Almanac IPA | Almanac Beer Co.

Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA
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Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introducing our year-round Almanac IPA, a West Coast hop bomb overflowing with hop flavors and aromas. We start with a copper-hued malt base of California-grown two-row barley, with small additions of German Vienna Malt, Crystal Malts and Biscuit Malt.

Then we start layering on the hops—grown all along the west coast in California, Oregon and Washington. We combine Apollo, El Dorado, Simcoe and Mosaic Hops to create our own unique twist on the IPA style with intense aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, melon, pineapple and pine trees. The finish has a clean bitterness and light saltine cracker note.

Added by largadeer on 10-11-2013

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Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a glossy to hazy almost burnt orange/yellow color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head. Light semi-foamy lacing. The smell starts off with a nice sweet maltiness up front with a sweet citrus and a nice light sweet to semi-bitter piney-ness in the background. The taste replicates the smell nicely. Moving sweet over my tastebuds, delicate in the aftertaste and gives off a decent dry feel in the finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable smooth feel about it. Carbonation felt nice. Overall, for an AIPA that is "west coast styled," I say it works. I’d have again.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden and orange color. A thumbnail length frothy head caps things off. Nice retention and good lacing.
The aroma is sweet and juicy. The first thing I detect is honey. Then, lots of fruit. It basically feels like the whole fruit spectrum. It is citrusy-orange, grapefruit and pineapple. Lots of tropical fruit flavor-mango, papaya and even a hint of banana.
The first thing I notice, when it hits the tongue, is the honey malt and graham cracker sweetness. It drinks pretty smoothly and easily. Medium bodied and softly carbonated, and very juicy. The fruity flavors align mostly with the aroma. The hops are there, however, they seem to take a backseat to the fruit and honey.
Overall, this is a nice IPA even though the sweetness can be a bit cloying and the balance is a bit off. Perhaps the hops presence needs to be bolder. I wouldn't mind having it again, although there are certainly better IPAs out there.

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Photo of johnnyminor
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a one finger head squatting on the hazy golden/amber liquid; excellent retention and lacing action

Smell: Shortbread malt and tropical fruit tones of mango and pineapple; slightly dank

Taste: Shortbread, up front, with the mango and pineapple emerging; some grapefruit and piney tones, in the middle; moderate bitterness, after the swallow, with residual sweetness that lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was unsure what to expect from this beer, not thinking of Alamanac as an IPA brewer; while this won't blow the hopheads away, it was very enjoyable with nice fruit tones and modest bitterness

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Photo of buzzy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This makes a 4 for me because of its complex, aromatic, floral hop style. My first from brewer. Not your typical IPA.

A - It pours a hazed juice like, almost pulpy, golden body, with a massive chill haze. About 3 fingers of frothy white headm with ample lace.

S - Ample herbal, dank hops, grass, yerba buena, & caramel. Flower shop. Head shop. Incense.

T - Taste follows the nose: but more bready & as well as herbal. Honey caramel malts with honey, hay, grass, salt-sun-baked coastal hills, & pine sap. Surprisingly delicious.

M - Feel is smooth, juicy, & drinkable. Medium, a tad thin and a tad aspiriny chalky at the finale.

An above average IPA in a can, Try 6.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jleibov
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smekermann
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ghrymm
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my IPA glass.
A: Pours a light gold with a thick white head and plenty of sticky lacing.
S: A wet grass hop nose at first then some citrus comes out.
F: Clean and bitter slight oil feel nice carbonation medium body to it.
O: I real nice bitter IPA well hopped.

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Photo of atone315
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mccrossan
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque and copper. fairly fluffy white cap of head with a super generous lace, like trying to watch dancing girls through a frilly gauze - enough to get the motor running, but not enough to actually discern their curves and elegance -those sneaky bastards!

Aromatics: I was going to put citrus first, but on subsequent sniffs I actually get a funky gym sock first but that is quickly replaced with bright citrus and caramelized brown sugar. It has some great leafy greens, a little piney-ness but not a lot, and gently flowery herbs like rosemary and lilac.

Taste: Fresh grass and piney resins with a bright and fruit accompaniment. Hoppy, but with a nice blend of citrus and cucurbitaceae (sweet melon) flavours. There is a terrific balance in the earthiness and fruit flavours. Plenty of citrus rind (orange and grapefruit) to gnaw on.

Feel: Fresh and slick, somewhat oily as opposed to buttery. The carbonation doing a good job tickling my palate even though it is hushed and not in a full force crisp, it sneaks in and dances about really nicely. I also get a pinch of a spicy tingle every once in a while. Quality middleweight, good carbonation, and a dry and mostly clean finish.

Overall: A decent IPA -actually quite a bit better than most I have tried. Though I missed the typical grapefruit scents and sometimes sour pinch, but I did love the lack of dirt-earthy mouth feel.

Pairing : An interesting pair-up here, as there is no distinct bitter or hop forward flavours to contend with. So maybe just something spicy-plain like a mild to medium spiced samosa or jmaican double. Though the latter might be grease heavy, that moderately spicy island meat mixture would be a great compliment.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can, no date:
Pours a little cloudy, little more yellow than orange, but with a tint of tan to dirty it. Head is off-white but lasts pretty well in my pour.

Nose seems to me to Lea on the El Dirado for the base - a sweet orange note there. Melon, little bubble gum, little sweet overall. Light tropical notes fairly well hidden round out the nose.

Taste similarly starts with a sweeter tropical note with a bubble gum edge to it. There's a raw bitter feel and taste underneath this, though, and it grows to make this a true IPA by mid to late mid taste. There's also a little citrus note in the transition.

A nicely crafted IPA in my opinion. This beer seems fairly fresh, and I enjoyed it fairly well. I could see it seeming a tad sweet to some, but I think there's a nice bittering note that eventually wins the day.

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Photo of R11415
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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