Wild Leap Brew Co. Reveals 13th Chapter in its Alpha Abstraction DIPA Series

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 13 on Monday, July 27.

Crafted to bring “eerie vibes and chilling flavors” to Wild Leap Brew Co.’s experimental Double IPA series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 13 is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Sabro hops. This hop varietal shines by lending Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 13 (8% ABV, 44 IBUs) with “a bold coconut flavor [and] playfully subtle notes of tropical fruits, herbs and pine with a smooth mouthfeel.”

“Exploring hop varieties is the reason we created the Alpha Abstraction Series. For every new Alpha, we experiment using a new and different style of hop,” explains Chris Elliott, Head Brewer at Wild Leap Brew Co. “From Vol 1. to Vol. 12, the Alpha Abstraction Series has featured 14 unique hop varieties. The introduction of Sabro hops in Vol. 13 will bring us to a total of 15 different hop varieties used throughout the Alpha series!”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 13 is scheduled to release on July 27 and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 13 from Wild Leap Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction DIPA Series; July 27, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 44
Featured Hops – Sabro
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout on Wednesday, July 22.

Dropping as the latest release in Wild Leap’s series of ice cream-inspired Stouts, Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout is a “thick, sweet and creamy” Imperial Milk Stout loaded down with additions of cocoa, vanilla bean, almond and marshmallow. Weighing in at 10.5% ABV, Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout has been specifically “brewed for diets high in decadence and guilty pleasures.”

“We’ve definitely found our niche with stouts – dessert and ice cream-inspired stouts really get us excited!” explains Chris Elliott, Head Brewer at Wild Leap. “We’ve made small batch stouts in the past that have featured cocoa and almond and they were incredibly popular, so we felt it was natural to add marshmallow and make Rocky Road!”

Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout is scheduled to debut on July 22 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 22, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 35
Added Ingredients – Cocoa, vanilla beans, almond & marshmallow
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Latest Batch of Three Harvest Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that Three Harvest, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with hydroponic hop farm Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama), will return for a Summer 2020 Limited Release in early July.

The second release in Wild Leap’s off-season fresh hop project with Extreme Hops AL, Three Harvest is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with “wet, unkilned whole cone Cascade hop” which were specifically “harvested for immediate introduction into the kettle.” Boasting a wealth of classic “notes of pine and grapefruit [hop] flavors,” the “well-balanced” Three Harvest -Summer 2020 (8.2% ABV) is “thick in body similar to other Wild Leap Double IPAs,”

“When [Ralf DuToit, Head Hop Farmer at Extreme Hops AL], approached us with his hop project, asking us to test the first harvest of his hydroponic hops, we couldn’t believe it,” says Wild Leap Co-Founder and CEO, Anthony Rodriguez. “Hydroponic hop farms in the U.S. are far and few between and generally produce a limited amount of hops. After we tested a small batch, we knew this was the start of something truly unique.”

“Three Harvest is the first beer to come out of our hydroponic hop journey with Extreme Hops AL and it’s nowhere near the last,” says Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “We’ve been working with Ralf and a research team out of Auburn University on best practices and methods when working with hydroponic hops. We’re adding different cultivations and strains of hops over the next few growing seasons, so consumers can expect our flavor profiles to expand in the near future.”

Curbside pickup for Three Harvest – Summer 2020 began at Wild Leap Brew Co. on July 13 and distribution is scheduled to begin this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Three Harvest – Summer 2020 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 13, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 38
Featured Hops – Hydroponically grown Cascade hops from Extreme Hops AL
Fun Fact – “Named after the minimum number of harvests it can produce each year, Three Harvest Double IPA bypasses the constraints of growing season to produce fresh hop beers off-season.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Rolls Into Summer with Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice DIPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will continue its Truck Chaser Series of ice cream/frozen treat-inspired Double IPAs with the late June release of Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice.

Developed to capture all the summertime refreshment found in “a frozen lemon Italian ice,” Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice (8.1% ABV) is a Double India Pale Ale “brewed using puréed lemon and real vanilla bean with added milk sugar to give the beer a creamy sweetness.” Citrus hops reinforce, support and complement the beer’s lemony notes “while the milk sugar provides the sweetness familiar to a lemonade push pop.”

