Ananda IPA | Wiseacre Brewing

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Ananda IPAAnanda IPA

Brewed by:
Wiseacre Brewing
Tennessee, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPAs are certainly beers that lean towards bitterness. Many balance that bitterness with a lot of residual sweetness, not something Davin wanted. Instead, he wanted to balance the beer by providing a nice fluffy texture by using malted and flaked wheat which also helps showcase the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Hops add bitterness and flavor and aroma, depending on the variety and when they are added to the brew process. Cascade and Centennial hops give Ananda juicy citrus, mango, melon aromas and flavor.

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 408
Photo of Steve_Mitchell
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an ideal combination of hop bitterness and sweetness. The citrus/melon hints are a counterbalance that don't overwhelm the taste buds. Has a classic IPA smell that draws you in.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

on tap at the source. passable ipa. hops are here. cascade and centennial used. but flavour came through less than optimal. mainly because a bit watery.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11/3/18 (Okemos, MI): 12 oz can poured into plastic clear cup, beer gift from brother. White creamy head with lacing, clear yellow pour. Pepper hops aroma, very nice. Hops and peppery taste, very nice, Light mouth feel, slightly bitter. Overall nice IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar, Memphis, TN

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of grapefruit citrus along with hints of oranges and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice grapefruit IPA that isn't overpowering and also isn't overly bitter.

Serving type: can

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Photo of singletary
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a hazy straw golden color, with a large white foamy head that leaves a pretty lacking on glass. The smell is of grass with a taste of grass with a ok hop bite to it. Overall a good but somewhat forgettable ipa.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Fox and Hound Southaven MS

This is the beer non-ipa drinkers try and say ‘I told you i hate IPAs’. It’s also the beer ipa fans drink and say ‘this is a pretty crappy ipa’. It’s bitter with little flavor, but some lingering rusty malt.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Off color straw, slightly hazy. Thick and creamy head. Nice hop aroma. The hops kind washout when drank. Kind of light on the hop character. It drinks well enough to chug, but that’s no way to treat a craft beer. It’s a fair IPA. On draft at Hooter’s Memphis, TN. US Highway 64. Recommended by a local.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with a low amount of visible carbonation. But still manages to form a solid finger’s worth of fluffy white head with great retention, especially for style.

S: Resin, melon, citrus and dank. Light biscuity sweetness from the malts, but no caramel on the nose.

T: Resin and melon and dank. Some spicy hop bitterness with citrus rind and pith. A bit of malt sweetness – cracker malts with just a hint of caramel flavor. More sticky resin and onion/spice bitterness in the hang.

M: Average body and good carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is average for style.

O: Not bad, and while there’s significant bitterness it stops short of being overdone. The malt bill I can get behind - it seems like it straddles the traditional East Coast and more modern West Coast styles nicely. This just is not (at all) my taste in hop flavors. I’m not sure what strains they used, but the flavors they got just aren't my cup of tea. If this hop profile is what you’re looking for, I think this is pretty well done. But not something I’d likely pick up again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz single picked up from LD's Beer Run in Jackson, MS. No can dating.

Pours a slightly hazy mellow gold color. Head is tall and white and creamy, 2 fingers, settling at 1.

Aroma is definitely of spoiled hops. I wish I knew how old this was but there's nothing that can really indicate that except that it's not as fresh as it could be. Some slight caramelization, honey, grapefruit, pumpkin seed, and old orange.

Flavor is again of spoiled hop, giving off this cooked carrot thing, with some caramel and honey and apricot. Grainy textures throughout.

Feel is creamy, carbonated, lots of resins on the finish.

Overall, I'm pissed that I spent money on this bogus can. Ugh. I'm sure it's better fresh but I've been turned off of the experience. Drain pour.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

As ipa goes there is something off color good smell little dank with slight papaya taste just bitter actually this beer is just bad maybe I received a bad can

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Photo of jkblr
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can printed 0088 so maybe 1/8/18? poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with sticky khaki colored head. The aroma is faint with a bit of pine and citrus. The taste is semisweet caramel with vague bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, not very good. I may have mistaken the code on the bottom of this can because this tastes old and oxidized or just really old school.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick huge head with great retention.
Citrusy aroma with notes of oranges, pine, anis and American yeast.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, spices, malt sweetness, orange peel,
Dry and bitter aftertaste. It does feel its 75 IBUs.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This was almost a pine and citrusy bomb with clear notes of tangerines, grapefruit and orange peel. It felt fresh and balanced. Although it carries some traditional flavors for the style, it has somewhat a character of its own.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy, bright white head, slightly hoppy nose with a typical hoppy flavor. This is a decent IPA, very drinkable. I do like the flavor lingers for a while.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 11/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy white head; strong, frothy lace.

Caramel, cane sugar & grapefruit notes in the nose; a cloying American barleywine smell. Sigh.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cane sugar & caramel flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish.

