Wild Mind Artisan Ales
Element Of Progress
Wild Mind Artisan Ales Element Of Progress (5.8% alcohol by volume, 30 International Bittering Units) is a New England Style American IPA brewed with 2-row, malted white wheat, and flaked wheat and generously hopped with Azacca, Amarillo, Motueka, and Citra hops. My crowler was packaged 2 weeks ago. Fruit, tropical fruit, melon, and spice dominate the aromas supported by light bread crumb, cardamon, a trace of funk, a hint of tart and a faint woody smell. It pours hazy yellow gold capped by 2.5" of sticky, lacy ecru colored foam with fair to good retention. Medium high herbal, citrusy bitterness pulls together fruit, spice, berry, tangerine, orange and faint grapefruit flavors and is tempered by a mild up front sweetness that dries on the finish. There is a little citrus zest and pith in the bitterness. Bread crumb, cracker, and a hint of oat malt flavors provide support and soften any potential rough edges. Yeast and hop flavors are medium plus, malt flavors are medium low. There is just a hint of juicy tart on the tongue but the beer has that smooth soft creamy wild ale texture and a medium light body. A slight finishing astringent note helps dry the finish. The beer strikes a balance between big character and drinkability. The flavors are complex, layered and elegant but in the end, you drink this beer for its extraordinary, rich, elegant texture. I rate it 83.
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