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Sticky Fat - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%


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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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: growler

09-07-2010 00:06:58 | More by dirtylou
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paco1029384756

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2010 23:24:02 | More by paco1029384756
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2010 15:52:58 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 21:11:58 | More by Sean9689
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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...

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 21:03:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 20:55:47 | More by jrallen34
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5%
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...

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 01:24:48 | More by emerge077
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

09-03-2010 23:46:09 | More by GbVDave
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sidetracked

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

9/3/2010

Serving type: growler

09-03-2010 21:33:08 | More by sidetracked
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Sticky Fat from Half Acre Beer Company
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