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Wicklow Wolf Elevation Pale Ale

Rating: 3.0

Only my second ever Wicklow Wolf beer now, this one follows on from their Black Perle Porter that I enjoyed back in July 2015 and again this is another that I managed to find when visiting Ireland recently; their beers just don’t seem to be available in Scotland sadly. This particular offering is an American pale ale that uses Mosaic and Calypso hops to give what the brewery describes as a “pale ale you can enjoy all day”. The beer will be my 54th from the south of Ireland placing it sixth of the beers by country list on this blog by some distance and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few more when I next visit at some point this summer.


Appearance (3/5): Quite a bright looking amber to orange colour that’s slightly hazy with a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface for the first few minutes. The main point to note about the beer though is the absolutely massive head it forms after what wasn’t even an aggressive pour; it’s ridiculous, there was about two inches of beer in a pint glass and the rest was head which was very disappointing. When I tried again, pouring incredibly slow, it wasn’t as bad but it was still oversized and left a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (6/10): The beer got off to quite hoppy and floral start with a pine base and decent grapefruit notes, I got some citrus and even a little peach. It was a fresh and lively offering with a faint caramel sweetness but the fruits and zesty notes are strongest. It’s an interesting beer but I couldn’t help thinking that it would have been more pronounced without such a big head to it.
Taste (6/10): Following on closely from the nose, the beer opens with a solid combination of pine and grapefruit hops but neither was overpowering. There’s some caramel that was a touch stronger than with nose and the citrus zest were again present too. Nothing seemed dominate though and I would have like it to come through a touch stronger, however there was some spice as well as the odd earthy malt nearer the end.
Palate (3/5): Quite fresh and very lively beer, this one had a light-medium body but definitely seemed over carbonated, bordering gassy; it was also a little bland at times. There was a lot of zest and a strong tang but hop wise it was lacking some and the finish was quite crisp with some dryness but ultimately disappointing.

Overall (12/20): Pretty disappointing stuff overall from Wicklow Wolf, it had all the right ingredients but didn’t seem strong enough or to come together well sadly. There was a lot of carbonation to the beer, definitely too much with it feeling gassy at points and the head in particular was a concern, it was ridiculously big when pouring the beer. It was drinkable throughout but at no point would I describe it as a good or overly enjoyable offering, had the hops and caramel malts been stronger than I might have enjoyed this one more.

Brewed In: Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Brewery: Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 201
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.59

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