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Half Acre / Tired Hands American Youth - Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre / Tired Hands American Youth
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Reviews: 5
Hads: 39
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-23-2014

A stacked brew that has Daisy Cutter evenly spliced with Hop Hands, Tired Hands' reigning pale ale.

American Youth has an impressive laundry list of raw materials angling for dominance inside.
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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 39
Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-06-10 and 2015-10-31 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on tap

A - Cloudy dark orange with a 1-finger off-white head and good lace.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, orange. Very light dank and good hop floral. Not super strong but very, very inviting.

T - A blend of freshly-squeezed grapefruit and papaya juice. Biscuit. Grassy-herbal spice. Touch of white pepper and a goodly-amount of pine. Finishes with increasing bitterness over sour dough bread covered in grapefruit marmalade.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Moderately resinous and prickly. Dries nicely. Fuller-bodied than many Pale Ales.

O - This blend of Hop Hands and Daisy Cutter really works well. It's so darn tasty and even energizing. It reminds me of having a morning, wake-up glass of juice. It really gets the taste buds going and wanting more. Pretty impressive.

Notes: I didn't expect to be able to have this again but here it is on 2015-10-31. It's got everything I like about Hop Hands and Daisy Cutter and IMHO is better than either of the individual beers although I'm a big fan of both of them. I hope these two companies keep this collaboration going year-after-year.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks!). No identifiable bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Hazy, muted yellow with a finger and a half white head. Several streams of bubbles rise from the bottom along the sides to meet the cap of froth. The big l, fluffy retention leaves some large swaths of lacing.

Smells bready with hoppy notes of lemon and melon. Pretty nice.

Tastes of dull citrus, vague melon, slight orange peel bitterness and some bready malt. This has some nice flavor but seems to lack vibrancy.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with moderately light carbonation. Mildly bitter aftertaste with notes of orange pulp and citrus rind.

American Youth is a pretty good pale ale. I can't be sure that this bottle was fresh (it's pretty hard to be sure when a brewer does not see fit to clearly label) but an older bottle would explain the dull character that held this back. As-is I'm fine having tried this only once.

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Photo of brewskis
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger of a bright white head.

Aroma is very reminiscent of Daisy Cutter. Grass, floral, earthiness, light dank, slight peach and papaya. Light pale malt sweetness.

Taste is a little more fruitier than the aroma led me to believe. Good amount of juicy peach and papaya, as well as some grapefruit. Also get a significant grassiness and floral. Nice drying on the back end with some substantial bitterness for a pale ale. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is spot on as always with Half Acre. Smooth carbonation, creamy, and clean. Light medium body.

Has a nice mix of the more rustic grassiness and floral from Daisy Cutter with the fruitiness of HopHands. I have a lot of respect for both breweries and although this one isn't amazing, it is still a very well-done pale ale.

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

32 oz growler. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a clear golden copper with with a frothy white head, fades to a thin collar and light lace. Floral, grassy nose with hints of honey, lemon, and citrus peel; light malt. Soft carbonation, refreshing body, finish with a floral/herbal bitterness and light pepper spice. Refreshing flavor, starts with a bready malt base, cracked pepper, and dough. Slightly herbal, grassy and floral hops throughout, citrus peel sweetness. Earthy and mildly rustic dare I say. Not quite as hoppy as the Tired Hands version, but slightly preferred.

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Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled on Friday 5/30 and opened today Monday 6/1, poured into a Half Acre 16oz Green Willibecher and also into a Tired Hands Stemmed Wine Glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy copper color, hues of honey and light gold, the beer has a thick, frothy, white head that has nice accumulation, maybe 2 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves a lovely wall of soapy lace behind. The aroma is a great amalgamation of Hop Hands and Daisy Cutter, rustic, dank, earthy, bright, really has it all. Plenty of grassy hops, light citrus, definitely bitter resinous character with plenty of hop spice and malt backbone, very bready and rustic. The flavors are nice, plenty of flavor, lots of bready malt, hop spice, grassy hops with plenty of resinous pine and bitter grapefruit peel. What makes this a winner is that it's so refreshing without being overbearing on the tastebuds. The body is crisp, but fullbodied, coats the mouth very well while finishing with a lightly dry bite that's super easy and refreshing.

Verdict: A very enjoyable pale ale from both Half Acre and Tired Hands. The refreshing nature of this beer sealed the deal for me, a nice variety of flavors across a wide spectrum without out getting muddled or confused. This was great for a lazy Sunday afternoon and would make a great summer beer.

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Half Acre / Tired Hands American Youth from Half Acre Beer Company
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