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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4

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BA SCORE
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279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 150
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in wine barrels with Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha's Hand Citrons (all from Hamada Farms).
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and sour and tart lemon, orange, and other citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice citrus presence all around.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a massive head; streaky lacing all around

Smell: The oak from the wine barrels is the first aroma I detected but there is plenty of sour citrus in the mix, as well; the citron and Meyer lemons are particularly noticeable

Taste: Acetic citrus tones jut forward, bringing citron and Meyer lemon elements; I am not familiar with Cara Cara oranges (although I just did a Google search and discovered they are in season so I will pick one up tomorrow) but I get a touch of orange as the lemon sourness fades; the vinous and oaky tones build in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another fine beer in the Farmer's Reserve series, although I think I enjoyed the #3 better that I tasted a few weeks ago

Thanks, c64person, for the opportunity

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who brought this, but thanks! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Nearly identical to Farmer's Reserve #3, but a bit paler due to the different fruit addition.

S - Loads of sweet Meyer lemon here, along with some exotic Buddha's Hand. Pale malt and a bit of wheat round things out. Verging on Pledge-like in the lemon intensity. Not getting a ton of barrel character.

T - I like the taste a little more, as it's not as evocative of household cleaners. Still a lot of lemon, but decidedly more natural in character. Orange finally shows up and imparts a citrus peel flavor. Fruits are supported by sweet and slightly doughy pale malts. Again, very little barrel and no obvious alcohol.

M - Similar feel to #3. Medium body, pleasant carbonation, and a dry, tannic texture.

D - Enjoyable, but not quite as good as #3. If you're big into lemony citrus this may appeal, but it's a bit heavy-handed for my tastes. I'm curious how these beers will age, as I get very little 'wild' character from them. I'd be curious enough to try this again.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

N: Lemon dominates followed by herbal and other citrus notes.

T: Tart and lemony with a slight funk. This may expand with some age.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and zingy zesty finish.

O: Oh so refreshing. Perfect for a summer day. Worth trying once.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.