Wild Rose High Harvest Hemp IPA

Reviewed by on May 17, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 17, 2017

  • Best Before: released April 20, 2017

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Hemp IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The ‘hemp’ in this ‘Hemp IPA’ comes from hemp flour, whatever that is.  ‘Released from the wild |4.20’ – heh.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly but evenly subsides.

It smells of musty and dank pine resin, bready and crackery caramel malt, a bit of muddled exotic fruitiness, and more leafy, weedy (yeah), and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some dense blood orange, sweet lemon, and still hard to parse tropical fruity esters, a touch of hard water flintiness, and more mildly skunky (yeah, in THAT way), herbal (yup), and (drum-roll, please) weedy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly average in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and dead smooth, with a creaminess that makes all those hop bitters flitting about just wash away.  It finishes well off-dry, lots of gentle citrus, muted malt, and fading greenery the order of the dazed and confused waning day.

Overall, this is certainly one pleasant and easy-drinking trendy IPA (in that it seems to be going for that whole American NE thing), with the pot angle fulfilled by something as innocuous and as seemingly useful as a mouthfeel enhancer (not gonna make a joke about that).  Worth checking out, just pick any reason, and you’re good to go.

Brady White

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