Almanac IPA - Almanac Beer Co.

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Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 171
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 10-11-2013

Introducing our year-round Almanac IPA, a West Coast hop bomb overflowing with hop flavors and aromas. We start with a copper-hued malt base of California-grown two-row barley, with small additions of German Vienna Malt, Crystal Malts and Biscuit Malt.

Then we start layering on the hops—grown all along the west coast in California, Oregon and Washington. We combine Apollo, El Dorado, Simcoe and Mosaic Hops to create our own unique twist on the IPA style with intense aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, melon, pineapple and pine trees. The finish has a clean bitterness and light saltine cracker note.
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 171
Photo of Vlaminck
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a bomber pour pretty cloudy but that's not an issue. Smell of slight dankiness but also fruity. Taste of pine mixed with mango and berry. Finished dry and not to bitter but with a little sweetness in the end. A pretty balanced beer I would enjoy again. (257 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely pretty beer with frothy, fluffy white head, tiny bubbles, excellent retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of mango, cat litter, caramel, pine, and grass. Flavor's much the same with a slightly bitter finish. Very tasty IPA, I'm a bit surprised it's rated as low as it is. There's no bottle date, so maybe some folks have gotten old bottles. (355 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler for $3 yes please and thank you!

A — Pours a nice brightly golden coppery hue. There is a tall off white colored head that forms, which leaves behind absolutely epic lacing.

S — Smells bold and earthy, piney, bitter, dank, dry hoppy goodness.

T — Bitter, drying, lemon tartness, pine needles, pine cone, caramel sweetness, bitter, dank, resinous, excellent.

M — Astringent and clean, great finish.

O — Wonderful overall, this is an extremely bitter and piney IPA, juicy hop notes need not apply here, great and bitter and clean, totally surprised. This thing is seriously underrated, are you kidding me?! (634 characters)

Photo of OldGriz
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I frequently agree with Beer Advocate reviews, but the fact that this beer is not in the 90s is a travesty. This is a flawless IPA. I rank it among my favorites: Stone Enjoy By, Ballast Point Sculpin; and Boneyard RPM. It's very floral. Great aroma, great taste, and great mouthfeel. Do yourself a favor and try this one with an open mind. (339 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bier:Thirty. Soft, mellow aroma leads into a more pungent taste. Hops blend well adding tons of citrus essence without overdoing the bite. Clear, medium golden body with small creamy off white head. Malt still present in the background, adding a hint of sweetness. (276 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at he bier stein the other day. I know these guys are known for their wild ales, but this was really a surprisingly good effort I thought. While nothing earth shattering, the beer was light and easy to drink, with good bitterness in the finish, and just the right amount of sweet malt, light tropical fruit and dry citrus to balance the bitterness. Very nice IPA. (373 characters)

Photo of mac31
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almanac IPA
Poured to a tulip

Sweet caramel, orange, piney nose

Sweet cooked caramel. Bready maltiness. Piney, orange and orange zest with a soft bitter backbone. Small amount woody earthiness, faint tropical flavors, slightly danky at the 3/4 palate mark. A little resinous and sticky hoppiness. Hoppy finish clears quickly, trace graininess in the finish. Thicker bodied, appropriate carbonation. Alcohol well covered. While this brew has it's moments, it doesn't do enough for me to consider it anything other than average, at most, above average. A little sweet and too much caramel for my preference. The beer straddles the fence of IPA v DIPA. Malty body says more DIPA, hoppiness says IPA. (700 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear gold color with a 1 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and was full of bubbles, leaving nice spotty lacing and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus fruit, fresh resinous piney hops, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, honey, caramel, brown sugar, wet grass, Ritz cracker and potent citrus hops. The hops are fresh and oily smelling, but the malt backbone seems to mellow them but still manages to keep the hops front and center yet soft and flowery to inhale. Late herbal and floral notes linger in the glass after a few sips, and while this isn’t a West Coast hop bomb nose it still smells really nice and fresh.

