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GoneAway IPA | Half Acre Beer Company

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GoneAway IPAGoneAway IPA

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Heyoka IPA and GoneAway IPA

GoneAway is a western charged firecracker. We conjured the classics and then laid them on a bed of pale malt. This India Pale Ale shoots straight to the bitter edge before falling into a mellow haze. Deep gold and ready to travel into the distance.

Added by MasterSki on 11-15-2013

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Photo of objektwerks
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an IPA that pours beautifully and smells even better. The first sip matches the smell. It's pure IPA goodness.

Yet less and less, the sips don't even remotely match the original smell and flavor. In other words, this beer does not finish in it's original state --- a cardinal sin in any IPA.

And purportedly this is the crown jewel IPA of Chicago. Yet it's nothing more than a C-level IPA.

I recently mentioned this to a bar-keep in Chicago. And she was deeply offended. Yet I was being perfectly honest.

But, then, this is Chicago, IL --- the most bankrupt state/city in the union. Truth is truly expendable.;)

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a shaker pint at my in-laws'. Canned on 01/08/16, but last night it was still pretty tasty, so I'll give it a review. It's been stored in a fridge for about two months, as far as I know. Poured completely, so some sediment came out with the last bit.

Pours a hazy bronze-amber with a tiny head (probably due to my pour), lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, citrusy. Floral and sweet.

Taste is mildly malty and moderately hoppy, lots of citrus and tropical notes without being too juicy, solid bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and nice. Overall, a very good IPA that is dangerously drinkable. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of basaywhat
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. The appearance is a slightly cloudy dark golden colored beer with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of citrus and hops, very nice. The flavor is awesome and it matches the aroma.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a new Guinness glass.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a white half inch frothy head.

Lots of pithy citrus on the aroma. Orange and a tangerine condensed juice sweetness.

Taste is a lot less citrus than the aroma but still incredible hoppiness. Straight bitter upfront with a tropical slight citrus end.

Excellent drinker. I could see myself going through a bunch of these. Nice balance between a malt IPA and an intense hop flavor.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into tulip glass. golden amber hue with a finger of foamy head. Nice tropical notes on the nose as well as a a dandy pineness. medium carbonation, has a nice hop that comes after type immediate cites taste and finishes a bit dry. nice easy drinking and flavorful. Glad it was recommended to me as I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 03/04/16 notes. 12 oz. pour on tap at Gingerman in NYC.

Pours a somewhat clear golden orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Lots of tropical fruits, fruity malts, grapefruit, citrus, bready malts, and light pine. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and no bitterness.

Overall dig it a lot; would love to have it again.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a Can dated 2/11/16. Perfectly filtered copper orange colorn no head whatsoever but a little lacing. Both the aroma and taste have a mix of tropical fruit and vegetal notes. It's dank and all the way through. It has a nice mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is pretty packed with flavor, which is a pleasant surprise because I was underwhelmed with their Daisy Cutter, which I found to be pretty bland. Anyway I'm glad I found a beer from Half Acre that I would seek out again.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COD 2/5/16. Clear golden pour with a touch of amber, a bit lighter than copper. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose that is quite aromatic. Waves of lemon, tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange and a touch of pepper over a light biscuit base. As it warms, the dank underbelly rises with a bit of spruce.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture coupled with a light oily character. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding and had the flavors separated more, it would score higher. Consequently, complexity is a bit muted. It begins with the blend of hop flavors noted in the nose that roll through as citric, tropical and finally dank undercurrents. Tropicals arrive in the middle along with a moderate bitterness over a balancing biscuit sweetness. The bitterness is equally balanced between rind and spruce. The dank undercurrent is most prominent as the finish approaches. The finish is slightly dry with a subtle crispness. A dank rind flavor lingers.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-color is a clear, light, orange. pours a two fingers of white foam that slowly settles into spotty lacing.
Smell-Pinneapple, citrus, some mango, pine.
Taste-Just like the smell, bold notes of tropical fruit and citrus, with some honey like malty sweetness providing balance and some pine in the finish.
Feel-Medium body, crisp, slightly creamy on the finish.
Overall-Very tasty beer and definitely represented the west coast style very well. I'd buy it again for sure.

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Photo of pinyin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can, canning date 2-11-16, into a 16 ounce tulip at 39F.

Color is very clean, clear piss yellow, light orange. Some very slight chill haze.

Nose is malty and hoppy, speciality 2-row, simcoe, maybe some amarillo. Definitely has that melony piney taste in the hop profile, which meshes well with the malt blend. Really solid as far as taste and probably the best attribute here.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin. I'm not going to say it's watery, but for the great taste and hop bite that this ale produces, it should have more body to accompany it.

