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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

251 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 158
Gots: 51 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged in wine barrels with Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha's Hand Citrons (all from Hamada Farms).

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-30-2013)
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EliotRosewater

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an off-white, solid 2 finger foam head. Really nice light golden hue.

S - I get a ton of sour/ barnyard notes at first that seem to dissipate as the beer opens up. As it warms up slightly there is citrus all over this thing. Hard to pin down one distinct citrus but comes off as more of a mix of different types of citrus / zest. If anything the Buddha's hand is the most prevalent. On the back end I get some of the woody notes from the wine barrels (not as much wine).

T - surprisingly mild and balanced tartness. Definitely get a ton of citrus. Very similar to the scent and really lives up to what you expect on the nose.

M- nice, sharp carbonation. Almost champagne-like. Really amazing lingering mouthfeel.

O - I love a great SOUR sour beer, but this one just has a lot more balance and finesse than some of the others in this category. Unlike #3, there's no mistaking the ingredients in this beer. A very enjoyable, delicious, easy to drink and yet dristinct wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:35:43 | More by EliotRosewater
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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.