Almanac IPA
Almanac Beer Co.

Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #3,432
Ranked #17,814
3.86 | pDev: 9.84%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Almanac IPAAlmanac IPA
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +0.8%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Act25
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Ghrymm
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 JonCorbett
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter. Bright, translucent golden orange with a very nice 2 finger white head. Solid retention and webbed lacing on the glass. It is wet, fresh, musty, dank with some notes of citrus and tropical fruit. It is rather aromatic. Tropical and citrus fruits with some melon flavors. There is a earthy, musty and dank grapefruit that seems to be most prevalent. Plenty of bitterness on the finish. Medium feel with fantastic carbonation that give it a wonderful body. It seems to finish a bit dry. Enjoyed this from a can and it had a nice resemblance to some Toppling Goliath Pale Ales.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Some caramel aromas. It had a great piney bitterness on first sip. Nice tropical fruit flavors add some zip and bite. It has just enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice pour into an imperial pint glass,a clear full golden with a full finger white head atop that never really settles.Aromas are cleaner but I do get some pine and grapefruit pith.A light to medium smoother mouthfeel.A cleaner palate up front with some sugary sweet candied grapefruit and sweetish biscuit malt coming in later,the hops never really jump out at ya but they are there.Almanac is a sour/funk specialist their ipa is good but not great.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright and clear orange gold color with a frothy white head, nice carbonation.

S - Nice juicy tropical fruit aroma with a little bit of fruity tang: pineapple, oranges, red grapefruit; and biscuity malt.

T - Balanced with a nice honey malt base from start to finish. Starts out very balanced but midway through the hops gain momentum and continue to build all the way through the end. Red grapefruit, citrus rind, some pineapple, lingering bitter piney citrus bite. A little herbally.

M - Very balanced, a little cloying sweet on the back of the tongue and very dry. This has a big body for an IPA and the carbonation has slowed down and gives a velvety, oily slick sensation on the palate.

O - I went in with no expectations and it smells and tastes old. Since there's no bottle dating I rolled the dice - this bee could be better, it could be worse, but with no bottle dating, I won't roll the dice again. Almanac needs to get on board and start date stamping these if they want to sell more bottles, especially on the opposite coast.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised about the rating for this one. This is an outstanding IPA if not world class.Has everything i look for in an IPA. Can't wait to try this one again.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3-8-16 - On tap at the Library Bar in downtown Los Angelos. Served in standard pint glasses. Nice dark straw color, consistent with each pour. Tasty and smooth IPA that I hope becomes available back east. A bit too smooth for Eric.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber over enthusiastic foam, nice white lacing. Nose all citrus and piney, a good introduction to what follows, Mouth feel a bit more fizz than I like, prefer a bit more smooth with these hops. West coast flavor, woody pine, hard finish on top of the palate. Well balanced. Decent and well enough executed but nothing to write home about,

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Photo of Beerswag
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Balanced hop/mlt profile. Cllor of this beer is along the amber/dark khaki, with white head. Taste is piney hops, bittering hops, a little cedar, carmel, and finishing refreshing pine.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Almanac IPA id a solid offering. It poured a orangish clear with white head that left some lace. The scent and taste carried bitterness, citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was great and I would try it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regrettably brief notes from a tasting:

Pour is healthy. Your usual 2 minute retaining white head with average characteristics and a lemon-yellow body. Clean and yeast free.

Aroma brings vague fruit. Pale malts. The beginnings of some soapiness.

Taste is fruity, albeit vague, with floral accents. Any hop bitterness is covered up by the pale malt sweetness. Balanced well enough. A cleaner juicier presentation of flavour would be ideal.

Texture is smooth, wet, well-carbonated, slightly oily, and medium-bodied. Complements the taste nicely.

Overall, it's a nice IPA with a soft mouthfeel and respectable balance, but it'll get lost amidst the plethora of widely available superior offerings in its style.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Half inch left in the bottle. I don't see a date on the bottle, unfortunately.

Pours hazy golden with a biggish head that fades about halfway quickly, and then settles in for the winter. Heavy sheeting along the sides of the glass. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is hay, a little bread or toasted barley.

Taste is overly sweet-juicy up front, without enough bitterness to balance it out. Bitterness is there, and it builds a little as you drink it. A few sips in, and it's pretty good. But the first sip is a bit of a shock.

Mouthfeel is coarse and dry. Overall, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft, The Yardhouse, Long Beach) Very subdued flavor on the first sip. Somewhat of a toffee smell. Not your typical west coast IPA. Grew on me a bunch by the end.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp juicy golden orange body, with a slight chill haze on it. About two fingers of frothy doughy white head. Lots of big sticky strands of lacing left behind.

S - A herbal, yet fairly malt forward aroma. Bready & doughy, with restrained notes of herbal hops, grass, & caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready & herbal. Honeyed caramel malts and notes of juicy peaches & apricots. Notes of honey & pine sap. Very delicious. All of the malt varietals come through nicely.

M - Feel is smooth, juicy, & drinkable. Only semi-bitter, medium-bodied, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a slightly above average IPA offering from Almanac, would be nice to see this more readily available, and perhaps in a six pack format.

Almanac India Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

According to statistics, Blind Pig scores a full half point higher then this beer. Maybe I didn't get a fresh enough Pig (three weeks old), and I'm not quite sure when this Almanac was made, but I am considering this the better beer in comparison to the other West Coast IPAs I've had recently. Of course, I also drank a Pliny the day before the Pig.... Anyways.

Mild carb, dark golden. Strong hop smell that follows on the taste, thicker feeling for a single. Hidden bitterness accompanying a citrus zing. Balanced.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber with a tall white colored head.

Smells of Honeysuckle and herbs, scent is a little soapy. Little bit of candy caramel scent. Hops come across as mild orange blossom.

Starts out Fairly sweet with a woody after taste. Wood and orange blossom mostly, the high sweetness level really tames any hop bitterness. Fairly herbal, this isn't a Hop Head type of IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild IPA.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First non-sour offering I have tried from Almanac. Poured from bottle into IPA glass. 2 month old bottle date unfortunately.

Translucent gold/copper pour with 2-finger, off-white head.

lots of floral and earthy hops in the nose. Pines and resin come through.

Flavor was a little of from the nose, for me. The earth/pine hops are dull (assuming this is due to the bottle date). Not finding much of the nice resin smell.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Didn't leave much of an impression on me.

Underwhelming offering from Almanac. Would try again with a fresher bottle date.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color with rocky white head with lots of lacing. Smells of graham cracker, lemon peel, citrus & tropical hops. Tastes resin like with ample hop bitterness & hop flavor as indicated int the nose. Feels about medium full. A very nice IPA, one that I would drink more of of local to me.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a trade that fell through. Decent citrucy and dank IPA. Smells better than it tastes, but definitely not bad. A bit maltier than I like my IPAs.

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