Meat Wave - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sacullen on 05-20-2011

Meat Wave is an English-bent India Pale Ale that will be our Chicago Craft Beer Week beer. Earthy delicious, this meat-centric offering is for you, Chicago.
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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Clear amber with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves irregular webs of lace down the glass.

Simple aroma of grain, bread, and mild citrus.

The flavor is similar, with breads, grains, and mild citrus playing the largest role.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don't understand why they named this beer Meat Wave, but it's a very nice English IPA.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, sheffields - chicago

appearance: served in a goblet, hazy orange-amber body, light beige froth

smell: earthy, tea-like hops, a touch herbal, roasted nuts, toffee

taste: english ipa's dont really get me excited, but this did grow on me - very much different from the 3 floyds interpretation of the style, half acre is heavy on the herbal hops, green tea, and earthy flavors. the hops are clean and fresh and dont overpower the dry malts.

mouthfeel: a touch oily, light lingering bitterness

overall: good, but nothing to get too worked up about

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Regional Growler GIF. Thanks!!!

Poured into a shaker pint. Couldn't get a head out of this. I was worried it was flat. Has a sort of dark honey amber color.

Aroma is different. Hard to explain. I'm assuming it's the English hops since I've never had an English IPA before. Slightly malty. Smells good I just don't know how to describe it.

Taste is solid. Very easy drinking. It's low carb probably because of the growler but I kinda like it like that. Has a nice englis hop taste and bite. It's very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is low carb and smooth/easy drinking.

Overall I really like this one. Wish I had something like this to buy in 6 packs by me. Thanks again for this treat.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for this in a recent surprise box of Half Acre bottles that he sent me. Thanks Jon!

Pours a hazed dark copper, with several fingers of slightly off-white looking head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a foamy cascade that settles in to thick swathes of lacing. The aroma surprisingly still has a bit of freshness left to it, with notes of grass, citrus, and some danky smelling herbal character. The malts have some presence along the back, with some buttered cracker and a bit of a tangier feeling sweet caramel that melds well with the citrus flavors here in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a leafy bitter citrus presence and more grassy feeling tones that come in off the sides. There is also a LOT of ripe herbal flavors that flows the whole way through the profile. The malts offer up more balance and less flavor than they did in the nose, with more of a sweet graininess that stays in the background and keep the focus on that grassy and earthy feeling bitterness. The finish is dry and pithy with a good bit of lingering dankness that hangs in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a lively crispness to this that fills out the edges of the mouth. A lot of herbal slickness here really helps keep things smooth, aided by a well hid 6-7% ABV.

Despite the age on this bottle, this surprised me by how well it held up. Sure some fresh bitterness may have been lost but this still came off a very citric and herbal feeling, so there was still plenty of hop activity left to keep this interesting. I really liked the feel here though, being crisp yet still very smooth, and helping this bigger take on an English IPA go down pretty smoothly. I’m glad I got a chance at this one and would love to try it fresh sometime. Here’s hoping that they brew this once again.

Photo of morimech
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit of a strange looking IPA. Hazy light brown color that looks murky. They kind of missed the pale in IPA. Two fingers of head form and has good retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Light specks of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is influenced by the hops giving it a slight citrus and earthy aroma. The malt comes through as well with hints of caramel.

Flavor has elements of toffee and caramel malts. Hops give a citrus and herbal flavor. Bitterness seems high for the amount of hop flavor in the beer. Barely English.

Thanks to the malt the body is a bigger than most IPAs but unfortunately that is offset by being overcarbonated.

Not Half Acres most successful beer. I guess everyone puts out a mediocre beer every once in a while.

Photo of uberez8
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fun beer to try from half acre with amazing label art and design. May the beer gods bless Phineas Jones.

