Extra Pale Ale - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Almanac might be the first brewery which I've seen to take advantage of the inevitable "farm to bottle" marketing, which is seen on the bottle. They're certainly not afraid to shout out about it. Here comes an extra pale ale brewed with mandarin oranges and aged in a little oak. Let's see how it was executed. On to the beer:
Looking copper colored with a tint of orange coloring and topped with a half-inch of creamyish head on top. This one provides a good lacing show to the eyes. The aroma is clean and grassy, which was a refreshing first impression to the nose. I also get a dry hoppiness with potential. I also get raw barley and earthy notes, so perhaps it's not crisp and clean as I first though, but still has a pleasant nose.
Much of what I got in the aroma makes its way into the taste, which starts off somewhat clean and grassy. It has a very earthy taste, so perhaps Almanac was right when they say "farm to bottle", because I might have tasted a bit of the farm itself. The resin I get adds a bitterness which throws the beer a little out of balance. Kiss of toffee is provided from the malt. Sorry, I can't find any orange or oak anywhere, so that's a little disappointing. Beer is medium bodied with a modest crispness.
Pleasant enough pale ale. Regarding the marketing, being "farm to bottle" doesn't do much when the consumer is not provided a freshness date.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2013 17:23:27 | More by DoubleJ
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.19/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A: Golden orange
S: earthy, pine med-low intensity hops balanced with some malt. Pleasant but not complex.
T: Noticeable bitterness from beginning to end ... and not much else. I think if I was to have this with a full-bodied meal (they recommend "braised pork and spicy Mexican dishes") it would nicely cut through. On it's own it's a too much...
M: medium bodied
O: I'd only order it again if I was having the right food to balance the bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 04:55:06 | More by EspressoGuy
Extra Pale Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.