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Madness IPA

Rating: 3.85

Now for my second review of a beer from The Wild Beer Co. based in Somerset, this one being the first from them that I’ve tried on-tap and follows on from the American pale ale Fresh that I tried back in October last year. This one was added to the keg list whilst I was visiting the newly opened Drygate Brewery brewpub at the end of last month and was the only non-Drygate beer I tried that day, opting for this over the breweries own Gladeye IPA but I intend to review that one as well at some point in the near future. This one is labelled as a very hoppy IPA and falls somewhere between a standard American and the double version, although given the abv. I’d tend to lean more to the former of the two style categories. The last from the brewery that I tried was a very nice offering so that was part of the reason I went for this one and thankfully it didn’t let me down.
Madness IPA

Appearance (3/5): The beer settled a cloudy looking amber colour that bordered on orange with a foamy lacing covering the surface of the beer. There was some tiny bits of lacing on the sides of the glass as well but the main talking point was that there was a fair amount of sediment floating around the middle of the pint which looked quite thick and almost seemed like bits of hops sitting in the glass, weird stuff.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh and very hoppy up front with a lot of tropical fruits and some strong floral notes coming through initially. There was a good helping of pine with some background fruits making an appearance too and the beer definitely seemed quite lively.
Taste (8/10): The taste mirrored the aroma well with some strong hops hitting you straight away before quickly being followed by some nice pine and tropical fruits, not to mention some floral flavours too. I could detect some peach and apricot around the middle and overall the taste was excellent.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body complimented by some faint hints of alcohol and a fresh, easy-going taste that takes a solid, bitter feel from the hops. Carbonation is lively and the beer is refreshingly easy to drink.

Overall (17/20): A very nice American style IPA that went down very well indeed. It was heavy on the hops but all the better for it and the fact that it didn’t get off to a great start with the abundance of sediment sitting in the glass was a minor issue once I smelt and tasted the beer. An excellent beer and one that I’ll be on the lookout for again, with any luck I’ll pick a bottle up sometime soon.

Brewed In: Shepton Maller, Somerset, England
Brewery: The Wild Beer Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: The Wild Beer Co. Madness IPA
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.8%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.90

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  1. March 5, 2015 at 13:47

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