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Ananda IPA | Wiseacre Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlueMoon10 on 10-25-2013

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 229
Photo of WunderLlama
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into glass

Translucent golden yellow, pencil thin white foam cap

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit , pine, biscuity

Taste of citrus hops , slight malt

Slight bitterness

Ok beer

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Whole Foods in Little Rock, Arkansas. Light golden body, mild haze, small white collar. Aroma of grapefruit rind, biscuit, earthy malts, pine. Earthy hops with bitter citrus peel and a hint of onion. Medium high bitterness. Average.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Samb2323
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased can at kroger in Knoxville 45 days after canned date - pour into pint glass revealed cloudy orange body with one finger head - smell was a strong piney malt which was consistent with the strong piney malt aftertaste - not a hop forward beer - i'm a huge fan of west coast style IPA's and would not drink this one again

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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 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 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 Nyved
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy gold with a white head and lacing. The taste and aroma are both very piney. There are some citrus flavors as well, but they are not as strong as the pine and bitter flavors. Pretty light bodied as well. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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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 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 firkinhophead
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at M L Rose in Nashville. Not much head, perhaps due to curation issues. Unfiltered and Cloudy, straw yellow. Decent lacing. Some piney hops and dry malt in the nose. Taste is of powdery dry biscuit malts, hay, and some juicy citrus. Wraps the tongue in bitterness and doesn't let go. A little too aspiriny or I would rate it a bit higher. Solid mouthfeel, but this is an intentionally light body. Finishes dry. Good easy-drinking ipa, especially if you are fond of a dry version.

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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 DoctorZombies
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold draft pour with tight white head; great lace and carbonation. Lemony nose with some green hops too. Lemongrass flavor with hop bittering - malt balances the hoppy citrus flavors. Lite and fairly crisp mouthfeel - some stickiness and lite hop resin. Overall, very good - enjoyed the lemon zest finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was my favorite of the hoppy beers i had in tennessee, its a really different kind of take on the style. very pale in color, and lightly textured, there isnt really a ton of grain character to this, pale pils type malt and maybe a kiss of wheat, but its very simple, but also very dry, which i think helps it drink easy and also lets the hops come out fully. big hop flavor for such a light bodied beer, with citrus leading the way, but plenty of bitterness in tow, especially in the finish. its not in balance at all, but i dont believe its trying to be either. clean and drinkable for how bold it is, with honey notes in the middle and a big rush of carbonation right before the swallow. interesting version of an ipa, sort of an internal contrast, but i think its my favorite one i had from these guys, who make some pretty cool beers. i would have liked to visit the brewery on my trip, but now i have another reason to go back! overall solid ipa, try it for something a little different from the crowd.

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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 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 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 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 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
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