Ginger Twin - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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: 222 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by dukedevil0:
Photo of dukedevil0
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the Half Acre Tap Room on release day - served into my FFF Alpha King imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark caramel/brown/amber color with two fingers of tan-white colored head that laces the glass as it settles to a thin layer of froth.

S: Smells of grassy, earthy, piney hops dominate but there are also tropical citrus notes and some subtle sweet malt notes as well.

T: Similar to the smell there are grassy, earthy and piney hop flavors dominating with some tropical citrus notes in there too. Some sweet caramel, toasted malt and bready flavors along for the ride.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied, smooth as it goes down.

D: The flavor is good and there isn't any alcohol taste, so this would be a good session beer. I personally would prefer more citrusy sweet hoppy flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -7.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +2%
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 Sammy
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
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 dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.1%
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 -1.3%
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 bluemoonswoon
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours out of the bottle a hazy iced tea brown. Love the look of a hazy beer, for some reason they just make me think the beer has extra flavor packed in it. As weird as that sounds it's just something I like to see. Head starts off at about two inches then works its way down to about a half inch cap.

S: Aroma is pure hoppy red ale, just amazing. Like Hop Head Red on steroids. I've never tried Nugget Nectar but I think this beer could be comparable just on the aroma alone. Tons of fresh, juicy hops, toss in some pine resin and doughy malt and you've got one hell of a beer for yourself. Gets a bit doughier as it warms

T/MF: Lots of fresh hops, I was expecting bitter but not quite this bitter. Hop Head is a bit juicy while this beer is on the drier side and leaves the tongue a bit parched in between sips. Just like the aroma, as this beer warms it takes on a greater malt character while still retaining a good deal of dryness.

D: Hope this is one of the beers that gets canned alongside Daisy Cutter. Another winner from what is becoming one of my favorite local brewers. Bomber was too easy to finish.

Photo of jhoban19
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: deep amber with ruby red hues when held to the light. Foamy white head holds well and leaves a strong lace all around the glass.

S: Initial aromas of grass and pine with subtle hints of sweet caramel malt. Pineapple really starts to take hold as I make my way through the glass but never overwhelms. Every few whiffs also seem to yield some hints of papaya. I also detect faint traces of wild ginger (perhaps the name has me thinking of the wild ginger that permeates the air on the road to Hana in Maui).

T: Ginger Twin exhibits a bit more balance in the taste than in the aroma. Definitely getting those pineapple and papaya notes (mostly pineapple) along with a perfect hop bitterness. Where the caramel malt is more subtle in the aroma it is a bit more assertive on the palate. There's a touch of honey in there as well.

M: medium bodied with a smooth silkiness that turns a bit dry and crisp on the finish.

D: Ginger Twin is a combination of many subtle flavors that add up to one great beer. It shows a wonderful balance of fruit, malt and bitterness. I could easily see myself drinking a couple of bombers in a session. Unfortunately this was a limited release and I don't think there's any more available around town. I'm gonna have to walk across the street and beg the folks at Half Acre to brew this one again.

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not great. Very average. Had it at Taste the Rarity in Memphis.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing hazy caramel orange/brown. A ton of foam that laces in attractive spindly formations, almost like dripping cave stalagtites.
Retention is good, the skim stays across the top the whole time.

Caramel, pine, and juicy fruit flavors. Bready rye and pungent hops in the aroma. Leafy hops and spicy rye in the aftertaste. Fairly full bodied, yet easy to finish a bomber in a sitting. It would be nice to see a dry hopped version of this someday... Cane & Ebel is still the local rye champion to me.

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a orange/amber color with a small head

Rich and aromatic with aromas of malts, toffee, blood oranges, and some hops

medium/full bodied with a real nice smooth feel and good flavors of blood oranges, malts, and some toffee

More hoppy on the aromas than the feel. One of my favorites from half-acre and always a welcome time when they release it

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 6.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to emerge077 for this Half Acre bottle!

A - Fairly clear red-amber in color with an off-white head. Lower retention but some good lace clings to the glass.

