Wild Leap Brew Co. & Extreme Hops AL Collaborate on Three Harvest Fresh Hop DIPA

WL_IndividPage_ThreeHarvestWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA, a special collaboration project with hydroponic hop farm Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama), during the week of February 10, 2020.

Named after “the number of harvests that the hydroponic hops will have each year,” Three Harvest is a Fresh Hop Hazy/Juicy 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.”

“Timing with wet hops is critical, and introducing fresh whole hops to the kettle has a few challenges,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap Chief Brewing Officer. “Because it uses wet hops right off the plant, we have to get the hops directly from the field to the kettle as soon as possible.”

 

“We were looking for potential breweries to collaborate with and we knew we’d found the perfect partner with Wild Leap,” says Ralf DuToit, Head Hop Farmer at Extreme Hops AL, “They’re adventurous, curious-minded people like us, so the collaboration couldn’t have been more natural.”

Three Harvest Double IPA officially releases on February 10 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.  Prost!

Vital Information for Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; February 10, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 38
Featured Hops – Fresh Cascade hops hydroponically grown at Extreme Hops AL
Fun Fact – “Hydroponic hops allow brewers to bypass traditional growing seasons and produce fresh hop beers off-season. With very few hydroponic farms in the United States, Wild Leap Chief Brewing Officer Chris Elliott seized the opportunity to experiment with wet hops.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

 

 

Wild Leap’s Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA Returns for Encore Release

WL_IndividPage_TruckChaserCreamsicle_CanWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will re-release its wildly popular Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA during the final week of January 2020.

Back by popular demand after being first introduced in early 2019, Truck Chaser – Creamsicle is an ice-cream-inspired Double IPA “brewed with a flavor combination of ripe oranges, vanilla bean and milk sugar.”  Coming in at 8.1% ABV, Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA is guaranteed “to taste like a creamsicle straight from the ice cream truck” . . . and we can confirm that claim as fact (click here to read our Tasting Notes).

“Creamsicle Double IPA was our first experiment with ice-cream-inspired beer,” shares Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer. “It’s something we’ve been planning as a salute to my past in the ice cream industry.”

 

“We’ve had so much fun creating this beer and fine-tuning the blend of hops and creamy milkshake flavor,” explains Wild Leap co-founder Anthony Rodriguez. “We’re excited it’s back and we can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store for 2020.”

Truck Chaser – Creamsicle is rolling out now 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 and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

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

Release- Limited/Truck Chaser Double IPA Series; January 27, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 47
Added Ingredients – Oranges, vanilla beans & milk sugar
Fun Fact – “With a 93% rating from Beer Connoisseur, Truck Chaser Creamsicle is Wild Leap’s number one ‘most requested to return’ beer of all time.”

Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Wild Leap Brew Co. Set for Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction DIPA – Vol. 10

WL_IndividPage_Alpha10-1Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction Double IPA – Vol. 10 in mid-December 2019.

Declared by the Wild Leap team to be the best of the brewery’s wildly popular Alpha Abstraction Double IPA Series so far, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 10 is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring Strata and Cashmere hops that were “carefully selected right down to the specific lot for qualities the brewers sought.”  The Strata hops offers the beer “a passion fruit flavor” while Cashmere lends “a citrus flavor that was described by the grower as a ‘Sunny D aroma.'”  Coming in at 8% ABV and 46 IBUs, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 10 promises to be a “perfect blend of citrus notes . . . and different tropical fruit notes that weren’t found in previous volumes.”

“Because it’s the tenth in the series, we wanted to make it special,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer. “We definitely saved some hop ideas that we’ve had for a while.”

 

“Everyone at the brewery considers this to be their favorite of the series,” Elliott says. “It has a little bit of everything… it’s a little bit sweet, it’s slightly tart, and not too bitter. It’s a nicely balanced beer.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 10 is set release during the week of December 16 and will hang around only 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 throughout Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 10 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction Series; mid-December 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Strata & Cashmere
Fun Fact – “The Alpha Abstraction series was created to explore hop varieties and experiment with flavor profiles.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Tasting Notes: Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

WildLeapAADIPA9x2_editedFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we feed our need for hops by getting into a few cans of Alpha Abstraction Double IPA – Vol. 9 from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia).

Released in mid-October to “[follow] in the juicy footsteps of its predecessors” in Wild Leap’s experimental Double IPA series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with Michigan Chinook hops, a Midwest varietal of the Chinook hop that is typically grown on the West Coast. These hops have a “new, distinct taste” that lends this beer “the sweetness of pineapple . . . paired with a tart grapefruit bite.” Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 clocks in at 8% ABV and 46 IBUs.

Like all releases in the Alpha Abstraction Series, this Limited Release offering was made 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.