Taste is similar to the smells with a burst of sweet citrus fruit up front, followed by piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, graham cracker, tangerine, orange peel, starfruit, honey, caramel, fruit candy or sugar, wet grass, citrus hops and some malt/bready sweetness in the background like wheat bread. The hops taste fresh, the malt is present and adds nice balance and the brew is tasty, but it lacks bitterness, lacks any spice attack and lacks any super juicy hop aspect to take it over the top. The mild herbal and floral notes keep this above average, but it never escalates above very good status since the initial citrus hop sweetness is the apex and that comes out in the first whiff and sip. It’s a very sessionable beer, but it does not transcend into an outstanding IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and almost buttery, with average carbonation, a medium to heavy dense body that is a little chewy, and a general sweetness that only lets the ABV peek through at the end. A solid IPA, above average. It just needs some kind of adjustment to take it to the next level, but I’d definitely have this beer again. (1,775 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden brew with a massive foam that settles down eventually to a whipped cream white pile. Maybe it was the jerky way the lady was driving the 8X bus to North Beach. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods on Market St.

Hop flavor is quite intriguing. Resiny and fruity. Rich and full bodied. Wonderful sudsy mouthfeel. Melon and mango with that resiny taste. Strong and deeply fruity.

Fairly bitter finish but not as much as some other IPAs tasted this week. An interesting and very flavorful mouthful. I"m glad I tasted this one. A nice change from Almanac's vinegary sours. (588 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently sitting at a rating of 85, which I think is low. I'd call it more a 92, 93? Very good. Has a nice take on the creamy/sweet profile that's so typical of the better west coast DIPAs, but Almanac does it at 7.5%. Better than a lot of IPAs out there. (256 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at C4, on to the beer:

This is a light orange colored IPA with decent head retention and spots of lace which cling to the glass. What I throughout enjoyed at first was the aroma, which is filled with decadent pine, cantaloupe, tangerine, and kiwi, not only delicious but initially very intense too. Sadly, its intensity fades, so it drops to being merely good.

Get three servings of fruit in one pint of Almanac IPA. Or, at least your palate would think so. Waves of tangerine and cantaloupe hit, and backing it is spicy rye. The carbonation could be worked on; very light with the bubbles where a few more would add texture to this beer.

I'm happy with my pint of Almanac IPA. It made my lunch more interesting. (723 characters)

Photo of metsfan1
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Really great look, smell and taste but every bottle I have had and when I had it on draft the carbonation was near non-existent. Like a really great beer that I couldn't dump that I put in the fridge overnight (not that I've ever done this before). (249 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Barrel house Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Citrus, little tropical fruit, a touch of pine, backed with caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops up front, grapefruit and tangerine, some pineapple, a little pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: This one was surprisingly quite good and right in my wheelhouse. (469 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big grassy and herbal hop nose. Pours hazy gold with a 1” off-white foam cap that produces thick lace. A very creamy fruity palate offers up citrus, lemon and peach to apricot notes that lead to a big, mellow hop bitterness. The malt, yeast, and hop flavors are very well balanced and mute any evidence of alcohol. This medium bodied beer has above average carbonation but it is soft and natural. (398 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think this is way better than an overall score of 84, its at least a low A for me. really fresh and bright ipa with all the west coast texture but only a fraction of the usual bitterness. honey colored, clear and radiant, with a little white head on top but luxurious lacing as it drinks. a nose of oily fruity hops, tangerine comes to mind. way high in the oil department, juicy and sticky in texture as a result, very true to region and style. the malt is robustly proportioned but not a major player in the flavor profile of this beer. its light two row type, clean and in the background. the hops show some tropical notes, mosaic may be in here. dry hop also seems real aggressive as that aromatic thing turns into a front of sip flavor. alcohol is subdued and the freshness is high. a bomber would be about it for me though, its a little sweet because of the fruity hops, and its a little hard to drink quickly. carbonation is nice and soft though, and helps a lot. overall i think this is quite good, not as memorable as most of their sour stuff, but its a great ipa, certainly better than a low B. (1,106 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: a nice earthy orange hue. A finger or less of a white foamy head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a small and spotty lacing.

