Sticky Fat - Half Acre Beer Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010

Early fall had farmers picking whole cone hops and shipping them to us overnight to brew a wet hop beer. We kicked up a black beer with a very sticky hop character. Beware of the StickyFat Bear.
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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bought a couple bottles on a visit to Half Acre.
Pours black with a creamy 1/2" head. Aroma is subdued. Flavor is smoky with a a little bite. I'm a little surprised how quickly I drank this - very tasting - I'm glad I bought 2 bombers.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler from the brewery

reviews all over the place on this one - almost as if we were not drinking the same product.

split and paired with some pork belly and saturday laziness

appearance: poured from a growler into a standard pint - dark mahogany body, foamy tan cap with decent retention

smell: hoppy - mostly pine and grapefruit aromas come through, dry roasted malt

taste: We definitely liked this one - smooth chocolate, coffee, piney hops, citrus peel, dry roasted malt. Very fresh and very drinkable

mouthfeel: great - creamy and smooth

drinkability: high

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Props to my Half Acre hook-up Sean9689 for helping me out with this.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with clear ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and topped with several thick and foamy fingers of dark mocha colored head. Once things settle down, this retains with a stiff ½ finger that doesn't budge much, leaving behind some robust and creamy swathes of lacing, which stick to the sides of the glass with some thickness. The aroma is VERY sticky smelling in the nose, with a combo of malts and hops. Hops dominate up front with some strong pine, spice, earth, and dankness, while the back end is all toffee, cocoa, and roast, which lends this an almost smoky molasses character in the nose. This is all wrapped up in a vibrant feeling fresh floral feel.

The taste is similar but even more biting, with a fresh bitter splash of resins, spice, bright citrus flavors, and dank herbal undertones. The malts are sweet at first, with some toffee and chocolate character, before a deep roasty flush of burnt character ends things. This finishes with notes of bitter fruit, rind, and wet earth all lingering on the tongue for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, prickling the tongue with sharpness before filling the rest of the mouth up with flavor. The body does seem a little thin in the back (where it also feels like there should be more of a malt presence) but this has an oily slickness to it that keeps it moving in the mouth and alcohol content is very well hid.

It's good to see this one get included in the new "Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale" category, as a "Fresh Hop Black IPA" is exactly how this one came off to me. At first I thought that the herbal and danky nature of the wet hops was going to clash with the burnt roastiness of the malts (this does seem a little thin in the malt department towards the back) but more balancing sweetness emerged as this warmed and I was won over about ½ ways through the growler. A tasty and unique offering here from Half Acre.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epitome of a Black IPA, Cascadian dark ale, American Black Ale, whatyamacallit.

Black with a mahoghany glint in the meniscus. Arcs of sticky lacing all around, an ample cap of tan foam settles slowly.

Roasty with an almost tropical hop aroma, super citrusy and fruity. Resiny pine sap and orange rind.

Flavor has an even balance between piney, grapefruity hops and a roasty malt character. Citrus is dominant, and it's roasty in the middle... almost stout-like, with a dry finish. Very savory and balanced. Easy carbonation, allowing the flavors to come through well. Very flavorful and easy to drink... abv isn't noticeable. The wet hop character pops with freshness and is the main draw. Loved this stuff...

Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a growler that I picked up on release day.

Pours nice and dark brown color with a creamy stout-like head. Very balanced and pungent aromas of hops, grains, chocolate, roasted coffee and some malty tones as well. Rich and full bodied without being overdone or over the top. Very smooth feel as well that catches me off guard a little bit in a good way. This was really good and I'd love to see this bottled

Photo of jegross2
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing the Sticky Fat from Half Acre Brewing Company our of Chicago, Illinois. This is a wet-hopped black IPA.
Score: 82

Bottle is from late September 2012 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 09/26/12.

Appearance: Pours three-plus titanic fingers of foamy head that settles to a thin, foggy layer with a thick clump of head in the center. The beer is a deep brown, almost black color with a thin brown halo outlining the beer. Below average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge doses of piney hops and citrus upfront, then a light roastiness, milk chocolate and a hint of mint. Nice blend of contrasting flavors. 4/5

Taste: Nowhere near as well incorporated as the nose tricked you into believing. Has a distinct "roasted hops" flavor that I am not particularly enjoying. The taste i all about the chocolate malt and citrus flavors. Frankly, the flavor profile feels like someone filled up a bucket with oil and water, shook it, and said "voila." Some bitter grapefruit too. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, lightish carbonation with a zesty hop kick on the tongue. Very malty, slightly roasty. 3/5

Overall: A huge letdown given the well-incorporated nose. This beer is a great example of why people are "bearish" on the style (sorry, I could not resist the pun).

Recommendation: Skip this one.

Pairings: Chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade

A-Dark in the glass, two finger tan head with some lacing.

S-Roasted notes, some coffee, tad bit of smoke along with earthy hops.

T-Starts with roasted malt, coffee, tad bit of chocolate, earthy hops. Ends with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and creamy.

O-A good beer, fresh I imagine it would be much better, as a tad more hops would make this great.

