Hoppy Sour: El Dorado
Almanac Beer Co.

Hoppy Sour: El DoradoHoppy Sour: El Dorado
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American Wild Ale
4.14 | pDev: 4.59%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Sour: El DoradoHoppy Sour: El Dorado
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 54
Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus/citric acid, malts and white bread. The flavor is citrus/lemon, malts/wheat, fruit/berries and a very long and tart/medium sweet finish.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a slightly hazy straw yellow topped by a finger of dense white head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of light funk and some sourness along with some light juicy hop notes
T: Taste is light maltyness with some funk and horseblanket. Sourness is there bit is very restrained. It's more on the upper end of tart. Slight juicy citrus hop with some earthy notes but mostly the tartness and horseblanket. Swallow is some hop bitterness along with some nice sourness before the funk comes in again on the finish.
M: This beer is on the lower side of medium in body. The beer has a light and natural feel to the carbonation which is nice and due to the acidity the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this isn't a bad beer at all. The level of sourness is pleasant and approachable and the beer has good flavors. It has some nice complexity going on as well. not quite to the level of some other dry hopped sour beers but not the worst either. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lingering semi-thin white lacing roaming all around the glass. The smell starts off with a nice sour brett to semi-sweet underneath with a nice grassy to citrus to dry woody underneath, still big and lush with a freshness feel sealing everything together. The flavor brings all of this together to impart a super big mouth puckering sour bretty - flavor. Lush sweet to sour aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation rides nicely underneath. Overall, as an American Wild ale, it totally works and is fantastic, I would love to have again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose is subtle, save for the obvious sourness, which has a bit of a lactic scent. Otherwise, nose contains light fruits, mainly tropical- pineapple is notable. Flavour is similar, but the fruit is not big and juicy, rather is restrained. Sourness is moderate to high. Moderate carbonation, nice to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hoppy notes with nice tart notes which is really enjoyable. Taste is a mix of tart notes with no acidity, light cereal notes with some light fruity hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very enjoyable and refreshing beer with nice level of drinkability.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apart from a fizzy-pineapple juice appearance with little beer-appearance after the initial froth, its all uphill.
Fabulous complexity with all sorts of lemons, passionfruit, orange peel, all sorts, vanilla, but it all comes together so well. Think the hops give it a drier crisper finish than some Almanacs, but it's still nice and sour.
PS the only problem is it is SO drinkable you really ave to savour at the price point.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Easy pour from bottle. Not a fountain.
Not aggressive carbonation. Just right!
Near nuclear lemon yellow colour. With steady bubbles providing a 1/4" initial head fading to a ring around the grass.
Strong grapefruit aroma. Some nice oak barrel presence.
Grapefruit, lemon, peach and oak vanilla and woodiness as a taste profile.
Refreshing light mouthfeel with active fizz. Semi dry finish with lingering sweet lemon flavour.
Overall very enjoyable. Recommended for sour lovers.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-in duvel chalice.

A: Bright lemon peel glow, dense nature with an 0.5 inch weathered seashell white capping that is only moderately lasting. Minimal lace on the vessel.

S: Sour peaches and fruit with some apricots and some sugary grapefruit. Finishes with some orange and pineapple juice.

T: Sour flavor of peach juice and some wet and sour lemon hopping. Grapefruit twang, sour pineapple and apricots with a good level of sourness on the trail.

M: Light to medium body, some oj like pulp and consistency.

O: Overall a great lemony-fruity sour twang and a wet sour hopping of fruity eldarado hops makes for a very interesting hoppy sour that is very smooth in drinkability and outstanding in quaility.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11/22 into a tulip glass

Light lemonade / straw color with very little white head

Smells of green apple, citrus, funk

Taste prominently features the green apple again, whose tartness balances nicely with lemon. Has a bit of straw, and tropical fruit makes an appearance as it warms.

Really well balanced...the sour isn't overwhelming, but instead is harmonious with the flavors listed above. Dry, refreshing, without being mouth puckering.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/13/2016. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, peach, watermelon, pear, apricot, white wine, oak, pepper, hay, straw, light leather/musty funk, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/fruity hops, wine barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, peach, watermelon, pear, apricot, white wine, oak, pepper, hay, straw, light leather/musty funk, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate tart/sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, peach, watermelon, pear, apricot, white wine, oak, pepper, hay, straw, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/fruity hops, wine barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/tannins, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent dry hopped sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/fruity hops, wine barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of sour funk are present in the nose; some hints of pears from the hops start to creep in as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out rather sour and has some funkiness along with notes of peach and pear flavors from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wild ale has a good balance in the taste as it's neither too sour, too funky, or too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bnes09
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lemonade yellow color with a light haze. White head. Decent retention. Lemon and fresh pine aroma. Lots of citrus and lemon up front. Mild pine like hop. Pleasant citric acidity. Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of colts9016
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy pale yellow beer with a one finger head. The head is white with poor retention. The head did leave some lacy on lacing on the glass. The hazy beer is opaque.

N: Sour cherries, oranges. yeast, and tropical.

T: Mangos, pineapple, oranges, yeast, sour cherries, light toasted malt, and honey

M: A nice carbonated, slightly bitter, and finishes crisp

O: A very nice sour with tropical notes. Not as sour as I would like but it is good nonetheless.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled summer 2016.

A: Pours a medium-cloudy pineapple juice color with a finger of soft, dense, bright white head. A thin wispy film and fuzzy collar lasted about half the glass through.
S: Tropical fruit nose with scents of pineapple, mango, and citrus. Subtle tartness blends well and creates a fresh acidic fruit nose.
T: Follows the nose with sweet tropical fruits up front, earthy, slightly doughy brett, and grapefruit and citrus in the finish. Mango and grapefruit dominate. Bright lactic acid lingers in the finish but is very smooth with no overly sharp edges.
M: Medium-light body, clean and light tartness, soft carbonation, drying mouthfeel, with just a kiss of lingering sourness.
O: Another delicious dry-hopped sour in the series. Very fresh and fruity with a creamy balancing amount of brett, and a clean drinkable mouthfeel.

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Hoppy Sour: El Dorado from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 54 ratings