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

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Photo of Riff
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 +6.3%
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 Squire123
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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%
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 -6.8%
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 -24.7%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -10.3%
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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Photo of TerryMills
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice gold color with 1 finger fast fading white head..

Good mild hoppy smell and flavor , very drinkable and not overly bitter..

Unfiltered and has big chunky floaters, medium mouth feel..

Would buy again

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass because I had nothing better. Nice pale golden color with a medium head and bubble size. Moderate lacing. Smell was bright and citrusy. Nice bite with the carbonation and bitterness.

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Photo of sk8photo
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought this in NC while on vacation. Poured light orange. Smelled slight citrus...not alot on the nose. Tasted ok..but not spectacular. Mouthfeel was ok. Overall not my favorite ipa..but drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can of Ananda off the Binnys single shelf. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is slightly bitter. The taste is bitter through the drink but is easy to drink. There is a touch of bitter citrus. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
Unreadable canning date

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy and frothy two-finger white head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- hop aroma is light overall; some grassy and earthy notes. Toasted malt aroma for the most part with some toasted wheat notes

T- sweet caramel malty notes up front give way to floral, pine & citrus hop notes that continue into the mid-palate. The finish gives some floral notes, along with peppery wheat, lingers of light pine

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy, semi-dry finish, high drinkability

O- easy drinking IPA, although it drinks more like an APA

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on October 13, 2016. Look is somewhat cloudy gold with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is pine, bitter hops, and citrus. Feel is on the lighter side of medium.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a classic all-American hop profile, no continental brewing menu is complete without a modern day IPA. With a creamy underpinning of wheat, the classic grapefruit, orange and pine flavors offer a dry drinkability but with a firm texture for support and balance.

Wiseacre's Ananda IPA draws in the senses with the classic pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange and herbal grassiness that puts pacific northwest hops on the craft beer map. Pale amber with lightly hazed, the frothily capped beer leads with a sweet and lightly doughy malt profile.

But as the caramel, honey and angel-food sweetness dissolves on the middle palate, the hops take center stage. Its floral upstart develops into a sharp citrus taste and its herbal presence continues to come alive. Trailing pine-like sappiness has a curious pepper and wine taste to balance the lingering wheat and create an element of curiosity and interest.

Medium-light in body, the piquant hoppiness promotes a dry and crisp sensation while its wheaten backdrop continues to provide a juicy body. Resinous, peppery and semi-dry the beer closes with a snappy finish and a fine linger of whole wheat, citrus peel and mulled pine needle.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the ruler of the kingdom of inebriation, and canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head, some floaties are present. Smell is malt forward, some citrus. Taste is also malts up front, touches of citrus and pine, light bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall, while not as hoppy as I expect from the style, it is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mntlover
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy burnt copper color with a big fluffy off white head. Some yeast floaters so must be can conditioned. Some descent lace left behind but still not as much as you would expect from a big head.

Aroma is caramel malts some light hops floral and grassy notes. More pale ale like, not bad just not quite IPA standards.

Taste is pretty much like the nose caramel malt base. Hops are some light citrus, floral and grassy notes. Again more like a pale ale, have had more hoppy pale ales then this IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall a ok beer not a great IPA but drinkable. More like a good pale ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ananda India Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, with huge globs of gray-yellow yeast, and thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is pretty dead, just hardly any smell, but you might pick up some very low-level pale malt or a hint of citrus. Taste is also fairly dulled out, but I detected some sweet & sour sauce, pale malt (white bread), and bitterness that seems must less bitter or sharp than what one would expect from a 61 IBU beer. Mouthfeel is light and watery (maybe high-light), and Ananda IPA finishes limped and dull.


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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Fieldhouse Social on the UT campus in Knoxville. Straight up solid IPA. Nothing is going to blow your mind but you also aren't going to vomit from overly heavy malt sweetness. Very well balanced with some nice citrus hop bite and flavor. A touch fruity. A well crafted beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a very slightly hazy amber with a moderate head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Some hops in the nose, well balanced hops in the mouth, along with malt. Yum!

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Photo of Hergestridge
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This entry by Wisacre is quite decent. It has a nice flavour with decent Hoppiness. The colour is a burnished orange. Head talll, and has pretty descent lacing... the smell is sweet and bitter. Another Aldi find and the more I drink Aldi beer, the more I appreciate their attention to quality. Worth a market experience. ... :)

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Photo of jp32
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color. Transparent, yet definitely has some particles floating around in it. Good-sized white head on top. The aroma is hoppy, with a lemony, yeasty twist. It's flavor is a good balance of malts and hops for an ipa. Some earthy flavors like fresh cut grass seem to pull through as well. Medium bodied.

All in all, it's a decent beer, but not something I would ever seek out. Average.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a mildly hazy orange-copper body, two finger white head. Solid retention, bits of lacing. Smells of caramel malt, mild floral notes, heavy malt, but the balance is there. Flavour is similarly malt-forward, with a non-descript hop bitterness, mostly floral, a little bit of pine, finishing moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, non-descript moderate bitterness that lingers for a while. Not the most interesting IPA, but it does have some bitterness to go along with the malt.

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Photo of Prager62
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of cans in Gatlinburg for the friendly price of $9.99. A code of 0816 on the bottom of the can. A best by date? Pouring this in my Liquor Barn keg glass for the taste.

Look- Pours a sparkling gold with a finger of white foam.

Smell- Cheesy yeast with some faint grapefruit. Smells like a home brew IPA kit.

Taste- Bisquit/malt forward with some mild grapefruit and floral qualities.

Feel- Slick and light with a slight hop bite.

Overall- A serviceable IPA that while easy drinking lacks any complex aroma or flavors. Too malt forward for my liking, I'll probably pass some along to friends for their thoughts.

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Ananda IPA from Wiseacre Brewing
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