Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster - Almanac Beer Co.

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Fresh Hop IPA - ClusterFresh Hop IPA - Cluster

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83
good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

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

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Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.