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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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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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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-01-2011 04:22:47 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Buffalo Bills shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

This bottle was cracked during the preparation of some pretty tasty rainbow trout. Props to the fishermen. It pours a lightly hazed blood orange topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, orange zest, blood orange, strawberry, sweet flowers, wheat, and something that approaches corn. Everything comes off pretty sweetly, like a sugary, fruity cereal or some kind of fruit sherbet. Pleasant all around. The taste holds notes of bitter orange peel, light orange zest, light lemon zest, and a spearing of that distinct flavor of chlorophyll. Things aren't as rich and entertaining as in the smell, but it's nowhere near bad. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice wheat beer, something good and enjoyable, though not necessarily eye-opening.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 09:00:16 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:40:41 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Lakeview Binny's - saved me a trip to the brewery which was nice considering the miserable cold weather in Chicago recently. Served appropriately in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of faintly pink-tinged creamy foam that features excellent retention and eventually settles to a thick cap. Body is a hazy dark reddish-orange that actually displays some light purple glow to it. A few big stray bubbles are visible, and there's nice splotchy lacing.

S - Hibiscus tea, unmalted wheat, flowery and herbal, with a faint lemony citrus note. As it warms some malt sweetness of the treacle and honey variety emerges. I don't generally like this style, but this example at least shows an attempted a balanced beer and spice flavors.

T - Very yeast and wheat heavy, with mild citric bitterness in the finish. Hibiscus moves far to periphery, and this ends up tasting largely like a typical honey wheat ale.

M - Crisp, active carbonation that avoids being harsh. Medium, juicy body, with a light residual sticky finish. Quite good for the style.

D - It's an above-average wheat ale that in my opinion would be more drinkable without the hibiscus. Perhaps treat the next batch differently? I know we don't need more Gumballhead clones, but surely there's something else they can try. I had no problem with 22oz, but I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:02:48 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for hooking me up with yet another of these unique Half Acre releases.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with several foamy fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a sudsy looking near finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with robust sticky lacing. The aroma is flowery and tangy in the nose, with the sweetness of the hibiscus and the crisp bready notes of the wheat giving this some snap in the nose. A touch of soft and ripe orange citrus hangs on the edges but the hibiscus really has a presence here.

The hibiscus also carries over to the taste, with an almost flowery sweetness to it but it doesn't seem to be as strong as it was in the aroma. This instead seems to be controlled by a combo of tangy wheat character and some tart lemon flavors. There is also a pithy bitterness to this that borderlines on almost veggie-like at times. The soft fruitiness of the oranges is present but I think that I would actually like to have had a little more of it. The finish here is dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth easy crispness that keeps this gliding along nicely in the mouth and generally helps counter the richness of the flavors and the slight fullness of that 6% ABV.

Well this was certainly interesting, with the mix of flavors here coming on a little too strong at times yet this didn't have quite the definition to the flavors that would have made this really memorable. This was my first experience with hibiscus in beer and it was certainly unique. I'd like to ultimately see them continue to work with this one though.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:10:29 | More by Kegatron
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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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oline73

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I acquired this bottle from a trade at Dark Lord Day. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Not a huge fan of the smell of this beer. Very sweet, hints of honey, orange, and perfume from the hibiscus. The individual smells don't work together real well.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Not nearly as sweet. Still picking up what tastes like some honey. There is also some orange and I can pick up the hibiscus as well. The finish is floral and quite bitter. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: I have to admit that I was worried after smelling this beer. The taste was much better. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I'd have another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:14:37 | More by oline73
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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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-28-2013 22:43:43 | More by ejimhof
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jrallen34

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler provided by AZ, drank from my Narke glass... This pours a very dark orange, too dark for me. A bright off white head, thick ring and a thin cap, good retention... The aroma is very strong and not appealing, tons of tea, very herbal. On the back of the finish you finally detect a bit of orange and wheat. Blah... The taste is equally blah, just don't find this appealing at all. Stale wheat, very herbal hibiscus, fruity, and alcohol. Not a fan of this at all.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 02:18:08 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Really dark for a wheat ale, particularly one called pail. Big, frothy white head with good retention that left the sides of the glas clean.

