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Almanac Farmerís 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 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 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 (1993) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a medium white head...nice color, nice retention. Aroma has nice fresh citrus...orange and lemon...with nice accents of bretty funk and citrus rind...very refreshing! Flavor has sour orange...puckering...followed by lemon creeping in...nice and tart. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a nice tart/rindy/grassy citrus finish that has a hint of vanilla. Gorgeous beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Kick ass beer. Oh yeah. Sparkling gold with a nice white head. Perfect lactic sourness, perfect amounts of unique citrus character, carbonation is spot on. This beer really is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle. Pour is bright gold/orange with a white head. Short retention/some lace. Aroma of lemon peel, citrus, funk, dust, white wine. Taste is very tart, lemon juice, citrus, white wine, lactic. Palate is dry, average carbonation, sharp tart finish. Refreshing and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coreyc1221 (281) - Truckee, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Sour and yeasty aroma. Beutiful golden cloudy color. Looks like candy in a glass. Tastes like a warhead! Slapped in the face with sour. Really good but a bit sour for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Golden colored pour with a white head. Really intense lemon aroma. A bit herbal, too. Some orange, grass, and oak. Candied lemon flavor, some limoncello, and herbs--maybe thyme? Oak, some grass, and orange zest. Nicely tart, both on the nose and tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Great blend of citrus notes and acidic tartness... Much more floral than I expected, notes of spices... Delicious sour, very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (3088) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pours a bright gold with no head. Aroma of citrus, ginger, oak and funk. Taste is tart and bitter citrus, ginger is present even though I donít think itís in the beer. This is really good, better than mimosa as that is the only other citrus sour I have had.

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