That aside, another solid, hoppy brew in the great traditional English IPA style. When first poured it had a very deep, amber hue to it with a nice one finger head. The aroma was solid; I could smell the citrus notes a few inches away from the glass. As for the flavor, it had a nice mix of an earthy start with a zesty finish. In a way it reminded me of an aggressive SN Torpedo with a little more bang. The carbonation sat nicely and felt well balanced, enough to have a light fizz but let the flavors linger afterwards.

After having this, I'd love to see some more IPA styles from Half Acre and wish that one day they'd add one to their canned line up. They seem more than competent with crafting a great IPA after having this delicious brew.

Photo of Jaycase
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: light copper, frothy white head

s: not much there for aroma. some bready malts, slight hops

t: light grassy hops. herbal presence. maltiness comes in midway through the finish.

m: light/med body. medium carbonation.

o: Glad I got a chance to pick up this release during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Easy to drink, refreshing. There's a certain je ne sais crois to the taste but it's still an average to decent IPA. However, it is not worth the 16 per 4pk imo. Still glad I had a chance to try it however.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a faux crystal goblet at a favorite byob, Meat Wave pours a hazed copper amber, a thin layer of white foam settles across the top, in a pattern resembling cirrus clouds. It eventually fades to a broken skim.

Caramel malt aroma, mild hop spice, grassy with subtle yeast notes. Hard to pull out much from the aroma, the fresh growler a couple weeks ago seemed to have more of a hop presence.

Tea like flavor, grainy malt, lightly bitter aftertaste, bready and slightly nutty, some vague dried citrus. Medium bodied, with easy going carbonation.

A traditional English IPA, very mild overall, not especially groundbreaking, but true to style.

Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from can into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange/gold color with a small head.

Very good and balanced aromas of toffee, oranges, some citrus and a touch of hops. Good complexity but lacking some depth.

Medium bodied, but very clipped on the mid and finish. Balanced, but lacking some depth with flavors of toffee, caramel, hops and citrus flavors.

A solid English IPA. Balanced, but lacking some depth in both the aromas and flavors.

Photo of iadler
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a light tan two finger head head. Small lines of lacing are present.

S- Floral and herbal hops upfront followed by some pine and funk. Biscuit and toffee malt in the background.

T- Citrus hops such as orange and grapefruit, with floral and herbal and black tea notes. Biscuit and toffee malt are present as well. There is a bit of cherry, brown sugar and oak. Lot's of different flavors going on.

M- Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, slightly oily mouthfeel and sweet finish.

O- Didn't really know what to expect, but it was an interesting beer. There is a lot going on with the taste and quite different from any IPA I've had. Not one of my favorite offerings from
Half Acre, but a decent offering.

Photo of JLeege
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dirty copper color with two fingers of dense just off white head. Pretty good retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- A very earthy presence on the nose, a hint of citrus and fairly floral.

Taste- Again very floral throughout with a hint of orange rind. Almost an herbal tea quality as well. Has a dank earthy linger, with toasted caramel, a nuttiness, and even some peat. It is actually very soothing to drink.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and pretty high carbonation.

Overall- Admittedly not my favorite style, I much prefer the more upfront American IPA’s but this is pretty solid, and pretty true to the traditional English style. Worth drinking, but don’t see myself going back for another bottle.

Photo of osubuckeye99
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium Copperish. Thin white head.

Smell - Some sweet hoppiness, yet a rich fresh flower aroma

Taste - nice spiciness, and maltiness- but a crisp light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in mouth, nice medium carbonation, perfect amount of bitterness to cleanse palate.

Photo of MarkFy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Half Acre today itself, poured from 22 oz. into pint glass.

A: A nice copper, cloudy pour with thin head that goes away after awhile out.

S: Pretty average for the style, nice, slightly floral hops, but that's about it. Maybe a slight hint of orange peel.

T: Again, slightly floral and grassy hops with just a touch of malt. I can't really discern much else except maybe the bitter orange peel on the finish.

M: Pretty much what you might expect for an IPA. Nice carbonation, nice body.

