to really balance, leaving it a bit dry and bitter in the finish. Good beer, but leaves me wanting more of everything.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
6 pack bought in Canmore Alberta. What can I say...itís a decent IPA but nothing about it lives up to the "bigger is better" Alberta mythos. The province might be new to the craft brew scene but I would have expected something a little more assertive, more ground breaking. Itís a decent IPA but really no challenger to better offerings from B.C. like Hophead and Phillips.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
341 ml bottle. Thanks to Kira for sharing. Small bubbly beige head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Clear amber color. Quite malty aroma with caramel, toasted malt and grainy nose. Over the palate came liquorish, peach, citrus and some fruity notes. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter and sweet flavor in balance. Smooth light dry citrus bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (3798) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Foggy orange pour with live yeast sediment. Hoppy aroma. Fat hoppy taste upfront. Sweet hops balance out the whole taste. Finish is solid and doesnít dry out. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of savvy1982. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of caramel, some tea. Tastes of earth, spice, some pepper. Decent.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cirrhosis (1209) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
"Crystal clear copper body with a tall long lasting rocky cap. Cold dusty aroma, citrusy hops that come across light, there is also some hoarse, Yes I smell hoarse. Smell be good but poor for an IPA. Bitterness with no real flavor is the impression that I get. Medician, mild citrus, faint wood, no real malt character to speak of at all. Itís a highly drinkable brew because it so light, I could pound this all day long just for a IPA this is bad."

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VertBaconStrips (2083) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Poured out a small sized light tan head, leaves some spotty lacing and has thin retention. Brew is slightly hazy and orangy/brown. Aroma is off but not bad. Has a powdered juice crystal scent with some oversweet cirtus, grass and butterscotch. Taste is not bad either but misses the target. I find that I feel the need for more hops on some sips, then get a good dose on others. Fruitiness (lemon and orange??) and the noticable lightly toasted malts are blended good enough. Light to light-medium bodied, has a good swish. Sticks to your mouth quite a bit and does have a lengthy bitter aftertaste that hides. Very drinkable beer. More on the soft side and a decent alternative for hopheads that feel other IPAís are overkill on the bitterness. If I saw this on tap somewhere Iíd get it for sure. Below average doesnít always mean that a beer sucks, just that if I had 10 IPAís this one probally wouldnít break even. Iíll buy this again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Bottle. Pours a copper gold color, with a green hue. Good white head and lacing, but I felt the carbonation/bubble structure were lacking. Aromas are basic for an IPA, grapefruit, citrus, very little pine, a bit of crystal malt character coming through, herbal. Palate shows the pine, though it is a bit on the astringent side. Citrus, caramel, and herbs round out the palate. An acceptable, middle-of-the-pack IPA, but neither the equal of the Tree Hophead, nor their own Imperial IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2180) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
341 ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. very run-of-the-mill IPA. some decent hops in the nose but nothing too big. the malt was there to but was equally lacking. the flavour was balanced and followed the typical IPA progression. the bitterness was low but there seemed to be almost enough hops. close to being a good IPA but just OK in my books. this is a brew id buy if locally availible. thanks for the trade Riley!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 pours an amber colour with a small off white coloured head. Aroma has pine, resin, grapefruit, some biscuit malt, and floral notes. Flavor has an initial sweetness, grassy flavors, some grapefruit, pine, resin, and some biscuity malt reminiscent of a English strong ale. Overall I think this is a good beer... not a great beer. It has the feeling of a IPA with one training wheel. Some restraint is shown... Maybe a little too much. But I still like it.


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