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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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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
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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 joeseppy
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Pour into a pilsner glass that yields a healthy two inch head that lasts a time, time and a half. Cloudy pale yellow. Best lacing I've seen in awhile.

Citrus, hoppy, piney, grassy earthy aromas. Sweet malt.

Hoppy bitter onrush. Citrus and pine flavours. Malt sweetness balances this. Grapefruit rind and Sugar Smacks cereal. Dankness ensues.

Medium body and finishes dry.

Its like Half Acre is setting the standard for IPAs. Truly a classic nailed. A lot of hop/malt structure with dankness. Nice to see a local attainable brew from a brewery with a lot of success. Can we expect Heydoka Dos in the near future? Tremendously tremendous!

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 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 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 Vonerichs
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright and hazy golden body. An inch of white head leaves behind cascading layers of lace.

Citrus and floral aromas. Orange and lilac. Heavily aromatic.

Floral and herbal with a light touch of grapefruit. Pale malt, bready.

Dry and very bitter. Slight tea like astringency.

I love growlers of whatever fresh IPA HA has on tap. They're always satisfying. Another top notch beer.

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Clean, fresh, complex hop profile. Goes from grapefruit to sweet to bitter. Lovely beer but finishes just a little too bitter for my personal tastes. Will stick with Space at the taproom.

Update: I am coming around on this one. I think it shifted my palate.

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 GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can sent to me by spinaltapped, thanks my man.

Pours a golden yellow orange, with a 2 inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells fairly grassy, piney and floral, with no typical citrus hop flavors that I would expect.

This is a very unique IPA. It's clean and oh so fresh, with a good floral and piney feel to it, I get a big dose of Amarillo. There is some really dry citrus flavors, a bit of grapefruit, but I mostly get dry pine and tons of flowers. No malt flavor that I can detect.

This is very dry and airy on the mouthfeel, with a higher level of carbonation, and a medium body.

This is excellent, I like IPAs that take a different route than the typical citrus bomb.

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 Ri0
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 16oz can into snifter.

A - Bright and hazy peach colored with a nice 2 finger foamy head. Retention is great and there is sufficient lacing.

S - Nice floral and tropical, citrus hop notes. I get unsweetened orange, tangerine, mango, and passion fruit. There is bitterness, but more of a grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel and honey sweetness round it off.

T - Big orange and tangerine, with mangos, passion fruit and other tropical flavors. Malts of caramel and honey are in the middle to balance this out. Finish is more of the citrus bitter. I think this is a delicious IPA.

M - Good carbonation, medium bodied with a slick feel.

O - Half Acre knows how to brew an IPA. I really enjoy the orange, tangerine, and tropical blend. Maybe they will invade WI in the future.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caveat: I like almost everything Half Acre produces. Nonetheless, amongst their four-pack, sixteen-ounce can rotation, Heyoka is especially good; it's not quite as interesting, or as awesome, as Akari Shogun, but certainly better than Over Ale, Pony Pils, or Gossamer.

The first thing I find remarkable about Heyoka—Half Acre's putative initial attempt at large-scale production of an IPA—is that I find it less hoppy and harsh and Daisy Cutter. That's not a slight at Daisy Cutter—I really do love the aforementioned signature Pale Ale—but I think it's noteworthy that Heyoka, despite it's higher proof and IPA status, is a milder brew.

There's a nice, mild, clean sweetness to the grain-bill—which is hinted by the very pale orange-brown complexion of the ale—that pairs elegantly with the refreshing bitterness of the Chinook and Amarillo (the latter being one of my favorite hop profiles). The aroma is of hop-fields and grass, which excellently matches the flaxen look and taste of the delicate, though still sweet, malting. It's a beer you want to smell, yet tastes good enough (and is sessionable enough) that you can drink it straight from the can as enjoyably as from a tulip (or from one of Half Acre's beautifully designed sixteen-ounce glasses, as I did while writing this review).

Circling back, it really is a surprisingly and refreshingly light IPA: pale in color, soft in malt, delicate in hopping, and incredibly buoyant in the nose. Half Acre produces several other nice, bigger, limited-release IPAs, but I'm glad this is in the regular rotation—especially since the label-art is some top-notch design, really channeling the beer's name and conjuring some good atmosphere for drinking this India Pale.

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 MNishCT77
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. on draft at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into a Half Acre pint glass, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-straw color, moderate clarity (cannot read or see through), initial frothy eggshell-white head settles into a 1/4 finger glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - mild-to-moderate citrus hop aromas - grapefruit, orange peel and tangerine - with some background pine; moderate simple malt aroma; moderate alcohol; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 12/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate hop bitterness; in the middle of the palate, the predominant flavor is certainly grapefruit/citrus and pine; on the back of the palate, there is a moderate malt sweetness and alcohol; finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - moderate body, gentle hop oil coating of the tongue; moderate carbonation

O: 6/10 - average (definitely not mid-90s) IPA at best and further proof that GABF is a popularity-cum-safety contest that doesn't award bold, progressive flabors; need to dial up the flavor/aroma (and dry) hops to really push the hop intensity; probably wouldn't purchase this again

TOTAL - 33/50

Photo of stouts4me
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Had a pint at Bad Apple, not bad, may pick some cans up.

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 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 MCain04
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can without freshness date poured into a Speigelau Tulip

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a white head of good retention and lacing, very pretty.

Smell is of fresh floral hops, similar to the hop profile found in daisy cutter, piney and resinous, not terribly aromatic though

Taste is of floral hops and is lightly bitter. Very dry, almost no sweetness to this.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, crisp, clean, no stickiness, moderate carbonation.

Overall I had hoped to enjoy this more. Half Acre makes some awesome IPAs but this one falls short of their high standards.

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 blankenhoney
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy canned 11/7/14, enjoyed straight from the can

A: Poured a little bit into a pint glass to see a beer that's a fairly translucent shade of dark gold

S: Intense aromas of dank, herbal pine and thick, freshly cut grass. It's reminding me a lot of Pliny the Elder.

T: Slight bitterness upfront that rushes into a juicy, resiny hoppiness. Very dry and mildly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; deliciously dry and bitter finish

O: Not my finest review, but a hell of a beer! Pretty mild and restrained compared to a lot of IPAs out there, but the flavors are just so crisp, refreshing, and delicious. Shows you don't need to go crazy with the IBUs to get a great IPA.

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 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 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 maxcoinage
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Poured 16oz can into tulip. nice 2 finger fluffy white head. slightly hazy golden yellow

s - nice citrus aroma, grapefruit, some resinous pine

t - bitter grapefruit, some underlying sweetness but it's quickly overpowered by a bitter piney finsh

m - great carbonation, medium body, somewhat sticky, dry on the finish

o - great IPA, not as balanced as some but if you are looking for a bitter hoppy IPA this is it. Wish this was available in the Chicago burbs. would love to pair this with some wings.

Photo of MurphyAguilu
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Senita IPA from Half Acre Beer Company
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