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Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster - Almanac Beer Co.

Fresh Hop IPA - ClusterFresh Hop IPA - Cluster

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paccamacca on 09-10-2013)
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Nage37

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-09-2013 15:43:27 | More by Nage37
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 07:01:51 | More by rand
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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beepill

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Nice, bright orange-copper body with tons of micro bubbles, creating a thick, cushiony head. Fine sea-foam lacing throughout.

S - The smell of the hops is dominant, yet not overpowering by any means. More of a floral hop scent. Grassy and woodsy notes finish off the hop scent. A lighter malt, kind of like honey-wheat bread. Seems like a great balance.

T - The taste is perfect to me. Extremely well-balanced hops and malt, with nothing overpowering the other. The above-mentioned smells permeate the palate, as well as earthiness to a minor degree. The cluster hops are something I am not too used to, but now I want to try more. Just extreme goodness.

M - Great carbonation. The thick foamy head maintain the carbonation throughout and gives a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident yet not biting.

O - This has got to be one of my new favorite IPA's I've had in quite some time. Great look, smell, mouthfeel and most importantly - an overall GREAT TASTE. I hope to be able to try some more of it if Almanac decides to brew this in the future. Luckily, I was able to try this one as it was the last one available on the shelf. Will be seeking some more brews that use cluster hops now because of this guy.

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Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.