ETA Transcontinental IPA Takes Flight as Wild Leap Brew Co.’s Newest Year-Round

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will launch ETA Transcontinental IPA as its newest Year-Round offering during the second week of September 2019.

Here to provide hopheads with a true first-class IPA experience, ETA is an American India Pale Ale brewed with “a new hop blend” and “more oats than any other Wild Leap beer, providing a soft and fluffy mouthfeel.” Coming in at an easy drinking 7.5% ABV, the “very smooth, yet juicy” ETA Transcontinental IPA “features a vibrant flavor profile of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.”

“As we continue to explore new hop combinations and flavor profiles, we wanted to brew an IPA that was medium-balanced and could be enjoyed by a range of craft beer lovers,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap Head Brewer. “ETA is a dryer IPA than any we have ever brewed and will fall behind both the Alpha Abstraction series and Chance IPA in sweetness.”

ETA Transcontinental IPA is scheduled to debut during the second week of September 2019.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for ETA Transcontinental IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching September 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 40
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, ETA IPA features fun, vibrant can artwork. The blue and green design was created with a 70’s transcontinental vibe, which transports us back to a time when traveling was an extravagant activity worthy of an extravagant beverage.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Tasting Notes: Coco Flamingo DIPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

CocoFlamingoPourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, a few cans of Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) and TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) provide us with a tropical escape from a Tuesday afternoon in the office.

Released at the tail end of June as Wild Leap Brew Co.’s first ever collaboration project and the first beer TrimTab Brewing has brewed in collaboration with a Georgia brewery, Coco Flamingo is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale made with “a blend of tangerine, key lime, and toasted coconut.” Tropical in nature, Coco Flamingo (8% ABV) has “a unique flavor profile” that will most assuredly “take you straight to the islands!”

Coco Flamingo was introduced during the last week of June 2019 and it is possible that a few cans or kegs could still be floating around out there.  Look for this Limited Release to possibly be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Now that all the background data has been properly covered, let’s pour up some island vibes and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

Appearance: A steady pour from a 12 oz. can produces a Double IPA that is a deep, caramelized orange in color and capped with a perfect finger of slightly off-white foam.  When held to direct light, those caramel tones soften to create more of a dark orange-juice-like appearance.  This beer is quite hazy (bordering on murky), leaving it mostly opaque.  Head retention is decent, casually falling to a thin ring that leaves spotty lacing at times.

Aroma:  Notes of sweet tangerine, citrus oils and cedar present themselves as soon as the can is opened.  A distinct lime presence (both juice and zest) then surfaces to further establish the citrus profile while a sweet fruit punch character adds some contrast.  A grace of toasted coconut rests in the background, adding to the beer’s tropical character while providing a bit more sweetness.

Taste:  Tangerine leads the way here as well and is joined by notes of sweet orange juice, mixed berries, pineapple and lime zest.  A beautiful cedar quality then works its way in to provide a citrus-laced woody note.  A touch of vanilla (which we believe is hop sourced) swirls about with the fruitier tones, but that floral sweetness is seemingly only here to provide balance and draw a bit of attention to the toasty malt backbone.  Coconut turns up near the finish, but it translates more like an earthy, semi-sweet coconut water rather than just candied, toasted coconut.  The balance here is on point.

Mouthfeel:  On the full side of medium in body with a mild carbonation, this beer is soft and silky on the palate.  It does lean to the juicy/sweet side at times, but the hops kick in with some bright lime notes and sharp cedar tones to push things back into the area of balance. The 8% ABV is unbelievably tame, and that keeps drinkability super high.  The aftertaste reads as a sip of coconut water with a twist of tangerine.

Final Thoughts:  On paper, a “Coconut, Tangerine & Lime DIPA” sounds like it could be either one of two things:

  1. A mess
  2. A heavenly concoction that will leave us wondering why there are not more in existence

Luckily, Wild Leap and TrimTab put their heads together and came up with a way to ensure that the second option would unquestionably apply to Coco Flamingo.  It appears they pulled this off by having a deft hand with the added toasted coconut and letting the Sabro and Lotus hops provide the majority of the coconut and vanilla notes. This (along with that surprisingly clutch note of cedar) provides balance and allows the coconut notes to translate as natural (instead of artificial or sun-tan-lotion-like).  Sure, this means that the overall experience reads more as an exotic Double IPA rather than a super sweet tropical cocktail, but we all showed up here for a Double IPA anyway.  All in all, Coco Flamingo is an incredibly well-composed beer that is a beautiful pairing for any summer day.  Prost!

Wild Leap Brew Co. Closes Out Summer By Dishing Out Some Vanilla Ice Cream Stout

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vanilla Ice Cream Stout during the last week of August 2019.