Photo of iadler
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with exitmusic00.

A- Pours a dark brown with a mocha three finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice cap with plenty of lacing.

S- Dank fresh hops with pink grapefruit and orange zest, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee beans.

T- Fresh harvest hops hit the palate first with pink grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malt and faint coffee.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Creamy mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy. Very smooth.

O- A pretty strange brew with fresh hops thrown into a dark ale. It is definitely unique and one of the better offerings from Half Acre I've had recently, but not a typical wet hop offering. Drinkability was hurt a bit from the sharp bitterness from the citrus hops upfront.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a huge five fingers of dark khaki meringue filling the glass. Retention was excellent and the lace was plentiful and sticky.

S: Fresh squeezed pine and brown bread. Grapefruit makes an appearance as does a bit of carmelized brown sugar. Roasted malt lends some richness to the aroma.

T: Freshly clipped pine bough drizzled with grapefruit and roasty malt. Interesting mixture of flavors that brings to mind rye bread, mexican chocolate, mint, and a hint of coffee. The burps are killer...like I was chewing on a pine cone!

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. Not thin and watery, not thick and syrupy...just right. Fantastic peppery prickle (hop oil? rye malt?) that sticks to every mouth surface. Actually tingles on the lips and tongue long after the swallow.

D: Perfect weather for this beer to drop. After a long, hot, and humid Chicago summer we were treated to a cool, dry, and breezy early autumn day...perfect for this stick to your ribs beer. Get it while you can...this is awesome!

Photo of GRShultz
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, black as night. Took out the mag-light and put it behind the glass, no light can escape it's darkness. Average foamy head.

First whiff gives you that citrusy/piney hop smell with a note of slightly burnt malt. Smell is very pleasant.

The taste is smokey, somewhat thin. A bit watery. You can taste the hops but there is no hoppy mouthfeel. The malt taste is vague. Drinking it goes down easy. The beer is very drinkable, but it's sort of boring.

The style is now listed as a "Black IPA"? Huh? I don't think so. No hoppy mouth punch, no IPA. The drinking of this brew reminds me more of Porter than anything else, no real complexity to the taste.

The experience of drinking Sticky Fat is like taking a date to the Junior Prom who was your 2nd choice, she was pleasant but not very memorable.

I would drink Mission St. Brown from Trader Joe's over this in a heartbeat (which is a beer I don't love but like for the price).

Sticky Fat is an exceedingly average brew. This is the first truly disappointing offering from Half Acre. Their marketing is good though.

Photo of haveaduff2
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, aromatic, delicious. Poured smoothly from the growler and produced a thick, lovely head with a pleasing, intense hop scent. Mouthfeel was silky and rich, inviting more sips. Almost felt like this was poured from a nitro tap, that's how silky. Big hop flavor all over this big bear, with a malty beginning and a drier finish. This was a winner. The weather had turned a bit cool that evening, just right for this one.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

And here I thought I'd missed out on this beer again this year... Luckily, I got to see that it pours an opaque charcoal gray topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, cantaloupe, light pine, light chocolate powder, and light orange peel. The fruity hop character really shines against the low-key malty backdrop. The taste holds notes of lightly buttery cocoa, pine resin, light balsa, cantaloupe, and ruby red grapefruit peel. Here the hops take a more piney turn, making their juxtaposition with the chocolate less smooth, more tenebrist than before. The body is a slightly limpid medium, with a light carbonation (almost as though 'twere cask-conditioned, but I know this wasn't...I checked...) and a slickly smooth feel. Overall, this was probably the best CDA I've ever had. The low carbonation made things odd, but the smoothness made up for it. Good times.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Bobby (courtesy of Alex).

A: The pour is cola like, looks black in the glass except when held to the light where it is a dark mahogany color.

S: Very nice hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, and pine. The base beer is fairly roasty with some brown sugar and sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit--both flesh and rind--with some grassy character and a moderate piney bitterness. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar, roast, and maybe a bit of bitter coffee or chocolate.

M: Medium body with a somewhat low carbonation from the growler journey.

D: This was quite a nice beer, of course I'm a sucker for a Black IPA. I did wish it had a little more bitterness, but otherwise this was quite solid.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours nearly black with the slimmest of dark brown highlights and two fingers of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Bursting with fresh pine and bright citrus hop aroma, along with dark chocolate. The roast malt takes a backseat to the wet hops.

Taste -- Grapefruit and pine sap up front. Hop bitterness is moderate, with more emphasis on flavor and aromatics. Malts are dry and roasty, not unlike a dry Irish stout.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit viscous, with mild carbonation. Works well.

Drinkability -- Phenomenal. Exceeded my high expectations. Great flavors, but still very easy-drinking. I was planning on sharing this growler with some other BA's, but maybe I'll just drink it by myself...

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 2.21.13

A - Pours brown with a one inch medium tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy grass, malts, sweet brown sugar.

T - Roasted and burnt malt, some coffee, much of the hops are lost here.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Smells hoppy, tastes malty and burnt.

Photo of route66pubs
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GbVDave for the growler! Great surprise this one!