S - Hearty hop aroma with a light grassy nose and light Willamet hop backing. Amber malts are present but light and moderately toasted. Hop-heavy.

T - Hop-heavy flavor with a slightly grassy Willamet flavor and spice finish. Very floral and earthy. Amber malts are toasted with a caramel bite.

M - Very dry and slightly bitter with a carbonation bite to the finish. Hard and medium-light-bodied.

D - A decently drinkable red ale that's a little lighter with strong woody, earthy notes. Nice.

Photo of jsanford
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a nice dark copper with a huge, fluffy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap, leaving some spotty lacing as it recedes. Big, pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple with a solidly sweet amber malt backbone. Taste follows the nose closely, lots of sticky, resinous hops with a good amount of caramel/amber malt. There's a slight chocolate quality in the finish that's very nice. Very balanced flavor-wise. Mouthfeel is moderately crisp, slightly sticky, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a very nice Amber Ale, not quite Nugget Nectar but it's close.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes - 5/17/10

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with three full fingers of head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and tropical citrus hops. A faint malt also, with a hint of alcohol. Very nice hop schedule for the style.

T: Taste follows the smell, with a less pronounced hop bite. The malt subdues the bitterness to bring this beer to a very balanced finish.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Smooth going down and crisp in the finish.

D: Haven't dove too far into this style, but this is one is near the top. Very easy and smooth drinking, but for some reason I was feeling the ABV on this one.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark amber color with no particulates. Creamy light toffee colored one finger head.

Smells spicy, piney, nutty, and roasty.

Taste is herby, grassy, piney, caramely and slightly metallic.

Very well-rounded, smooth body with moderate carbonation and a creamy but crisp mouthfeel.

Really enjoying this beer, it has a lot of flavor for only being 6.5% abv. Overall very pleasant. Not phenomenal, but would drink it again.

Photo of jcnd9803
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: As others have stated, very murky amber, but I for one like it. It makes me feel like it's got some really powerful flavors going on in there. Nice lacing too.

S: I'm really picking up some caramel when I smell it. But then when I move my nose away, it finishes with some hops. Very odd, and the first time I've had a smell hit me like that.

T: Follows the smell. Starts off with a smooth caramel malt flavor that leans towards woodsy and then finishes with a nice subtle hop flavor. I'm liking this a lot. I can't believe a 6.5% beer can offer such a complex taste (and smell).

M: Two words: smooth and creamy.

D: This is a great beer. I'm one of the minority that doesn't think Daisy Cutter meets the hype, but I'll go on record saying this one is outstanding. These guys are pumping out some great beers!

Photo of JLeege
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Into a flute, pours a deep amber / mahogany color with two fingers worth of thick off white head. Above average retention and a little splotchy lace.

Smell- Citrus is noticed right away, particularly grapefruit, very vibrant. Somewhat floral beneath that, turning earthy and leading into caramel malt accents. Very impressive nose on this one.

Taste- Citrus on the tongue right away, but doesn’t turn bitter till the linger. Juicy grapefruit with some orange peel. Then a bright floral quality is procured, somewhat earthy, with a bit of pine. Turns to caramel and slightly doughy towards the finish, from the sturdy malt bill used. The ultimate linger is bitter citrus and slight brown sugar.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with average carbonation for the style, just a bit sticky. Fairly dry.

Overall- An impressively complex beer for a generally, fairly straightforward style. They coined it an “India Style Red Ale” and that is a pretty damn good descriptor. Has an initial bright hoppy presence found in your IPAs leading to your deep caramel malt notes generally associated with an amber / red ale. If they ever 4-pack - can this, I would probably pick it up regularly.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Urbancaver for this.

4.0 A: Opaque amber brown color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with earthy and citrusy hops. This really isn't any hoppier than most amber ales, so they could have just called it an amber. Big hit of caramel with a dusty graininess and a solid neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. Toasty and grainy malts with caramel and a solid neutral sweetness. Hops are citrusy with focus on orange and earthy. Very tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Super easy to drink with a wonderful toasty flavor.

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Ginger Twin from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.