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Almanac IPA - Almanac Beer Co.

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Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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

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Photo of Lard_City
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, dry and bitter. Flavors explode quick and fade. Very nice.

Photo of sgameroz
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not amazing, but it isn't terrible.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshmistake
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of noproduction
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mac31
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of KGalindo
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oranges, ripe pineapple, melon, papaya: delicious aromas and flavors!

Photo of TychoNDC
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeer711
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Erik-P
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of od_sf
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of kniles38
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ronricorossi
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of RWACKO
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jpd026
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SerpentX
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of sheenisgod
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metsfan1
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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).

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Almanac IPA from Almanac Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.