“Because the Truck Chaser Series is such a special series, I’m very particular with the design process,” explains Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “After the crew has gathered around and taken a vote on the inspiration for the next release, the ingredient selection process is extremely strategic.”

“Like all the Truck Chaser’s we’ve released, Truck Chaser Lemon Ice has been such a fun process,” says Wild Leap’s CMO, Rob Goldstein. “From the first team meeting where we discuss novelty ice cream treats we all remember buying, to the can packaging, there’s never a dull moment with a Truck Chaser release.”

Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice debuted in Wild Leap’s taproom on June 22 and is rolling out into distribution this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Truck Chaser Double IPA Series; June 22, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 49
Added Ingredients – Puréed lemon, vanilla bean & milk sugar
Fun Fact – “Though lighthearted in its appearance, the Truck Chaser Series was created as a salute to Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott’s past career in the ice cream industry.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Alpha Abstraction DIPA – Vol. 12

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of the highly anticipated twelfth volume in its Alpha Abstraction Double IPA Series in late May 2020.

Declared to be the “juiciest” release yet in Wild Leap’s wildly popular Alpha Abstraction Series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 12 is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Belma hops. Coming in at 8% ABV, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 12 “boasts a bright citrus flavor with notes of strawberry and melon.”

“Our goal for the Alpha series was to create a beer that tastes as close to fruit juice as possible using only water, malt, hops and barley,” says Wild Leap Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “We first experimented with Belma hops in pilot batches and the results were phenomenal. Out of those pilot batches came some of our favorite IPAs to date.”

“We’ve had previous Alpha releases that have had notes of strawberry and melon with the citrus flavor in the background,” says Wild Leap CEO and Co-Founder, Anthony Rodgriguez. “With Vol. 12, the Belma hop brings those citrus flavors to the forefront.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 12 is available now at Wild Leap Brew Co. for curbside pickup (click here to order online) and will enter distribution throughout the week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 12 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction DIPA Series; May 26, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 44
Featured Hops – Belma
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Treats Fans to a Little ‘Time, Love & Tenderness’ DIPA

WL_IndividPage_TLT-1Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Time, Love & Tenderness Double IPA on May 11.

A beer that soulfully channels its inner Michael Bolton, Time, Love & Tenderness is a Double India Pale Ale that features “all the hits — Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Enigma, Citra and Cashmere hops.”  Coming in at 8.5% ABV and 35 IBUS, Time, Love & Tenderness is a “bold and flavorful” little number that is determined to prove that “nothing cures a broken heart like this tasty Double IPA.”

Time, Love & Tenderness debuted in Wild Leap’s taproom on May 11 and will enter distribution on or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Time, Love & Tenderness from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; May 11, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 35
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Enigma, Citra & Cashmere
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Begins Limited Release of Cookies & Cream Stout

WildLeapLogoWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cookies & Cream Stout on Monday, April 27.

Meant to capture the cool, satisfying experience of enjoying a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream on a warm day, Cookies & Cream (10.5% ABV) is a “sweet and creamy” Milk Stout brewed with cocoa, vanilla and lactose.  These ingredients combine to “[taste] like vanilla ice cream and [finish] with a chocolate cookie taste.”  Although you may be tempted, Wild Leap does caution that you “DO NOT twist can and lick the middle.”

“Occasionally we like to design beers that reflect on my 8+ years working in the ice cream industry,” says Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “One of my favorite flavors is Cookies n’ Cream, and our staff was really excited about the idea of designing a stout that tastes just like the ice cream.”

 

“When people think ‘stout’ they may tend to think fall or winter. We don’t like to pigeon hole beers that way, though,” says Anthony Rodriguez, Wild Leap CEO and Co-Founder. “The familiar, sweet taste of ice cream you get when drinking Cookies & Cream makes it a perfect stout for warmer months.”

