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Sticky Fat - Half Acre Beer Company

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89
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
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 |  6.50% 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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1.75/5  rDev -56%

Photo of paco1029384756
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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 GRShultz
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
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 oso
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on Friday - as fresh as can be. Served in a Rodenbach tulip glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that show good retention, and eventually settle to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy glass-coating lace. The body is a very, very, dark brown color - almost black.

S - Huge dry-hop aroma here, with big floral, pine, and citrus notes, as well as some caramel and cocoa flavors. This is pretty good, and there's nary a trace of the 6.5%.

T - Here's where things go off the rails. Earthy, grassy, some chalk, and a fair bit of residual bitterness. It's almost as if Half Acre got so excited about the huge dry hop aroma, that they forgot about the "Dark Ale" part of the beer. There isn't much sweetness or roast to balance out the astringent and medicinal hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, overly chalky and gritty, with fairly harsh carbonation, and an odd papery residual feel. No alcohol warmth thankfully.

D - This was a big disappointment - things just went totally south after the pleasing nose. I managed to finish my first glass, but I had no interest in having another. Comes off like a ridiculously overhopped Irish Dry Stout, which is not a particularly compelling combination for me.

Probably not as bad as I'm making it out to be, but a big letdown. I think Freedom of '78 was the best of the recent batch of special releases, but I'd rather have more Shewolf or Double Daisy Cutter.

Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler from the brewery provided by Alex.

Pours a dark brown, coca cola on the edges, light tan head, good carbonation...Aroma is super hop, can tell it was wet hopped, lots of grass...The taste is really boring, not much going on, light brown sugar, a little hops, but really pretty boring. Light chalk finish that just seals the deal as not being a good one.

Photo of jegross2
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 siege06nd
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to bertram for the hookup...thanks, Jason!

A. Nothing surprising here, other than how good this looks. Pitch black in color with a hefty finger of cream colored head that never settles below a half finger. Lacing is thick and consistent with the head lingering nicely. This is fantastic looking.

S. MMmmm...very nice. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and cocoa roast notes. Touch of smokiness on the back end. Hops make themselves known with a lemony, pine note that cuts through the sweet roastiness. Hops are just a bit one-note, but still good. I like this. Smells very much like a dry stout.

T. In a word...muddled. Kind of the inverse of the nose, with most of the sweet, chocolate and coffee notes fading to the background in favor of some ash and hops. Bright, lemony hop notes erupt out of the mid and are tempered by the ashy dryness of the malts. Not bad.

M. It's a tad watery, though at 6.5% I don't suppose I should expect a thicker brew. Medium to high carbonation, but the individual qualities at play here (roasted malt with bright hops) never really mesh together, instead each takes a turn poking its head out until resolving into an awkwardly abrupt, carbed, watery finish.

O. Solid attempt at the style that is certainly above average. Look and nose were spot on but the flavor profile didn't quite come together as nicely as I would like. Still, I'm glad to have tried it. Thanks, Jason!

Photo of Holland
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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 wschmit
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a Goose Island Nonic.

A: Pitch black, Guinness-like color with a mocha-tan, cascading, stout-like head--around two fingers' worth. Fine, sticky bubbles leaving a nice lacing as the head slowly settles down to a finger's worth. Head thinning out dramatically as I drink, but still good lacing.

S: I can smell the hops from a foot away. The hopping is a bit confused, though, and slightly acrid, or maybe grassy. Some coffee notes as well. Interesting, but a bit overwhelming, I think.

T: Good, up-front Cascade taste, followed by not-too-thick, not-too-thin coffee flavor. Not overwhelmingly bitter, actually. The dominant lingering flavor is toasted malt and coffee/espresso.

M: A bit of hoppy resin, almost a nitro-tap feel to the carbonation, and a good bit of chew to the body. It certainly coats the whole tongue.

D: One or two of these, tops. It's a confusing beer--nose says pale ale, but the feel says milk stout. I think it's an enjoyable experience, but one or two at most, then I'd have to move on.

This beer is hard to rate to style. I don't have much experience yet with the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark style, but I believe it falls squarely into that category. I like this a lot, but it's not sessionable, by my standards.

I do love Half Acre, and this throws me for a bit of a loop, given how much I love Daisy Cutter, and how summery and light Gossamer is. An interesting experiment, nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Sticky Fat from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.