Developed to debunk the idea that big ol’ Stouts can only be “enjoyed in the cooler months,” Vanilla Ice Cream Stout is an Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with vanilla bean, caramel malt, milk sugar and lactose. Truly the “sweetest Wild Leap beer to-date,” the indulgent Vanilla Ice Cream Stout (10.5% ABV) was specifically designed for “diets high in decadence.”

“This is the biggest stout we have ever released,” shares Anthony Rodriguez, CEO and Wild Leap Co-Founder. “It’s a truly sweet, rich and creamy flavor profile, and it is the heaviest bodied beer we have produced.”

Vanilla Ice Cream Stout is rolling out now and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release treat available in 4-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 Vanilla Ice Cream Stout from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; launching the last week of August 2019
Style – Imperial Sweet Stout
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 35
Added Ingredients – Vanilla bean, milk sugar & lactose
Fun Fact – “This beer is of special importance to Wild Leap Head Brewer Chris Elliott, as it represents a perfect blend of his past and present careers. Prior to brewing for Wild Leap, Elliott worked for Blue Bell Ice Cream.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Commemorative Rockweave Double IPA

WL_IndividPage_Rockweave_CanWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce beer and music lovers to the limited-edition Rockweave Double IPA during the week of August 19.

Brewed to commemorate the Rockweave Music & Arts Festival taking place in LaGrange, Georgia October 4 – 5, 2019 (more information available below), Rockweave is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with Centennial hops.  Despite weighing in at a sizable 8.1% ABV, Rockweave Double IPA remains an approachable brew that offers its drinker a “beautiful flavor profile of grapefruit and pine.”

“We have dreamed of being part of a music festival since the day we opened,” shares Rob Goldstein, Wild Leap Co-Founder and CMO. “With the main stage located just behind the brewery, we felt it was only appropriate to brew a beer in honor of the occasion, one that could be easily identified with the festival.”

 

“We chose to brew Rockweave with this classic American hop because of the smooth flavor profile it allows,” explains Chris Elliott, Head Brewer. “We wanted this to be a beer that a variety of people can enjoy and Centennial hops allows an approachable hop balance packed with citrus.”

Rockweave Double IPA is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this 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 Rockweave Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; launching August 19, 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
Featured Hops – Centennial
Fun Fact – On the music festival: “Rockweave Music & Arts Festival is a two-day festival featuring Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grouplove, Dawes, Moon Taxi and many other well-known bands from across the country. The festival features four stages with 21 artists who represent a wide variety of music genres.
Along with two days of incredible music and local food and drink, Rockweave is being produced with a cause. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales goes to support music and arts in local schools.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing Collaborate on Coco Flamingo DIPA

WildLeapTrimTabWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Coco Flamingo Double IPA, an exciting new collaboration with TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama), during the last week of June.

Arriving as Wild Leap Brew Co.’s first ever collaboration project and the first beer TrimTab Brewing has brewed in collaboration with a Georgia brewery, Coco Flamingo is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale made with “a blend of tangerine, key lime, and toasted coconut.” Tropical in nature, Coco Flamingo (8% ABV) has “a unique flavor profile” that will most assuredly “take you straight to the islands!”

“Alongside the fresh fruit elements, the Sabro and Lotus hops embody the strong toasted coconut and orange, fruit punch flavor profiles in this beer,” explains Luke Garner, Head Brewer of TrimTab. “Without being sweet, it is the perfect marriage of a double IPA and a pina colada.”

Coco Flamingo Double IPA will debut in Georgia during the last week of June and is scheduled to roll out in Alabama and Tennessee the first week of July.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft as long as supplies last. To promote this collaboration project, Wild Leap and TrimTab plan to “hold on-premise collaborative events at select craft beer retailers, featuring a number of their own offerings in addition to their lovechild – Coco Flamingo.”  For more information on these collaborative events, make sure to keep an eye on both breweries’ social media channels.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited; launching the last week of June 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Sabro & Lotus
Added Ingredients – Tangerine, key lime & toasted coconut
Fun Fact #1 – “As new craft breweries, Wild Leap and TrimTab have both made aggressive introductions into the national beer community. TrimTab was voted Best Brewery in Birmingham, their flagship sour brought home a GABF medal, and their Original 006 IPA was ranked as a top beer in the country by Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, Thrillist, and Forbes within the last year. Wild Leap was recently named Best New Brewery in the USA Today.

