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Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 4

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged in Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha’s Hand Citrons. This tart, citrus-infused wild ale is the story of a farm. In 1921, Shotaro Hamada founded Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Today, his grandson Cliff manages 235 acres of bountiful land. Brewed with a tantalizing blend of Hamada’s winter citrus - Tart Cara Cara Oranges, sweet Meyer Lemons and fragrant Buddha’s Hand Citrons - This refreshing ale is aged in used wine barrels for over a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Bouteille de 375 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de citron avec une pointe de céréale. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron avec une pointe de céréale et de brett. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût citronné. (Rating #5430)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle via El Cerrito Liquor. Had this in the bottom of my fridge for WAY too long. Opened over Christmas at the beach with the inlaws. Pours a clear golden yellow with big white head. Aroma is a lemon acedic sour forward with some slight sweetness. Taste is a very dry lemon sour with some light sweetness. Again, very dry and nice generic citrus zest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5294) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
375ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, a nice sour/tart note, pale malts, and light fruits. Flavor a great combo of sour and citrusy fruits. Average texture. A really good sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lemony from top to bottom, this wild brew also shows delicate brettanomyces and cereals which lead to a prevalent dryness and tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-The carbonation is prickly throughout.
-This is quenching for a Wild Ale.
-The execution on this one is very professional. Although I have to say the lemon character (added lemon, not lemony from acidity or hoppiness) is too over the top for my tastes.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle from Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours clear golden with a thin off-white. Nose is a bit plasticy and there’s a weird spice in there--coriander and cardamom maybe? Lemony on the nose, with a bit of a cleaner tinge to it. Super citrusy taste--lemons and oranges, real tart and puckering. Clean and without any of the cleaner aspects of the nose. A bit of vinegar tartness on the finish. Real soft and gentle in the mouth, with velvety carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle pours golden with nice head. Aroma is musty Brett. Taste is bright citrus with a dry tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
Gold, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: grainy malt, lemony citrus, tart notes. Flavor: tart lemony citrus, grainy malt, apricots, wine barrel is subtle, hay, herbal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a clear light orange color. Light tart, citrusy, sweet tart aroma. Tart sour citrusy sweet tart, lemony, orange. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4318) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle share thanks to droofus. Pours a faint and cloudy yellow. Nose is full of funky and citrus. Flavor is the same. Very acidic. I feel heartburn. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Ratebeer Gallery II. Gold in color, white head. Aroma is interesting, exotic citric notes abound, citrus peel sharpness. Flavor is pretty sharp with lemon pine sol notes and a lingering astringency.

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