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

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Added by BlueMoon10 on 10-25-2013

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 232
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Huhzubendah
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big off white head. Nice foamy surface.

Smell - Floral with some citrus. Big biscuit and toast malt. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Floral hops have turned to grapefruit. Malty. Not really sweet, but toasty. A little creamy. Bitter in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Average IPA with some unimpressive characteristics.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 +3.6%
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 +2%
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 BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Prager62
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of cans in Gatlinburg for the friendly price of $9.99. A code of 0816 on the bottom of the can. A best by date? Pouring this in my Liquor Barn keg glass for the taste.

Look- Pours a sparkling gold with a finger of white foam.

Smell- Cheesy yeast with some faint grapefruit. Smells like a home brew IPA kit.

Taste- Bisquit/malt forward with some mild grapefruit and floral qualities.

Feel- Slick and light with a slight hop bite.

Overall- A serviceable IPA that while easy drinking lacks any complex aroma or flavors. Too malt forward for my liking, I'll probably pass some along to friends for their thoughts.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DoctorZombies
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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 puck1225
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 roger617
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 ArmedsouthernEr
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Vestlake
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 jokelahoma
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter at my home

Pours a hazy gold color, with a decent head that hangs on for dear life.

Lightly floral hops in the nose, with a touch of sugary sweetness sneaking in at the end. Not a lot of aroma, but what is there is appetizing.

Flavor is mild. It really isn't a bitter beer at all, not nearly as much as one would expect from an IPA. It's got some hop flavor, but not a great deal of that, either. It's crisp and bright, but there's not a lot here that screams "IPA!". Thin malt backbone provides just a bit of sweetness, otherwise the malt presence isn't noticeable. Taste flames out with a bit of hoppiness, but that quickly disappears. This is a really good pale ale, but it lacks a bit of kick for an IPA. It comes up just short in every measurable way.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well. Not too watery, but still thinner than it should be. I'd like a bit more oomph in the texture. That might help make the beer feel bigger.

Overall, this is very pleasant to drink. It just doesn't quite climb the ladder to get from pale ale to IPA heights. I wouldn't hesitate to grab another one if I wanted a good pale to get me through a barbecue, but if I were looking for a hoppy IPA to grab me by the tastebuds and smack my tonsils around a bit, I'd have to leave this one the shelf. A bit more bittering and this one could be there, however. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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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