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Wild Rose Brewery: Kolsch

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Alberta, Canada, Fresh, Tap
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Well, last week I managed to miss the grand revealing of Wild Rose’s latest seasonal. They’ve brewed up a batch of Kolsch! This German style ale is quite often mistaken for a lager due to its bright coloring. Every time I’ve tried this style of beer, I always get the urge to lay down in a hammock.

The Kolsch poured out perfectly clear and completely transparent. The ale is bright yellow, it reminds me of w grain field, with two fingers of pure white head which slowly receded. As it receded, the head left a thin, yet consistent, lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma wafts off with grassy hops and a very small amount of light spices. Crisp, refreshing taste that just begs for a hammock or a lawn chair to sprawl out in.

?% Kolsch

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On to the Wild Rose cask that they tapped on Friday. Dave, one of their brewers, nicknamed it the CBC IPA after the three hops that were brewed into the beer. I showed up early to make sure I’d get a chance at a taste. I thought that with it being a stat holiday the place would be packed and it would go fast. Oddly enough, the situation was the complete opposite.

The IPA was hand pumped and came out a cloudy orange with a gorgeous cascade. The thick head was just off white and as it receded it laced the glass nicely. The aroma wafts off with a grapefruit citrus and a light pine. The taste was quite potent of orange and grapefruit hops. The after taste came thru very heavy with pine bitterness. It felt smooth and creamy in the mouth but left the mouth dry.

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Finally, the fourth and final summer solstice cask of 2011! Mark created a Coconut Brown ale. Said to have subtle hints of obviously coconut and not so obviously vanilla. Made to enjoy as a summer night-cap this brew was also crafted with the hand pump in mind.

Pouring a cloudy brown this brown ale has a thick, just off white head. The aroma wafts off with lightly roasted malts and a light hint of coconut. To be completely honest I did not taste the coconut till the third sip. That is how subtle the coconut was. It blended so well with the roasted malts that I had a hard time finding it. The brown has a heavy caramel taste too. This caramel somewhat blends into a burnt caramel after taste. I, personally, am not a huge fan of coconut. With that being said, I found this brew to be quite enjoyable and an excellent choice for a night-cap.

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Now is the time for the third summer cask! Brewed by Tomo, this bitter was made to be hand pumped. He also says that he used lots of EKG and Galena hops in this brew.

Golden orange in color this bitter, hand pumped, has a thick white head. The head very slowly recedes leaving a light lacing on the glass. The aroma comes off bitter with a little bit of spices backing it up. The flavor comes off very sweet with a massive bitter kick. Along with the sweetness and bitter there is also a hearty dose of spices. At this point of the day I am having a difficult time pin pointing the spices. I was honestly caught off guard with how sweet this bitter was. The sweetness lasted for a very long time, it really stuck with you and didn’t fade away.

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Now, for the second summer cask! Brewed up by Andrea, this cask was designed to be a great patio beer. Bitterness of the hops flirting with fresh spring junipers, sounds like deliciousness in a glass to me!

This cask poured out a bright cloudy orange with a small, yet thick, white cap. The aroma comes off far weaker than I thought it would have. Very light citrus and, even lighter yet, juniper notes are all I’ve managed to pick up on. The taste is stronger with juniper then in the aroma. Also, the citrus hops pick up more in the taste too. This IPA turned out to be quite the “dry” beer. It almost made me more thirsty drinking it. I think there is some solid ground work laid down here, but, in my opinion, this recipe with just a little bit of tinkering, or fine tuning, could be a killer brew.

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Well, it has been ages since I have posted up some beers. I actually have quite the back log of casks to post up from Wild Rose. In all honesty, it is actually quite shameful of me for not sharing these delicious brews with all of you. This first one is a Heffwiezen which had 18 mandarin oranges zested into it along with a little coriander and one zested lemon. Dave, the brewer, also informed me that he had also slipped some of the juicy pulp from the mandarins in as well.

This Heff pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white cap. The aroma wafts off with the zesty oranges, wheat, and a tickling of the nose with coriander. The taste is heavy with the mandarins zest! Once you got over the initial zest, it was then that I noticed the slight lemon twist thrown into the mix. Meanwhile there is that slight spiciness that the coriander throws into the mix. Though it isn’t overly powerful, it does add a unique characteristic to this brew. I found this brew extremely smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed it so much so that I hinted repeatedly, some might say excessively, to Dave that it would make an excellent seasonal brew for them to do in the coming summer or the next.

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Once again I arrived at Wild Rose for their cask night, and once again it is packed. People love this place. It has that “I’m at home” feeling. It is one of the few pubs I’ve ever been in where you can walk up to a table of complete strangers and ask to join them and not have them look at you like you have a second head growing on your shoulder. Honestly, we need more places like this in Canada. Too many people are shut in and awkward around meeting new people. Anyways, onto the beer! This weeks cask was the S.O.B. with Willamette hops.

This weeks cask poured a foggy orange with a light white cap of head. The aroma was dominated by an orange citrus, I had difficulty picking up any other scents. The taste was much more complex. With the orange citrus at the fore-front, it was backed up by a light leafy hop. At the tail end of the sips and the after taste I was able to also pick out a light pine and moderate bitter. The S.O.B. is light and easy to drink. This would be an excellent, refreshing beer on a hot summer day on a patio. It is honestly a shame that it was pouring rain on the day they chose to crack this bad boy open.

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