A - pours an extremely dark black. No light through this. Root beer-like head is thick and heavy from a hard pour, and it sticks to the "pint" glass like a spider web, leaving its fingerprints all over the glass for a long, long time.

S - the aroma changes over the course of the growler. What was originally pretty darn citrusy with the first pour has - as I'm into my second glass - become more mellow and, as Dave said, piney. This is an incredible aromatic beer with each and every layer having its own enjoyment for sure.

T - some definite hops in there but what are they? I first thought Amarillo as citrus (grapefruit and maybe a hint of lemon) abounded. Now, I'm not so sure. The hop forward nature of this one has diminished over an hour or so, and has become MUCH more balanced. Still some citrus but smokey, charcoal flavors are now coming forward more.

M - Initially, the carbonation on this was almost too much. Now, carbonation, smokey goodness, and smooth milk chocolate sensations coat the tongue and mouth in equal numbers, making this a very refined BIPA indeed.

D - While I would love to try this on tap, I almost think that letting a growler of this open up and warm up may be the way to go. The changes that have happened on this over its time being open have been incredible, and it makes me want more. Of course, the dryness from the smoke and the perfect balance in the aromas and tastes don't hurt, either.

Again, THANKS GbVDave for this wonderful experience.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours black with brown edges with a creamy tank head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some residual lacing.

S. Beautiful crisp hop character. Grassy and pine with roast.

T. Roasted malt character with chocolate. Nice bright hop character.

M. Fairly thin body that is quite dry. Good and drinkable.

D. Quite delicious. At least one of my favorite black ipas.

Photo of paco1029384756
2.76/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, nearly black with one and a half fingers of creamy tan head.

Scent of lightly charred malts, sugar, dry, earthy hops, and pine. I really like the hop character, but there's something about the malt I find off.

Taste of strong pine, grass, chalk,and light nondescript malt. Similarly with the scent, I am just not picking much up from this, but maybe that is a good thing. I was really looking forward to this one, but now I will have to trudge through a growler of this and be miserable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, underwhelming.

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

Pours a dark brown. A nice tan head. Looks pretty. Smells similar to daisy cutter but with some roasty malts underneath. Tastes vey nicely balanced. Hoppy, citrus, grapefruit.The roastiness is fairly solid. Pretty decent overall but still nothing stellar.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a New Glarus ale glass

Pours a deep, dark brown capped by a great clumpy head that recedes very slowly. Beautiful lacing.

Smells of sweet, dark roasted malt with caramel and an awesome perfumey citrus hop note.

The roast is prominent backed by tangy yeast and a tart, piney bitter finish. Nice complex layer of flavors. An Over ale malt profile that is roasted darker and I love Over ale. The grapefruit hop taste is delicious.

Medium smooth mouthfeel is slightly creamy and refreshing.

I like this new improved version. Half Acre hits one out of the park.

Photo of Sean9689
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Growler from Alex. Thanks dude.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin ring and thin cap on top with some spotty lacing.

S - Very hoppy, some slighty sweet malts, rye notes.

T - Meh. Too hoppy, slight malts, rye, plastic. Not enough sweetness to balance it out. Way one-dimensional with a plastic/medicinal finish.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - No more, please. Just not a fan. Too much hops and not enough sweetness to balance it out. I'd rather be drinking an APA or IPA if I want something this hoppy.

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks roger

A-black body with a brown head that quickly disapates

S-nice hop aroma.

T-follows the nose. This is what wet hopped tastes like. Not over powering. Gentle I pa

M-medium body and smooth

O-good black ipa. Little low on Carb from the growlers

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one Roger
From notes

A - dark brown body, clarity in the edges, minimal white-tan head.

S - smokey, a touch of smoked meats, "piney goodness," some floral notes. quite nice.

T - coffee, light hop bitterness. pleasant, nothing too exciting.

M - medium-thinnish body, fairly light, nice carbonation

O - a fine beer, pretty interesting and quite drinkable.

Photo of Holland
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black to brown color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: smells of citrus, pine, and slightly spicy hops with a hint of roastiness

T: same kind of thing as the smell but with more emphasis on the roasted flavors

M: really interesting, soft feel, but with a good amount of carbonation on a medium body.

O: solid beer, but black IPAs still aren't my thing. $7 or something like that at the brewery, I think

Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub.

A: Pours a solid black color with dark brown edges where the light hits. A one finger height of tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a bubble ring. Sticky splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Big hoppy notes are present up front. Citrus flesh and green piney notes are both present. Some of the darker flavors then start to come out. Roasted malts, milk chocolate and some toasted coffee bean. Great combinations of flavors going on.

T: The hops are there in a raw state with some semi bitter pine and just mild citrus, but the roasted malt flavors with the light chocolate take over pretty quickly. The finish is fairly clean like an IPA, save for a touch of dry, roasted malt notes.

M: Medium bodied with a solid, medium carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and clean.

O: This beer really straddled the line between IPA and full on black ale. It had a great hop presence, but it was really kept in line by the solid roasted malt presence. A must try for any "Black IPA" fans.

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Sticky Fat from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.