Cookies & Cream Stout is scheduled to debut on April 27 and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at Wild Leap Brew Co. for curbside pick-up only (click here to pre-order) and at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cookies & Cream Stout from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; April 27, 2020
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 44
Added Ingredients – Cocoa, vanilla & lactose
Suggested Food Pairings – “The familiar, sweet taste of ice cream when drinking Cookies & Cream makes it a perfect stout for warmer months.”
COVID-19 Info – Wild Leap Brew Co.’s taproom is currently closed, but the brewery is filling orders for curbside pick-up.  You can place an online order for pick-up by clicking here. 
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia

 

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Wild Leap Brew Co. Launches Gratuity Light Beer & Fundraising Campaign In Support Of Service Industry

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Gratuity Light Beer, a craft beer with a mission to “[support] service industry workers who have been hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 crisis,” during the week of April 6, 2020.

Specifically brewed by Wild Leap with the intention to donate “10% of profits [raised from the sale of this new Year-Round release] to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance,” Gratuity Light Beer “a crisp, cold-conditioned beer featuring simple ingredients like Pilsen malt, traditional Czech Saaz hops and Wild Leap’s house yeast.”  Coming in at an “approachable and drinkable” 4.2% ABV, Gratuity’s traditional ingredients “combine . . . to provide consumers with a refreshing, lower ABV craft option which still provides the flavorful profile you’ve come to expect from Wild Leap.”

“In times of crisis, service industry workers often are left without benefits to fall back on. In the current climate, empty bars, taprooms, hotels and restaurants have left workers without the support from customers that they rely on,” says Anthony Rodriguez, Wild Leap co-founder and CEO. “The purpose of Gratuity Light Beer is to provide support for these hard-working people.”

 

“Gratuity doubles as a way to support the industry while providing people with more accessible, affordable craft beer,” says Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer. “With all that’s happening right now, the release of Gratuity is more important than ever.”

When it comes to Wild Leap’s motivation and mission behind Gratuity Light Beer, here is what the brewery is doing to support service industry workers impacted by COVID-19 through this beer:

  • Wild Leap has preemptively donated $5,000 to nonprofit organization Bottleshare via a GoFundMe campaign (wildleap.com/donate) they have set up. With the online campaign, the initial goal is to raise $15,000 in donations. (If you are someone working in the craft beverage industry and in need of support, go to bottleshare.org/grant-application to apply for assistance.)
  • Once Gratuity Light Beer is released on April 6th, 10% of profits from Gratuity will continue to support service industry organizations year-round.

“Wild Leap could not have come to us during a more crucial time!” says Bottleshare Founder, Christopher Glenn. “Their passion was incredible. There were no stipulations, no fine print, it was simply, ‘Hey, we’ve heard of your mission and we want to help.’ At a time when being selfish is easy but support is so necessary, Wild Leap is stepping up and making an impact.”

Gratuity Light Beer is scheduled to debut the week of April 6 with availability in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this incredibly special Year-Round offering at Wild Leap Brew Co. via curbside pick-up and at craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gratuity Light Beer from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching April 6
Style – American Light Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Featured Malt – Pilsen
Featured Hops – Czech Saaz
Mission – “For every purchase of Gratuity, Wild Leap is donating 10% of profits to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance.”
Fun Fact – “Gratuity is the first light beer to come out of the Wild Leap brewhouse and is the first beer available in a 12-pack.”
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Wild Leap Brew Co. & Pink Boots Society Collaborate on Too Pure To Be Pink DIPA

WL_IndividPage_PinkBootsWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it is recognizing International Women’s Day with the Limited Release of Too Pure To Be Pink Double IPA, a special collaboration with the Pink Boots Society, during the week of March 9.

Created by women to celebrate women with more than a little inspiration from the iconic Pink Ladies from the musical Grease, Too Pure To Be Pink is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with a special hop blend from Yakima Chief Hops that was hand-selected by members of the Pink Boots Society, a “non-profit organization devoted to promoting the advancement of women in the beer industry, particularly in the craft beer industry.”  Consisting of Loral, Azacca, El Dorado and Idaho Gem hops, this hop blend makes Too Pure To Be Pink (8.5% ABV) a “juicy IPA . . . unlike any other Wild Leap release.”  Too Pure To Be Pink was “brewed, canned and packaged [by] the hardworking women of Wild Leap.”

