Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster - Almanac Beer Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
From 750 mL bottle to pint glass
A: Yellow-tan in color, clear, a medium pour produces a pillowy, 2-inch head, leaving lacing everywhere.
S: The nose is fairly straightforward, almost simple, with pleasant notes of citrus and grass. Bread-y, grainy sweetness rounds the bouquet with a slight resinous note lingering.
T: The flavors are fairly simple on the palate as well. Clean fresh hop essense at the front, with a citrus-y bend. Toasty malts add grainy balance with a touch of honey sweetness poking through. A earthy, resinous bitterness takes over toward the finish, presumably from the Cluster hop (I don't think I've had these hops as a beer's feature) which leads to a long, bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied, fairly oily, slick complexion. Ample carbonation helps clean the bitter aftertaste.
A pretty refreshing stab at a West Coast style, but it's not all that remarkable. Cluster hops as they were used in this brew lead to a strangely bitter finish.
01-24-2014 07:01:51 | More by rand
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Nice clarity on a light orange gold body. Creamy off-white head with nice retention and lace.
S - Lemon zest, honey, dandelion, green plant stems, wort.
T - Dusty plant forward profile with honey, arugula, lemon, and caramel.
M - Medium body with par carbonation.
O - Better than the Cascade imho.
11-21-2013 02:13:37 | More by vfgccp
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 24 September 2013.
A: Pale gold. Clear. Creamy head. Heavy lace.
S: Super faint. Earthy.
T: Herbal, spicy, grassy. Big and full. A hint of chocolate? Very English. Pleasant malt base with a hint of fruit at the finish.
M: Full and nice.
O: Great beer. Recommended.
11-19-2013 05:11:27 | More by AgentMunky
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Beautiful amber color in the tall maredsous glass with a fine-grained tall foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Something like sweet, fresh alfalfa in the aromatics. Aroma is a little piney with plenty of flowery hops.
Big resiny flavors with that slightly murky fresh hop taste. The flavor is rather grassy and herbal, as most of these green cone brews seem to be. But this is quite rich and mellow and overall it's a well-made and highly drinkable beer. The fresh hop seems to be the flavor of the week, but it's an interesting way to learn something about hop flavors. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.
11-08-2013 05:28:47 | More by mactrail
3.46/5 rDev -5.5%
Bottle from MeadMe thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a brilliantly clear medium gold color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever and is fed by a constant stream of carb bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of caramel and pine with a woody earthy edge. The flavor is as the aroma promised with a hint of sulfur and earthy tartness added in. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent drinker, nothing objectionable here, but nothing earth shattering either.
10-25-2013 23:11:12 | More by johnnnniee
Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.