Chance IPA

Review Date 1/4/2019   Last Updated 5/19/2020    By John Staradumsky

Hey there beer enthusiasts! Bruguru here again to tell you about <b>Wild Leap
Chance IPAthe flagship IPA for the Wild Leap brewery of LaGrange, Georgia. I’ve been drinking quite a few of their beers lately and enjoying each and every one. Chance IPA is interesting for a few reasons, but mostly because I had it side by side with another Georgia IPA, Awe Juice!!! From Gate City.

The two are alike to a degree; they both claim to be juicy IPAs although they were quite different in flavor and appearance. You can go back and read my thoughts on Gate City Awe Juice if you like, and then come back here. I’ve even provided a convenient link to this beer in that review, all at no extra charge. We’ll wait for you.

Welcome back! Now we can allow Wild Leap a chance to tell you about Chance IPA.

Wild Leap’s first India Pale Ale, Chance IPA, serves as an inspiration for those taking wild leaps. Your wild leap may be conquering a black diamond slope or performing “Ring of Fire” at a karaoke bar; regardless, we hope Chance reminds you to take some risks and follow your dreams. What’s your wild leap?

Chance is an “easy-drinking” IPA similar to Northeastern or East Coast styles in malt balance, haze and hop aromas. The juicy hop blend creates grapefruit, melon, strawberry and passion fruit aromas to give the beer a soft bitterness.

So there it is. Chance IPA has an alcohol content of 6.2% by volume with 43 IBUs. Awe Juice has an alcohol content of 7.4% by volume, a little higher, but is lower in IBUs with 30. I paid $6.80 for a 23-ounce mug of Chance IPA at Taco Mac and it sells for $9.49 a six-pack in cans at Target. The Awe Juice set me back $5 for 11-ounces at Taco Mac and goes for $13.99 a 4-pack of pint cans at Total Wine.

My mug of Wild Leap Chance IPA arrived a very hazy orange amber in color with a big juicy aroma, light to medium malt, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus, light pineapple, citrus zest, and a dry bitter finish. I loved it!

Comparing both beers, they are of similar quality. I might like the Awe Juice slightly more because it is more of a classic American IPA, but hey, Chance IPA is an excellent New England style IPA in the modern vernacular. The distinguishing factor here is the price. Chance set me back 30 cents an ounce (yes, you see a higher price in the information ribbon above but that does not factor in my Chancellor bonus which most don't get) while the Awe Juice was 46 cents per ounce. In cans, it’s 13 cents for Chance versus 22 for Awe Juice. As a consumer, that’s a factor, and anyone that tells you it should not be is crazy.

While I would certainly drink them both again, I would drink the Chance more often-I’d get more Chance to drink for money after all. Especially in my Chance-llor's mug.

Update 5/19/2020: Wild Leap Chance IPA from Stout's Growlers. Not their best beer, and it seems a little less robust than the last time I had it. Still, a solid beer and one that I enjoy. Should you find it? Take a Chance and try it. I paid $9.75 for my crowler, which is not a bad deal at all, friends.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.