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Ambrosia - Half Acre Beer Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ambrosia is an interesting beer, and we're pleased with the results. Citrus snap melding with Hibiscus sweetness and warm malt notes. 6% abv gives it backbone, but clearly sessionable.

(Beer added by: BeerLover99 on 03-16-2011)
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Reviews by ommegoose:
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ommegoose

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill picked up earlier today, poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass.

This is a gorgeous looking beer. Big frothy head on top of a brilliant crimson body that turns toward orange as the glass tapers. Just the right amount of haze. Laces an even sheet around, and holds a cap of foam well.

What an aroma too. Very potent. The floral notes really pop. I'm not a member of FlowerAdvocate, so I'm having a hard time digging much deeper. I trust it's the hibiscus. Soft and like perfume. Citrus zest shows up too. A really raw sweetness is buried way down.

This is much less wheaty than I was expecting, in fact, I might not have even guessed if I didn't know. Floral flavors really dominate upfront, but sweetness is a bit or the low side, or at least matched by a bitter kick at the end, likely a blend of the orange peel and hops. Citrus finish (sharp grapefruit rind, tangy orange, even some lemon) lingers at the end with some spiciness. Herbal notes here too, like a strong tea. I don't think hops were an afterthought here; they add lots of complexity. I would not be surprised if the hop bill has a lot in common with the recently departed Callow Knife. This is bold for 6%. As a fan of sweet beers, I salivate at the idea of the maltiness here ratcheted up. I would kill for a big sticky imperial version of this. As is, I'd prefer a touch more sweetness. This is a minor quibble as complexity keeps coming with each sip. Toasty malt and peppery yeast. As it warms the yeast character comes through more and more, and makes me wonder what a Belgian version would be like.

Juicy. Light tingly carbonation, medium-full body.

There's basically too much going on here for this to be the kind of beer I would drink all night long, but it's so interesting that I'm sure to revisit it and make sure my friends get a try while it lasts. I honestly can't think of a comparable beer, and that's a great sign. Those who bash the American Pale Wheat Ale style need to reconsider. Then again, this maybe is entirely its own thing. And the more of this I drink the better it gets. I really hope this gets consideration for being an annual, if not a full-time brew. Up there with Big Hugs as the finest limited release from Half Acre to date.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2011 04:03:36 | More by ommegoose
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Illinois

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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange citrus notes, with some additional floral notes which I assume are from the hibiscus. The flavor is more of the same. The floral and orange citrus notes go very well together, with the wheat backbone also adding a little flavor to the overall experience. The beer is very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 01:39:28 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-20-2012 15:02:19 | More by Jefe73
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-17-2012 04:56:39 | More by imperialking
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BrewerB

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MarkFy sent me this beer in a recent trade. Cheers and thanks, Mark!

Pouring into a Three Floyds pint glass. Semi-cloudy, medium orange in color with yellow highlights. Formed a tall, rocky off-white that's retaining well and leaving lacing on the glass.

Sweet orange rind along with a harder to identify floral presence dominate the nose on this brew.

Flavors include a mild toasty malt and a more prevalent orange rind. Moderate level of bitterness and a dry finish. Slight spiciness.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall glad to have sampled this but nothing overly impressive. A well-made beer but not something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:36:39 | More by BrewerB
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markrmoser

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-18-2011 22:35:50 | More by markrmoser
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Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Illinois

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Illinois

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Illinois

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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden amber with lots of haze and cloudiness and some sediment gathering on the bottom. A very fluffy large head of white formed on the top and this gradually gave way to copious side glass lace. A great aroma hear, very light with lots of floral light hop[s in the back a really nice grassy and yeast like front to it. This translated over very well to the flavor. A very light floral and bright flavor dominated by grass like flavors, punctuated with peaches, and orange hop flavors

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 14:26:38 | More by mikesgroove
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy orange-red. nice white head and lacing.
S: floral, citrus, tropical fruit, toffee, and spicy yeast.
T: lightly sweet malts and smooth hops upfront but becomes very thin at the end. some half acre beers just have this weird quality where they just kinda disappear at the back end. a definite sourish twang as well is a bit off-putting. some lingering floral and citrus rind notes.
M: seems thin and watery. over-attenuated?
D: interesting attempt using flowers and citrus peel in an apwa.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 14:38:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Ambrosia from Half Acre Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.