Extra Pale Ale - Almanac Beer Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with an earthy hop finish. There is a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a good smell but some really earthy flavors that are fairly bland.
01-29-2013 03:34:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.4/5 rDev -31.4%
Appearance: The body is an attractive clear filtered gold. Pours with two fingers of lasting head.
Smell: Pretty yeasty, like a hopped up (and fruited) Belgian pale ale. Brings to mind orange flavored hard candy. Some chalkiness is present, presumably from the yeast, and plenty of zesty citrus. There's a touch of oak in here, too, which brings a note of vanilla that works well with the strong orange presence. This feels a bit muddled with so many different elements, but to it's credit there aren't any overbearing qualities either.
Taste & mouthfeel: Drying, somewhat astringent citrus rind flavor up front. The punchy hop bitterness and oak intensifies this effect. It's plenty yeasty, too. Chalky, phenolic, peppery, this has a bit of a farmhouse yeast quality to it. While the aroma is decent, I'm not a fan of this beer on the palate. The combination of heavy-handed bittering hops, oak and pithy orange creates a wearying astringency that beats the tongue down after half a glass.
Overall: OK stuff. It has potential, but the recipe needs some work.
09-07-2012 02:57:24 | More by largadeer
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
From what I read on the bottle, this is more of a Belgian style ale.
Overall, I find this a consistent beer, though it could use a boost in the flavor department. Kind of inky and Earthy, with minimal fruit tones showing. There are mandarin oranges in this? I can hardly tell. Whatever is there seems overpowered by the earthy tones from what seem like malts and the minimal spices from hops. The bottom line is this is a decent ale, but not really doing a whole lot for me. I have something in the back of my mind telling me that Almanac beers seem to be tasting the same, and at this point, I have tried them all.
08-30-2012 18:27:20 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
Attractive amber color. Pleasing white foam. Quite spritzy in the mouth. Light body. Interesting aromatics
They say this is brewed with Mandarin oranges, but it's quite subtle. Mostly it's bitter. The Astringent green tea for the aftertaste. After you let this sit for a few minutes, the Belgian flavors are very striking. It gets so dry, and between the yeast and the hops it's something the monks might drink for penance. Still, it's very interesting and a style I hope more people will try-- flavorful but lighter Belgian-influenced brews. This one is too much like an over-hopped Pale Ale with the malt scoured out by an agressive yeast.
From the 12 oz bottle sold in four-packs at Bine and Vine in San Diego.
01-18-2013 06:06:37 | More by mactrail
2.5/5 rDev -28.6%
"Extra Pale Ale." "Ale brewed with Mandarin Oranges and American Oak." Sounds innovative for a pale ale. Dry hopped with Cascade and Columbus. I'm a big fan of Columbus hops so this is sounding pretty appealing.
6.0% ABV confirmed. I like the label; stylish green etching on brown glass. 12 fl oz bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a four pack.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger white-khaki colour head of fair cream, pretty good thickness, decent froth, and good (~4 minute) retention for the above average ABV. Colour colour is a clear light copper; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Thin lacing as the head recedes; far from enough to impress. Looks pretty standard for the style; there's nothing unique or special here and it isn't particularly vibrant, but there are no overt flaws. Meh.
Sm: I do get some light mandarin orange character; there's definitely some sweetness and faux-orange there. Pale malts. Light nectary honey; it lacks the freshness and presence I want from honey, but it's there. A unique if underplayed aroma. It should be so much more than it is. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.
T/Mf: Oh boy. Poorly executed dry hopping really did a number to this one. Unnatural rolling smoothness then an awful coarsening effect on the climax. Texture feels artificial, and even gives dry mouth on the finish. A bit overcarbonated to boot. Pale malts are dominant, but never feel evocative or refreshing. How could it be refreshing with that horribly done mouthfeel? This is sort of a master class in how to screw up a pale ale. No yeast comes through. Not too sweet, maybe a bit too bitter. The hopping is just poorly done. Mandarin orange bleeds in a bit, but it's really forgettable. Palate presence is awful; I feel like the mouthfeel is preventing the flavours from coming through. Perhaps the worst mouthfeel I've ever experienced in a pale ale. Though the thickness could be worse. This is simple and bland. The honey adds little to save it, but I suspect it has something to do with the poor mouthfeel.
Dr: Eh. I'll finish it, but I wouldn't call it drinkable - which is criminal for a pale ale. This one clearly went awry. It's a shame; it sounded interesting. Looks like I'm 0 for 2 on Almanac. They've got one more chance sitting in my fridge. So far it's been nothing but disappointing.
02-20-2013 06:01:29 | More by kojevergas
3.44/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Poured a hazed copper color with decent carbonation leaving a mediocre white cap and some lacing
S: Biscuits, fruits and grass.
T: Fruits and grains, some fresh field flowers with a dash of spice as well
M: Light-medium body, well carbonated
O: Not bad, not great, not something I would seek out again
08-16-2013 19:01:59 | More by barleywinefiend
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-08-2013 17:23:27 | More by DoubleJ
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
Bottle opened on 8.16.13
A - Pours a hazy light orange with a small off-white head with decent retention.
S - Pine, grass, bitter citrus.
T - Bitter orange rind and earthy.
D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.
O - Bland, boring and bitter. Not something I would have again.
09-06-2013 05:25:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.69/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, somewhat still, golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a persistang thin film and ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Aroma of tangerine and orange, grassy and pine hops, mild sweet malt. Flavor starts with orange rind, citrus hops, citrus and tropical fruit finishes with lingering hop bitterness, citrus rind and a light, distinct mandarin orange component. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. An interesting exploration of the orange citrus family, with distinct orange and orange rind flavors. The Belgian character is subtle. Finish is bitter from both citrus rind and hops and is a bit astringent in the finish. An interesting and unusual take on a pale ale.
08-22-2013 03:19:55 | More by LiquidAmber
4.06/5 rDev +16%
On tap @ Monk's Kettle
A - Hazy medium orange with a thin layer of bright white head.
S - Fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit, pine, slight honey sweetness.
T - Fairly sweet at first, immediately giving way to a big bitterness. Pine, musky, orange zest. Dry, bitter finish
M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation.
08-07-2013 15:34:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
A - Deep, semi-hazy copper. Thin white head, big bubbles, almost no lace, ok retention.
S - Apricot, lemon zest, apple skin, wheat.
T - Green plant stem bitterness, yellow peppers, bok choy, touch of malt.
M - Light frame, relatively light carbonation.
O - Fairly one demential. The flavors focus on a green bitter note, which isn't bad, but there isn't much else.
09-23-2012 22:26:11 | More by vfgccp
Extra Pale Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
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