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Golden Tuna | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mosaic + Centennial dry-hopped Pale Ale.

Added by MasterSki on 11-26-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 97
Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers grapefruit peel, with lots of floral and earthy hops, with a crisp light bready malt in the middle. The malt gently blankets over the hops with not much a bittering finish. The mouthfeel is medium minus making it lean towards a session IPA.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz pint at Olympic tavern Half acre tap takeover.

Appearance: Opaque golden body with white head. lots of lacing left behind after each sip.

Smell: clean orange sweet citrus nose with light catty and dank hops. Fruity and floral. Hint of grass. Really nice hop profile in this pale ale. Hint of light bready malt.

Taste: Much similar to the nose. Lots of sweet orange citrus notes and a hint of catty dankness. Light bitterness from the hops. Fruity and floral. A nice juicy quality from the hops that is reminiscent of top tier east coast hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter end of a medium bodied beer or the high end of a light beer. Which ever you think is more accurate. Moderate carbonation levels with a creamy carbonation noted. Feels juicy and wet while still being flavorful and sessionable.

Overall: This is definitely my favorite beer from Half Acre; it is easily better than daisy cutter and double daisy cutter. Haven't seen this on the shelf before, but one thing is for sure that this would be a fantastic hot weather beer come summer time especially drinking it from a tallboy. Really nice combo of hops and the fact that it reminds me of east coast hoppy beers with that awesome juicy hoppyness character really put this over the top. This is a local gem!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Golden Tuna is a solid offering by Half Acre. It poured a golden clear with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent has some pine and floral notes. The taste is even balanced...not to bitter and come off the pallet clean and dry. Overall this beer is great.

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Photo of armystrongmd
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Half Acre in Chicago.

Look: thin white head, nice golden color, less carbonation than expected

Smell: Hops! Grassy, citrusy aromas abound.

Taste: actually pretty similar to daisy cutter with the very grassy and citrusy hops. Grapefruit/citrus bitterness, super fresh hoppy flavor. Grassy, delicious. Taste a hint of malts, unlike the daisy cutter. Amazing complex hop flavor for such a light pale ale.

Mouthfeel: light, almost like a pale lager, it's deceiving. With a low ABV it's not surprising for it to feel light, but the taste is anything but! Hoppy stickiness in the finish but in no way heavy or overpowering. No lingering bitterness, just lingering hop bite. Leaves a clean feeling.

Overall: Excellent. Half acre has converted me from a crazy double IPA drinker to a pale ale guy! Beers like this and the daisy cutter have excellent complex hop flavors without the sweet malt backbone that I never really cared for anyway. IMO not quite as good as daisy cutter and not different enough to have its own following, but an awesome beer nonetheless and if they have this and NOT daisy cutter I'm game. I prefer this to the lighter 3 Floyds offerings like YumYum.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a lighter style (American) pale ale, their latest (spring 2015) batch of the Golden Tuna was simply excellent, and maybe the best thing on tap at Half Acre when I visited this past April. The appearance is exactly as named, just "golden," with no hint to the complexity, citrus-crispness, that comes on like a wave blast. Just an excellent beer that at or under 5.0% you can drink for much of an afternoon. Not that there's anything wrong with that approach. On tap, at the Half Acre Tap Room (april 2015). Excellent work...

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Photo of kkleu357
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle while sitting at the camp fire. Light body with a slight floral taste. Tons of citrus in this beer. Not picking up on any tuna flavor however:(

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pretty much clear and golden in color with a one finger white fluffy head that retains nicely.

Smell has some fresh vibrant hop aromas. Predominately citrus notes forward with big juicy grapefruit aromas dominating the nose and milder herbal hop aromas also present. Some light grainy malt on the backend add some nice balance to the aroma.

Taste follows the nose being hop forward. Mild grapefruit like flavors start and fade quickly to a very mild earthy grassy bitterness. Lightly sweet grainy malt balances out the bitterness. Taste finishes with more hoppy oils lasting on the palette.

Mouthfeel is good. Light crisp feel balanced nicely with lots of sticky hop oil and resin. Moderate carbonation cuts the oils and keeps this very drinkable and refreshing.5

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drafts at the tap room.

Bright gold with glints of orange in the light. Compact layer of white foam, patchy skim and spindly drippy lace. Sharp clarity that catches the light.

Pungent aroma of Mosaic hops, slightly catty and citrusy.

Taste is grassy and citrusy, orange zest and cereal grain, puffed wheat aftertate.Very light body, easily drinkable in any quantity. Dry hoppy aftertase begs another sip.

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Golden Tuna from Half Acre Beer Company
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