Ananda IPA
Wiseacre Brewing

Ananda IPAAnanda IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,588
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,614
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
424
From:
Wiseacre Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Ananda IPAAnanda IPA
Notes: 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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Roguer from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good head production; fantastic retention. Body is lively and crystal clear, a slightly darker shade of gold than most.

Gentle aroma. Mild dankness, light honey, cracker, a bit of citrus. Very light, really features the malt somehow.

Similar on the profile. It's a throwback style of IPA, with a nice, modestly sweet malt body, complemented but not driven by the hops. Mild to moderate dankness; soft citrus and tropical fruit; a touch of pine. Moderate bitterness.

Very smooth body, certainly owing to the wheat. Lively, a touch slick.

Nothing particularly unique or special, but very darn tasty overall. It would be a nice consistent choice for locals.

Sep 28, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two 12 oz. cans were poured into a clear glass liter mug. The beer is a nice opaque rich amber. There's not much head. There's not much aroma. There's not much lacing. There is some evidence of wheat in this concoction. A clean happy bit is all that salvages this from being terrible. Another failure at trying to substitute wheat for barley malt in an IPA.

Jul 31, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/5/19...pours hazy gold with heavy foam and lacing. Juicy and fruity nose. Smooth malty flavor with fruity background. light bitter but enough to be noticed. Really juicy.

Mar 28, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"2529" upon the bottom. Frankly, I'm always disheartened a brewery has the ability to date their product, but, instead, prefers I remain in the dark as to how old their beers are.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark golden body with an inch or two of lasting, yellowed, off-white foam.

Smell: A spicy, candied grapefruit-orange citrus combo. Touch of wheat loaf, understeeped tea and shed pine needle.

Taste: Bready, lightly grainy, moderately wheaty. Still mineral water dosed with orange blossom honey and given a twist of grapefruit peel and pine sprig. Lightly spicy with an herbal agent about it. Particularly mild, sweetish ester hint. Medium bitterness. Finishes citrus, fruity, lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A light-leaning medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A solid, easy-going, easy-drinking IPA, although most would consider it a tame, as it lacks punch, grit. Also, while there's a cushioned wheat character and juicy hop profile, it doesn't exactly head too far into NE-IPA territory. Unless, of course, I purchased a tired, old can, but "2529" might as well be the combination of a lockable briefcase, for all I know.

Feb 23, 2020
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hydrate from California

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

To me this seems like a very clean, drinkable but not sweet or bitter IPA & not maybe as dry as I like my IPAs, but more drinkable for more than 1. Surprisingly the IBU is actual higher than for some other beers that I would have considered "hoppier" like Stone's IPA or Eddyline's Crank Yanker. Overall a good IPA that isn't overpowering or overly flavorful.

Jan 30, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN: 12 fl oz pull-tab with orange and green label art. No packaging or best before dates are visible. Ran me about $10 a sixer here in New Orleans, LA.

"India Pale Ale." 6.2% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Pours an off-white head - a bit creamy, a bit frothy, but not impressively so on either count - that lasts a good 8-10 minutes. Looks pretty typical of the style.

Body is a pale copper of below average vibrance. Appears filtered; there's no visible yeast/lees within.

AROMA: Fresh citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange, mango) and some floral hop aromatics are all I get here in addition to pale malt/2-row. I don't detect the wheat and I don't get anything from the Bravo hops. It's generally appealing, but compared to the big hitters in terms of Cascade and Centennial hopped beers (e.g. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Bell's Two Hearted), this aroma isn't very evocative of its hop varietals.

No overt ale yeast esters, alcohol, or off-notes.

TASTE: Has a nice balance of hop bitterness and flavour, ending with a bitter borderline palate-stripping Bravo hop bite after bringing the floral and citrusy hop flavours to the fore up front. Pale malt lends this balancing sweetness; I can't say I taste any wheat.

Depth of hop flavour isn't great (particularly in comparison to the abovementioned Cascade and Centennial hopped beers, which easily best it), but it's got a nice hop profile that would scratch the itch of any IPA fanatic.It could showcase its hop varietals far better and it isn't the most complex or subtly executed IPA out there, but it ticks all the right boxes for a $10 per sixer IPA.

TEXTURE: A bit scraping and coarse. Wet. Slightly refreshing. Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or scratchy, but this texture isn't as soft, mellow, or approachable as would be ideal (especially in an IPA brewed with flaked wheat).

OVERALL: Those after a great Centennial-hopped IPA would do better to reach for Bell's Two Hearted or the like instead, but this is a serviceable IPA available at a fair price with a pleasant crowd-pleasing hop profile. I wouldn't buy another sixer, but I'll enjoy working my way through the one I got.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Aug 31, 2019
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Steve_Mitchell from Tennessee

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.

Feb 12, 2019
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Sammy from Canada

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.

Jan 27, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

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.

Nov 10, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Nov 01, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

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.

Sep 02, 2018
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

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.

Jul 15, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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.

Jul 12, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Jun 19, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jun 12, 2018
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Mooslerfitness from Ohio

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

Mar 29, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Mar 07, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

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.

Sep 30, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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.

Aug 31, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Aug 24, 2017
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jadpsu from Georgia

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.

Aug 22, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Jun 16, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

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.

Apr 11, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Apr 09, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

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.

Mar 26, 2017
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