Brew Review: Almanac Beer Co. Valencia Gold

by Kelli H. on April 19, 2015

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Brew Review: Almanac Beer Co. Valencia Gold
Date: 4-12-15
Location: San Jose, CA
Type: Golden Ale with Valencia Oranges & Orange Blossom Honey
Alcohol: 8.5%
Price: $6.99/bottle

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“Valencia Gold is an aromatic Belgian-style ale that celebrates the vibrant and pioneering history of San Francisco’s sunny Mission District. This imperial ale is brewed with fragrant orange blossom honey and fresh Valencia Oranges from California’s Central Valley and dry-hopped with tangerine-scented Mandarina Bavaria hops. Pour this pure California sunshine into your favorite tulip glass and enjoy with fresh Dungeness Crab or winter citrus salads. ¡Salud!” – Almanac Beer Co.

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 Appearance: Clear, not much head retention, beautiful golden color, very vibrant. 

Aroma: Belgian, sweet, citrus.

Body & Texture: Crisp upfront, tingles the tongue, light to medium bodied, little bit of alcohol taste right before it fades to the aftertaste. 

Aftertaste: Orange pith which is a little bitter and a sweet honey.

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Overall Impression:
This is a beautiful colored beer. It definitely reminds you of oranges. The aroma is sweet and very Belgian smelling. The initial taste is crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is not too much, just the right amount for this beer. Right before the aftertaste you taste the alcohol a little bit. The aftertaste is sweet from the honey. It’s a little sweeter than I like for my beers.

What drew me into this beer was the fact that it’s an Almanac Beer. I find their beers to be very interesting, and they are always coming up with something new. The label is printed right on the bottle and is very appealing/fun. I’m not usually a fan of “fruity” beers but I gave them the benefit of the doubt on this one. It’s not overly fruity at all. The fruitiness of it to me was more of an orange pith which is rather bitter. I think the orange blossom honey is what comes through more in the aftertaste.

I honestly wouldn’t buy this beer again. Not because I think it’s a bad beer but it’s not my type of style. It’s an imperial ale which are higher in alcohol (not my fave). I do enjoy golden ales but this one is rather Belgiany for my tastes. The warmer it got the sweeter the aroma got and the alcohol came out much more. It became less crisp as it warmed up. This is a beer I would share with someone as 22 ounces is a bit much for one person. I think that Alamanac achieved what they were going for with this beer. It’s a fun beer to taste, but not one I’d pick up again.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

The citrus flavor in this beer sounds appealing but I think the lingering sweetness would be a turn off for me too. I really need to get my hands on the Blood Orange Gose you reviewed. That one sounded so good!!

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David W. April 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Definitely agree… as it warmed up the alcohol came out more and I began to enjoy the beer less. Love Almanac though! I recommend picking up anything from them you can find. Always interesting.

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