Wild Rose S.O.B.

Reviewed by on January 10, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB

  • Rated On: January 6, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Wild Rose Brewery of Calgary brews this English bitter or “Special Old Bitter” (I don’t know what you were thinking), to be a less assertive, in hop bitterness and ABV, version of their IPA, or ‘little brother’ as they call it.  It can be found in six-packs and draft in your more discerning beer parlors around the province.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thickly sudsy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which settles after a few minutes or so, leaving a nice riddled wallpaper lace effect.

It smells of sourdough bread, biscuity and grainy caramel and pale malts, a soft flintiness, and mild citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. The taste is very much consistent, with the biscuity and lightly doughy grainy caramel malt, the hard water character mostly washed away, and some tame citrusy, herbal hops rounding things out. The carbonation is quite low, and unobtrusive, like I’ve got a draught pint here or something, the body medium weight, rather nice and smooth, and also a little watery, but not as much as I would expect for the 4.1% ABV. It finishes dry, ethereally hoppy, and bang-on for another swig.

Yup, this is a more than decent session ale, the kind with a soft bitterness, and not overly heady bearing, which makes you want to have another sip to replenish the flavour again, and still leave you in possession of some of your wits (if you had any to begin with) after a spell.   A worthy pub staple, English or otherwise, in Alberta.

Brady White

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