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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (149) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
mild citrus, bread, yeast, I really enjoy this combination during the summer months. White lacing & clouds, carbonation, gold appearance, refreshing, lovely borderline sour. I prefered this one to #3.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4449) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Andrew for sharing another of these gems! Thicker, soapy white foam. Complex, spicy citrus. nice herbal character. Very interesting. Ginger. Quite active, strong, clean carbonation. Clean, very delicious, something unique. Touch creamy, spicy, tropical herb. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Yeah, this is good stuff. Shared by Andrew. Aging well with lemon centric and funky lightly bretty aspects not heavily carb tart finish no acetic acid just nice beer with lemon tea Citrus aspects. I could drink this afaun, not much to complain about.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewje41 (2621) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2016
375 mL bottle poured. Huge thanks to Tim for the bottle. Completing my quest to try this elusive series of beers from my favorite brewery. Clear golden pour with an active carb, and thick foam head. Big herbal nose to it. Definitely shows the Buddha hand. Flavor is lemon front, herbal, cool, almost minty. Orange and lemon constant. Herbal element makes this great. Good sour consistency throughout. 7/10 in sourness. Never had a beer like this. Herbal sour. Delicious to say the least.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kespecial (208) - - SEP 1, 2015
Pours a cloudy yellow, ring of thin head. Nose is dominated by citrus zest, vinegar. Taste explodes with acidity and wine flavors: lemonade, vinho verde, oak and chardonnay. Lots of lemon and some funk and wood for balance. Enjoyable for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13165) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour and citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & citrus flavor with a medium to heavy citrus & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Very very citrus forward aroma and flavor though still very Oaky and winery like the others. Core fruit forward than any of the berry versions, though, and it works. Dry and funky, moderately acidic. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8442) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2015
375 ml bottle shared with the Tmoney99. Pours a clear yellow golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart/sour citrus, orange, some lemon, mild funk, nice wine barrel character, wood, soft at the finish. I liked the others better than this. Still good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2601) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
A fantastic sour! Thanks so much b3shine for this gem. Pours a hazy yellow/sour. Aromas of vinegar, lemon, and funk. You get some nice barrel notes.. Funky, sour, citrus flavors.. Well balanced. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13054) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2015 375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Nose is dominated by loads of citrus fruits, lemons especially and a touch of orange, with oak and maybe a subtle hint of white wine. Very complex, hugely citric but in a good way and only too drinkable. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3066) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at a tasting with Joris and Mathieu87. THX for sharing! APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head, full of carbonation. NOSE: tart, citrus, fruity. TASTE: tart, citrus, oak, idd some wine flavor, very well balanced!


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