Tuesday, April 9, 2013

BD in a Flying Dog: Wildeman IPA

type: farmhouse IPA
origin: Frederick, MD
price: $12/6-pack
ABV: 7.5%
NSP: 13.3

My BD series down the Flying Dog rabbit hole continues, this time with a farmhouse-style IPA.

Essentially, this is has the base of an IPA, and the yeastie flavors (and aromas!) from a saison yeast strain.  You get some lemon zest acidity that accents the hop bittering perfectly, and cuts right through the malt base.  It's pretty damn good, and tastes how I wish Snake Dog did.  There are some similaries to Snake Dog, though.  For instance, the potent bitterness of Snake Dog is still here, and floral hop aromas are absent; but, the farmhouseyness takes care of that, and makes it incredibly delicious.

This reminds me of the fantastic and refreshing Cali Belgique (which I hear is just Stone's IPA fermented with belgian yeast) but at 7.5% it's definitely making me consider which to choose from in the stores.  And clearly the artwork is better, mostly because it reminds me of the Beetlejuice scene with the long faces. You know the one.

If any of you ask if I'm qualified to make this review, here's my response, courtesy of Beetlegeuse himself:

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