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Ginger Twin - Half Acre Beer Company

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dukedevil0 on 02-20-2010

A nod to the hop cone & the bearded brethren, we loaded this beer with our favorites and reinforced it with a solid malt base and caramel twist.
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by ChiPool:
Photo of ChiPool
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the brewery today. Poured into a duvel tulip.

GT pours a dark amber, opaque color. It is well carbonated, with a generous amount of cream colored head. It's not particularly aromatic, but it looks pretty! Locally, there is some creativity within this style, so I'm happy to see new spins on a relatively bland style. This is a hopped up red: reminds me a bit of some of the nice rye beers from the region (Founders/2 Bros/etc.). Pretty well balanced. Nice beer...actually, similar to odells version of the same style.

Overall: above average. maybe a gateway for a bidding hophead? Always happy to try an offering from HA, and to suport my local brewers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with sunset highlights throughout. A nice, thick pillow of white head remains the duration of the glass.

A spicy hop aroma with a cherry and pomegranite, ripe berry fruitiness.

More malt complexity than expected comes through on the front of the tongue. Layers of chewy caramel transition (in not the smoothest way) to a spicy hop finish. Something a little awkward in the middle there. Subtle chocolate notes come out as it warms.

The mouthfeel is plush, soft, and chewy. Very nice.

Based on the taste I'm not sure how fresh this bottle was. A reason why at least a bottled on date would be courteous to the consumer.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red and amber pour, average head, lacing, retention. Smell was a weird mix of sweet and sour, but nothing like the Chinese food pairing.

Taste, can't tell what is from the carbonation or the substantive body of the beer at first. A spicyness that is almost rye-esque. Didn't have the hop mouthfeel come across as was talked up by the guy I traded with. I wanted a hoppy red ale, I got a red ale that was carbonated, spicy and funky, which was just a mild disappointment, but I guess made up for it in originality points.

Drank this back in May, soon after DLD, so no 'it wasn't fresh' claim is gonna be valid in my department. Not that I wouldn't recommend this beer, it just depends what you're lookin' for. This was enjoyable before a baseball game.

Photo of deuce9259
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy dense caramel colored body with a light tan bubbly head that last for a bit. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the base of the glass.
S- The slight fruity hops give way to a dry grain note with biscuit malt and toast aromas. There is a slightly dry caramel malt note in the finish.
T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt flavor with a slight spice quality to it and there is a light sweetness of caramel that comes through more when it warms. The green slightly fruity hops finish up wit a dark green pine flavor and a minty quality to them. The dark dry caramel malt flavor mixes with the hops in the finish and lingers just a moment.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel wit a soft fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noted.
D- The biscuit malt flavor is full but not overpowering but toward the end of the bomber it is a bit much. The caramel malt has a nice support to the biscuit malt and the soft pine green hops have some interesting characteristics. This is a nice American Pale Ale with some slightly darker malt notes but it is just not exciting enough to have another glass.

Photo of degerbah
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sloghtly cloudy red with about an inch if head. The aroma betrays a very large amount of hops ofr an amber. The taste is similar to the smell. Lots of hops that make this particular amber more similar to an APA in taste than an amber. The hops are tasty and generally don't last overly long on the palet.

Photo of timc100
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous looking red ale. Blood red amber with a sticky red-tinged beige head.

S: Really fresh and hoppy. Big, ripe sweet grapefruit dominates, backed by caramel and toffee - slightly sticky and resinous, very slight tropical fruit astringency. Very hop forward red ale

T: Much less vibrant than the nose. Grapefruit and caramel. Very smooth

P: Surprisingly low carbonation - medium bodied

O: Another solid offering from Half Acre - love what they're doing

Photo of joeseppy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper garnet with a creamy dense head. Great legs on the lacing.

Aroma blast of grapefruit billing. Roast malt and herbal hop.

Spicy bite to it. Moderate hop bitterness, almost grassy and pine. Malt sweetness and grainy.

