Wild Mind Artisan Ales
Minnesota Packaging Restrictions For Breweries Are Lame
Wild Mind Artisan Ales Minnesota Packaging Restrictions For Breweries Are Lame (8.2% alcohol by volume) is a protest beer created to protest packaging requirements forced on small craft breweries due to lobbying by the teamsters and the beer distributors. It is a double IPA lightly sweetened with milk sugar and hopped with Citra, Vic Secret, and Mosaic. Citra is noted for its citrusy aroma and flavor while Mosaic provides flavors and aromas that complement Citra with more bitterness. Vic Secret is an Australian hop that offers pineapple, pine an passion fruit notes. This beer has big hop aromas with citrus, tropical fruit and stone fruit leading. Malt aromas medium low with a light bready sweetness and no caramel. The fermentation character and malt support the hops. There are no grassy or herbaceous notes and the alcohol character is mild. The beer has a light haze from the hop additions and is copper gold under a 2.5” beige cap with good retention. The lactose and citrus flavors up front are followed by stone and tropical fruit. Berry and tropical fruit flavors emerge in the middle. Malt flavors and lactose are evenly matched coming in at medium low and provide just enough flavor for balance. The malt flavor has a sweet graininess and is not carmelly or toasty. The fermentation character is medium low and supports the hop flavors. A trace of tartness, a moderate bitterness and the lactose provide depth and balance. Big well developed fruit flavors soften the medium bitterness. The beer finishes off-dry and the hops in the aftertaste are not sharp or harsh. The beer brings a silky, pillowy, feel good feel to the mouth. It is soothing, not too acidic and easy on the stomach. The alcohol is smooth and mildly warming. This flavor packed, well balanced, drinkable beer will have you reaching for a refill to enjoy more of the beer's light fruity sweetness and well balanced, well developed fruit flavors. I rate it 91.
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