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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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Reviews by illidurit:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of OldGriz
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I frequently agree with Beer Advocate reviews, but the fact that this beer is not in the 90s is a travesty. This is a flawless IPA. I rank it among my favorites: Stone Enjoy By, Ballast Point Sculpin; and Boneyard RPM. It's very floral. Great aroma, great taste, and great mouthfeel. Do yourself a favor and try this one with an open mind.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at he bier stein the other day. I know these guys are known for their wild ales, but this was really a surprisingly good effort I thought. While nothing earth shattering, the beer was light and easy to drink, with good bitterness in the finish, and just the right amount of sweet malt, light tropical fruit and dry citrus to balance the bitterness. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler for $3 yes please and thank you!

A — Pours a nice brightly golden coppery hue. There is a tall off white colored head that forms, which leaves behind absolutely epic lacing.

S — Smells bold and earthy, piney, bitter, dank, dry hoppy goodness.

T — Bitter, drying, lemon tartness, pine needles, pine cone, caramel sweetness, bitter, dank, resinous, excellent.

M — Astringent and clean, great finish.

O — Wonderful overall, this is an extremely bitter and piney IPA, juicy hop notes need not apply here, great and bitter and clean, totally surprised. This thing is seriously underrated, are you kidding me?!

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: medium gold and clear behind the haze on the glass; couple of fingers of off-white head will leave some trails down the glass

S: bright fruits and citrus, flowers and grass; hints of sweetness

T: tropical and citrus fruits, chewy pale grains and caramel malt; some rough edges

M: medium bodied on the denser side; rustic and hearty, mild aftertaste

O: a nice if not exceptional IPA

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Photo of mac31
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almanac IPA
Poured to a tulip

Sweet caramel, orange, piney nose

Sweet cooked caramel. Bready maltiness. Piney, orange and orange zest with a soft bitter backbone. Small amount woody earthiness, faint tropical flavors, slightly danky at the 3/4 palate mark. A little resinous and sticky hoppiness. Hoppy finish clears quickly, trace graininess in the finish. Thicker bodied, appropriate carbonation. Alcohol well covered. While this brew has it's moments, it doesn't do enough for me to consider it anything other than average, at most, above average. A little sweet and too much caramel for my preference. The beer straddles the fence of IPA v DIPA. Malty body says more DIPA, hoppiness says IPA. Overall, 3.8.

Had this beer again 8/10/15

Bright, citrus, slight danky and earthy, floral followed by hop spiciness-peppery, resinous, slight sticky, big time bitterness w/o being harsh, grapefruit pith notes in the finish. A pinch of tropical fruits. Hops are juicy. Malts are pale, but sweet and ever-so-slightly bready. Mild cereal grains in the finish. Thin bodied, lends itself to drinking/drinkability. I like this brew. I enjoyed very much this time around. Almanac did well this one.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently sitting at a rating of 85, which I think is low. I'd call it more a 92, 93? Very good. Has a nice take on the creamy/sweet profile that's so typical of the better west coast DIPAs, but Almanac does it at 7.5%. Better than a lot of IPAs out there.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ccapurso
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HOITINK
4.48/5  rDev +17%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerswag
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bomber bottle

Pours is hazed lighter almond, leaves nice looking fine lacing.

Nose is on the dank side

Grapefruit, mint and some soft lime on the palate.

Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA.

Worth a try

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Photo of mctizzz
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big grassy and herbal hop nose. Pours hazy gold with a 1” off-white foam cap that produces thick lace. A very creamy fruity palate offers up citrus, lemon and peach to apricot notes that lead to a big, mellow hop bitterness. The malt, yeast, and hop flavors are very well balanced and mute any evidence of alcohol. This medium bodied beer has above average carbonation but it is soft and natural.

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Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tappangordo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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