Good to see Half Acre cans popping up in NYC. Pretty solid in terms of taste, but maybe needs some more refinement in terms of coloring, aroma and mouthfeel to be able to compete with the really high end canned ales like Grimm and Other Half.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold/amber orange in color. Head is pretty thin and fades quickly. Tropical/citrus nose, with a light bready malt background. Mostly citrus hops, with some floral notes, in the taste. Grapefruit and tangerine flavors are strong, and the taste settles into a nice bitterness. Super dry with a pleasant lingering grapefruit bitterness. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body.

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Photo of Alex_Hams
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful west coast style IPA perfected in Chicago, IL. It's so good to have an outstanding west coast IPA come out of the Midwest.

Gone Away pours a hazy golden yellow with about a finger and half of head in my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass at the head slowly recedes.

The nose is full of bright citrus and tropical hop notes. Lots of pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit. The flavors follow suit. Light body and a dry finish round this one out.

I could drink this one all day. Those juicy tropical and citrus hop notes and dry finish leave me coming back for more and more.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale citrus forward IPA with a moderate edge of more pine like characteristics to hold the grapefruit pith in check. Medium body, lean and clean, average carbonation... all added up to a very good quality IPA.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of piney hops. The body is really solid on this offering and the flavor profile is very well balanced between malt and hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emount91
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a moderately hazy orange, foamy head that dissipates quick but leaves pretty lacing on the glass. smell is decent: pine and citrus peel mostly, not getting much malt. taste is pine and resin forward. then those tastes go away rather quickly and the taste turns fruitier: lemons, grapefruits, and some slight tropical fruits, all sitting on a very light bed of malt. getting a nice floral after taste. feel is good for an IPA, though maybe a tad over carbonated or maybe just my mood. overall a pretty good one coming out of Chicago. glad I have 3 more.

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Photo of WilliamIrwin
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Enjoying from the can at the hotel

S: huge tropical smells of citrus and pine, very fruity. Best part of the beer.

T: Very dank and resinous up front, followed by tropical fruits of citrus, mango and an abundance of pine.

F: Medium body with a bitter tongue clenching bite.

O: A must try beer. Glad I have more. Cheers!

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale amber color.

The aroma offers grapefruit peel oils, dank herbaceous qualities, a biscuity malt, floral hops.

The flavor follows with a combination of sweet grapefruit and pine, onto a balance biscuity malt, bready sweetness, with a bit more pine bitterness on the finish.

A hop forward beer, yet still being really balanced with the malt. A great food IPA with the moderate hops being refreshing with the medium sweetness of the hops.

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Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a somewhat hazy yellow color with a thin layer of white head

S-aroma is of grapefruit and tropical fruits and light pine

T-citrus, tropical fruits, some light pine and bready malt

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a really enjoyable and drinkable IPA, very good

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium golden body, mostly transparent with a thick foamy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is big and hoppy; tropical fruits, citrus. Flavor follows suit with a nice tropical hop component and enough toasty malt to balance it out. Feel is great, medium bodied, medium carbonation and a lingering stickiness. Really nice IPA.

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Photo of runondirt
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours clear light orange, golden hue; amazing danky citrucy nose; honeydew, citrus, kiwi, honey, pineapple; lingering grassy finish. highly crushable, pick it up whenever i see it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful golden color with a thick white head that lasts. Light floral aroma, with some citrus (clementines and a touch of grapefruit) and slight pepper. Nice biscuity malt taste, with a muted hop bitterness on the backend that's strong, but doesn't linger, as well as a mostly-grassy hop flavor and just some hints of citrus fruitiness. Medium bodied and a bit prickly. The taste and mouthfeel are almost Pilsner-like. Nice change of pace.

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Photo of mmesce2
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good. That's because I like IPAs. Were I to be presented with Goneaway, Lagunitas IPA, Longhammer IPA, Goose 312 IPA... any other comparable IPA, I would take the one that is on special. I don't think my pallet is refined enough to determine them in a blind taste test, and I'd bet my paycheck that 999/1000 aren't either...and I need my paycheck to live!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of sweet/tart fruit. The flavor is fruit, tropical fruit, mild sweetness, malts, hops/mild hop resin and a tart/bitter/very slightly tangy finish.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can.

White head with lace.

Very tropical. Mango, orange, grapefruit. Floral and earthy.

Nice amount of bitterness. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable beer.

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