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Fresh Hop IPA - Chinook - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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: mactrail on 02-02-2013

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of Almanac’s Single Origin IPA (as brewed with Chinook hops). Not sure if this will be a repeat brew, or an on-going single-origin series, or what. So there.

This pours a light golden-yellow. There’s pine and honey-lemon notes on the aroma, with a pleasing hoppy citrus-pine character flavor. A light bitterness turns into a long finish with some delicate piney resin. Would love to revisit this one if I see it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very drinkable IPA, though it lacks complexity. It's a very leafy, herbal IPA. Lots of earth and dirt-like hops, though the flavors come together nicely. Unique in that way. Mild pine character as well. This was a welcome accompaniment to the Almanac Dinner at Churchill's, but certainly didn't steal the show. No need to revisit, though I'm glad I had a couple glasses of this.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Library Alehouse for a tap takeover with 9 offerings.

A: Pours a clear orangish yellow with a thin (1/4") white head which leaves stringy lace.

N: Grapefruit/citrus with herbal notes. Very fresh and bright hops. Wonderful aroma.

T: Pine dominates with some malt for balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Fairly straight forward and basic IPA with a nice smell of fresh hops. If you see this, then get it.

Photo of rand
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 750 mL bottle to nonic pint glass

A: Copper-tan in color, opaque, a gentle pour forms a small sudsy head that never fully recedes.

S: Floral, sweet bouquet. Wet-hopping yields a dank, grassy aspect and the malt-backbone seems large.

T: Strangely malt-forward, sweet, but grainy and grassy. Hops are definitely floral, with subtle citrus notes amongst the earthy profile. Strong notes of tea pop up toward the finish, and the 7.5% alcohol isn't masked. Flavors are kind of a mess, not harmonizing at all. The hops are strictly bitter at the long finish.

M: Medium-heavy bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Flavor profile is disjointed, and I'm not a big fan of IPA's whose distinctive note is green tea. So far I'm liking their sours, but not jumping up and down for their other styles.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lovely scent of orange blossoms and pine sap. Golden color in the tall snifter with a modest foam.

An interesting showcase for the hops, which are described as "Chinook Hops from Kuchinski Family Hop Farm in Clearlake, California." Brewed with Vienna and Crystal malts. Not overly bitter but it's all about the hops. A stony bitter aftertaste. Rich and tangy, definitely not sweet but a pleasant maltiness defines the background. Eventually it's along bitter spiral, but quite a nice IPA. Hop fanciers will want to check this out, the first IPA from Almanac.

On tap at Church Key in San Francisco.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a prettygood beer that is quite hop forward and earthy.

Photo of JGam115
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous orange and amber, solid white head. Very young coney hop, green banana, granny smith apple. Solid malt and very bitter. Awesome

Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 24 September 2013.

A: Pale gold. Clear. Creamy head. Heavy lace.

S: Super faint. No smell.

T/M: Delicious! Pine, bitter-clean hops, very full, effervescent mouthfeel. Very aggressive American hops with a very bitter aftertaste that lasts forever.

O: Great IPA. Very classic.

Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Like the rest of the fresh hop series from Almanac, this is a great looking beer. Bright gold body. Nice white head with nice lace and retention.

S - Musky rose water, green leaves, melon, honey, and biscuitty malt.

T - Bright green plant bitters, honeydew melon, lemons, and citrus pith.

M - Medium-light frame with bright carbonation.

O - Maybe the most sessionable brew of the Alamanac fresh hop series.

Photo of JohnG190
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a thick, quickly fading head, good lacing. Pine resin dominates the nose with a touch of spice. Bitterness throughout the palate with a fairly dry finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, it's a good showcase for what is ordinarily a bittering hop, but the over-the-top pine really fatigues the olfactory senses rather quickly.

Photo of rawfish
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a huge capped head and tons of tight frothy stark white lacing left on the glass. Retention is below average though.

Honey, cereal grains, dank, earthy and piney hops accompany. Some orange juice and musty sweetness.

Earthy with cereal grains, some wet paper bag and honey sweetness. Hops are leafy and earthy with pine and slight orange citrus. Very simple, mild and unlike the Cluster IPA in this series very familiar to IPA drinkers. Bitterness is of medium strength and carries on through the finish.

Body is average but weighed down by sub average carbonation, wet and a bit prickly. Alcohol well hidden and malt is sticky despite the hops' attempt to dry.

A very basic, simple but well made single hop IPA. The Chinook hops lend themselves well to style with pine and earthy flavors. The malt profile is raw and sticky and for a fresh hop IPA I wish the hop flavors would pop more than they do.

Photo of dv8sean
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seems there may be reviews of different releases, here. It's 18-Sep-13' and the 750ml bottle I picked up cites "Wet-hopped with freshly picked Chinook hops grown at Hops Meister Farms in Clearlake, CA."

Anyhow, brilliant clarity, beautiful honey color with slight orange tinge. Smell is not as aggressive as I may have thought, a little grassy with hints of forest floor. Taste is fantastic. Wonderful malt-hop balance, properly bitter without being teeth-whitening, complex despite (or because of?) the single hop origin. Wonderful on the palate

Overall, I believe it fully merits the "4.0 - Outstanding" rating. I had high expectations for this beer, and it met them.

Cheers!

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Fresh Hop IPA - Chinook from Almanac Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.