Hoppy Sour: Mandarina | Almanac Beer Co.

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4.09/5
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92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by westcoastbeerlvr on 11-24-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
92
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joeyjojojrshabadoo
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kitch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakley
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajs4bd
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sharp tangerine aroma, with a bready malt note.

Flavor is similar, tart, sour punch upfront that fades to bready malt in the finish.

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Photo of Austin32
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great smell and taste of mandarin, not as sour as I would have liked or as I find typical of Almanac beers but still good and drinkable.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kplummer82
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Chieftog
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-04-30
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.

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Hoppy Sour: Mandarina from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 92 ratings