“With so many strong women forming the backbone of Wild Leap, it was important to us to develop a beer that celebrates these incredible women, and the timing was perfect.” says Rob Goldstein, Wild Leap’s co-founder and CFO. “The beer finished just in time to package on International Women’s Day!”

Too Pure To Be Pink is available now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this “extremely” Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Too Pure To Be Pink from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; March 9, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale 
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Pink Boots Society hop blend from Yakima Chief Hops (Loral, Azacca, El Dorado & Idaho Gem)
Fun Fact #1 – On the name of this beer: “Inspired by the musical Grease, Too Pure To Be Pink is a tribute to the Pink Ladies. Known for their pink jackets and tough attitudes, the Pink Ladies played by their own rules. Much like the women of Wild Leap, the Pink Ladies were trailblazers.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the mission behind the beer: “Wild Leap’s support of the Pink Boots Society is geared toward empowering women in brewing through education. For every pound of the Pink Boots hop blend sold, a minimum of three dollars is donated to the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund.”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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The brewing team behind Too Pure To Be Pink Double IPA

Tasting Notes: Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

WildLeap3HarvestPourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we freshen up our weekend with a few cans of Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA, a special collaboration project from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) and Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama).

Named after “the number of harvests that the hydroponic hops will have each year,” Three Harvest is a Double India Pale Ale featuring “fresh Cascade hops directly off the hop bines” at Extreme Hops AL.  Thanks to the use of “a hopping process new to Wild Leap,” Three Harvest (8.2% ABV) comes together to be an “easy-drinking and juicy Double IPA” that boasts “a citrus-forward aroma and classic Cascade grapefruit and pine flavors.”

Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA officially debuted in early February and will be available only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.

Now that we are all up to date on how the beer was made, let’s get to know these fresh hydroponic hops over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Appearance:  A somewhat overzealous pour (we really do get excited about fresh hop beers around here) from a 12 oz. can produces a DIPA that is light golden in color and capped with right at two fingers of creamy white foam.  When held to direct light, the golden hues brighten, gain vibrancy and shimmer. The beer does have a gentle haze to it, but steady streams of carbonation can still be seen swirling up from the base to feed the top cap.  Head retention is good, eventually falling to a frothy ring that drops chunky lines of lace on the glass whenever it is disturbed.

Aroma:  Cascade hops are simply but beautifully showcased here in the nose.  Bright notes of grapefruit juice and zest abound while a bit of orange juice turns up to offer a light layer of sweetness.  A waft of pine then works its way in to supply some added sharpness and further amplify those grapefruit tones.  The malts are light and do not offer much other than a grace of nondescript sweetness.  The aroma is all hops . . . and all is right in the world.

Taste:  Just like the nose, this beer’s flavor is focused on showing an endless amount of love to those fresh hops.  Unmistakably Cascade, each sip is filled with an abundance of grapefruit zest and pine resin alongside that slightly grassy, green character you get from fresh hops. Any bitterness that surfaces is immediately tempered by a touch of sweet orange and a vanilla-laced floral presence.  The malts are not adding much as far as flavor, but it is clear that they are silently hard at work balancing everything out.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, Three Harvest has a soft, slightly creamy feel that reads more like a Hazy DIPA than a more traditional example.  Balanced nicely with the hops offering minimal bitterness, the overall experience is juicy but not too sweet.  The 8.2% ABV lends a bit of heat in the throat and chest, but it is subtle and not at all overwhelming.  The aftertaste is all grapefruit juice and zest.

Final Thoughts:  Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA does an excellent job of capturing and prominently featuring the essence of those fresh Cascade hops from Extreme Hops AL.  Wild Leap’s new-world approach to Double IPAs – falling somewhere in the sweet spot between West Coast and New England-style Hazy/Juicy examples – acts as the perfect vehicle to push and drive these hops to reach their full potential.  The hops lead with that sharp West Coast presence of grapefruit zest and pine, but any real levels of bitterness are quickly washed away by their juicier qualities.  Just when you think it cannot possibly get any better, that indescribable “green” note you get with fresh hops is the bow placed on top of the gift that is this wildly easy drinking Double IPA.  If you are at all a fan of Cascade hops, you seriously need to track down some Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA while you still have the chance.  Prost!