Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 4

 
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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at Library Alehouse. Clear glowing orange. Wispy foam. Nose is similar to barrel aged stillwater cellar door with fresh blood orange, key lime, sage, grapefruit, some buttery oaked chardonnay, salt and pepper seasoned grapefruit. Taste brings extensive lactic acid all encompassing, key lime, grapefruit, sour unripe peach. Mild sage and salt. Another boss sour from Almanac. Russian River sacrilegious level of quality.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3399) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours hazy yellow with a low white. Aromas of citrus, green grapes, green apples, garden branch, farmhouse, lime, dew grass. Taste is citrusy and fruity with sour notes and a nice earthiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry with medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (3083) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours hazy light golden with low white head Aromas tart of lemon zest, lemons, lime, somewhat spicy Taste has tart notes of lemon, lemon zest, lime, lemon juice

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13187) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at GABF. Pours a hazy yellow with small white head that lasts. The aroma is strong lemon zest, funk, oak, orange peel. Thin body, tart lemon, oak, light funk, really enjoyed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2858) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Small white head thats short lived, decent lace actually. Hazy gold color. Lemony, funky nose, spicy, leather. Light bodied, tangy, juicy, nice carbo level, spritely. Juicy citrus and funk notes, clean and fun. Hints of lumber and earth, wee beasties. Dry nicely tart finish. Good quaffability! Thanks Dakine!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5439) - 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 (3746) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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 (3382) - 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 (243) - - 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 (14013) - 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 (11041) - 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.


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