Brew Review: Almanac Extra Pale Ale

by Kelli H. on January 22, 2014

Beer: Almanac Beer Co. Extra Pale Ale
Date: 1-11-14
Type: Farm to Table Extra Pale Ale 
Location: San Jose, CA
Alcohol: 6%

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. 

Overall Impression:
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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

David Wells January 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

This beer is really really good. It’s definitely fresh and tasty. I drank one during the 49ers game last weekend and it was quite enjoyable. Need to pick up a 4-pack asap!


birdie to be January 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for the review… Ill have to pass it on to my husband. He would love it.


Tara Condell January 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Hey, I have actually tried this one before! One of my roommates had one in the fridge and I took one without asking. Oops!


themexigarian January 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Wait, they’re from San Jose?? I need to find where they’re selling and get on this. Sounds like a beer I would love.


Made in Sonoma January 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

They don’t have a tasting room yet, but yes, it should definitely be available in San Jose!


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