Extra Pale Ale | Almanac Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-style Extra Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of sweet Mandarin oranges from Blossom Bluff Farms and California two-row barley. We dry-hop with generous doses of aromatic Cascade and Columbus hops and finish the beer with a hint of lightly toasted American oak. Enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.

Added by drgarage on 08-23-2012

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1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

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2.46/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The body is an attractive clear filtered gold. Pours with two fingers of lasting head.

Smell: Pretty yeasty, like a hopped up (and fruited) Belgian pale ale. Brings to mind orange flavored hard candy. Some chalkiness is present, presumably from the yeast, and plenty of zesty citrus. There's a touch of oak in here, too, which brings a note of vanilla that works well with the strong orange presence. This feels a bit muddled with so many different elements, but to it's credit there aren't any overbearing qualities either.

Taste & mouthfeel: Drying, somewhat astringent citrus rind flavor up front. The punchy hop bitterness and oak intensifies this effect. It's plenty yeasty, too. Chalky, phenolic, peppery, this has a bit of a farmhouse yeast quality to it. While the aroma is decent, I'm not a fan of this beer on the palate. The combination of heavy-handed bittering hops, oak and pithy orange creates a wearying astringency that beats the tongue down after half a glass.

Overall: OK stuff. It has potential, but the recipe needs some work.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

"Extra Pale Ale." "Ale brewed with Mandarin Oranges and American Oak." Sounds innovative for a pale ale. Dry hopped with Cascade and Columbus. I'm a big fan of Columbus hops so this is sounding pretty appealing.

6.0% ABV confirmed. I like the label; stylish green etching on brown glass. 12 fl oz bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a four pack.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger white-khaki colour head of fair cream, pretty good thickness, decent froth, and good (~4 minute) retention for the above average ABV. Colour colour is a clear light copper; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Thin lacing as the head recedes; far from enough to impress. Looks pretty standard for the style; there's nothing unique or special here and it isn't particularly vibrant, but there are no overt flaws. Meh.

Sm: I do get some light mandarin orange character; there's definitely some sweetness and faux-orange there. Pale malts. Light nectary honey; it lacks the freshness and presence I want from honey, but it's there. A unique if underplayed aroma. It should be so much more than it is. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.

T/Mf: Oh boy. Poorly executed dry hopping really did a number to this one. Unnatural rolling smoothness then an awful coarsening effect on the climax. Texture feels artificial, and even gives dry mouth on the finish. A bit overcarbonated to boot. Pale malts are dominant, but never feel evocative or refreshing. How could it be refreshing with that horribly done mouthfeel? This is sort of a master class in how to screw up a pale ale. No yeast comes through. Not too sweet, maybe a bit too bitter. The hopping is just poorly done. Mandarin orange bleeds in a bit, but it's really forgettable. Palate presence is awful; I feel like the mouthfeel is preventing the flavours from coming through. Perhaps the worst mouthfeel I've ever experienced in a pale ale. Though the thickness could be worse. This is simple and bland. The honey adds little to save it, but I suspect it has something to do with the poor mouthfeel.

Dr: Eh. I'll finish it, but I wouldn't call it drinkable - which is criminal for a pale ale. This one clearly went awry. It's a shame; it sounded interesting. Looks like I'm 0 for 2 on Almanac. They've got one more chance sitting in my fridge. So far it's been nothing but disappointing.

High D+

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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Photo of rastamendi
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured carefully from a 12oz bottle into a .5L glass. Bottle indicates batch 758, with what I assume is a date of 7/11/13. Consumed 9/15/13

Appearance: Exhibits a copper hue, with almost brilliant clarity. Head dissipates to a thin layer that persists. 3.5/5

Smell: Caramel malt dominates, with background notes of oak-like character, pine, and pepper. It doesn't seem like any of the flavors compliment each other. 2.75/5

Taste: Discombobulated is how I felt while drinking this beer. It has the base character of an american pale ale, but to me, the hops listed on their website seem absent (I went to their website after taking a few sips...just to figure out what they were going for). Caramel malt, firm bitterness, with a pleasant, albeit subdued, hop character - but with an oak character that simply disrupts. 2.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, appropriate carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall: There were no flaws in this beer that indicated a shortcoming of brewing acumen. However, the flavor profile just seemed to conflict with itself. For me, the beer was a dumper. 2.75/5

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Extra Pale Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
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