The Wild Beer Co

For those that haven’t heard about The Wild Beer Co, then check out their Meet The Makers post; for reviews of some of thier beers, keep reading!

Mandatory “Nebula” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.62 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBU:  20
  • Style: IPA (New England)
  • Serving: Can, 330ml

The can design features purple as the accenting colour via the stag. This beer has a hazy straw appearance, characteristic with NEIPAs and a tall white foam head sitting on top of this beer. Aromas from this beer are light with with a light tone of peach. This beer has a moderate carbonation which has a savoury biscuit malt base before developing into a bitter tropical tone, featuring a resinous hoppy finish. Orange, lime and oats are all present, though in subtle amounts.

Diagnosis: 2.75/5. “Nebula” subtle, with a light flavour profile. Personally I think it feels a bit watered down and the flavours could be bolder

Mandatory “Ninkasi” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.68 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBU:  25
  • Style: Saison
  • Serving: Bottle, 750ml

Over the last two years I have found that saisons can be a bit of a hit or a miss, usuallt for me – they are typically a miss. I find the funk notes overbearing and too pungent, detracting from the beer in hand. This beer, is brewed with English apples, New Zealand hops and a trio of yeast, including a Champagne yeast during the brewing process. I love the wax seal! It pours a light golden colour with a medium fluffy white foam head. The dominanat scent that come from this beer is apple, with a slight characteristic farmhouse funk coming through later on. On the palate a medium body beer, with a strong apple and grape, slightly acidic nature. On top of this is a gentle saison flavour coming through, but not too strong for me thankfully. It finishes very dry, unsurprising given the Champagne yeast. Despite the 9% ABV, it doesn’t come across that strong – though please note that this is usually a sharing bottle! I was able to put the second half of the bottle aside via my Pop n Stop though, keeping it fresh and well carbonated for the next glass.

Diagnosis: 3.0/5. “Ninkasa” Dry, light and pairs well with food. An easy drinking saison with the Champagne yeast really complimenting this apple flavoured beer

Mandatory “Millionaire” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.75 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • IBU:  14
  • Style: stout
  • Serving: Can, 330ml

This is an incredibly daring beer. Millionaire (or more formally known as millionaire shortbread) is my favour sweet snack. Chocolate, biscuit and caramel, my heavenly combination. This beer has newly been released into cans and I am very thankful for Wild Beer Co for sending me a couple to sample! This beer has a bit of a spin on it, incorporating the ever indulgent delicacy “salted caramel” into this beer. It pours a pitch black with a chocolate foam head, with aromas of saltiness and some rich caramel tones. On sampling, the beer is silky smooth texture and full bodied. It starts with the flavour of sweet caramel which then develops into a chocolate and salt combination, which lifts the rich chocolate. There is a strong malt base, comparable to the biscuit of the dessert snack. It finishes with a mild warming finish. Given the darkness of the appearance, a more bitter finish would typically be expected, though this isn’t the case – just a touch, contrasting well with the sweetness.

Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Millionaire” Considering it’s my go to sweet treat, it’s a pretty damn close recreation in a beer. There is slightly more dominance on the chocolate aspect, though this is lifted by a contrasting saltiness. Great to see this beer in a can!

Mandatory “Yokai” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.28 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 5
  • Style: Spiced/herbed beer
  • Serving: 330ml, can
     

This time, the accenting colour on the can is turquoise. Underneath the name, features the following, “yuzu + umami + balance”. Yuzu is described as a Japenese citrus and umami is often used to describe savoury. This beer takes inspiration from Yadokai – though that measures up at 13% ABV. The beer pours a light straw colour with a slim foam head. It’s a lively beer, with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Scents from this beer are a light sour tone. Upon drinking, it’s an interesting experience. There is a dominant herbaceous profile e.g. oregano and pepper and atypical compared to the pine/resinous notes I am use to from the many dank IPAs I’ve sampled. There is a hint of saltiness from this beer and the umami savouriness really comes through. At the end, there is a touch of entle sour citrus (yuzu), which rounds off this beer nicely.

Diagnosis: 3.5/5. “Yokai” at first I thought I didn’t like this beer, though upon further sampling I gain a greater appreciation from this complex beer.

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