Almanac Hoppy Sour: Mandarina

Posted: May 29, 2016 in Almanac Beer Co., American Wild Ale, Reviews

It seems like everyone is making a beer with Mandarina Bavaria these days. It’s a flavorful hop, so I was curious to see how Almanac treated it.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mandarina Bavaria hops are Germany’s answer to the bold, vivacious US varieties found in West Coast-style brews. This hop is the daughter of Cascade and Hallertau, combining characteristic New World citrus flavors and aromas with the subtle spice of German noble hops. We blended our wine barrel-aged sour blonde ale with foeder-fermented brett saison to craft a complex base of stone fruit, oak, and earthy funk to compliment the tangerine and lime-like character of Mandarina. Each sip teases a new flavor, from grass to grapefruit to peaches and finishes crisp and dry.”

Random: The room we use as an office is the coldest room in the house, even in the summer. My feet are freezing.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but left no lacing on the glass. A very small crown was left on top of the clear, bright orange body. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose started with a lot of citrus, specifically a lot of tangerines and grapefruit flesh. There was also some tartness and oak and some sweetness. The taste was amazing. It started with the same citrus. There was a lot of tangerine and Cara Cara oranges and the tartness was present, but not overwhelming. It also had a vinous quality as well and the oak went nicely with the citrus qualities. There was some bread from the yeast at the end. The body was light with some carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with oak and tartness. This bottle was $11.99 ($.94 per ounce), which isn’t cheap, but well worth the price. This beer was just outstanding. It had so much citrus flavor and the oak gave it incredible depth. Get this.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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