Extra Pale Ale | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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Ratings:
156
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Obviously some herbs were used here: something citrusy like coriander or bitter orange, like used for Wit beers. I personally dislike too many herbs because it often makes a flavor stand out above all others, which makes it seem one-note and artificial. Taste is actually pretty good and mild. Slight citrus. Fairly dry, but not thin. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation. Overall, a decent light, drinkable beer. I would categorize this as a Wit because the citrusy herbs overpower any hops that may be there.

It's interesting that they don't mention any herbs in the descriptions, which is misleading in my opinion. It's just too blatant. They do mention mandarins, and if they indeed used them, i think it's a waste of money because they do not make an appearance at all.

Buy again? Maybe. It's fairly cheap ($3 / 12oz). It's light. Just not too crazy about the wit-like smell.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear orange copper body. Thick finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is full of nice, fresh hops. Citrus, light pine, and resin play nicely with fruity, slightly tropical notes. Light toasted oak as well.

Toasted, bready malts up front. Quickly turns fruitier, with light caramel notes. Citrusy hops come on by mid-palate and the bitterness gradually escalates. Somewhat piny and herbal near the finish. Hint of oak. Nice blend of fruity malt sweetness and citrus hop bitterness. Slight metallic note in the dry-ish finish. Medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with an earthy hop finish. There is a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a good smell but some really earthy flavors that are fairly bland.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Attractive amber color. Pleasing white foam. Quite spritzy in the mouth. Light body. Interesting aromatics

They say this is brewed with Mandarin oranges, but it's quite subtle. Mostly it's bitter. The Astringent green tea for the aftertaste. After you let this sit for a few minutes, the Belgian flavors are very striking. It gets so dry, and between the yeast and the hops it's something the monks might drink for penance. Still, it's very interesting and a style I hope more people will try-- flavorful but lighter Belgian-influenced brews. This one is too much like an over-hopped Pale Ale with the malt scoured out by an agressive yeast.

From the 12 oz bottle sold in four-packs at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of mick303
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small white head with pretty good lacing, retention left a bit to be desired. Colour was a surprisingly dark medium brown amber colour.

S- an upfront maltiness with a lot of light fruitiness. Strong orange character, a bit of earthy character. Hops has a strong citrus fruity character. Pretty good.

T- an initial sweetness, then more orange oily bitterness. Maltness is lightly toasty, somewhat light. Hops are there more toward the end, lots of fruity, vegetal character. Flavourful, but could be more balanced and a bit more crisp to it. Finish is mildly bitter and holds on, but tastes a bit messy and mineraly.

M- carbonation is moderate, light body, pretty refreshing, though seems a bit minerally on the end. Could be more crisp. Works decently well, balance is not bad, could be better to be more sessionable.

A good beer, glad I picked it up. A definite diversion on the style, not exactly pale, and also has oranges, which work remarkably well, though not amazingly; leaving the beer a bit unbalanced toward the orange side. Still worth checking out.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber with a fair amount of off-white head. The foam dissipates to a solid blanket over the surface and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and grassy, with a touch of yeast.

T: Sweet with a strong bitter hop note underneath. The balance is pretty nice.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not really exceptional hoppy American pale.

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Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a beautiful dark orange hue with a 2 finger head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - candied sugar, apple, lemon zest

T - lemon zest, dark fruit, Belgian yeast,deep bitterness on the back end.

M - thick with ample carbonation

D - decent brew. Definitely worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of vfgccp
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep, semi-hazy copper. Thin white head, big bubbles, almost no lace, ok retention.

S - Apricot, lemon zest, apple skin, wheat.

T - Green plant stem bitterness, yellow peppers, bok choy, touch of malt.

M - Light frame, relatively light carbonation.

O - Fairly one demential. The flavors focus on a green bitter note, which isn't bad, but there isn't much else.

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Extra Pale Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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