Ding Points: 60.00
Pour: 60.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00
I think that Wild Heaven are a bit confused with their marketing, and no I’m not only talking about the unhelpful use of ‘sessionable’!
The name and marketing suggests that they are trying to tempt the light beer drinkers market, but light beer drinkers are generally not only interested in lower ABV beer (in fact sometimes they are not even interested in THAT), but rather they tend to be more interested in light color and no taste! I don’t think this will be a beer that appeals to them on any level!
Dark golden, copper color. Thin head leaves film-like lace on the glass. Served in frozen solid glass – thanks Taco Mac, and I doubt that the Wild Heaven boys will be too happy about that (or maybe they will if adds to the ‘light’ angle)!
Medium high hop nose. Dry, balanced effort.
Tastes reflect the nose and a hop bitterness lingers. The Sorachi Ace is a hop that I cannot get into. It delivers what I usually characterize as an ‘out of place spice’, and although the effect here is pretty mild, it still distracts me in this beer. Just when I’m expecting either a clean metallic finish OR a earthy one, the two merge to give a difficult, hybrid experience. Doesn’t quite work for me. Citrus (that I was expecting a modicum of from the orange peel), is either missing or overwhelmed, but either way it feels absent. I suppose one could argue that there is some peel like bitterness. As it warms the definition continues to slide a bit more. Finishes with a quick twang and it feels pretty dry.
The hop bitterness relegates this to an also ran for me in a sea of American, hoppy mediocrity. Nothing here that you can’t get in 10,000 other beers, and at 4.7% we’re almost 20% above a real session beer making the ‘sessionable’ moniker associated with it confusing and not helpful.
I’m gonna call this an American Pale Ale or an American Amber, although a formal categorization may be a little tricky. It has the delicate hop bitterness of an English IPA too, but it totally lacks any significant fruit or depth of malt element for me. It’s not bad, but I think it has an identity crisis and may be a beer that was born out of a trend for nodding toward lower ABV beers rather than an inspirational moment. Another low ABV opportunity missed.
Other: 4.7% ABV so NOT a ‘session beer’.