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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle through trade, semi clear dark yellow pour with minimal head. Aroma of white wine, lemons, oranges, get some lime notes, just a big citrus punch. Taste is the lemon tart up front then the cara cara comes in, love this series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to Raiders707. Pours hazy yellow, mild white head, very well carbonated. Nose is citrus, lemon, peach, and some straw. Taste is tart, lemon is dominant, a hint of banana, and peach, with a funky lemon finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2013
375 ml bottle from breaks808. The trade that keeps giving. Capping off the series. Pours a nice deeper orange golden hue, faint haze but near transparent. Good carbonation frothy offwhite head atop stays as a subtle lacing film, decent ringer laces small. A lively carbonation throughout, nice glow. It’s not mindblowing but does sustain that appearance. Aromas throw a lot of citrus and rind, distinct lemon, oranges, decent to firm acidity, citric acid and lactic acid mix well. Touches of lime, yogurt, mellow oak and white wine. Some gentle tannic oak, bigger sour citric and lactic elements keep pushing. Nice sourness, some gentle breadiness. Good fruit, impressive depth but perhaps a touch overwhelming. Initial is a bigger citric bite up front. Lemon and oranges, lemon rind, some gentle grapefruit. Touches of sour white grapes, wet oak, and some lively acidity really sinks in. The middle backs off that more assertive front end a bit, showing that good citrus feel, white grape, touches of melon, and some green apple. Sour, yet a bit more muted with some richer yogurt, lactic acidity. Touches of oak. Some bready sweetness, gentle tropical fruit and the backend really completes a progression that shows some good complexity, depth of fruit flavors. Some bread, oak, and gentle bretty funk. A decent drinkability, smaller ABV, quite drinkable with that big citrus smack, but more approachable as that dies out, shows more complexity of fruit and less intensity of that citric bite. Finish is more yogurty, some dryness and firmer oak.. But not very wine driven. This one I can see putting others on the fence. I’d look at it more as a Berliner type sour, bigger citrus bite that scrolls that back a bit as we get into it, where it shows some good complexity of fruit, more approachable yet still sour appeal with oak, lactic life, and some good all around drinkability. Nice. Probably my 2nd favorite of the series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle shared by Max with Andy, Pearl and Paul. Pours a hazy yellow golden body with wispy white lacing. Aroma is super tart lemon, sweet fruits and beautiful funk. Mouthfeel is perfectly tart with notes of funky citrus fruits, sugar, apricot and peach. Incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8124) - Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle to tulip (shared by tastybeer). Looks good; a mostly transparent gold with white lacing and lively carbonation. Smells solid; wet horse blanket and mild funk. Tastes like it smells, but more tart, with less wet horse blanket. A bit of citrus. Nice on the palate. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Poured from a 375ml bottle, thanks to Zane. The aroma is big citrus, dusty, hints of melons. The flavor is lemon, citrus, rosemary, malty. A very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
375 bottle-thanks matsciguy/Levi @RBSG-Minni-thin white-yellow/gold. A-tart lemon, 2nd wheat/lt malt, some acetic. T-follows. Crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle from joeneugs, thanks Joe! Pours cloudy, shimmering yellow with a billowing, merengue-like head. Sharp and acetic nose at first, then just burst with fresh lemons and citron. Not getting much orange off of the nose, but it sneaks in a bit on the mouthfeel. Tangy, lemony palate. Not too astringent on the finish, which is nice. A little milder, and this would be a real thirst-quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle split @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheer to Aaron from BA ! The pour’s gold with a small head. The nose is lemon citrus, herbs, yeasty funk. The taste is strongly tart, acetic. More subtly notes of honeyed lemon. Rough herbal tang. Quite boozy considering the modest ABV. Overall, decent, but not up to the standard of the other Almanac sours we tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1900) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 From trade with raiders707. Thanks man! Citrus and lacto on nose with something else i wanted to call ginger but really couldn’t place...maybe the buddha? cloudy yellow very similar appearance to #3. Tart with gobs of citrus but never overwhelming and round enough body and perceived sweetness to pull it together. Preferred over #3 on the night in side by side but really a push.. Great with some cedar plank king salmon. >>rerate: leaving numbers though this has definitely diminished especially the nose. The non-Farmers Citrus just doesnt match up to this.

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