GenDV138 (1613) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Very slightly hazy, golden orange with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt, stone fruit, caramel. Tastes of toasty notes, biscuit, sweet malt, some caramel/honey, stone and tropical fruit, sweet citrus, light floral. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation. Slightly malty mouthfeel.
IPABevyGuy (46) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells almost like berries and a little malty. Not a very hoppy IPA, bitterness is medium. Tastes a little citrus, but more earthy.
ben4321 (4062) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
The only major flaw here is that weird chemically component, otherwise, this would be a really good IPA. It’s 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
chrisv10 (11331) - DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Torrefacto (612) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cobrizo, espuma blanca. Aromas de frutas tropicales y pino. Cuerpo medio, inicio afrutado, con final amargo resinoso. Muy rica.
blklab2007 (1999) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ernest (6306) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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 it’s 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.
vtafro (3687) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden Amber pour with tan head. Herbal, grassy and spice aromas. Some herbal and spice hop flavors.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.