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Fresh Hop IPA - Cascade - Almanac Beer Co.

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Fresh Hop IPA - CascadeFresh Hop IPA - Cascade

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 09-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wet-hopped with freshly picked Cascade hops grown at Hops Meister Farms in Clearlake, CA.
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S: A very leafy earthy hop presence with some orange rind, light pine, oak and caramel malt.

T: Again, very earthy hop presence here. Restrained notes of pine and some slightly bready malt. A hint of oak with some light grapefruit, mint and hop spiciness on the finish. A pretty nice IPA.

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Fresh Hop IPA - Cascade from Almanac Beer Co.
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