Hoppy Sour: Mandarina
Almanac Beer Co.

Hoppy Sour: MandarinaHoppy Sour: Mandarina
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Wild Ale
4.11 | pDev: 6.08%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Sour: MandarinaHoppy Sour: Mandarina
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kitch from Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375ml bottle, bottled in November 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sour and tart orange and lemon with a hint of mango.

Taste: It’s what you’d expect from the aroma. Starts sour with tangy orange, lemon juice, unripe mango and peach. This is followed by hints of white wine and woody oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some quite strong but nice acidity.

Overall: The citrusy fruits were expected from the Mandarina Bavaria, but I was pleasantly surprised by the unripe-ish mango sourness. Nice and refreshing from Almanac.

Mar 30, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled November 2015.

Pours a bright yellow, a little cloudy, with a quickly dissipating one and a half finger head, some cling. Smell brings yeast, sourness, a little funk, apple, some citrus hops- lemon and orange, white grapes, a little oak. Black pepper when fully warmed. Taste starts out tart and sour; both of those characteristics drop off a bit as you drink it. Yeast. light malt, mint, white wine, oak, citrus hops- again, orange and lemon. Smooth, good body, well carbonated, the taste certainly lingers.

Great flavor, enjoyable to drink. A good sour that isn't overly so. Giving yet another enthusiastic seal of approval to an Almanac sour: haven't had one I didn't like a lot.

Jun 15, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/2015 bottle served cold in a teku

As always, great bottle design from Almanac. The beer poured out a nice peachy color with a small white head. Lots of carbonation and some sediment in the bottle. Oily sheen on the top of the beer. Nose is lemons, Lacto-Brett funk, slight citrus, nothing too special but it does smell sour. The taste follows the nose. I was expecting more tropical fruits and more mandarin flavor from this one. It is a very nice sour ale but nothing too special.

May 06, 2016
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Chieftog from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, smells a little funky sour with fruit ... just what it is! Love the taste. Not as much hoppiness as some other hoppy-sours but it's perfectly carbonated and very refreshing. Not too sour if you're one of those who don't like too much pucker-factor. I would drink this all day, every day but I'd need a second mortgage or a sugar-mommy.

May 01, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a pair of tulips. Bottled November 2015. Sediment left in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours hazy yellow-gold. Little or no head, not much carbonation. Smell is moderately tart and fairly lagery. Taste is much much tarter than the aroma hints. Nice. A little grapey, a little winy.

Mouthfeel is slightly chalky, very dry. Overall,, nice, pleasing beer.

May 01, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really solid offering from Almanac. All of their sours have a tendency to taste similar, but the new hoppy sour series has been really surprising. Lots of tartness offset with some good bite from the hops.

Apr 18, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for sharing this with me enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is golden amber with light haze and thick 2 finger head with spots of lace head falls to a ring of beads. The smell has a slight floral and citrus light tropical aroma with gentle funk and floral continuing with juicy citrus like cutting into a tangerine-that orange like scent dominates. The feel is very tart with lots of sour citric type acidity and light sweetness with gentle acetic quality with slight fruity tangy lactic element with moderately high carbonation and sour dry finish.

The flavor is tangy like a very juicy tangerine mixed with herbal hop quality and lots of sour flavor from the yeast/bacteria with a low malt taste and vinous character with white wine-like juicy quality with tart unripe fruity acidity and citrus maybe a little like a very sour mimosa -good and tart. This is only lacking in the fact it is a bit too sour to enjoy more than 1 and too sour to get the full mandarina in the taste, but a very good example of sour/hoppy can be with a single hop to showcase like Mandarinav

Feb 24, 2016
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2-18-16 - My first Almanac on tap at The Blind Tiger on Bleeker in NYC. Book me a flight to SFO!!! Cloudy with little head due to short serve Li'l bit o' sour fruitiness on the nose and first short glass. If this is all Almanac has for me, sign me up!!!

Feb 19, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and bright citrus and yeast aroma. Moderate tartness. Fresh, dank, lemon and orange flavor. Bitter, citrusy, flavorful hops. Very well balanced. Moderate body with lively carbonation.

Jan 07, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

these keep coming fast and furious right now, a new one every couple of weeks it seems. i keep trying them, this one on tap at falling rock, but they keep letting me down. im starting to think two things. one, the base beer isnt all that great. overly raw and thick and wheaty and dense. two, that this new fangled mandarina bavaria hop just isnt all that good. i liked it in the ska beer, but that had citrus in it too, and buy itself, i think it needs a more delicate beer than this one. its too much acid, not enough funk, too much body and yeast, not enough nuance. the hops are good, but its not that different than the others. if i had this one first, or out of the context of the others in the series, i would like it more, having it with this full series perspective, its just another ten dollar beer that lacks the special quality i expect from almanac. not a bad beer at all, still delicious really, but i dont think its the proper base beer to showcase these hops, and it needs some tweaks to be at the level that would match the price point. in the old days, i would rate this against all beer that exists, and it would score highly. now, it demands to be rated against the best in its field, and its not there...

Jan 07, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Big citrusy, distinctly tangeriene-like hops give way to moderately strong , lasting sourness.

A: Golden yellow, hazy, with a thin white head that has adequate retention.

T: Citrusy, tangerine hops, open up to a moderately strong sourness, light breadiness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a moderate, but pleasing acidity on the palette.

O: Pretty solid; the Mandarina hops provide an excellent citrusy, tangerine profile that’s accentuated by the sourness. Quite drinkable.

Jan 02, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Cloudy apricot/blonde with 1 finger of tight white head that fizzles out quickly.

Peach, SweeTarts, lactic acid, clementine, lemon, and light barrel.

Moderate lactic character with notes of lemon juice, peach, SweeTarts, and white wine vinegar. Lighter notes of orange citrus and clementine. Slight white wine notes with hints of French oak and saw dust.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, sour, semi-dry, and well carbonated.

There is a lot of that lactic lemon flavor which pairs well with the orange citrus notes from the Mandarina hops. I will be trying more from this series.

Dec 28, 2015
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scottfrie from California

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottle date Nov. 2015.

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden kind of Arnold-Palmer color with a very spritzy and active bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness.
S: Citrus hops fill the nose and remind me of kumquat and lemon zest. There a nice earthiness to the nose as well, along with hints of white wine, and lightly tart funk.
T: Musty flavors of earthy hop with a kick of citrus and stone fruit, kumquat, mandarin orange, white wine, lactic acid and a hint of clean malt backbone. Quick finish with a light aftertaste that has a very light and lingering fruity wine taste.
M: Medium-light body, crisp and drying mouthfeel, tingly and bright carbonation. Well carbonated, but drinks well. Sour and lightly funky but not overly acidic.
O: Crisp and refreshing and very approachable. Not as juicy or bright hop flavor as the other single hop varieties they’ve released to date. Still, as a standalone beer this is a very delicious sour.

Dec 22, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2015.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, white wine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus juice, white wine, and buttery wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 02, 2015
Hoppy Sour: Mandarina from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 92 ratings