Wild Rose Big DIPA

Reviewed by on September 23, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 23, 2015

  • Best Before: released on September 10, 2015

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Wow, two big releases from this Cowtown purveyor of craft suds in as many weeks – the brewery deems this one a ‘seasonal’, without specifying which one, so no time like the present, eh? At first glance, this seems like it should be pronounced ‘Big D-I-P-A’, but upon further label inspection, it comes off as sounding like an Aussie referring to the asterism in question.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and only mildly bubbly chalky white head, which leaves some broad spans of sudsy land bridge lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of somewhat dank pine resin, further leafy and floral greenery notes, a grainy, lightly crackery pale and caramel maltiness, muddled tropical fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and some faint suggestions of a metallic booziness unsatisfied with its current behind the scenes station. The taste is sharp pine needle and estery floral forest floor bitters, a growing white chalky acerbity, grainy, and lightly bready caramel malt, mixed domestic and tropical citrus fruit notes, and the same outside looking in alcohol measure from the nose.

The carbonation is nice and tame in its lilting and mostly gentle frothiness, the body just on the low side of yer typical medium weight, and generally smooth, neither the hops nor the big ABV (I’m not going to give that one a go in the perceived titular vernacular) seeming to give a whit about interfering here. It finishes on a strong drying vector, the pine and still mixed and matched fruitiness strongly pulling down the pants of any lingering grainy malt sweetness.

A decent rendering of a biggish, er, IPA, I suppose, when one strips away the celestial marketing angle – yeah, there are indeed Comet and Galaxy hops abounding in this one. Ok, back to the label’s suggestion of pondering the universe and whatnot – I did a whole lot of looking up into the rain-clogged sky last night, and it wasn’t at the stars – but rather the darkness that sets in way too early this time of year.

Brady White

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