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Callow Knife - Half Acre Beer Company

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 20
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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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-27-2013 23:56:14 | More by johunnic
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Mat_Rampson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-21-2013 00:20:07 | More by Mat_Rampson
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-20-2013 20:56:02 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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duobob

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-20-2013 00:42:53 | More by duobob
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-19-2013 17:56:30 | More by Gonzoillini
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dipaguy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-18-2013 00:42:08 | More by dipaguy
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Joel12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2013 18:20:03 | More by Joel12
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jegross2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Reviewing the Callow Knife from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 90

32 oz growler filled at the brewery on 01/11/13, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/11/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Super fresh grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango and peach plus grassy and piney hops. Faint underlying caramel malt backbone. This brew packs a really nice, robust aroma! 4.5/5

Taste: While the nose is robust, the flavors here are "watery"/"watered-down." There are bitter, piney hops upfront followed by sweet tropical citrus. There's initially a "bitter pucker" that mellows out substantially after the citrus kicks in. Grapefruit, peach, apricot and lemon dominate the back end. Subtle caramel malt flavor too. Reminds me of their Daisy Cutter in "how" it tastes (but not in the specific hop/citrus flavors). A mildy sweet malt bill underlies the hops and citrus, and a little bready grain flavor comes through as it warms up. I realize that this is only a regular ol' pale ale with a sessionable ABV, but the watered down aspect cuts down what could have been a stellar beer to something that is merely good. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, low carbonation. Watered down on the palate, but dry on the finish. 3/5

Overall: Sessionable, tasty and refreshing. This beer is better than Daisy Cutter, but could have been something much greater and more special if the taste and mouthfeel could have been as robust as the aroma.

Recommendation: Worth trying, not worth going out of your way to seek out.

Pairings: Hot dogs.

Cost: $8 for a 32 oz growler refill or $14 for a 64 oz growler refill.

01-12-2013 17:41:40 | More by jegross2
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

11-16-2012 07:56:20 | More by Anonymous1
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5%

10-10-2012 02:20:33 | More by t0rin0
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daysinthewake

California

4/5  rDev -5%

10-07-2012 05:10:11 | More by daysinthewake
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Thompson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

07-16-2012 21:21:09 | More by Thompson
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-08-2012 13:19:24 | More by awdturboiv
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BeerMeFitz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

03-31-2012 06:48:49 | More by BeerMeFitz
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DTown

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

03-30-2012 20:43:04 | More by DTown
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ILLEGALSMILEs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

02-07-2012 19:24:39 | More by ILLEGALSMILEs
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GinaBeerInc

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

02-06-2012 20:21:09 | More by GinaBeerInc
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CummingsK21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2012 02:27:20 | More by CummingsK21
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to immobilisme for the growler!

Pretty red-orange color, slightly hazy, with a medium head and fair lacing.

Prominent hoppy aroma - pine and grapefruit. Similar hop flavors dominate the taste. This was billed as the malt equivalent to daisy cutter, but it is still all about the hops.

Medium-light body with good carbonation.

Well-worth trying. A hop heads delight.

01-13-2012 23:40:43 | More by CliffBrake
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KDawg

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%

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

01-09-2012 04:30:10 | More by KDawg
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jdhende

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Deep Copper orange color.

S: This is a fantastic smelling beer. Hops, citrus and pine are all present in this one. I also get some herbal/dank notes.

T: Nice hoppy bitterness with citrus and fruit flavors just like in the nose. I was slightly let down as the smell is better than the taste on this one.

M: Light and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

D: A very refreshing and tasty brew. I personally prefer Daisy Cutter to this, but not by much. Half Acre is really stepping their game up with these new beers.

01-07-2012 23:30:25 | More by jdhende
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-07-2012 14:53:35 | More by pschul4
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kevanb

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

12-31-2011 03:21:13 | More by kevanb
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Khazadum

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

12-30-2011 01:42:29 | More by Khazadum
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geoffsm12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-30-2011 00:21:48 | More by geoffsm12
Callow Knife from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.