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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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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 283
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was my favorite of the hoppy beers i had in tennessee, its a really different kind of take on the style. very pale in color, and lightly textured, there isnt really a ton of grain character to this, pale pils type malt and maybe a kiss of wheat, but its very simple, but also very dry, which i think helps it drink easy and also lets the hops come out fully. big hop flavor for such a light bodied beer, with citrus leading the way, but plenty of bitterness in tow, especially in the finish. its not in balance at all, but i dont believe its trying to be either. clean and drinkable for how bold it is, with honey notes in the middle and a big rush of carbonation right before the swallow. interesting version of an ipa, sort of an internal contrast, but i think its my favorite one i had from these guys, who make some pretty cool beers. i would have liked to visit the brewery on my trip, but now i have another reason to go back! overall solid ipa, try it for something a little different from the crowd.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives a cloudy amber with a foamy white head; streaks of lacing hang around

Smell: Citrusy hops bring tangerine and lemon tones

Taste: Lemony bitterness on the front, with increasing citrus hop punch; bready malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly nice local IPA to taste on my visit to Memphis

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & great head retention, some floaties

S: Slight breadyness, even fainter citrus

T: Breadyness, mango, pomelo, a little dryness up front. More breadyness, a little dryness, a little pineyness as this warms, some mango. Finishes a little dry, with a bit of mango, some grapefruit, plus some grapefruit pith

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, just got better as this warmed, well worth a go

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Whole Foods in Little Rock, Arkansas. Light golden body, mild haze, small white collar. Aroma of grapefruit rind, biscuit, earthy malts, pine. Earthy hops with bitter citrus peel and a hint of onion. Medium high bitterness. Average.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big off white head. Nice foamy surface.

Smell - Floral with some citrus. Big biscuit and toast malt. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Floral hops have turned to grapefruit. Malty. Not really sweet, but toasty. A little creamy. Bitter in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Average IPA with some unimpressive characteristics.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, honey gold coloring with a slow roll of carbonation throughout, as well as some sediment floaters. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, honey, cut grass, ferns, and hints of caramel. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with a balance of caramel and tropical fruit, all undercut by a bitter, grassy, and slightly mossy hops profile. The bitterness builds towards the aftertaste, with only a slight tart citrus edge to balance all the evergreen and grassy hops notes. Full bodied, but slightly dry and drinkable. The finish has a solid bitter linger accentuated by the dry feel. Good, solid IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a ton of floaties. The tiny floaties swirl around amid a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. It's ... certainly something!

Smell: sweet malt with soapy/floral and rich, grassy hop elements. Normally not really my bag, but it sort of works here.

Taste: soapy and floral but with an herbal bite, a little bit of graininess and a definite bitterness that I don't usually find in many floral IPAs or APAs. It's still not totally my thing, but this beer definitely has its nicer points.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a great creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: not outstanding, but a totally serviceable IPA which falls on the lower end of the bitterness scale. It may not be completely to my taste, but it is interesting.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a hazy dark orange. A small half inch head, and little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite citrusy, with some dank earthiness. Not much malt to speak of.

This IPA has a really bright, juicy taste with little bitterness. Some orange, pineapple, grapefruit, with only a smidgen of pine. A little bit of malt gives the beer some body, but doesn't add much to the flavor itself.

Medium bodied, crisp, but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This was one was a big surprise as it was completely off my radar. Very tasty.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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 AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Kiabacca glass.
Slightly milky gold with very light head.
Smells hoppy alright. Some Simcoe and something softer...Centennial? Tree-like and fruity and promisingly bitter.
Yum! Round and sweet. The maltiness is sugary-robust and make this feel like a much heavier beer than it is, but it's wonderfully balanced by candied-citrus floral-bitter hops. Impressively executed. Pineapple on the almost-note-quite dry aftertaste.
Recommended for all! Look forward to trying some again.

ABV: 6.1%
OG: 13.5p
FG: 2.5
IBU: 61
Malt: American 2-Row, Caramel Pils, Canadian Wheat, Flaked Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Centennial, Cascade
Yeast: English Ale Yeast

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
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 denver10
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a slight orange tint to it and a white frothy head. Aroma offers some passion fruit, grapefruit, toasted cereal grains, a touch of floral, and pine.Flavor follows suit. Crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice IPA here. If they could add a little more depth/complexity/something to the malt foundation this beer could become stellar. Nothing wrong with the malt foundation as is, just that there is room for it to be even better, IMO. Would definitely drink again.

My rating: 4.00

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with tons of large floaters. Decent head with little retention or lacing.

Very nice tropical nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. A little bit of perfume.

Tropical hop flavors, like the nose, with very little malt backbone. Very dry and bitter.

Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. The bitterness is punishing on the palate.

Overall, a very nice beer. It could use a little balance to tone down the bitterness, but it has some very nice tropical aromas and flavors.

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Photo of mntlover
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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 SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Thanks to my Memphis connection for bringing this down.

A: Clear golden; a white one finger head with great retention. Frothy lacing.

S: Piney hops, floral, citrus-y; mangoes, pineapples. Nice.

T: Grapefruit leads with a citrus rush. A bit of mangoes, too. Low bitterness amongst the pines. Refreshing.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: I was really surprised at how good this little gem tasted. Great artwork on the can, too. A solid IPA.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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 NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours medium gold with finger white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma of ripe tropical fruit. Taste starts off similar, ripe pineapple and melon and citrus, with solid bready backbone. Hops turn to an earthy onion in finish. As it warms the hops get earthier with some wood. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for a DIPA.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BigGold
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had at Corky's Bar-B-Q, Memphis, on draft into tumbler. Ananda (Sanskrit (!) for bliss) is a solid west coast IPA, brewed and widely-available in the heart of BBQ country.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Golden, hazy color. Thick foamy head. Nice foam lacing along sides of glass. Smell is not overpowering, despite the thick head. Citrus, apple and piney smell. Piney, hop forward taste with moderate bitterness that persists until swallowed. Taste the apple, pineapple, citrus flavors. Mild bitter aftertaste. Overall, a decent IPA. Not the best and definitely not the worse. Would try again.

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Photo of Prager62
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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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