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Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster | Almanac Beer Co.

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Paccamacca on 09-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
62
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JGam115
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ode to America's oldest hop. Broad ranging dandelion, full flower profile. Right amount of toasty malt and bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MrGone
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rand
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 750 mL bottle to pint glass

A: Yellow-tan in color, clear, a medium pour produces a pillowy, 2-inch head, leaving lacing everywhere.

S: The nose is fairly straightforward, almost simple, with pleasant notes of citrus and grass. Bread-y, grainy sweetness rounds the bouquet with a slight resinous note lingering.

T: The flavors are fairly simple on the palate as well. Clean fresh hop essense at the front, with a citrus-y bend. Toasty malts add grainy balance with a touch of honey sweetness poking through. A earthy, resinous bitterness takes over toward the finish, presumably from the Cluster hop (I don't think I've had these hops as a beer's feature) which leads to a long, bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly oily, slick complexion. Ample carbonation helps clean the bitter aftertaste.

A pretty refreshing stab at a West Coast style, but it's not all that remarkable. Cluster hops as they were used in this brew lead to a strangely bitter finish.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brycevolk
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice clarity on a light orange gold body. Creamy off-white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Lemon zest, honey, dandelion, green plant stems, wort.

T - Dusty plant forward profile with honey, arugula, lemon, and caramel.

M - Medium body with par carbonation.

O - Better than the Cascade imho.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. Earthy.

T: Herbal, spicy, grassy. Big and full. A hint of chocolate? Very English. Pleasant malt base with a hint of fruit at the finish.

M: Full and nice.

O: Great beer. Recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color in the tall maredsous glass with a fine-grained tall foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Something like sweet, fresh alfalfa in the aromatics. Aroma is a little piney with plenty of flowery hops.

Big resiny flavors with that slightly murky fresh hop taste. The flavor is rather grassy and herbal, as most of these green cone brews seem to be. But this is quite rich and mellow and overall it's a well-made and highly drinkable beer. The fresh hop seems to be the flavor of the week, but it's an interesting way to learn something about hop flavors. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Kreko7
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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