Creamy and lush mouthfeel. Very satiating.

Looking at these ginger twins in their seafaring garb makes me want to put down a shot of Jameson while I go on-I dunno. Very tasty amber red that really should not be passed on. Affordable and a formidable contender.

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hopslayer88
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mrjedi299
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Diggy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Sammy
2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So-so beer.Cloudy red body with lot of bubbly foam. Wierd, rather funky aromas. Very lacey. Light mouthfeel. Ginger in taste,some citrus, grassy hops, but not well integrated.Thanks for bringing Ken.Drinkable,they can improve the yeast quality, hey they sell it I rate it.

Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Christopher0331
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, scooped at armanetti's in Chicago last weekend. a presumably old bottle

appearance: served in my ommegang chalice - bright amber body, light creamy beige ring, murky body

smell: piney hops, toffee and caramel, sweet and fruity with a nice malt base

taste: I was looking for a little more in the hops department, but i might be late to the party...toffee, caramel, toasted malts, brown sugar, green piney hops.

mouthfeel: good carbonation, medium body, no bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to paco1029384756 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a deep clear amber (almost ruby colored) in the glass, with 2 rich fingers of off-white head. This retains with a robust 1/2 finger, which just slathers the sides of the glass with creamy froth. The aroma is has some definite fresh PNW hop action going on with it, with floral activity, pine, herbal accents, and some spiciness. There is some tropical fruit as well, but it's not coming out quite as robust as some of the other hop flavors are. Some maltier accents of caramel and crackers hang on the edges of the aroma, lending the nose some sweet grainy presence.

The taste is moderately biting up front with sticky resins and spice, while still being still being well balanced by some softer fruit tones, earthy herbal accents, and a silky smooth Red Ale malt backbone of toasted bread and toffeed sweetness. Pine, spice, and earth linger with a hard dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium (maybe a touch fuller) bodied, with a big creamy sharpness that blows up in the mouth, while a slicker presence underneath keeps this flowing easy. This feels spot on for 7%, with just some light warmth coming out of the body but no alcohol being present in the taste whatsoever.

Just a really solid take on a hoppy Red Ale here, with a good balance to it that allowed those hops to show their stuff without becoming overly bitter. Really nice drinkibility on this as well, as I had no problem polishes the bomber off. Another well done brew from Half Acre.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber with an off-white gigantic head. Great retention on the head and sticky lacing left behind.

I love the aromas coming off this one. At first there is undeniable caramel, then pine and earthy hops hit the nose. It's everything a hopped up red should smell like, magnified.

Similar flavor, but unfortunately not as pungent as the smell. Still very good flaver, though. It's an equitable balance between sweet and bready malts and resinous pine/woodsy hops. The hops dominate the aftertaste for a long time.

The body is full, juicy, and has a long bitter, dry finish.

Good drinkability. It drinks a little heavier than the abv suggests, but is very fresh and tasty.

Half Acre has really stepped on the scene and made some noise. I look forward to future offerings.

Photo of larryarms847
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous mahogany in color, one of the prettiest pours I've see.

Immediately smacked by ginger, but the sweet caramel hints balance the bitterness of the ginger well.

Taste is all ginger and very bitter, not at all sweet as the nose hinted.

Mouthfeel is a bitter one.

Overall this beer is a great snifting beer, but as soon as it hits the lips it kind of disappoints.

Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber with a slight red tint color with a massive head that hangs around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I was expecting a hopped-up beer being an Imperial Red Ale, but this seems to have the malt very much in control. Aroma features a nice caramel, bready malt profile. There is some citrus hops lingering in the background. These hops come out a little more in the flavor. Solid malt foundation giving a sweet caramel flavor that is complimented by the citrus hops. Bitterness is moderate. I guess this beer has been out for awhile so the age may have taken its toll. Still quite enjoyable flavor. The body is substantial but I was expecting more considering the malt and ABV.

Photo of RyFikes
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Ginger Twin from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.