I'm really liking this one even though I sense a lot of Daisy Cutter. It's like Daisy Cutter with a little more body and a touch more malt. On a nice warm day like today, I'm having no trouble enjoying this bomber to myself.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with about three puffy fingers of eggshell colored foam on top. Retention was excellent with some pretty spider webs of lace left behind. A few flecks of suspended sediment were visible floating in the murky body. Gorgeous!

S: Suprisingly bright and fresh floral hops jump right out of the glass. Not too much malt presence until it comes up to temp and it takes on a decidedly English bent. Interesting spicy yeast aroma, as well.

T: Very much like the smell in the way that it's tempurature dependant. Waaay hoppy when cold and then the malt and yeast gradually creep in as it warms.

M: Bitter and dry. Was expecting something more along the lines of a sweeter and smoother EIPA...not disappointed, though.

O: An excellent take on a classic style...and not totally within the guidelines. True to Half Acre's tendency to color outside the lines!

Photo of beernightscout
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this at the release Friday, 5/20/11. The low-ish scores don't reflect how much I liked the beer for what it is: an easy drinking, light-hopped, truly British tasting IPA. They nailed it. Not an extreme beer in any way, instead the kind of beer you could get a pint of on lunch break at the pub and still go back to work, which is the English way.

Not much aroma, light hops and a little sweet malt. Beautiful dark gold color. Mild, barely hoppy tasting, a little sweet, goes down really easy for 6.5%abv. Thicker, satisfying palate than I expected. Much better than any of the real English IPAs I've had.

Still prefer my American hop bomb IPAs, but I dig that Half Acre is totally committed to making beers that taste good (as opposed to weird beers) and are fun and easy to drink.

Photo of sacullen
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a amber color, carbonation fades quickly with very little lacing.

S: First whiff is all hops. As the beer warms, the malts begin to stand out. Floral notes really begin to shine.

T: Just like the smell, my first few sips were all about the hops. I was able to ignore those, and found that the sweet malts really helped to balance it out. The hops add quite a bit of bitterness, but it gets balanced well.

M: Medium bodied, quite dry.

O: I want to like this more, but I feel like in my mind I keep comparing it to a number of other Half Acre offerings. It's a nice change of pace, but I'm glad I can get Daisy Cutter whenever I want.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by MasterSki at the WLV BBQ.

Okay, for starters I thought this was some sort of meat or smoked beer, and was surprised when there was no meat or smoke.

A - Brownish color beer that is a bit cloudy. Bit of whitish head that stuck around for a little while and left a little stick on the sides.

S - Floral and herbal notes, lightly toasted malts, toffee, touch of caramel. Quite understated and nice.

T - Well, this was the shocker, where's the BEEF? Well, once I got over that, this beer is actually quite good. Lightly toasted malts give touches of caramel and toffee and aren't overwhelmed by the floral and herbal hop notes. Great balance and flavor.

M - Crisp, clean finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - I tend to bash a lot of HA beers, but this is one of the best ones I've had by them in quite some time. Really easy to drink and a good example of style.

Still don't know why it's called Meat Wave and has the picture of the sliced and diced pig, though.

Photo of WillCarrera
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no bottled-on date, picked this up last week, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an orange amber color, produces a finger of off white head that recedes to a few wisps, leaves little lacing.

S- Some citric hops, some smokey malt, seems a bit thin.

T- Some mild grassy hops, slight hints of citrus and herbs, yields to a slightly smokey, biscuity malt in the center, toffee/caramel, leaves lingering black pepper in the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth feel.

O- A nice beer, maybe a little plain, it's very drinkable in this heat, but I would grab a Daisy Cutter if given the choice.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

An extra tidbit from the Small Animal Big Machine release, shared whilst watching "Devil". It pours a mostly clear auburn amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, toffee, flowers, and potting soil. The taste holds notes of toffee, dusty biscuits, mixed greens, grass, and a vague sense of orange peel. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice EIPA, just a bit on the dusty side for my tastes. Still mostly enjoyable, though.

Photo of womencantsail
2.27/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer.

