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Beer Drinker's Almanac

Three new (to Boise) brews


Almanac Beer Co., a new-to-Boise brewery based in San Francisco, doesn't have its own facility, but it partners with different northern California breweries for bottling. With each batch, Almanac also partners with local farmers to source the freshest ingredients. While the brewery barrel ages a variety of seasonal beers, the trio of bombers here are part of its Fresh Series, available year round.

Golden Gate Gose, $7.50-$9.50

A crystal clear, light amber, this one is topped by a thin head. The aromas are on the sour side with lively citrus and a hint of herb. Deliciously refreshing on the palate, that sour element shines through along with the traditional, though slight, Gose saltiness, and coriander. The finish is crisp and clean in this faithful rendition of the original Leipzig style.

India Pale Ale, $7.50-$9.50

This hazy straw-colored pour produces a vigorous, three-finger head that clings to the glass as it slowly collapses. Resiny hops and sweet citrus aromas dominate the nose backed by touches of caramel and bread dough. The flavors are smooth and creamy, nicely balanced between lightly bitter hops and soft malt, with fresh fruit flavors coloring the finish.

Saison Dolores, $7.50-$9.50

A cloudy oolong tea color in the glass, this beer is topped by a decent egg-white froth that fades quickly. The nose is light but lovely, delivering soft clove and sweet-roll aromas. The flavors are a bit more reserved than I expect from a saison but intriguingly complex with sweet fruit, spice, vanilla, white pepper, wheat and rye, finishing with a touch of bright lemon.