Yep, this is a cloying American barleywine, not an IPA at all. My only hope is that this is old, but since this is the beer they chose to "break" into the Chicago market with, why would they do that? Permanent pass.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a copious all white head that renders some decent side glass lace.
Aroma: Citrus and floral hops, along with some pine nuts.
Taste: Citrus hops, orange peel and to a lesser degree some bread malts.
Slightly drying with a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to try a beer from one of my old hometowns, Memphis. Smell is pretty light for an ipa, and in fact has more of a bready smell to go with tropical fruits than hops. Taste is an average ipa, nothing outside the box or too exciting. Actually that is a good summary for this beer, nothing too exciting but ok

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Photo of Riff
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, orange-yellow color with a thick white head. Smells of floral notes, oranges, citrus, and a little bit of pine. Tastes of sweet malt, some citrus notes. The hops are mild enough that the malt almost dominates this. Feel is medium to medium-light. Flavor does linger for a little while afterwards. Fairly run of the mill IPA, solid but not spectacular. Would probably work well with food.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of two Wiseacre beers I pcked up from Hop and Habanas when passing through Jackson on spring break. Solid look and aggressive nose, with loads of pine and citrus.

The flavor is reasonably the same, with limeted malt balance. Not terriby deep or complex but fine for what it is. A little shallow but a solid effort.

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Photo of Squire
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow gold color with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma of floral, citrus hops, with an herbal touch and hint of pine in the background. Some sweet malt present but you have to search the bleachers to find it.

Taste is hop forward with the flavor notes same as the scent notes. An overall tone of mildness in all departments. Enough malt to back the hops but the hop roof is too light weight to require much in the way of support.

Light to mid weight texture with balancing carbonation.

The grain bill includes pale and caramel malt as well as malted and flaked wheat. The brewer says this contributes to a velvety mouth feel but I believe they and I have different concepts of velvet feel. The assortment of hops, Bravo, Centennial and Cascade, add up to an IBU of 75 which the brewer calls an explosion of nirvana . . . out in Yellowstone National Park they have some magnificent geysers that literally explode. They also have hundreds of smaller geysers far less dramatic, some little ones that only burp a bit. Yet all are technically geysers. Having seen real explosions I have to again disagree with the brewer about this being a hop explosion. That being said this combination works. Well made and balanced, It does offer more than the bog standard session ales (including 6.1 ABV) so does carry more flavor and oomph than the session siblings. Should make a better food accompaniment as well. A cheerful little brew that may be excused it's pretensions.

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Photo of Billolick
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, w/o freshness info that I can find

Pours pretty typical looking almond Amber, lasting light khaki cap, leaves plenty of froth, and blobs of lacing...

Minor hopped up nose

Middle of the road IPA in a can, some soft hops, malty underbelly...really nothing special going on here.....would work in a pinch...not much else positive I can add

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Photo of jzlyo
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus, slightly funky fruit and tea. The flavor is citrus, very mild tea, malts, slightly earthy and a mix of spices and very slight heat in the finish.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a hazy pale orange-gold body with a large, sturdy, creamy white head that leaves tons of lace coverage. Sediment is suspended near the bottom. >:( The nose contains tropical fruits like orange peel and tangerine, as well as bitterness and woody and herbal notes. The taste switches to entirely the bitter herbal parts, making me think that this might be what chewing on wormwood is like. What happened to the fruity notes or any malt to mollify this is anyone's guess, all I know is that my tongue has no refuge from this bitter and distasteful woody assault. It feels a tad syrupy, medium weight, aggressive but delicate carbonation.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.

Thick,creamy,white colored head that stands just under 3 fingers tall.Good retention that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.Hazy golden / straw in color with a slightly orange hue.Moderate clarity,with distorted light showing through the glass,and some sediment floating around.Medium amount of carbonation.

On the nose I get a nice balance of citrus hops and orange,blended with sweet malts.There is also a little bit of piney hops at the end of the nose.Altogether the nose isn't very strong,but has a nice aroma to it.Once it warms you also start to get some floral notes.

The palate starts and ends with piney hops,with a slight citrus flavor.In the middle of the sip you get some sweet malts mixed in,but hops dominate this beer as expected.

The body is on the border of medium and light,with a dry finish,and a slightly chalky mouth feel.Smooth and drinkable.

This is a very good IPA,but unfortunately in an oversaturated market,it doesn't make the cut.Just too many great IPA's out there.Definitely worth a try,but not one I personally will revisit.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed sunburst orange yellow with a bit of particulate floaters and a pillowy white head of foam.

Big and bright citrus aromas of orange, grapefruit, and lemon with a touch of tropical fruit and a bit of crystal malt sweetness.

The malt bill definitely plays a larger role in flavor but the toasted bread sweetness still allows the citrusy and slightly tropical fruit notes to shine.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, tight carbonation, bitter and dry finish.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer as it's refreshingly easy drinking and although I feel in both appearance and the lingering bitterness could be improved upon, that doesn't discount the fact that's it's a tasty brew.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden yellow, slight haze, nice white head with good retention and lacing. Nose is pretty subdued, maybe old. Not date. Malty sweetness mixed with citrus hops. Taste is a nice citrusy, lemon hops followed by a malt backbone and a lingering bitterness. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Pretty good beer. But why don't you date your beers?! Not sure if it fresh or not, but I don't think so.

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