Smell: sweet toasty malts, lemon bread. Juicy and tropical fruits. Some hop resin.

Taste: opens with some lemon bread to buttered bread. Hops, tropical and citrusy. Some resin. Toasted grains come in from time to time.

Mouthfeel: light. Low bitterness. Some fruit juice qualities.

Overal: not saying it's a bad beer. But a far cry from what I look for in a ipa (509 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of tropical fruits along with hints of tangerines and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer has really pleasant aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, but could use more bitterness in the taste as well as more crispness and carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle (783 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: medium gold and clear behind the haze on the glass; couple of fingers of off-white head will leave some trails down the glass

S: bright fruits and citrus, flowers and grass; hints of sweetness

T: tropical and citrus fruits, chewy pale grains and caramel malt; some rough edges

M: medium bodied on the denser side; rustic and hearty, mild aftertaste

O: a nice if not exceptional IPA (389 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bomber bottle

Pours is hazed lighter almond, leaves nice looking fine lacing.

Nose is on the dank side

Grapefruit, mint and some soft lime on the palate.

Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA.

Worth a try (205 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep bronze orange body, mostly clear as well with ample carbonation, but a little bit of head bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. Head is a little small as well, three fingers off the pour with a classic clumped laced profile but falls to a one finger puck. Almost in the excellent ball park range, but very solid looking brew.

Nose is a bit sugary. Hints of caramel syrup but a nice tropical and fruity hop manages to jump out. Comes out like a double with some boozy sugars a bit on the bouquet though. Some leafy green mint qualities a bit as well. Overall solid but nothing mindblowing, and doesn't quite hint at that classic West coast style you think is coming.

First sip is surprisingly underwhelming and unexpected. As much as there is a strong aroma hinting at what might be coming if not totally incredible, the flavors just don't come out. A decent malt backbone containing a surprising low and less sugared sweetness than the nose indicates. Hop profile comes off as tempered and toned down. Even more so than the fruity ness on the nose hinted at. Very little bitterness even coming off this at all, with a hop angle that seems completely burried and indistinct. Mild juiced fruit, and weak malt, with just a leafy hard to pin down flavor.

This is an ok beer, the mouthfeel sort of saves it but it's a bit of a dud in the IPA realm considering all the other California breweries pumping these IPAs out. This needs and upgrade. (1,517 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus and tropical hop characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle. (647 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours amber in color with a nice fluffy white head that has great retention. Smell has lots of earthy and spicey hops forward with some fainter citrus and grapefruit rind aromas. Taste follows the nose with earthy hops forward and a slight amount of citrus rind in the finish and a hefty amount of bitterness. Some grainy sweetness is also in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied bitter and slightly sticky. (409 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hops and Pie, served in a pint glass. Nice orange color, good head, looks nice. Aroma of slight citrus, hops, does it blow me away? No but its nice. Does it have that traditional west coast hop punch? not really. Flavor is much the same, I guess you could call it a west coast in the same way that Lagunitas IPA is technically a West Coast but it doesn't do it the way San Diego does/ (394 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a tan amber in color. Aroma is reminiscent of orange peel, citrus, and marmalade. It’s quite a citrus salad. The taste is bitter and hoppy with some grassy pine. It finishes with a citrusy-tangerine orange character. Enjoyable enough. (252 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Ale Arsenal. Similar to the Chinook single origin IPA but slightly improved. Bit more aromatic and fruity, though still leans toward the bittering hops. Malty, semi-sweet, somewhat abrasive in the finish. Weighty on the palate. I liked it for the first few ounces, but taking down a whole pint was a chore. (315 characters)

Almanac IPA from Almanac Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.