Fun Fact #2 – On the can artwork: “Along with their similarities in brewing style, TrimTab and Wild Leap both share fun, bright, creative styles. The Coco Flamingo can is no different, featuring vivid colors that epitomize the relaxed, optimistic styles that both breweries embody.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee 

 

 

Wild Leap Brew Co. Kicks Off Summer with Release of Truck Chaser – Bomb Pop DIPA

WL_IndividPage_TruckChaserBombPop-400x520Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that that it will release Bomb Pop Double India Pale Ale, the second release in its Truck Chaser Double IPA Series, during the first week of June.

Inspired by the iconic summertime treat of the same name, Bomb Pop is a Double India Pale Ale “brewed with a flavor combination containing notes of cherry, lime and raspberry.”  Boasting “a perfect blend of tart and sweet, coupled with a creamy, milkshake flavor”, Bomb Pop (8.1% ABV) is sure to “take you back to the ‘popsicle days’ of your childhood.”

“We can all remember the excitement of hearing the ice cream truck coming down the road,” shares Rob Goldstein, Wild Leap co-founder. “The nostalgic red, white and blue popsicle takes you back to those simple, joyful moments of being a kid, when you didn’t have a care in the world. We wanted to take these flavors of childhood and brew them into a juicy double IPA we can enjoy today.”

Truck Chaser – Bomb Pop Double IPA is scheduled to release the first week of June and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-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 Truck Chaser – Bomb Pop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Truck Chaser Series; June 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 49
Added Ingredients – Lime, cherry & raspberry
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Launches New Sour Series with Release of Vacanza Raspberry Gose

WL_IndividPage_Vacanza-400x520Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will kick off its Vacanza Series of sour-style craft beers with the late April release of Vacanza Raspberry Gose.

Developed with “leisure” and “relaxation in mind”, Vacanza Raspberry Gose is a refreshing Gose-style Ale that has a “sweet, yet tart flavor profile” thanks to the addition of “over 500 pounds of fresh raspberries per batch.” This fruit-heavy recipe supplies Vacanza (5.5% ABV) with “a rich pink color, evidence of its freshness.”

“People have asked us to brew a sour-style beer from the day we opened,” shared Anthony Rodriguez, Co-founder and CEO of Wild Leap Brew Co. “With warm weather approaching, we felt like this was the perfect time to add one to our lineup.”

Vacanza Raspberry Gose is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vacanza Raspberry Gose from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Vacanza Series, late April 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 5
Added Ingredients – Salt & 500 lbs. of fresh raspberries per batch
Fun Fact – On Vacanza Raspberry Gose and the Vacanza Series: “With a brewing style and ABV that is designed for the warm weather approaching, it is important to point out that Wild Leap had relaxation in mind when brewing this beer. The name itself, Vacanza, is Italian for ‘vacation’ or ‘holiday’, while the tongue-in-cheek quote on the back of the can describes it as ‘brewed for those who take leisure very, very seriously.'”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Tasting Notes – OG: Cascade DIPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

WildLeapOGCascadePourx600For this edition of Tasting Notes, we kick it old school with a few cans of OG: Cascade Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia).

Serving as the inaugural release in Wild Leap’s newly-established OG Double IPA Series that explores “the original hops that played critical roles in the evolution of the American IPA”, OG: Cascade is a “lighter, dryer” Double India Pale Ale that showcases the “spicy citrus profile” of the Cascade hop.  Although its West Coast roots will make it a bit more floral than previously released DIPAs from Wild LeapOG: Cascade (8.1% ABV) does feature a couple modern touches such as a reduced level of bitterness (49 IBUs) and “a juicy haze.”

A limited amount of OG: Cascade hit the market in late February, but you should still be able to find some floating around out there.  Look for this Limited Release to be available in 4-packs of 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 caught up on the story behind OG: Cascade, let’s get into a pour and reminisce on the iconic Cascade hop over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for OG: Cascade Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Appearance:  OG: Cascade pours a dandelion yellow in color and is capped with just under a finger of creamy white foam.  When held to direct light, the deep yellow color holds but some lemony tones do push through at the edges.  This DIPA is quite hazy, but a poised carbonation presence can still be seen working within.  The head falls rather quickly to a delicate ring that scatters thin lines of lace across the glass.

Aroma:  A grassy, floral hop presence is first to greet the nose, but it quickly succumbs to citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon.  Soft tones of pine add a cool, resiny spice quality to the profile.  The malts contribute just a touch of honey-like sweetness, but these aromatics are absolutely dominated by those classic Cascade hop characteristics.

Taste:  The Cascade hops flex their power as the flavor profile opens with resinous pine and a bright, lasting pop of grapefruit zest and juice.  Meyer lemon and key lime offer a sweeter citrus quality, taming the hop bitterness a bit. The malts surface just as the hops take on more of a floral character, creating a gorgeous honeysuckle-like note that beautifully ties everything together.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, this DIPA is incredibly pillowy and light on the palate.  It is impeccably balanced and dries out nicely, but that “OG” West Coast hop bite still slyly sneaks in at the finish.  The 8.1% ABV brings a touch of warmth to the throat and belly, but it is not at all out of hand.  The aftertaste is a nostalgic mix of resinous pine and grapefruit zest.

