Senita IPA - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 44
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-15-2013

Formerly Heyoka IPA

Senita 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.
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Ratings: 603 | Reviews: 54
Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap. Not a bad beer, very drinkable, but I would not go out of my way to buy it again.

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured a bright orange color with a white head about 1 finger. Slightly hazy, leaving behind good amount of lacing.

Smell: I smell pine, a hint of lemon, tropical fruit/grapefruit and grass. Very similar to their Daisy Cutter. The nose is a bit more muted than Daisy Cutter. I suspect this can isn't all that fresh.

Taste: Taste is like the smell. I detect pine, grapefruit and a little bit of grass/lemon. Nice bitterness to match up with the sweetness. I wish Half Acre would date their stuff as I suspect this would've been better much fresher.

Overall: A nice brew, similar to their Daisy Cutter but slightly different in a good way. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys IPAs. BREWERIES NEED TO DATE YOUR STUFF!!

Photo of dleigh
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite go-to Chicago IPA.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Bright orange with a light haze. The head is white and about a half-inch tall. Retention is fantastic; a good two minutes before it drops down to a thin sheet of foam covering the surface. Lacing is strong, covering 70% of the back of the glass in layers.

SMELL: I love the grassy smell of Daisy Cutter and the Senita just has a little bit more grass, but also has a really nice, slightly bitter orange/mandarin aroma. There’s a little bit of pine and hints of tropical fruits and lemon as well. Really nice, smells like it will be deliciously bitter.

TASTE: The nose and the palate are almost identical; grass, orangey citrus with hints of pine and a little tropical fruit. This is a very complex, well balanced, but ultimately hoppy and bitter India Pale Ale.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, but with a nice tickle on the way down. The body is medium, but just on the lighter side. While it is nicely balanced, the Senita remains on the dry side the whole way through.

OVERALL: This is kind of what I remember Daisy Cutter tasting like back in the early days and I really, really like it. There’s just enough sweetness to balance out some bitter grassiness a citrus and make this insanely drinkable. My only complaint is that on the bottom of the can where I expected to see a stamped on date I only found two splotches of blue ink. That said, this had to be fresh given the intensity of the hops. I just hope they get the dating issue figured out by the time I get back to Chicago for more.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet citrus aroma, then nothing, then bitter.... Ending in soft citrus.

Photo of MorpheusIPA
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Need more. I got a harsh aftertaste after some sips. Still a very good ipa. Worth repeat adventures.

Photo of WhistlingBird
2.68/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

For an IPA, It was missing some bitterness that I would like to have.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA, clean, bitter and 16oz cans for cheap!

Photo of markgugs
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into an oversized Two Roads tulip

Gorgeous orange tangerine color with a thick white head. Eventually becomes a thin wispy layer but sticky chunks of lacing prevail throughout. Nose is fresh cut flowers, ripe grapefruit and assorted other citrus fruits. Taste is more of the same, only amped up. Classic pale malt profile, lots of toasty grains form the base upon which gobs of juicy grapefruit and spicy pine are layered. On the fuller side of the body/feel spectrum, with a finish that sticks around long after you've swallowed. Excellent, albeit classic, interpretation on the IPA.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I visited Chicago back in late-November and was able to get Senita while it was still Heyoka and in a CAN, no less! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "You're Holding One Pint of Heyoka India Pale Ale Brewed & CANned by Half Acre Beer Co."

The Crack! was loud and revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I was also getting some foaming, so I decided not to do an inverted Glug. Instead, even a gentle pour down the side of the glass produced two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) and the lack of purity once more put off my golden buddies, Midas, Mammon and Croesus. Nose was grapefruit citrus. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really bitter and citrusy. This was not an AIPA for the casual craft beer drinker! Instead, this tasted like it was nearly saturated with hops and I was glad to have scored one. Finish was highly bitter,leading me to wonder if the IBUs had been measured. Warming, it even took on a slightly salty tang. Phew!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear orange gold. Head is bright-white. Decent retention on a small fluffy cap. Drops to a small clumpy cap. Sticky notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Juicy fruit. Tangerine, tons of grapefruit, and some orange. Tons of pith. Pine needle and some woody herbal elements. Hops are spicy and herbal, trademark Amarillo. Some touches of pineapple and mango. Some pale malt sweetness with some toasted bread. Carries a very slight floral edge as it warms.

Taste: Pithy juicy fruit. Bitter. Ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, and something like mango. Hops add a solid spiciness coupled with some deep herbal elements and some floral elements. A touch of pine resin with some woody undertones. Malt base is very slightly sweet with some toasted elements. Some grassy elements as well. Lingering bitterness. Less tropical than the nose, letting the bitterness ride over the top.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Mild astringency. Some lingering dryness.

Overall: This is what Andre 3000 was singing about.

Half Acre knows their way around a drinkable pale ale and it's no surprise they managed it with an IPA as well. Bitter but balanced. Amarillo as a focal point is always a nice touch.

Photo of Tucquan
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-02-08 in Columbia, PA. This can has the name Heyoka, which was changed to Senita on 2015-01-05

A - Mildly-hazy light-golden-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and sheeted lacing.