Alright . . . now that we have provided a brief overview of Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9’s background info, let’s get into these Tasting Notes and see how these Michigan Chinook hops carry this brew!

Tasting Notes for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Appearance:  This Double IPA pours a burnished orange in color and is capped with over two fingers of creamy, bright white foam.  When held to direct light, the color holds but bright beams of yellow do push through at the edges of the glass. The beer is super hazy, but a bit of carbonation can still be seen meandering about within. Head retention is quite good, falling slowly to a lasting half finger that absolutely saturates the glass with lace.

Aroma:  Punchy levels of pine, spice and just pure dankness great the nose, providing a nostalgic sense of more old school, West Coast-style DIPAs.  Things then shift gears to the more Juicy DIPA side as sweet pineapple and citrus turn up.  Those juicy notes are further supported by a fair amount of nondescript malt sweetness that surfaces on the back end.

Taste:  Big notes of grapefruit, orange and tangerine take the lead here. These notes are not overly bitter or tart, they just supply plenty of sweet citrus flavor with an added kick of sharpness.  Pine resin enforces that sharpness a bit, but it is not at all heavy handed.  Sweet pineapple, papaya and grains then engulf the experience with a burst of lasting sweetness.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a medium carbonation, this brew has a good weight to it and is nice and velvety on the palate.  The balance here is impeccable, and the overall experience dries up nicely, is ridiculously easy drinking, and is devoid of any hop burn.  The ABV reads much lighter than 8% and does not offer any heat at all.  The aftertaste is all pine and pineapple.

Final Thoughts: By focusing on Michigan Chinook hops in Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9, Wild Leap has created another memorable Double IPA that is a good mix of new and old.  The aroma carries plenty of memories of old school hops and West Coast-style IPAs (even with the amount of sweetness present) while the flavor fully embraces the Juicy/Hazy Double IPA style by offering plenty of sweet pineapple and citrus laced with just the right amount of pine.  Factor in the beer’s high level of drinkability, and Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 comes together to be just about everything you could possibly want from a modern IPA/DIPA.  This beer’s availability window has all but closed, so be sure to give it a try while you still have the chance.  Prost!

 

Wild Leap Vodka Reaches New Markets in Georgia

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that Wild Leap Vodka, the company’s first product expansion into spirits, will begin hitting more cities in Georgia – including Columbus, Athens, Gainesville and Augusta – during the first week of November 2019.

Developed to expand upon the “exceptional quality Wild Leap [has delivered]” to Georgia’s craft beer community, Wild Leap Vodka is a 100% yellow corn Vodka that has been “distilled eight times for a velvety smooth taste.” Wild Leap Vodka comes in at 40% ABV (80 PROOF) and 96 calories with zero carbs, protein, sugar or fat.

Previously only available in the areas in and around LaGrange and Atlanta, the positive response to Wild Leap Vodka has made it possible for the company to now reach vodka fans in Columbus, Athens, Gainesville and Augusta.

“High quality, craft beverages have always been our focus, and craft beer was just the starting point for us,” shares Anthony Rodriguez, Wild Leap Co-Founder, and CEO. “When we began distilling vodka, we wanted to create a product that was exceptional and timeless. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

Wild Leap Vodka is a Year-Round offering and you can expect to find it available at fine liquor retailers located in “all Georgia markets where Wild Leap beer is sold.”  Prost!

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Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 Double IPA

wl_individpage_alpha9_can.pngWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9, a double dry-hopped Double IPA, in mid-October 2019.

Here to “[follow] in the juicy footsteps of its predecessors” in Wild Leap’s experimental Double IPA series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with Michigan Chinook hops, a Midwest varietal of the Chinook hop that is typically grown on the West Coast.  These hops have a “new, distinct taste” that lends this beer “the sweetness of pineapple . . . paired with a tart grapefruit bite.”  Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 clocks in at 8% ABV and 46 IBUs.

“The Chinook hop traditionally brings a piney, dank flavor that is about 70% pine and 30% pineapple,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap Head Brewer. “With Michigan Chinook, we are finding that those flavors have almost flipped, and we are getting a much sweeter result with a strong pineapple essence.”

 

“When brewing new volumes in the Alpha series, we are always seeking the new and unknown,” shares Elliott. “When we first learned of these varieties being grown on small farms, it was the perfect fit for Volume 9.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 is set to debut during the week of October 14 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 Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction Series; mid-October 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Michigan Chinook
Fun Fact – “The Alpha Abstraction Double IPA series was created as an opportunity to explore the plethora of hop varieties and to experiment with flavor profiles they create. Volume 9 continues with this trend by introducing Michigan Chinook hops to the brewing process.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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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