Hazy Double IPA
Origin: Alameda, CA
Style: Hazy Double IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Cashmere, Simcoe
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat, Flaked Barley, Oats
Founded in 2011, Almanac Beer Co. is the handiwork of two home-brewers, Damian Fagan and Jesse Friedman. The duo set out to produce beers using the rich, diverse ingredients of California, using classic styles. Their first beer, a bottle-conditioned Belgian-style golden ale, was sold out of a car trunk, but from humble beginnings came wild success. A slow release of quality craft beers grew into a going concern within 2 years, and by 2013 Almanac was a full-time gig. 2020 saw the company moving into their new 30,000 sq.ft. production facility in San Francisco Bay. Larger production allowed them to make some of their dream beers finally come true - barrel-aged sours, wild stouts, hazy IPAs, and more. The LOUD! is a Double IPA - a high alcohol, big flavour IPA using an assortment of hops for dynamic taste. The higher ABV also helps lock down the flavour and keep it from shifting around too much with age. But we still recommend enjoying it right away. Serves well at 8°C.
Pours a light, golden colour with a hazy body and medium carbonation. A frothy finger of white foam came from the pour and clings to life, albeit slowly fading.
Lots of muddled fruit aroma punching out of the glass, some pine resin hops and a touch of wet earth, and some zinging citrus zest to cap it all off.
The taste has the character from the nose, but takes a bit of a rollercoaster ride. The light, sweet fruit flavour is a nice, straight line through the whole thing, but the hops come on piney and strong, easing off and evolving into a pleasant floral taste with a touch of salty minerality. Mouthfeel is smooth and the whole flavour experience is a nice curve, right up to the end where the hops notch it up and get earthy.
Something spicy, but simple, given how the flavour on this beer evolves. Maybe just get into some street tacos and hit them with the hot-sauce.
Retail: $9.49 Club: $7.49
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