Four Winds Brewing Co. joined a flourishing British Columbia beer scene in 2013. It opened its doors just off the banks of the Fraser River in Delta, B.C. The local Mills family built the brewery from the ground up with—according to the brewery—a goal of gathering flavors from around the world to create West Coast and European styles of beers. While staying loyal to the Old World Style and techniques, Four Winds has infused new word innovations to create its own footprint to take on these styles of beer and infuse its own feel on them.

According to spokesman Justin Longoz from the brewery, the inspiration for Juxtapose was Lost Abbey’s Mo Betta Bretta, a brettanomyces IPA. Juxtapose IPA was first brewed in 2013 when the brewery opened and was referred to as a brett IPA, not a wild IPA. After a few years of brewing, Four Winds discovered that the yeast they had been using was no longer classified as brettanomyces but was actually Sacch Trois, so it adjusted for that and started calling the beer a wild IPA. The beer has won two silver medals at the World Beer Cup for American Style Brett Beer (2014) and American-Belgo-Style Ale (2018).

This 6.5 percent, 50 IBU beer uses Amarillo and Simcoe hops in the brewing process and has been brewed every year that the brewery has been opened.

Pouring from a 16-ounce can, the head is of average size and very fizzy. It has a pale gold, almost straw-like color which highlights the minute bubbles that continually rise to the top. The first aroma has just a touch of melon and some assorted citrus with yeast and a light funkiness on the back end.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and the taste brings a good amount of assorted fruits including pineapple, orange and melon. Emerging quite fast is also a pleasant funkiness/yeast profile that rises to the top of the flavor profile. I also get a bit of pine and biscuit after I have indulged in the second and third sips.

As the beer warms ever so slightly, the flavors muddle together and they become harder to pick out, producing a semi-flat feel and a light taste of “past its prime” melon. The bread and biscuit remain constant during the drinking process along with the light barnyard funkiness and yeast that was brought out early in the beer.. Flavors are slightly muddled at the end but bright parts still emerge and keep this beer from falling down and help it to stay at the enjoyable level throughout the end.

Four Winds Juxtapose Wild IPA
BREWERY: Four Winds Brewing
LOCATION: Fraser River, Canada
STYLE: Wild IPA
ABV: 6.5
IBU: 50
PRICE: $4 (Four-Pack of 16-Ounce Cans, $16)
RELEASE DATE: 2013
AVAILABLE IN: 16-ounce cans
BEERS POURED: One
This was a beer that started out refreshing, bubbly and happy. Fresh melon, citrus and the ideal amount of funk bring Jusxtapose up the ladder. Unfortunately, all of those positive points diminish during the process of drinking and took away from the excitement that began the whole journey.
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