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Sticky Fat - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-11-2010)
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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.

haveaduff2, Sep 08, 2010
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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!

GbVDave, Sep 04, 2010
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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.

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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.

route66pubs, Sep 14, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was psyched to see they decided to bring this one back, as it soon became my favorite Half Acre offering last fall.

Pours a motor oil black out of the growler. Upon first whiff, you get gorgeous hop aroma. I was getting a little pine, a little dankness, some faint citrus and herbal mint, followed by dark chocolate and roasty coffee.

In the mouth, this what a Black IPA should taste like! It looks like a nasty stout, but drinks like a pale ale. Very well balanced between the roasted chocolate malts and the robust hoppiness. However, the bitterness was much more balanced than last years offering, making this even more sessionable. I kept getting a nice mint aroma/flavor in the finish, almost reminding me of drinking the Girl scout cookie "Thin Mint" beer equivalent! All in all, another excellent offering from Half Acre and an overall excellent wet hopped beer!

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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Growler purchased today at Half Acre--a great kickoff to Labor Day weekend.

Pours a clear, very dark brown with lots of light brown head that lingers well. Some lacing.

Aroma is citrus and piney bitter hops mixed with sweet roasted malts.

Taste upfront is bitter grapefruit, citrus and pine. Middle introduces a light roasted malt flavor of roasted coffee and caramel--somewhat bready too. Finish is a combination of citrus hops and roasted malts. Lingering flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Really clean finish--not oily or syrupy.

Really nice mix of fresh hops and roasted malts. Great balance with no one flavor dominating. One of Half Acre's best so far.

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Sticky Fat from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.