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Almanac Farmerís Reserve 4

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged in Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddhaís 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 Hamadaís winter citrus - Tart Cara Cara Oranges, sweet Meyer Lemons and fragrant Buddhaís 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
Sledutah (6547) - Utah, USA - JUL 17, 2013
12oz bottle shared by Dallas
Cloudy yellow with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma of wheat and red roses. Flavor is tart, citrus and dry
Nice, would be good drinking outside on a hot day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15552) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Clerko Tasting, thanks to Aaron, 08/07/13. Hazed golden with a thin off white head. Nose carries herbal tones, spice, bitter fruits, bitter orange, light sour tones, menthol. Taste comprises orange pith, farmy, grass, lemon rind, spice, hint of liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bitter tarte notes in the finish. Sour light. Ok stuff but Iíd prefer a little more puckering/tarteness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20772) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
8th July 2013
Craft Clerkenwell tasting. Thanks to Aaron. Light haze on this gold beer, little pale cream coloured head. Light dry crisp palate. Lovely lemon, tart but never acidic. Finishes with a touch of herb and sherbet. Light dry lemony finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 2013. Pours a golden color, with a white head. Lots of citrus zest, sour lemons, notes of orange, lactic acid, and some oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
woperini (17) - - JUL 9, 2013
Hint of sour, some barrel flavor and some citrus zest from the hand of Buddha. An easy to drink mild sour. Very approachable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle in Eagle with my wife. Pour is hazy lemon with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Big lemon, lightly funky, urine, ginger, citric acid, white grapes, straw, somewhat floral, and oaky aroma. Taste is bright citrus, ginger, funky, urine, tangy, pears, green apples, hay, and orange peel with a medium sour finish. Light body with high carbonation. Pretty nice sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2908) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to bird_machine ! Pours a spritzy golden yellow with a finger or so of white fizzy foam. Beautiful citrus notes with nice vinous barrel notes and funk. Great fizzy mouthfeel with a juicy flavor profile that is balanced by touches of brett and a nice round cheerio malt background. Really enjoyable !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy light golden orange with a moderate fizzy off-white head. Aroma is a strong sour citrus character, with lemon, orange, and sour grape notes mixed with a wild earthy yeast smell. Flavor is quite sour, but not overpowering. Heavy sour grape character. Body is oily with a lingering sour on the back of the tongue. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1850) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Pours a pale yellow. Very light in color. Mild haze, but it might have just been a good pour. Small white head, somewhat rocky. Decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by spicy citrus. The citron comes through strong, and you get a heavy dose of that citrus rind flavor. Itís such a sharp note that it reminds of the fresh ginger in Farmerís Reserve #2. The Cara Cara oranges come through as well with that berry-ish orange flavor. The Meyer lemon is a bit more in the background, but itís there if you look for it. The flavor just seems a tad delicate against the citron and Cara Cara. Thereís a definite lactic sourness in the mix, as well. Some mild funk. No real malt presence. The taste is a blend of sourness, funk and citrus. Very nice combination. Thereís a touch of cheesiness to the funk, particularly in the finish, but otherwise, this is the cleanest of the Farmerís Reserve series, so far. Bright, refreshing sour citrus flavor. Some more of that spicy rind flavor, but more of the Meyer and Cara Cara delicacy shines through in the taste. Lasting lemon, orange, berry finish with some firm acidic sourness. Very light malt thatís kept well in the background. Mouthfeel is light and lively. This is really good stuff. Itís great to see Almanac improve with this line of sours, and itís even better to see them improve within the line. Iím very much looking forward to more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Lemon pledge nose, lemon lime Gatorade. Tart, smooth, drinkable. Good, yet worst of the Farmer's Almanacs I've had so far.

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