Final Thoughts:  In one tight, incredibly-composed package, OG: Cascade is simultaneously all that is good in old school West Coast IPAs and the new school breed of Hazy/Juicy IPAs.  It boasts a big, punchy Cascade hop aroma that warns of a beautifully assertive hop presence, but the newer hop techniques that were employed here tame the bitterness (avoiding the palate-wrecking days of old) while still thoroughly embracing hoppiness. To further satisfy today’s IPA fan, the grain bill adds that eye-catching haze and oh-so-soft feel that everyone seems to be after.  This clash of styles and techniques somehow yields the ultimate hop experience that possesses an unrivaled level of drinkability.

This is a beer that has an obvious appreciation for the past, but it still recognizes all that the present/future has to offer.  This forward-thinking sense of nostalgia has completely set OG: Cascade apart from any other IPA/DIPA being produced today.  It has something for any hophead out there, and it just might be the best “modern” IPA/DIPA that we have ever had. Seriously, you need to try this while you have the chance.  Prost!

 

Wild Leap Brew Co. Begins Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction DIPA – Vol. 6

WL_IndividPage_AlphaVol6-400x520Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release the sixth offering from its wildly successful Alpha Abstraction Series during the third week of March 2019.

Boasting “the same juicy haze we have all come to love” from Wild Leap’s experimental Double IPA series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 6 is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale that explores the newly developed Lotus hop.  Previously known as Experimental Hop #06297, these fruity Lotus hops supply Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 6 (8% ABV) with “a warm, tropical combination of orange, vanilla and berry.”

“This hop is incredibly unique and fresh,” explained Head Brewer Chris Elliott. “When we first received the shipment, the bag still had #06297 as the name!”

 

“We first discovered these when we were looking for a perfect addition to Truck Chaser, but decided to save them for the Alpha 6 series,” said Elliott. “It turned out to be exactly what they said it would be – carrying strong notes of vanilla with an almost tropical punch flavor.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 6 is scheduled to release during the third week of March and will only stick around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering 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 Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 6 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction Series, late March 2019
Style – Hazy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Lotus
Fun Fact #1 – On Lotus hops: “Lotus hops are experimental in nature. They have been crossbred across several different hop varieties and until recently went under the name Experimental Hop #06297. This past February this experimental strand was dubbed ‘Lotus,’ symbolizing the rebirth and celebration of a hops harvest.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the Alpha Abstraction Series: “The Alpha Abstraction Double IPA series began as an idea to explore experimental hops and a chance to think creatively about new flavor profiles.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Launches New Double IPA Series with Release of OG: Cascade

WL_IndividPage_OGCascade-1-400x520Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that its OG Series, a new lineup of Limited Release Double IPAs featuring classic West Coast hops, will launch in late February with the release of OG: Cascade.

Developed as an homage to “the original hops that played critical roles in the evolution of the American IPA”, the OG Series is a chance for Wild Leap to kick it old school with the iconic hop varietals that used to blow our minds (and wreck our palates) back in the heyday of the West Coast IPA.

Serving as the inaugural release in the series, OG: Cascade is a “lighter, dryer Double IPA” that showcases the “spicy citrus profile” of the Cascade hop.  Although its West Coast roots will make it a bit more floral than previously released DIPAs from Wild Leap, OG: Cascade (8.1% ABV) does feature a couple modern touches such as a reduced level of bitterness (49 IBUs) and “a juicy haze.”

“We wanted to do an East Coast take on the double IPA while using some of the old school hops that American IPAs were founded on,” explains Chris Elliott, Head Brewer. “These hops were the most popular aroma hops available when the American IPAs really began to take off, and we wanted to explore that while incorporating our own modern style.”

OG: Cascade Double IPA is scheduled to roll out in late February and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for OG: Cascade Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/OG Series, late February 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 49
Featured Hops – Cascade
Fun Fact #1 – “For the Alpha Abstraction lovers out there, how will the OG Series compare? Elliott explained that OG: Cascade will be a lighter, dryer double IPA than Alpha Abstraction, but still coming in at 8.1%. This beer will have a juicy haze but will be a little less sweet.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “In true Wild Leap style, the OG: Cascade can is designed to prominently feature the Wild Leap buffalo. However, there is an old school twist with an analog television and retro typeface capturing the feel of the days when American IPAs were just beginning.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – This offering will be available in following areas of Georgia: Atlanta, LaGrange, Newnan, Peachtree City, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville & Augusta
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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