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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
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248 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 156
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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popery

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow. Very light in color. Mild haze, but it might have just been a good pour. Small white head, somewhat rocky. Decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by spicy citrus. The citron comes through strong, and you get a heavy dose of that citrus rind flavor. It's such a sharp note that it reminds of the fresh ginger in Farmer's Reserve #2. The Cara Cara oranges come through as well with that berry-ish orange flavor. The Meyer lemon is a bit more in the background, but it's there if you look for it. The flavor just seems a tad delicate against the citron and Cara Cara. There's a definite lactic sourness in the mix, as well. Some mild funk. No real malt presence. The taste is a blend of sourness, funk and citrus. Very nice combination. There's a touch of cheesiness to the funk, particularly in the finish, but otherwise, this is the cleanest of the Farmer's Reserve series, so far. Bright, refreshing sour citrus flavor. Some more of that spicy rind flavor, but more of the Meyer and Cara Cara delicacy shines through in the taste. Lasting lemon, orange, berry finish with some firm acidic sourness. Very light malt that's kept well in the background. Mouthfeel is light and lively. This is really good stuff. It's great to see Almanac improve with this line of sours, and it's even better to see them improve within the line. I'm very much looking forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:02:47 | More by popery
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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.