Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Brew Review: Almanac Extra Pale Ale
Beer: Almanac Beer Co. Extra Pale Ale
Type: Farm to Table Extra Pale Ale
Location: San Jose, CA
Appearance: Hazy, golden color, but more of a dark golden, creamy head retention
Aroma: citrus hops, light malts, tad floral
Body & Texture: crisp and tingly, upfront hops and you can taste the mandarin oranges it's brewed with but it doesn't linger long
Aftertaste: Clean, dry, citrus, bitterness that reminds you of the mandarin orange peels.
The more I drank this beer the more I liked it. It tasted extremely fresh, and I enjoyed the mandarin orange flavor to it. What I find semi annoying is the whole Extra Pale Ale category. I haven't really been able to find much on "extra pale ales". I mean what makes something an extra pale ale versus an IPA or a regular pale ale, because honestly, this beer tastes like a pretty darn good IPA to me. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the IBU's on this beer. If you're not a fan of IPA's, you probably won't like this extra pale ale. The aroma from this beer is off the hook (yes, I just wrote off the hook...). They dry hop it with Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Galaxy hops and you can definitely tell by the amazing aroma. This was a beer my dad dropped off for me to try, so I'm not sure how much it cost for a 4 pack. Usually 4 packs tend to be a tad more money but you're supposed to be paying for the quality. I'm definitely a fan of this beer, and I'd really like to try their other California Table Series. I like that their a farm to bottle brewery that tries to use the freshest, most local ingredients -- that's really cool.