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Caveman Beer Reviews: Wild Range IPA

Wild Range IPA

Note: This is a series I call Caveman Beer Reviews, because I like to drink beer but am a caveman when it comes to beer knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the beers on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.

Beer: Wild Range IPA (India Pale Ale)

Bottom Line: A very, very good beer with a predominantly sour (but pleasant) flavor, as well as malty and sweet notes.

Price: About $6.99 for a six-pack of 12 oz bottles at ALDI

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Details

I was with my wife at ALDI (an extremely cheap supermarket) when I spotted this brew on one of the shelves. Not only did it have a really cool label, but it was also an IPA (which I usually like), and it was relatively well-priced. So, I bought a six-pack.

I didn’t really know what to expect, since I’d never bough beer at ALDI, and ALDI is like the dollar store of supermarkets (very cheap, no-name products, some of which are high-quality).

Origin: Rochester, New York

Rochester, NY

Alcohol: 6.9%. Yeah!

Looks: A dark glass standard beer bottle with a really cool drawing of some circus-type dude holding up a baton and two wolves; together with James Bond, the apex of masculinity.

The other pinnacle of manliness

The beer itself has an amber color.

Smell: Strong malt smell with hints of chocolate.

Taste: The Wild Range IPA has an excellent balance of flavors, starting with a relatively strong, but pleasant, sour taste. Then, you get hints of malt and a molasses-type sweetness. So sour, malty, and sweet (in that order). The flavors linger close to the back of the mouth, but are all pretty smooth.

It’s also got good, medium-level carbonation and a nice thickness, not being watery at all. My wife says it’s soapy, but I couldn’t make that out at all.

Rooster

The cock, another icon of masculinity

The Wild Range is too sour and thick to be refreshing or easy to drink; it’s not a beach day kind of brew. Rather, think of enjoying it with a heavy, food coma-inducing meal, like a juicy steak.

Hangover Factor: Nothing out of the ordinary. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.

Final Thoughts

This is a really good and quite alcoholic beer. It’s manly, thick, and tasty. Pick it up the next time you’re at ALDI.

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