S - Moderately-dank hop bud leads into citrus flesh and pine in a most appealing way.

T - Hop bud forward, orange flesh and a hint of pineapple, pine, biscuit malt with a dab of honey, orange/grapefruit zest for bitterness. Great balance. Bitterness lingers but doesn't overwhelm the rest of the flavors.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and moderately-prickly. Smooth/syrupy feel. Really nice.

O - This is a first-rate IPA. Worth seeking out. Kudos again for the great balance.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into nonic pint no date on can

A: light gold colored good clarity nice head that is gone quickly

S: a lot of citrus very sharp grapefruity flavor

T: very nice tart grapefruit taste with a nice bitterness on the end

M: fairly light bodied

O: nice tasty IPA surprised about the amount of grapefruit in the flavor profile very different and delightful

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass.
Color was orange and I instantly thought of a Wheat Beer. Head was white and fluffy like a cloud. Some lacing stayed on glass throughout my drink.
The hop scent was front and center and overwhelmed all other scents.
Taste this was a great tasting beer with hops up front and secondary citrus taste.
I had not heard of this beer or half acre for that matter and obtained in a trade for cigar city Jai Alai. Honestly think I came out ahead on this trade and would love to obtain more of this beer.

Photo of EuellGophar
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't recognize it on the tap handle but glad I tried it.

Photo of KATCanada
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great hops on the nose. Taste grapefruit and pine. Longfinish bitterness but well integrated

Photo of Barnoloid
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A generously hopped up IPA with pronounced citrus notes underpinned with a honey like sweetness with sweet malts. The bitterness really comes in on the back end. A very well made beer from Half Acre, a consistent brewery with plenty of ’go-to’ options

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tallboy can. Couple of weeks old, from the date on the case.

A: Light gold color. Clear. 1 finger of head with good retention.

S: You smell this thing as soon as you crack it open. A good sign. I get more of the Chinook than the Amarillo in the nose.

T: Super hop forward with a very light malt backbone. Citrus, pineapple, pine, grass, marijuana.

M: Very dry, good carbonation.

O: Tasted a little better when I had it on tap, but still a very good beer. Cans!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange body. White body. Medium collar.

Smell - Orange hop. Pale malt and a little bit of cracker. Even a little toast.

Taste - Less hop-forward than the aroma. Citrus hop. Cracker malt. Toasted malt. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Good, very good. Just shy of great.

Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a stemmed glass 12/22/2014.

A- Hazy, but not cloudy, copper-coloured body, two finger white head with nice retention and good longevity. Thick large bubbles make up the collar and a moderately sized film on the surface of the beer. Small islands of lacing.

S- As soon as the can got popped, I got strong citrus flavours. Not grapefruit, but more along the lines of tangerines. Also some oranges and pine. It's fairly impressive. Backed up by a moderately sweet pale malt- not grainy, but rather more of a honey biscuit sweetness.

F- Moderately strong citrus flavours, more of tangerines and orange zest, a bit of tropical fruits, backed up by honey, biscuits of the malt backbone. Mild-moderate citrus bitterness follows through, not particularly bitter.

M- Medium bodied, well-carbonated, nice slight fizziness to it. Slick initially with a moderately drying finish with traces of oranges.

O- A very solid, tasty IPA. Nice orange-forward flavours that gets away from the usual grapefruit+pine combination that's so popular these days.

Final score: 4.05

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, bright hop flavors. Crushable.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden haze with thin head that leaves lacing. Smell gets my attention immediately the citrus piney hops smell is near perfection. I know how this is going to taste.the taste is much more on the piney side of the hop with a great slap in the face on the way out. Pine shoots out the nose. This causes mouthfeel to suffer. Overall very good beer.

Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not the greatest ipa I have ever had but it is still very good! Very straight forward and to the point hops. Finishes very dry. Bitterness lingers in aftertaste.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a couple cans of this

Consumed 12/16/14

A: Bright, mostly clear golden tangerine orange - pours with an average sized, white head, retains a lightly wispy cap, leaves some serious lacing

S: So, so juicy - big, ripe, fleshy citrus with some tropical undertones - orange and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice - some citrus zest, but mostly fleshy juice - some touches of mango and pineapple chunks - if you've ever smelled Amarillo, yes, that's Amarillo used brilliantly - some spicy, grassy, and herbal notes, too, kind of like a beefed-up Daisy Cutter blasted with citrus juice - some pale malts at the base

T: Gloriously juicy yet also restrained and almost balanced - huge citrus notes, with orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit flesh and juice - tropical flavors do not really show up, but there are a few hints - fresh grass, herbal notes, and some piney resin round out the hop profile - moderate level of bitterness - pale malts with some slightly toasted malts, very cracker-like - dry overall

M: Medium, nicely carbonated, dry and crisp with a clean finish

O: Hey!

I already love Daisy Cutter, so the fact that I also love this should not be a surprise. The aroma implies that this has a huge hop profile, but it's actually rather easy to drink. Well done, as expected.

Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

awesome

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Senita IPA from Half Acre Beer Company
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