Fresh Hop IPA - Cluster | Almanac Beer Co.

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Fresh Hop IPA - ClusterFresh Hop IPA - Cluster

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Paccamacca on 09-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Nice, bright orange-copper body with tons of micro bubbles, creating a thick, cushiony head. Fine sea-foam lacing throughout.

S - The smell of the hops is dominant, yet not overpowering by any means. More of a floral hop scent. Grassy and woodsy notes finish off the hop scent. A lighter malt, kind of like honey-wheat bread. Seems like a great balance.

T - The taste is perfect to me. Extremely well-balanced hops and malt, with nothing overpowering the other. The above-mentioned smells permeate the palate, as well as earthiness to a minor degree. The cluster hops are something I am not too used to, but now I want to try more. Just extreme goodness.

M - Great carbonation. The thick foamy head maintain the carbonation throughout and gives a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident yet not biting.

O - This has got to be one of my new favorite IPA's I've had in quite some time. Great look, smell, mouthfeel and most importantly - an overall GREAT TASTE. I hope to be able to try some more of it if Almanac decides to brew this in the future. Luckily, I was able to try this one as it was the last one available on the shelf. Will be seeking some more brews that use cluster hops now because of this guy.

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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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