Fresh Hop IPA - Cascade
Almanac Beer Co.

Fresh Hop IPA - CascadeFresh Hop IPA - Cascade
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American IPA
3.68 | pDev: 10.05%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fresh Hop IPA - CascadeFresh Hop IPA - Cascade
Notes: Wet-hopped with freshly picked Cascade hops grown at Hops Meister Farms in Clearlake, CA.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 60
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Great looking beer. Bright, clear orange gold body. Creamy off-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Sweet, unfermented malt sugars dominate the nose. Edges of mellon, smoke, and honey.

T - Strange profile. Opens sweet before a sharp spike of bitter kicks your plate, and then edges sweet and fruity as the flavor profile races off your palate. The sweetness is malt sugar, honey, and melon, and the bitterness is plantlike and resiny.

M - Smooth, medium-full body with great staying power. Low carbonation.

O - Overly sweet with a strange, distracting flavor profile.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 24 September 2013.

A: pale gold. Clear. Creamy head. Heavy lace.

S: Super faint. Citrusy?

T: spicy. Earthy. Aromatic. Very weird, bitter finish.

M: Full mouthfeel. Astringent aftertaste.

O: I don't love it. Wouldn't have again. Doesn't seem representative of the style.

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3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber-tinged gold with persistent white film that rims instantly and crusts like mad.
Big, juicy orange Wine Gum nose.
Jammy orange and mango with some light toffee, with light lemon, pine and sap hops.
Fruit salad end and tart ending.
Light, oily, some chew.

Looks great, smells dern tasty, and yet.... The heat is buried, which makes it very drinkable, but that's the problem - quaffs with no complexity or sense of freshness. Dull, in the end.

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3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 5/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A golden orange liquid with bubbles of all size and just a slight haze, thumbs width of foam sticks around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S caramel and butterscotch, dried orange peel, faint spruce, floral and herbal notes, maybe a hint of mango and more caramel

T a little booze I didn't smell and I get more orange peel and spruce then on the nose, sweet malts and caramel work well enough

M medium bodied with a nice biter kick, a little grit, soft from the bubbles with just a little heat and slightly sticky on the lips

O not a bad single hop, I'm not in love with cascade but I thought this was pretty good, maybe the fresh hops are helping the cause

not out of this world but I didn't have any problems taking down the big bottle solo, I can think of lots of single hopped cascade but can't think of another fresh version that I've tried

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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and very light lacing. The beer was very still, with low carbonation and not many bubbles rising through the glass.

The aroma was mostly pine and citrus hops, with a very light malt presence. The story was basically the same on the tongue, just better defined, and with a bitter finish.

The body was light, and fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was very nice, I could see having a couple of these. Overall, a pretty nice brew, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a medium off-white head. Good lacing. Citrus nose with hints of floral. Citrus dominates the palate. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a well-crafted beer, not the best example of an American IPA, but a solid, drinkable wet-hop IPA.

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4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thin bone white head. Leaves some light lace smudged down the glass.

S: A very leafy earthy hop presence with some orange rind, light pine, oak and caramel malt.

T: Again, very earthy hop presence here. Restrained notes of pine and some slightly bready malt. A hint of oak with some light grapefruit, mint and hop spiciness on the finish. A pretty nice IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was just bottled last week (I follow them on Instagram) so I'm confident of it's freshness. 750ml into a pint.

Pours out an nice, transparent bronze, with an inch of head. The lace has some thick, long lasting retention.

The smell is orange and caramel forward. There is a hint of white bread, and alcohol at the very, very end. Surprising for only 7.5% ABV.

Toffee and grapefruit combine up front. The middle taste almost like dried green apple (yes, I know it isn't). A bit of a mineral and lemon finish. Not as balanced as I expected. Goes down smooth and easy.

As a huge fan of both Almanac Beer Co. and Cascade Hops, I was ok with this beer, but not at all impressed. I want to give it a fair shot and find it on draft. For now, it is an inexpensive 750ml by a great new brewery that needs some good feedback. Try it out.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass (no bottle date)

My initial impression of this IPA was nothing to write home about; it had aromas of a high malt base and a low pine hop juice presence with barely any citrus or tropical nectar notes. But as I continued to smell, swig, and swirl, I noticed this buttery juice texture with some peach and grape flavors really shining through and that's when it hit me:
I've never had a beer that so much resembled a fine glass of Chardonnay like this one. It's not very sweet, and actually brings about an oaky presence.

Overall, this is one of the more interesting IPA's I've enjoyed. I bought this because I wanted to get more intimate with Cascade hops. Now I want to try more single-hop ales with Cascade hops to see if those also have a Chardonnay-esque character to them. I would understand if others think this to be a sub par IPA, but as someone that appreciates wine almost as much as I love beer, I found this one to be very intriguing and enjoyable.

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Fresh Hop IPA - Cascade from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 60 ratings