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Sticky Fat - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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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Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Illinois

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-14-2013 16:07:07 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-30-2013 17:25:47 | More by JackMehoff
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 21:45:09 | More by Canada_Dan
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:29:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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rlee1390

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:12:12 | More by rlee1390
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siege06nd

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

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Illinois

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Illinois

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312HopBomb

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:46:02 | More by 312HopBomb
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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 03:05:51 | More by jegross2
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Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:00:22 | More by Holland
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Treebs

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:06:16 | More by Treebs
Sticky Fat from Half Acre Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.