• Chris

Brew Review: DDH IPA by Wild Card Brewery

Updated: Aug 19, 2020


This is the first beer I have had from Wild Card Brewery and I think that it's pretty decent. It's got all the right flavour notes for a DDH IPA, but its not as good as other DDH IPAs I've had in the past. But it might be a beer which I come to love over time the more I drink it.

Appearance: Golden orange and mildly hazy. 10mm head after pouring. Good carbonation to this beer and has good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly floral, very hoppy and sweet smelling, almost toffee-like. Not much on the nose initially, but after the beer warms up the aroma is stronger. Notes of orange peel and marmalade come through and are stronger than before.

Taste: Big bold hoppy flavour, notes of citrus (grapefruit and tangerine/orange) quite sweet to begin with with a biscuity toffee taste, definitely from the malt. It then finishes with bitter aftertaste. Tastes quite alcoholic, unlike other DDH IPAs I’ve had before.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, warming and bubbly.

ABV: 7.5% and it does taste like you are drinking a higher alcoholic beer.

Overall: 3.25 out of 5.

This is a nice beer, it’s not groundbreaking and I think that it tastes a little like Elvis Juice by Brewdog, which isn’t a bad thing but it’s not getting me very excited. Like Elvis Juice, it’s fairly well balanced and worth the price tag (£3 from Tesco - Tesco Exclusive).


Try it for yourself and let me know what you think about the beer in the comments section.

About Wild Card Brewery

Wild Card Brewery was founded in 2012 at the Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow.

With support from the local community their shed became one of Walthamstow's best loved bars, hosting beer festivals, tap takeovers and live music.

By 2017 Wild Card Brewery had two award winning beers under their belt but struggled to make enough beer to keep up with demand, so in 2017 they started a crowdfunding campaign to help move the brewery to a bigger site.

In 2018 the brewery moved over to Lockwood Way, where the capacity doubled and were able to brew larger quantities of beer.

Wild Card Brewery now has two tap rooms in Walthamstow, and their beer is available in pubs, bars, restaurants and supermarkets across the UK.

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