Athletic Brewing CoNon-Alcoholic BeerAthletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA

February 17, 2022by Jonathan Lambrianidis

This Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA review comes to you courtesy of a lazy Sunday afternoon after playing tennis both Saturday and Sunday mornings this weekend and on the back of getting in from a very easy Sunday afternoon swim. While it isn’t the 600-700km weeks I used to do when racing bikes, I’d say it still qualifies as activity fitting for the Athletic Brewing Co IPA!

The Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA scores 8.9/10 due to its full, deep & complex profile that is defined by its heavier malty base with notes of dark marmalade before transitioning into a bold & bright hop-driven body full of citrus & resin-based freshness before finishing with a pointed & lingering bitterness.

Key Takeaways

Alcohol By Volume

< 0.5%

Style

Beer: IPA

Calories per 375ml serve

70 calories

Main Notes

Malty Marmalade. Citrus Hops.

Cost

$18-20 / 6-pack.

Rating

8.9 / 10

Drink Again?

Yes

Where to Buy

AU

 READ THE FULL REVIEW DOWN BELOW

Does The Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA Taste Good?

The Athletic Brewing IPA is one of the bigger flavoured IPAs on the market with its maltier base it provides you with a full-stack flavour from malts to hops and complexity in between you’ll be sure to find new flavours and notes with each mouthful.

The most impressive thing about the flavour profile was the way it amped the flavour yet still achieved balance which, in my opinion, gets progressively more difficult as achieving balance is a delicate exercise!

In each balanced glass of Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA you’re going to find a profile that is:

  • Built on a heavier, bulkier and more fulsome malt profile that gives you an instantly weighted taste and feel.
  • A dark and deep complexity that my brain computed straight through to a deep marmalade profile.
  • Hoppy layers that play on beautifully fresh resin notes along with both bright and clean citrus and bitterness based hops.
  • Boldly bitter to finish and really creates that satisfyingly crisp balance we touched on just above.

When you are pouring this out into my favourite Spiegelau IPA glass The thing I love about this brew is the way it, in conjunction with the glass, formed a silky foamy head that stuck around and regenerated through the whole glass.

Key Tip: as this one warms in your glass you’re going to find that the level of malt will increase as it warms slightly!

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Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA 6 Pack

What I Like

Things to Consider

The big flavour profile that takes on the challenge of being full flavoured and nails it. If you’re not the biggest ‘beer styled beer’ drinker be aware it might be too big on malts for you.
While novel, I absolutely love the way it leaves halo rings in your glass as you drink. If you’re looking for a lighter flavoured alcohol-free beer keep in mind this is packed full of flavour.

What are the Body and Mouthfeel Like?

I started my rating of the non-alcoholic Athletic Brewing IPA at 8 out of 10, at that time I’d got reacquainted with it out of a can. I’d done that on purpose to get a look and feel for it and it was really solid, but then I got it out, into the wild and right into a glass.

From there the Spiegelau IPA glass (that lives in my Craft Tasting kit you can find out more about here) did the rest and the body, depth and weight were dialled up a notch.

The weighted body really makes the flavour profile carry which means one thing – a long and extended body of flavour (is that one or two things?).

Next time you take a mouthful, close your mouth, hold it in your mouth and quickly move your tongue back and forth onto and off of your teeth. You’ll feel the weight of it as you push it around your mouth.

This is just about as good as it gets and it lands a mouthfeel rating at a 9/10 given its mouthcoating level of goodness.

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What Other Alternatives Can I Try?

Non-alcoholic IPA options are absolutely amazing at the moment, you will not be disappointed by getting through a fridge full of punchy, bright and hoppy IPAs!

To help guide you through the world of alcohol-free IPAs I’ve put together a full roundup of non-alcoholic pale ale’s that have been tried and tested here at Tipple Zero. You can read through that full roundup of IPAs over here, or you can check out some alternatives that are quite closely aligned and complementary to the Athletic Brewing option down below:

If none of those fills your glass, don’t forget the full roundup of all the IPAs I’ve put together over here!

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Food Pairings with Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA

Who Should Drink The Athletic Run Wild IPA?

The ultimate aim of this Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA review is to answer the two questions of ‘what does the Run Wild IPA taste like?’ and based on that, ‘who is the Run Wild IPA for?’