S - Nice wheat qualities, the hibiscus comes through quite well and smells a bit like tea. Citrus comes through from the orange peel, got a lot of character going on for a wheat ale.

T - Tastes like a wheat beer with a bit of stuff going on. Flowers, tea, hibiscus, all mixed together. Some orange mixed in. It's got some pop for a wheat beer, given the spice and tea notes, but it's not particularly great. Experiment that wasn't great, but not a failure.

M - Crisp, fairly clean, good carbonation.

O - An interesting beer, but not a great one. Easy to drink, might be better on a nice summer day with some food.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 02:24:24 | More by AgentZero
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-08-2013 22:53:02 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:50:21 | More by aasher
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-25-2011 03:14:58 | More by Exiled
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Florida9

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber. Darker than one would expect for the style (possibly a tinting from the hibiscus?). Forms a sizable off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Good initial retention.

S: Faint. Sort of a blend of fruit cocktail, oranges, and grapes.

T: Lightly sweet wheat beer. Slightly spicy blend maltiness with a bitter orange pith finish. Some floral hibiscus notes as well, but the pithiness dominates.

M: Medium bodied, a bit heavier than would be expected, but not a heavy beer. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Drinkable. Tasty. Interesting. However, in the end, I'm not so sure this one worked out so well and I couldn't see wanting another.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2011 02:11:56 | More by Florida9
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 19:37:44 | More by GbVDave
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't pass this one up at the store- awesome label.

A: deep clear gold, white head with large bubbles, some lacing.

S: lemon, wheat, coriander, and orange peel all come through. The bready wheaat character is big and bold, the fruit and spices complement it nice.

T: fruity citrus flavors are in your face, predominately orange peel. Some bittering hops come through in the middle which balances nicely with the sweetness. The fruit character is a little over the top for my liking.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: not a bad wheat beer. Ambrosia is a nice example of the style, but isn't quite as memorable as Little Sumpin Sumpin or Gumballhead.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:16:59 | More by homebrew311
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2011 18:35:00 | More by BeerLover99
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2013 18:38:25 | More by Sparky44
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from GbvDave in our most recent trade so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey color with a one finger of khaki colored bubbly head. Wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is a good deal of wheat, floral notes, touch of caramel, toffee malts.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of wheat and floral flavoring. A touch of spicing comes through bits of coriander and rosemary. A big hearty caramel malt flavoring comes through. Finish has an orange citric hop notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, slick feel with a sticky finish. A bit heavy and sticky for the style.

O: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick. This beer was a little too heavy on the malt side for pale wheat. I thought this was a decent beer, but would opt for others of the style when truly wanting a Pale Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:00:23 | More by Jayli
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for Kegatron for this growler.

A-Clear amber pour with a large frothy off white head and no lacing.

S-Floral notes dominate with some citrus (tangerine and orange) as well. Some grainy wheat is detectable as well.

T-Rather sweet from the hibiscus, with some tangerine hoppiness and a grainy wheat base. Nice.

M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet, could use some additional hop bite. But still quite enjoyable.

HV

Serving type: growler

04-05-2011 00:43:39 | More by sholland119
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-15-2011 17:41:23 | More by cadaugherty
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Food of the gods, eh... that gives me high expectations. Have to see if it measures up.

Pours a delightful orange color, hazy and nearly opaque. My aggressive pour yields a massive fluffy off-white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells of citrus and sweet flowers. Oranges, some floral hops. Some not-quite-ripe wheat. Gentle but with a pungent depth.

Taste is shockingly one-dimensional, especially after the smell. Lemon peel sour and aspirin bitter, and rather thin to boot. Finish is long and bitter, but medicine bitter, not hop bitter. I really don't like it, and I want it to stop. If my opinion doesn't improve soon, most of this bottle is going down the drain.

Mouthfeel is alright. Medium-light body, carbonation's on the low side.

In conclusion, if you name your beer after the food of the gods, it better be darn good. This doesn't come close to that level, particularly in the taste. Review... check. Drink again, or even finish this bottle? No thank you.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:29:14 | More by zeledonia
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bauermj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2011 20:04:26 | More by bauermj
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Ambrosia from Half Acre Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.