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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Introducing our year-round Almanac IPA, a West Coast hop bomb overflowing with hop flavors and aromas. We start with a copper-hued malt base of California-grown two-row barley, German Vienna Malt, Crystal Malts and Biscuit Malt. Then we start layering on the hopsógrown all along the west coast in California, Oregon and Washington. We combine Magnum, Chinook, Cascade, El Dorado and Simcoe to create our own unique twist on the IPA style with intense aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, pineapple and pine trees. The finish has a clean bitterness and light saltine cracker note.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4026) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Syossett Beverage, 10/23/14

Aroma: The nose is resiny hops, citrus fruit, a little cracker, with some chemical notes
Appearance: It pours a cloudy dark orange color with a small, fizzy ring of off-white head
Flavor: Taste-wise, it has a nice hoppy flavor, juicy and resiny/dank, with a bitter finish
Palate: This beer has a soft, almost flat carbonation to it, with a decent feel, and slick, dry finish
Overall Impression: The only major flaw here is that weird chemically component, otherwise, this would be a really good IPA. Itís still solid, but that takes the nose and flavor (mostly the finish) down just a tick for me. Gets better as it warms. I jumped the overall from 14 to 15 at the end of the bottle

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11238) - DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus, 7.5%. Hazy dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, hop, old hop, little citrus and a little peach. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, caramel, quite bitter, medium sweet, little grapefruit, little peach and pine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (575) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2014
Cobrizo, espuma blanca. Aromas de frutas tropicales y pino. Cuerpo medio, inicio afrutado, con final amargo resinoso. Muy rica.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1985) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle poured an orange highlighted amber color with a covering of white head that slowly fell off. Aroma has resins, pines, citrus, underlying sweet malts, and perfume. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation a bit low. Flavor opens with a nice hop mixture, pines, light bitterness, resins, citrus, and a mid range finish with some core sweet malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Pours light copper with acnice off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a grapefruit and bread flavor with some nice West Coast hopping.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with a strong note of butter/diacetyl, other notes of plastic and vegetables. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Wow, what the heck happened to this batch??? My previous couple experiences with Almanac (or perhaps I should say Hermitage) have been good, so this is a bit of a shock. Nose is all diacetyl and plastic and yellow squash, just fucking awful, truly stomach-turning. Barely any hops to be found. In the mouth itís really goopy-syrupy and overly sweet with not nearly enough bitterness to balance. A really sickening sample, and more than anything, mystifying. If this was my first experience with this brewery I would never try a single other beer from them.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. Golden Amber pour with tan head. Herbal, grassy and spice aromas. Some herbal and spice hop flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (908) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
So heres the deal, almanac released an ipa a couple years ago, and it was crappy. This is a totally different recipe 100% from the ground up, but the ratings are clumped together. This new incarnation is amazing, one of the most overlooked ipas in the bay. I had this on tap next to sculpin amd other classics and this was by far customers favorite overall. Tons od dank resin, bitter flowers and sweet citrus make this drink really well, solid west coast ipa, one of the best ive tasted in a while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (633) - Burlingame, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a hazy gold with a white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of pine and some hibiscus, with a flavor that is pine and resin hops up front with a mild malt backbone and slightly bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bomber from the Last Drop, served somewhat cold but above fridge temperature.

Deep clear copper pour with a white head and protracted lacing. The nose is massively tropical: a blast of tangerine, plenty of passionfruit. And also something...beery in a really good sort of way. Iím having a hard time pinning it down, I suppose it must be the character of the yeast. The tropical components of the flavor come on strong, a bit of candy sweetness up front followed by all of that citrus, dominant but never overwhelming. A bit too sticky and sweet late, detracting from the palate -- Iíd like a drier more quaffable IPA with this aroma profile -- but itís nonetheless a very nice beer, perhaps a bit better than the 3.7 score indicates. Extra credit for being interesting in a world of so many West Coast IPAs.


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