It’d be a little remis of me if I didn’t throw every single beer-loving athlete into the mix here. Now my amazing cycling coach had the best definition of an athlete and we’d often chat about how ‘getting up, putting your shoes and helmet on and pedalling means you’re an athlete’. So whether you’ve gone for a run, ride, swim, round of golf, game of tennis or game of football (round, oval or otherwise) if you love IPA you’re going to enjoy this one.

Going more targeted, if you’re someone who enjoys a full-bodied flavour profile or maybe you’re someone who enjoys the Gruvi IPA and Gruvi Pale ale you’re going to enjoy the Athletic as it has a similarly weighted (yet somewhat more complex) body.

Try it alongside the alternatives we just touched on above to find your favourite IPA or read all about the full list of Pale Ales I’ve reviewed over here.

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Where to Buy Athletic Brewing Co. Run Wild IPA.

While Athletic Brewing Co began from small beginnings in their home base of Connecticut in the USA, their beers are now available worldwide through major retailers in Australia, the USA and the UK and Canada. These include Brunswick Aces, Craft Zero, Dry Drinker, and Light Drinks to name a few.

Take a look at the links down below to find a retailer near you and pick yourself up the Athletic and a few other IPAs to try along the way!

 

Country

Retailer

Australia

Brunswick Aces

Craft Zero

Woolworths

USA

 

 

UK

Dry Drinker

Light Drinks

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Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA Can showing label in front of retail packaging

Calories In Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA

Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA is perfect for anyone looking for a healthy non-alcoholic beer alternative with only 70 calories per 375ml serve. It contains 4.3 grams of sugar and 15.6 grams of carbohydrate per can which, when translated to a per 100ml basis you will find 1.2 grams of sugar and 4.3 grams of total carbohydrate per 100ml.

The full detail and breakdown is in the nutritional table below.

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (375ml)

Avg Quantity
Per 100ml

Energy

292 kJ
70 Cal

55 kJ
19 Cal

Protein

1.1 g

0.3 g

Fat, total

0 g

0 g

— saturated

0 g

0 g

Carbohydrate

15.6 g

4.3 g

— sugars

4.3 g

1.2 g

Sodium

11.3 mg

3.2 mg

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Nutritional Information of non-alcoholic beer Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA

Rating the Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild IPA

At the time of writing this review I’ve been drinking this beer for months and months, I’ve bought countless 6 packs and the good folk at Athletic sent me a 6-pack back in the day when it was hard to come by.

However, you can rest assured of my impartiality as I’ve spent well over $100 on this beer alone. I’d never point you in the direction of a brew I’d not shell out my own cash on and I’m more than willing to keep shelling out the $18 – $20 for a 6-pack given the quality this brew brings.

As you’ll have seen above, the beer is jam-packed with flavour, giving you a deep and weighted mouthfeel and a brilliantly balancing finish.

My overall and weighted rating criteria that talks to flavour, taste, body, nutrition & drinkability are all listed down below for you to run through too.

 

Flavour/Taste (40%)

Body (40%)

Nutrition (10%)

Drinkability (10%)

Total (100%)

RAW8.599935/40
ADJUSTED3.43.6.9.98.9/10

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The Round-Up: Final Thoughts

I hope if you’ve come this far you’re going to commit to picking yourself up a 6 pack, chill it right down, put it in a brilliant glass and enjoy this with a steak or something equally rich and hearty.

If you’re going down the noodle route, it goes absolutely insane with brisket ramen (it’s 11 pm when I’m writing this and I’m instantly hungry again). If you’re looking for something a little easier to knock up at home, give some fresh pesto ricotta tortellini a go and see it shine.

So you’re across the fact it is brilliant with food, brilliant on its own full of depth, complexity and flavour – the only thing left for you to do is try it.

Do yourself a flavour favour and head down below and grab a 6 pack. By the way, hit up the review I wrote about the other Athletic Brewing review I wrote about the Upside Dawn Golden Ale over here.

Country

Retailer

Australia

Brunswick Aces

Craft Zero

Woolworths

USA

 

 

UK

Dry Drinker

Light Drinks

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by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Non-alcoholic drinks writer and podcaster, beer brewing and winemaking side-kick, lawyer and cyclist. Owner of Tipplezero.com and the Non-Alcoholic Drinks Podcast.