Fresh Hop IPA - Chinook - Almanac Beer Co.
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2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
04-24-2014 06:03:38 | More by rand
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
09-21-2013 22:05:09 | More by JohnG190
3.45/5 rDev -5%
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.
08-14-2013 17:47:26 | More by ehammond1
3.56/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-26-2013 07:58:22 | More by rawfish
Fresh Hop IPA - Chinook from Almanac Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.