Ambrosia - Half Acre Beer Company
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4.47/5 rDev +24.9%
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.
03-18-2011 04:03:36 | More by ommegoose
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
This had a really nice color. It was like a light colored chia tea with a little bit of haze.
The aroma was one of the best parts of this brew. It went through some subtle changes as it warmed up. At first it had citrus zest mixed with some herbal tones and a light candy-like touch. As it progressed the aroma began to move towards a toasty side. A little bit of a caramel emerged along with a dried flower scent.
The flavor was similar to the aroma, but with some slight differences. It was earthy in the sense that it reminded me of a garden. At first it had a lively orange citrus zest. It started off with a cranberry like tartness and dryness. This taste eventually gave way to a toasty flavor. The caramel and dried floral nature came through at the end.
Conclusion: If you can appreciate little subtleties then this will be a beer for you. The aroma and taste went through slight changes as it warmed up which kept things interesting. It had a zesty tartness in the beginning and finished with a slightly sweet dried floral flavor.
03-17-2011 01:23:13 | More by LacquerHead
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
Appearance - Wonderful amber color with perfect and thin white foam head. The head retention is superb.
Smell - You can smell the sweet fruit and floral notes coming through, but not overly done and very clean smelling. I was expecting a little more nose, but it fits the taste profile perfectly
Taste - The sweetness from the Hibiscus mixes perfectly with the malt making for a great starting flavor. The taste is very similar to the smell until the finish when the bitterness of the hops comes through to finish it off, but not overly done... just the right amount and it doesn't linger.
Mouthfeel - medium to light body at the begging with a very smooth finish. Perfect carbonation. It thins out at the end to leave a perfect taste in your mouth
Overall - A very good beer! I better stock up while I have the chance
03-17-2011 03:48:44 | More by codsmith
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
Arrived at Half Acre on the first day of it's release and it was most definitely worth the trek from the suburbs. I was hoping to find a beer of theirs I'd like as much as their over ale and this is definitely on par, if not better.
A beautiful, light red body with a slight yellowish head about two fingers high when poured. It had a distinct floral smell that hit you before even sipping. The flavor itself, complex and more welcoming with each sip. The floral hints, acidic citruses and hibiscus flavors did not pop right away due to a slightly hoppy finish but became further pronounced the further in. An amazingly easy drinking beer with hilariously great label art to boot, this has the makings of a champ. I really hope this becomes a seasonal, if not year-round beer of Half Acre.
03-19-2011 10:22:04 | More by uberez8
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a bright orange with a fluffy white head.
S: Orange and citrus with a hint of medicinal herbs.
T: Orange comes through here a lot. Wheat tang is subdued, but present. Hibiscus is present as well, but doesn't pop out too much. Finishes with a sweet tea aftertaste.
D: Very easy drinking and tasty. It's a great hot weather beer and goes down easy.
Overall: Interesting beer. The flavours blend well and it is very unique. It has a pleasant "citrus iced tea" character which does a lot to redeem its oddness. Overall, this is a great summer beer, but its bomber-only availability will keep me from purchasing more.
04-10-2011 15:09:53 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
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
11-05-2011 14:26:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my trusty Loterbol tulip.
A: Pours a gorgeous looking, ruby tinted deep orange. Sitting on top was two full fingers of off-white cream that displayed excellent retention. Thick curtains and rings of lace coated the entire inside of the glass. Carbonation was plentiful with many steady columns of bubbles feeding the healthy collar.
S: Right out of the bottle, this smelled heavily of mildly toasty wheat and tart citrus. When its' temp rose some subtle complexities began to emerge. A touch of clove, lemon rind, herbal hops, and perfumey dried wildflower that must be the hibiscus.
T: The taste mirrors the smell with maybe a bit more clove that lingers on through the finish.
M: Suprising grainy fullness that leads immediately into bright, tangy citrus and then dry/spicy/herbal floral notes. Peppery, yeasty finish is a nice counterpart to the tart-ish citrus.
O: A cool experiment where the earthy/spicy/herbal components aren't necessarily from the hops. Although, I'd love to see a dry hopped version of this some day...
03-16-2011 19:37:44 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev +11.7%
This beer pours a burnt orange with strawberry red highlights. It poured light but cloudy. It smelled of orange, spices, lemon zest, honey and some berry that I couldn't quite pick out. The flavors are a mix of wheaty yeastiness, orange, lemon, and strawberry. The sweetness is very subdued. It tastes good and has a light hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, which is surprising. You don't get any of that in the nose. It drinks light and is pretty typical of a wheat. This beer could definitely be sessionable, you don't get any alcohol from it at all. To me, this is similar to Lost Coast's Great White (which I really like) but with a berry component and light hoppy aftertaste. It's a solid beer by Half Acre.
