Shrub Tundra - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 39
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
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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: 5 | Hads: 39
Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev n/a
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of BNLTandem
4.43/5  rDev n/a
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! (908 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev n/a
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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.01/5  rDev n/a
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. (825 characters)

Photo of EinSteinBitte
4.99/5  rDev n/a
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. (270 characters)

Shrub Tundra from Half Acre Beer Company
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