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Ananda IPA | Wiseacre Brewing

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3.92
pDev:
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Ananda IPAAnanda IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wiseacre Brewing
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlueMoon10 on 10-25-2013

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 229
Photo of Bezy901
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

This has quickly become one of my favorite IPAs in short order. Despite the hoppiness it's a surprisingly refreshing IPA, no doubt aided by the water quality found in Memphis. It has a spicy slightly peppery taste but is bright and floral at the same time.

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Photo of roger617
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into nonic glass. Yet another great beer compliments of Michael B.

Pours a light golden color with 1 finger of white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is somewhat subtle, but what I do get is definitely citrus focused. Flavor is over the top citrus, great profile going on here! This has an incredible blend of straight citrus malty goodness. I can't say enough good things about how well this beer comes together. Anyone who considers themself a hop head, or is just in search of a new great IPA, look no further. I've had all the common trader IPA and DIPA, and I rate Ananda as equally worthy "trade bait". This is a fatastic beer that anyone who enjoys IPAs absolutely must try. Wiseacre has certainly hit a homerun with the first 2 offerings I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a hazy dark orange. A small half inch head, and little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite citrusy, with some dank earthiness. Not much malt to speak of.

This IPA has a really bright, juicy taste with little bitterness. Some orange, pineapple, grapefruit, with only a smidgen of pine. A little bit of malt gives the beer some body, but doesn't add much to the flavor itself.

Medium bodied, crisp, but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This was one was a big surprise as it was completely off my radar. Very tasty.

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Photo of Murpheyslawyer
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Great beer off tap! Nice bitter aftertaste!

As far as buying a take home package, the packaging isn't very good. The cans tend to pop open on their own from the 6 pack ringers that they use.

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Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours somewhere between rich gold and faded orange. Creamy one-finger head leaving a massive amount of lacing.

S: Like walking into a florist. You can easily tease out the citrus if you're looking for it--orange or its close or distant relatives (tangerine, grapefruit) blended with some spice--but after a smell the first thing to come to mind is "floral."

T: Very sessionable. This is over 6 percent but I could easily consume a six-pack. If you've ever had Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, you'll know what this is going for. And while it doesn't pull it off *quite* that well, it does a splendid job of combining fruity sweetness with a peppery tanginess. That said, it remains fairly subdued before getting suddenly quite spicy at the back end.

F: Doesn't explode right off the bat, but if you let it linger in the mouth the carbonation becomes quite active and starts to burn the tongue to the extent you would expect from a well-crafted IPA. Goes down dry.

O: This is a really good beer. The fact that it is so (ostensibly) sessionable while still sort of boozy speaks to the craftsmanship that went into it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Kiabacca glass.
4/4.25/4.25/4.5/4
Slightly milky gold with very light head.
Smells hoppy alright. Some Simcoe and something softer...Centennial? Tree-like and fruity and promisingly bitter.
Yum! Round and sweet. The maltiness is sugary-robust and make this feel like a much heavier beer than it is, but it's wonderfully balanced by candied-citrus floral-bitter hops. Impressively executed. Pineapple on the almost-note-quite dry aftertaste.
Recommended for all! Look forward to trying some again.

Notes
ABV: 6.1%
OG: 13.5p
FG: 2.5
IBU: 61
Malt: American 2-Row, Caramel Pils, Canadian Wheat, Flaked Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Centennial, Cascade
Yeast: English Ale Yeast

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Photo of YoudownwithABV
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best locally produced IPA.

Appearance: Un-filtered, Bright Orangish Yellow Cloud,

Smell: A smell of citrus attacks the nose first and then moves over to a mild piney smell.

Taste: A great citrus forward IPA with a malty-piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was perfect, not overly heavy on the palate and smooth going down.

Overall: Memphis's best beer and a great IPA. A must try if your in Memphis. This will be Wiseacre's flagship beer.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy golden that pours a one finger off white head with some lacing.
Smell: Earthy, bready notes with very subtle citrus notes.
Taste: Bready malt foundation supports a crisp citrusy lemon flavor upfront and fades to a mango/orange citrus flavor at the finish. There are also subtle notes of earth and grass.
Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.
Overall: Rock solid IPA with some nice citrus flavors, balanced malt, and subtle grassy, earthy notes. Wonderfully executed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Golden, hazy color. Thick foamy head. Nice foam lacing along sides of glass. Smell is not overpowering, despite the thick head. Citrus, apple and piney smell. Piney, hop forward taste with moderate bitterness that persists until swallowed. Taste the apple, pineapple, citrus flavors. Mild bitter aftertaste. Overall, a decent IPA. Not the best and definitely not the worse. Would try again.

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Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a slight orange tint to it and a white frothy head. Aroma offers some passion fruit, grapefruit, toasted cereal grains, a touch of floral, and pine.Flavor follows suit. Crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice IPA here. If they could add a little more depth/complexity/something to the malt foundation this beer could become stellar. Nothing wrong with the malt foundation as is, just that there is room for it to be even better, IMO. Would definitely drink again.