03-29-2011 22:50:21 | More by aasher
4/5 rDev +11.7%
A: semi-cloudy orange, hue of amber, beautiful 2 finger pillow top, gorgeous lacing encases the pint glass.
S: wheat, floral aroma (must be the hibiscus referred to in brewer's description), slight earthy pine
T: sweet floral, hint of orange, firm wheat body, slow bitter lingering
M: med/light body, slightly oily/sticky
D: I'm honored to be the 1st one in line filing up my growlers the day this beer dropped.
Nice fine wheat ale and perfect for the excellent 60 + Sunny weather here in Chicago. Hope this beer makes it as a sessional brew.
I could drink this all day cooking around the grill with family and friends.
03-16-2011 18:35:00 | More by BeerLover99
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
22oz bottle - grabbed out of the first case Binny's (Lakeview) got, before it got onto the shelf (in other words, pretty d**n fresh). Poured into open mouth wine glasses and shared with the girl.
A- Hazy orange/dark peach color, little white head that dissipates quick and leaves some lacing, not much of a beginning for a wheat beer, but I like the color.
S- Bright, crisp, orange and wheat, herbs, some banana, but not too complex.
T- Clean tasting. Wheaty, biscuity, fruity orange, melds into crisp hop ending that has a gentle bitter character. It takes a while for me to recognize the hibiscus, which attaches itself to the hops adding to the dry aspect of the beer and to the somewhat significant linger in aftertaste. Herbal and grassy.
M- Light, crisp, sparkling, a bit astringent (slightly negative, but OK).
O- I like it, it's refreshing, different, intriguing, possibly a bit too dry though. I would like a bit more juice overall. I will drink it again.
03-30-2011 19:36:48 | More by CMB2012
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
An aggressive pour straight down the middle generates three fingers width of fluffy white foam. The surface texture is creamy, and it coats the sides of the glass with intricate lacing. Color is an attractive dark copper orange shade. The clarity is somewhat sharp, though it's shot through with a wheaty haze.
Aroma is a bit phenolic and yeasty at first, seems a little "green" at first, fresh and raw. As it warms, after the second pour, the spicy sweet hibiscus surfaces. They had dried hibiscus at the brewery to smell, so that was good as a point of reference. It's subtle, though the orange isn't very apparent.
Wheat figures prominently in the flavor, forming the backbone, with some yeasty notes, and fruity ones in the back from the orange and hibiscus. Spicy, earthy, and lightly floral, not sweet in the least. Some complexity from the hops and hibiscus, but not much overall. Light feel, vaguely astringent at first, becoming supple and easy drinking after the first initial sips.
A simple session beer, tailor made for warm spring afternoons.
03-18-2011 23:40:41 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-10-2012 01:39:28 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
On pour it is deep apricot in color and has hints of cinnamon and citrus aromas. Tops off with a nice head and evaporates into pronounced lace. Its immediate taste does not reflect the initial robust aromas, but it has a subtle, clean taste with a bite of hops at the end. Drinks very easy and crisp.
04-14-2011 00:08:00 | More by 1noa
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a cloudy, light amber orange-yellow. Lots of foamy tan head. Good retention with lots of lacing.
Smell is slightly sweet wheaty malt. Second pour has a stronger floral hibiscus aroma.
Taste upfront is slightly sweet bready malts with a little orange peel. Wheat, orange peel, and floral flavors at the finish. Lingering hibiscus floral flavor that seems quite unique for a wheat beer.
Light to medium body, slightly oily, moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Really good take on a wheat beer. The orange and hibiscus make it unique and interesting. Easy to drink and sessionable with lots of flavor.
07-04-2011 00:48:52 | More by sidetracked
3.83/5 rDev +7%
Had this beer on the first nice summer day in Chicago
Appearance- hazy reddish copper color, with a nice thick 2 inch foam head.
Aroma - bready almost a fresh wheat baguette, citrus, floral bouquet
Taste - cararmel sweetness, followed by a mild orange flavor with hints of berry, there was also a hint of something earthy, could put my finger on it.
Mouthfeel - co2 present,medium bodied, a little chewy
Overall - A well rounded beer, nice summertime wheat, it left me wanting just a little more
04-11-2011 00:31:37 | More by lm0406910
Ambrosia from Half Acre Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.