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Callow Knife - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brewed a session pale ale called Callow Knife, to join the cold spell. This beer is a malt twin to Daisy Cutter, but we dry hopped the snot out of it with Falconer and Citra hops. These are new hops to our brewery and ones we were eager to get in the tank.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-18-2011)
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Really good retention with streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

There's a stronger malt presence in the aroma than expected with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, rye and biscuit along with subtle earthy and citrus hop notes.  The nose is surprisingly lacking in hop character.  Subtle floral and resinous pine presence but the malt notes overpower.

Full bodied and much more complex/hoppy than the aroma suggests.  Dry bitterness up front with some resinous oils, pine needle and subtle citrus coutered by a strong malt backbone.  Lots of carmael sweetness with toffee, rye, bread and biscuit.  More dry bitterness in the finish.  Not really like a pale ale at all.  Decent hop flavor but not what I was expecting.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a nice dark orange color with a good head.

very nice hop aromas along with citrus and a touch of florals. Very good depth as well

Medium bodied with a real smooth feel and flavors of hops, spices, and some citrus.

This is lacking a slight bit in the flavors. it's also very similar to daisy cutter, but a bit lighter. Sadly, it's not as good as daisy cutter, but still a very nice beer

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown out with as much off white foamy head as you want. Hop grass aroma. Watery flavor, but hoppy. Feels a bit unfinished, actually. Still a pretty good beer,though. My wife says, "I wouldn’t drink that voluntarily.". Repour from a growler a year later. Very hoppy aroma, sweet and fruity. Flavor is very hoppy as well.
Great tasting beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kevanb
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler poured into a Half Acre 12oz glass.

The beer pours a nice dark copper color with fairly cloudy complexion, light amber with hues of orange and a nice 2 finger white head, very soapy and frothy that has nice retention and leaves behind a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is pleasant, light tangy citrus with a bit of earthy pine but a significant amount of pale cereal grains, the hops don't really shine like I anticipated they would and the malt is fairly dominant which comes as a surprise given the hop forward nature of Daisy Cutter. The flavors follow suit with nice flavorful citrus, bitter earthy pine, dank grassy flavors that sweep into sweet bready grain. The hops come out a bit more on the tongue but still don't take off or really pop. The body is nice, smooth, medium carbonation helps prop up the flavors with a great dry finish.

Verdict: A solid Pale Ale from Half Acre, but certainly doesn't hold up to many of their of their other hoppy offerings. The flavors come across better than the nose and while this is an enjoyable beer, it didn't quite live of to expectations.

Photo of thetomG
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a nice thick layer of tan foamy head. Good amount of lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is excellent - the citra hops really shine through here (and to a lesser degree the Falconer) and I have to say the aroma is clearly my favorite aspect of this beer.

Flavor has some mild bitterness, along with some grapefruit/citrus aspects.

Body is a bit lighter than I'd prefer, but helps to make this beer extremely drinkable.

I think I'd give Daisy Cutter the slight nod due to its bigger body and more intense bitterness, but this is a tasty varietal and something I'd recommend checking out.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Callow Knife from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.