My rating: 4.00

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives a cloudy amber with a foamy white head; streaks of lacing hang around

Smell: Citrusy hops bring tangerine and lemon tones

Taste: Lemony bitterness on the front, with increasing citrus hop punch; bready malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly nice local IPA to taste on my visit to Memphis

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. Has aroma of pine, with a sweet almost raisin malty profile. Flavor is a balanced pine to malt with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Smooth drink with a bit of bubbles in the back. Very nice overall

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with tons of large floaters. Decent head with little retention or lacing.

Very nice tropical nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. A little bit of perfume.

Tropical hop flavors, like the nose, with very little malt backbone. Very dry and bitter.

Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. The bitterness is punishing on the palate.

Overall, a very nice beer. It could use a little balance to tone down the bitterness, but it has some very nice tropical aromas and flavors.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Thanks to my Memphis connection for bringing this down.

A: Clear golden; a white one finger head with great retention. Frothy lacing.

S: Piney hops, floral, citrus-y; mangoes, pineapples. Nice.

T: Grapefruit leads with a citrus rush. A bit of mangoes, too. Low bitterness amongst the pines. Refreshing.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: I was really surprised at how good this little gem tasted. Great artwork on the can, too. A solid IPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours medium gold with finger white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma of ripe tropical fruit. Taste starts off similar, ripe pineapple and melon and citrus, with solid bready backbone. Hops turn to an earthy onion in finish. As it warms the hops get earthier with some wood. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for a DIPA.

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Photo of MarkWalker6
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from growler into pint glass

A: Fairly clear yellowy with orange hues. Nice off-white head.

S: Citrus with some piney and earthy undertones. Seems subtle to me.

T: Very yummy. Has a creamy citrus fruit forward flavor to it. Slight pine with some malt backbone to give it a nice body and complexity. It was some sweetness without being overpowering.

M: Medium with a slight creaminess to it. Very crisp.

O: My favorite so far out of Memphis. A very tasty IPA

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange with a white foam head. Looks like a Hefe due to the wheat malt used in brewing.

S: Citrusy hops (tangerine, orange, lemon), with a slightly sweet malt smell hanging around.

T: Lemony bitterness on the front, a slight citrus hop punch, and smooth wheat like finish. This is a really refreshing, lighter IPA. Sort of a hybrid wheat/IPA, not a hop bomb and not overly bitter.

M: This is where this beer excels, in my opinion. Strikes a perfect balance between sessionable and flavorful. Most session IPAs sacrifice flavor for drinkability, and most hop loving IPAs are a little heavy. This beer hits the middle perfectly.

O: While not the greatest IPA ever, a perfect session IPA with loads of flavor and balance. A perfect beer for a hot Memphis afternoon!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, honey gold coloring with a slow roll of carbonation throughout, as well as some sediment floaters. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, honey, cut grass, ferns, and hints of caramel. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with a balance of caramel and tropical fruit, all undercut by a bitter, grassy, and slightly mossy hops profile. The bitterness builds towards the aftertaste, with only a slight tart citrus edge to balance all the evergreen and grassy hops notes. Full bodied, but slightly dry and drinkable. The finish has a solid bitter linger accentuated by the dry feel. Good, solid IPA.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tennessee alcohol laws suck! Nice to see a local brewery doing a year round IPA. Ghost river where you at? need to step upi your game! Wiseacre coming into the market place strong in memphis. great sessionable IPA that is local to the memphis area. this is a rare thing.

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Photo of Roby923
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastey IPA out of Memphis. Rich copper color. Well balanced and not overly hoppy. On tap at Pinewood in Nashville. Paired really well with the catfish with chilli vinegar.

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Photo of puck1225
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at a local place in Memphis. A great head with substantial lacing. Went well with dinner. Good hop flavor, a slightly bitter finish. A good IPA, and I will look for other Wiseacre beers when I next come this way.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & great head retention, some floaties

S: Slight breadyness, even fainter citrus

T: Breadyness, mango, pomelo, a little dryness up front. More breadyness, a little dryness, a little pineyness as this warms, some mango. Finishes a little dry, with a bit of mango, some grapefruit, plus some grapefruit pith

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, just got better as this warmed, well worth a go

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had at Corky's Bar-B-Q, Memphis, on draft into tumbler. Ananda (Sanskrit (!) for bliss) is a solid west coast IPA, brewed and widely-available in the heart of BBQ country.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Buffalo Wild Wings I'm Germantown. Hazy yellow color, nice sticky head. Nice hop taste, hoppy and bitter. I would have rated this higher, but it was a little light bodied than other IPA's I've had. Very good though, would get again if I have the chance.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a ton of floaties. The tiny floaties swirl around amid a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. It's ... certainly something!

Smell: sweet malt with soapy/floral and rich, grassy hop elements. Normally not really my bag, but it sort of works here.

Taste: soapy and floral but with an herbal bite, a little bit of graininess and a definite bitterness that I don't usually find in many floral IPAs or APAs. It's still not totally my thing, but this beer definitely has its nicer points.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a great creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: not outstanding, but a totally serviceable IPA which falls on the lower end of the bitterness scale. It may not be completely to my taste, but it is interesting.

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Ananda IPA from Wiseacre Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.