The Wild Beer Co (on The Sub)

Recently there has been a significant increase to The Sub’s torp selection. A number of new beers have become available, greatly increasing the variety of beers compatible with this home draught appliance. Some of the new breweries that have come on board are fantastic – such as The Wild Beer Co. For information on The Sub (Compact) devices, check out here.

I’ve sampled 2 new beers on The Sub by The Wild Beer Co; Bibble and Pogo

Please note, the craft torps are a bit more expensive, so if you are hesitant about commiting the cost and volume of the torp, then try and find the can version in your local supermarket – all in the name of product research of course!

Mandatory “Bibble” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.59 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • IBU: 35
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Serving: Pint, from 2l torp

I was just about to start my last night shift of the week. As such, I thought it was a smart idea to load a torp into The Sub machine, in order for it to cool, as a result, it would definitely be ready the next night. Unfortunately, this beer was over carbonated, so upon insertion of the serving tube into the top of the torp, a huge explosion occurred – with beer foaming all over the place, including the ceiling! A mad dash to clean the mess up, followed by a quick change of my now brewery smelling scrub top. I actually quite liked the scent, but it certainly wasn’t appropriate before work!

The beer pours a deep caramel colour, with an off-white foam head. Due to the carbonation issues, it took a few small pours to fill this glass. The aroma from this beer is quite plain, with a little fruity tone to it. On sampling, it’s a light beer with a hint of tropical stonefruit. It’s gently on the palate and unfortunately a bit underwhelming compared to other beers I’ve sampled from this special brewery. It may have been a lively carbonated beer, but the flavour is flat. There is a hint of citrus followed by a mild bitter finish, though I find this a bit thin bodied and misses The Wild Beer Co’s high standard I have become accustomed to.

Diagnosis: 2.0/5. “Bibble” I wouldn’t rush to get this one again on The Sub. The craft torps are noticeably more expensive, but unfortunately I feel that this one doesn’t measure up against others. Looking back on my untappd check-in history, it looks like I’ve really enjoyed this previously. Maybe since sampling even more of The Wild Beer Co, my expectations have heightened!

Mandatory “Pogo” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.67 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • IBU: 20
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Serving: Pint, from 2l torp

I love their branding. Their symbolic stag sits proud on the front of the torp. The accenting colour is a bright orange colour, which matches well with this beer. The beer is transparent, with a small white foam head that disappears quickly. On the nose, the beer is bright, juicy and full of aroma, bursting with a tropical passionfruit note. Sampling reflects the main flavours described in a can – tropical, sweet and juicy. It starts with a slightly sour note to begin with, before this mild carbonated beer fades into a light bitterness. It finishes cleanly, with a tiny hint of guava to round off sampling.

Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “Pogo” sweet, sour, light, juicy and fruity. Oh and it’s beer. If you don’t have a sub, you can find this in your local supermarket in cans. I’d certainly pick a few of these for summertime. For lager drinkers out there, try and switch it up this year and crack out a few of these cans – sessionable, light but with a greater complexity. I enjoyed this so much, I went out and got some of these in cans!

I have a strong affinity with The Wild Beer Co, find out what they had to say at Meet the Makers

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