Wild Bill’s is an unashamedly American style IPA is brewed by Marston’s, for Aldi, using the Harper’s name. The fantastic Wild West style label featuring a buffalo skull, cacti and five-point ranger stars certainly does not pull any punches hammering home its American style.
The beer pours with a clean, bubbly, white head. It has a toffee to light amber colouring, almost golden in bright light. The nose is classic American style, with strong, citrus hops coming through, with a slight maltiness.
The beer had a good, mid-to-high level of carbonation and a maltiness that gives a reasonable mouth-feel. The zesty hops come through in the taste but not as strong as expected. The mid-length after-taste had a surprising twist turning quite bitter which was a little bit grating.
Overall Wild Bill’s IPA is a good beer, the 5.0% ABV and bitterness on the after-taste would stop me having more than one or two but well worth trying, and great value.