Hoppy Sour: Mandarina | Almanac Beer Co.

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4.09/5
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92 Ratings
Hoppy Sour: MandarinaHoppy Sour: Mandarina
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
Reviews by justintcoons:
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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Roland7792
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GRG1313
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevlee722
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gregaroo
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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!!!

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglewood
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMBeall23
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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 FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwm5062
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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