A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Oh boy, this one smells buttery. Some sweet malt notes, but not a ton of substance. Lots of grass and straw with a weird grain husk aroma. Pretty damn watery, too.

T: Watery is the best way to describe the flavor. Still a fairly noticeable amount of butter. There's a moderate bitterness and some light malt notes, but almost no hop flavor. Just a bit of straw, grass, and grain husk.

M: The body is light and watery with a medium to high carbonation.

O: A very disappointing beer from a brewery I've grown to like a fair amount. Hopefully just an anomaly.

Photo of robbyc1
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite styles, I do love the Three Floyds try here Blackheart, and this one is just as good. I must say I got this at the brewery as a second choice, the Small Animal Big Machine was long gone by the time I got there, apparently it sold out in 5 hours.

Light earthy hops dominate the initial taste and nose, very vegetable and earthy, not overpowering. The easy malts back up the hops, this is an easy 22 oz bottle to drink, right on style with nothing overpowering. A dry finish and overall well balanced beer, will not blow you away but rather sooth your need. A very good accommodating for a roasted dinner, steak etc.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed at Half Acre/Two Brothers Firkin Night at SmallBar Logan Square in Chicago during Chicago Craft Beer Week 2011.

Appearance -- Medium-to-dark amber hue wiht a slim and sudsy beige head. Looks good, but nothing that would make you inquisitive if you saw it from down the bar.

Smell -- An abundance of floral and earthy English hops, amber malt, mild malt sweetness, and a gentle tea-like note. Good stuff. Love the smell.

Taste -- Very malt driven with amber malt and husky grain taking up the most space in the profile. Nice floral hop flavor, along with some classic Half Acre grassy bitterness. There is also a gentle tea-like bitterness that seems more typical of cask-conditioned beers - very interesting.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample carbonation and an astrignent/chalky feel toward the finish. Meh.

Overall -- Truth be told, I didn't start liking this beer until about halfway through my glass. That said, this is a great addition to the Half Acre ouvre. Definitely malt-driven, even more so than Daisy Cutter, but with a great flourish of floral English hops. There is a surprising amount of compelxity to this beer, even standing up to the cask ales I had the same evening.

This beer is sure to let the hop-heads down, but if you genuinely love English-style ales or are a big fan of Half Acre, this is a grand slam.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a orange, but almost brown color with a small tan head that fades to the edges slowly. There is some lacing left on the glass.

S - Malty, smokey, some pine hops.

T - Smoked malts, followed by bitter hops.

D - good carbonation, nice balance.

O - Interesting and light.

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally popped this one while watching the Bears- Vikings game. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is dark amber with brown highlights. It had a sticky beige head.

The beer’s nose was of pine, some citrus and lots of grain.

The taste is pleasantly bitter and earthy. There are pine notes, some caramel from the malts, red apples and that earthy finish form I’m not sure what. Beer is balanced, tasty and bit thin in the mouth.

I liked this one and would gladly invest in some more.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mnbearsfan for sending this way in the Good People Farm System BIF.

a - popped the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. classic orange amber, bit on the darker side for an ipa, but pretty inline for the stytle. thin, bubbly white head that hung for a bit. looks rich.

s - nice malt forward ipa with a good hop presence giving very smooth balance. nothing in your face or sticky...almost pale ale like.

t - good beer. nothing mind blowing. a bit more hop heavy on the taste than the nose suggest. hopping is more bitter than anything else, but the malt presence gives it a real pale ale feel with a bitter side. bit of brown sugar in the flavor too.

m - nice medium bodied feel. again, nothing to write home about but it has a smooth feel with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

o - half acre is a solid brewery. wish they were my local brewery. they make a solid ipa and this one seems pretty spot on for the description of the style. i know that this is a one off, but i wouldn't go nuts seeking this out unless you are seeking the tick. if you are interested in checking out this brewery, seek out daisy cutter. this is a malt forward take on the ipa.

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Meat Wave from Half Acre Beer Company
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