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Extra Pale Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-style Extra Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of sweet Mandarin oranges from Blossom Bluff Farms and California two-row barley. We dry-hop with generous doses of aromatic Cascade and Columbus hops and finish the beer with a hint of lightly toasted American oak. Enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.

(Beer added by: drgarage on 08-23-2012)
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

mrebeka, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of VincentFrey
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: A hazy orange, with a bit of reddish tinge. Looks a bit more like a wit than a pale, if only it weren't for the clarity as the beer sits a few moments. Bottle was very highly carbonated, and on the verge of gushing. Had to let the head settle a few times to get the whole bottom, even in a 16oz tulip. A good bit of head settles on top of the beer.

Aroma: Heavy, pungent orange. I believe oranges are actually added to this beer, so that's no surprise. Otherwise very floral, citrusy hops, with hints of earth (although that's likely from the malt). Almost smells like a cascade bomb in a lot of ways.

Taste: Well, it tastes a good bit like a cascade bomb. Or, maybe that's just the citric acid from the oranges plus light hops, as there is no heavy bitterness here. It's very refreshing and light at 6%, and I'm content with it as a nice after work beer. That said, there's really not much special here. I don't get the Belgian appellate Beer Advocate has applied, as outside a few yeast esters it's much more in the East Coast Pale Ale vein.

Overall: It's a good beer. It's not a great beer, by any means, and probably not worth the price I paid to order it, but if it was local it'd be a nice sixer to bring to a party or pick up after work.

Bottom Line: Buy if you like (hopefully) cheap, interesting pales, and American attempts at Belgian yeast spicing without the actual yeast presence. Try if you just want a nice sipper. Disregard if you already have a favorite pale and don't want to try the orange-ade version.

VincentFrey, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Arkay
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Arkay, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

cp45, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

drummermattie02, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

sd123, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of humulusphile
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of rstenson
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

rstenson, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Eighty
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour pretty; dark orange-gold with a white seafoam head. Smells of earthy malt, peppery yeast, and light dry hops.

Tastes fizzy up front, then there comes nodes of pleasantly aggressive pepper, and then a tiny bit of a citrus. The back end is firm, with more nodes of white pepper against a light woody finish. I honestly probably wouldn't have guessed it was oak aged unless the bottle hadn't said so, because the yeast is really the dominant feature here. It's one of the most aggressively spicy light-ABV beers I've ever had that wasn't aged with peppers.

This is a very hoppy, dry Belgian Pale. More of a hybrid BPA/AIPA than an Orval-type BPA.

mynie, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of NickBeery
3.5/5  rDev 0%

NickBeery, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of 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.

DoubleJ, Nov 08, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

kscaldef, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

CesarLopes, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

st9647v3, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

terence, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

lonewolfcry, Oct 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

bcerv-ca, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an orange amber body and a finger of tight soapy head. Retention is very good and leaves tight rings of lace on the glass.

Aroma is very bright, grapefruit zest, lemon grass and ginger. Backing of thin bready malt and dry oak.

Taste is dominated by the bitterness of the hops, a slight honey malt balance with copious grapefruit pith, young pine, soapy coriander and Belgian yeast. Bitterness is forceful and lingering with grapefruit pith, dry oak, chalky minerals and oolong tea. Soapy and drying but also refreshing.

Medium body with good carbonation and drying of the sticky malt. The perceived drying effect of the bitterness does make some of the alcohol stand out.

Not a classical Belgian Pale, rather a blend of Belgian and American pale ale elements. The dry hopping of this beer makes the aroma light and bright to play in tune with the soapy grapefruit bitterness. Very refreshing but I can see it coming off as too bitter or chalky for some. Do give it a try.

rawfish, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Paccamacca for this sweet extra!

poured into tulip glass.

No trace of bottled on date.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of soapy off white head. Head has some staying power and the beer leaves behind a spotty lace.

Smell: This nose is awesome! Citrusy and really zesty! Bready malts that are also toasty. Chalky and earthy hops. Slightly yeasty too.

Taste: Short burst of orange sweetness then right into a lot of deep earthy hops. Grassy, chalky, herbal, orange and grapefruit rinds, light oak notes, and some peppery spicey yeast notes to round it all out. Chalky, grassy, and citrus rind linger forever in the aftertaste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its actually kind of boozey which I cant believe that I am saying this about an APA, but its definately there. Its surprisingly quite a dry beer too.

Overall: An belgian style extra pale ale that is brewed with mandarin oranges, dry hopped, and was "toasted with american Oak". I was left a little dissapointed by this one, but it has a lot of potential with some tweaking. If you could taste more of the citrusy sweetness from the mandarin oranges and make this beer a bit less earthy, I think this beer would have a cult following like Zombie Dust or PsuedoSue. It was an interesting beer none the less and I really appreciate what the brewer tried to do here.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

C_S, Sep 22, 2013
Extra Pale Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.