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Almanac IPA - Almanac Beer Co.

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Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 26.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

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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Photo of Beerswag
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Balanced hop/mlt profile. Cllor of this beer is along the amber/dark khaki, with white head. Taste is piney hops, bittering hops, a little cedar, carmel, and finishing refreshing pine.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Almanac IPA id a solid offering. It poured a orangish clear with white head that left some lace. The scent and taste carried bitterness, citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was great and I would try it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regrettably brief notes from a tasting:

Pour is healthy. Your usual 2 minute retaining white head with average characteristics and a lemon-yellow body. Clean and yeast free.

Aroma brings vague fruit. Pale malts. The beginnings of some soapiness.

Taste is fruity, albeit vague, with floral accents. Any hop bitterness is covered up by the pale malt sweetness. Balanced well enough. A cleaner juicier presentation of flavour would be ideal.

Texture is smooth, wet, well-carbonated, slightly oily, and medium-bodied. Complements the taste nicely.

Overall, it's a nice IPA with a soft mouthfeel and respectable balance, but it'll get lost amidst the plethora of widely available superior offerings in its style.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Half inch left in the bottle. I don't see a date on the bottle, unfortunately.

Pours hazy golden with a biggish head that fades about halfway quickly, and then settles in for the winter. Heavy sheeting along the sides of the glass. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is hay, a little bread or toasted barley.

Taste is overly sweet-juicy up front, without enough bitterness to balance it out. Bitterness is there, and it builds a little as you drink it. A few sips in, and it's pretty good. But the first sip is a bit of a shock.

Mouthfeel is coarse and dry. Overall, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft, The Yardhouse, Long Beach) Very subdued flavor on the first sip. Somewhat of a toffee smell. Not your typical west coast IPA. Grew on me a bunch by the end.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp juicy golden orange body, with a slight chill haze on it. About two fingers of frothy doughy white head. Lots of big sticky strands of lacing left behind.

S - A herbal, yet fairly malt forward aroma. Bready & doughy, with restrained notes of herbal hops, grass, & caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready & herbal. Honeyed caramel malts and notes of juicy peaches & apricots. Notes of honey & pine sap. Very delicious. All of the malt varietals come through nicely.

M - Feel is smooth, juicy, & drinkable. Only semi-bitter, medium-bodied, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a slightly above average IPA offering from Almanac, would be nice to see this more readily available, and perhaps in a six pack format.

Almanac India Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

According to statistics, Blind Pig scores a full half point higher then this beer. Maybe I didn't get a fresh enough Pig (three weeks old), and I'm not quite sure when this Almanac was made, but I am considering this the better beer in comparison to the other West Coast IPAs I've had recently. Of course, I also drank a Pliny the day before the Pig.... Anyways.

Mild carb, dark golden. Strong hop smell that follows on the taste, thicker feeling for a single. Hidden bitterness accompanying a citrus zing. Balanced.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber with a tall white colored head.

Smells of Honeysuckle and herbs, scent is a little soapy. Little bit of candy caramel scent. Hops come across as mild orange blossom.

Starts out Fairly sweet with a woody after taste. Wood and orange blossom mostly, the high sweetness level really tames any hop bitterness. Fairly herbal, this isn't a Hop Head type of IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild IPA.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First non-sour offering I have tried from Almanac. Poured from bottle into IPA glass. 2 month old bottle date unfortunately.

Translucent gold/copper pour with 2-finger, off-white head.

lots of floral and earthy hops in the nose. Pines and resin come through.

Flavor was a little of from the nose, for me. The earth/pine hops are dull (assuming this is due to the bottle date). Not finding much of the nice resin smell.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Didn't leave much of an impression on me.

Underwhelming offering from Almanac. Would try again with a fresher bottle date.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color with rocky white head with lots of lacing. Smells of graham cracker, lemon peel, citrus & tropical hops. Tastes resin like with ample hop bitterness & hop flavor as indicated int the nose. Feels about medium full. A very nice IPA, one that I would drink more of of local to me.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a trade that fell through. Decent citrucy and dank IPA. Smells better than it tastes, but definitely not bad. A bit maltier than I like my IPAs.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 fl oz bottle on August 28, 2015. Look is cloudy copper, thick head and sticky lingering lacing. Smell is citrus fruit, caramel and pine. Taste is bitter citrus, sweet caramel and pine notes. Feel is medium in body with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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?!

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Photo of OldGriz
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mac31
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. Overall, 3.8.

Had this beer again 8/10/15

Bright, citrus, slight danky and earthy, floral followed by hop spiciness-peppery, resinous, slight sticky, big time bitterness w/o being harsh, grapefruit pith notes in the finish. A pinch of tropical fruits. Hops are juicy. Malts are pale, but sweet and ever-so-slightly bready. Mild cereal grains in the finish. Thin bodied, lends itself to drinking/drinkability. I like this brew. I enjoyed very much this time around. Almanac did well this one.

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of metsfan1
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Almanac IPA from Almanac Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.