Wild Rose WR4 Oat Pale Ale

Reviewed by on September 24, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 24, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oat Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

WR4 is their annual fall pale ale (I presume that this is the fourth time around), made with oats and Centennial and El Dorado hops.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a billowing tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly chunky off-white head, which leaves some thickly splattered lace around the glass as it rather lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon peel, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, and some minor leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed domestic citrus flesh, still hard to pick out exotic fruity notes, a damp minerality, and more understated earthy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty darned smooth, with a substantial creaminess there from the get-go.  It finishes off-dry, the blended malt exhibiting some lingering moxie.

Overall – well, this comes across as another pleasantly rendered version of the style, as the oats really amp up the mouthfeel, and the hops provide some decent local and foreign frooty flavours.  Totally worth checking out, IMHO!

Brady White

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