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Shrub Tundra - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 42
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-06-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 42
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sprawler Series bottle. Pours a cola brown with some red tinges. Couple inches of head that turns to some sticky lacing. Smell is nutty (walnuts, pecans), toffee, lots of coffee (a sort of traditional medium roast Indonesian or Columbian flavor profile, earthy, lower acidity). Any darker roasted coffee would have dominated as would something from a high elevation that's packed with fruit flavors, citrus, and acidity. Flavor brings in subtle dark fruit, hint of chocolate, but the roasted malt is the backbone. Medium body, finishes dry. Incredibly well done brown.

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Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, Sprawler Series bottle, poured into a Half Acre willibecher glass.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, not quite black but a nice deep brown, burgundy hues with a thick, khaki head, about 2 fingers high that has decent retention and leaves light spotted lace behind. The aroma is great, loads of rich coffee, mild roast, light acidity, a bit of toffee, big rich grains, a touch of chocolate, nougat and stone fruits. The flavors echo the nose, loads of coffee, rich with a light roastiness, fruity acidity, caramel, brown sugar, nougat, toffee, dark malted barley with a linger of pitted fruits. The mouthfeel is nice, quite carbonated, but still fairly gentle, coats well enough, lively zip at the finish that is a bit dry.

Verdict: A nice brown ale from Half Acre that really emphasizes the coffee. That being said, the bean chosen was a smart one, not overpowering, lightly acidic that really highlights all the richness of the brown ale base, nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Brown (surprise), dark, not at all cloudy. Light almond colored head. Poured from a 3 day old growler, the carbonation was still very intact.

Smell: Rich malt and coffee aromas. Very minimal hops on the nose.

Taste: True to the nose, this brew tastes of very good coffee, a tiny bit sweet or maybe its just the richness and the malt. Minimal bittering hops and I really no hoppy flavor. True to the style except for the VERY welcome addition of the coffee. I really like this beer!

Feel: This has a thinner than expected feel which is probably accurate for the style, but with all that great maltiness and coffee flavor a little bit of (more?) oats or something to add some mouth feel.

Overall: Wow. Very impressed with this brown ale. A really nice change from big thick coffee stouts, but will h lots of the great features of that style. I can't wait to try this fresh from the tap!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this could very easily be the best brown ale i have ever had, and i mean that. use of local coffee in heavy dose makes this a one of a kind beer. almost no bitterness to the smell or taste of this very very dark brown, eggshell luster brew with a tall tan head. lots of highlights in the aroma from old leather to sweet vanilla bean to dried blueberry to espresso crema to belgian chocolate to paper ash. its a complex but totally cohesive aroma, and the coffee is like nothing else, it has a richness in the taste, like coffee ice cream, although i dont think there is milk sugar in this beer. the brewer said it isnt cold pressed coffee either, so i am amazed at the low acidity of this beer, its easy down and palate coating and never once gets weird in the belly. a wonderful winter beer and a wonderful morning drink. i get a puffy flavor and feel in here too, expansive for its abv, like a coffee marshmallow is the best way i can describe it. the coffee flavor is so different and high end and complete, i just want more and more of this as i flesh out this review. im not sure ive had a coffee beer i enjoyed more than this one. i wish this was available in the colorado market, this has gold medal written all over it, and is the best beer i have had from half acre as well. truly incredible example of the style.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a growler of this filled two days ago from a regular ole pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a foamy, light beige head

S: Nice mix of roasted coffee beans and sweet, almost carmel-y and cola-like roasted malt.

T: Rich, bitter coffee with a very mild, chocolate-y sweetness in the background. Deliciously coffee-forward, with the sweetness held in check and playing a nice supporting role.

M: Very light, which might feel strange for a beer with such strong coffee and chocolate flavors. But it's perfect for the brown ale style, and the beer is extremely crushable.

O: A fantastic, coffee-forward brown ale. I love coffee-forward beers that aren't overwhelmingly sweet, and this beer is just that. Really enjoyed how flavorful and drinkable this one was; dat mouthfeel and dat flavor working seamlessly together.

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Photo of EinSteinBitte
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from a 3 day old Howler. Coffee is pronounced but not overpowering. This is a clean Brown that keeps your attention. The body is light enough to drink it fast but I'm taking my time. This is one that I definetly recommend you try and I would surely visit again.

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Shrub Tundra from Half Acre Beer Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.