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Half Acre / Struise / Pipeworks Small Animal Big Machine - Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre / Struise / Pipeworks Small Animal Big MachineHalf Acre / Struise / Pipeworks Small Animal Big Machine

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 23
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A collaboration beer with Pipeworks and De Struise.

Red Belgian ale fermented with red currants and cherries. Brewed using traditional sour mash methods.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-08-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-02-2012 22:49:12 | More by denimdemon
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1.9/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pour is murky dark brown with tan head. Nose is overly sweet with a messy malt. Plums, cherries, tobacco, peppery spice, lightly smoky meat. Taste is less smoky, more sweet, with a strange twang in the finish. Plums, cherries, faint leather, faint peppery spice, fairly dry finish, moderate carbonation and oily palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 14:32:36 | More by cpetrone84
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-14-2012 21:01:53 | More by theminutemen
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Berries and cocoa. Some roasted malts. I have never had a carrot beer before, but knowing they are in here allows me to pick them out.

Taste: Cranberries, cherries, and carrots. Then a touch of chocolate malts. So many berries.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, a unique beer with lots of berries. Too much carbonation as well. It's okay, but I don't want a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 16:41:58 | More by mothman
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-04-2012 09:26:17 | More by klipper
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with no head. Reddish brown in color.

Fruity but tame. Getting some cranberry in the aroma. Sweet.

Tastes of light caramel. The fruit is subtle but there.

Medium/light body. Sweet and sticky.

Nice beer, but hype worthy? Nah... the label is easily the best aspect of the entire enterprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 20:16:56 | More by Spider889
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Pours a murky brown with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and spice aromas. Taste is the same with an emphasis on dark fruit flavors. This beer has a super high level of carbonation with an extremely prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the carbonation level is much too high.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:12:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-14-2012 21:44:13 | More by RTrain12
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bonus points for the imaginative and creative artwork on the label. The beer is hazy and chestnut brown in color with a ginormous tan head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. A bit over-carbonated.

Sweet fruit dominates the aroma. Currants followed by berries.

The flavor is lightly tannic, offering some oak character and a healthy serving of currants. Definitely more sweet than tart / sour. Alcohol presence is mild. A few ounces is plenty. This was fun to try, but not a big hit among the guys in the tasting group.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 22:48:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-06-2012 19:48:04 | More by DSlim71
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt, beer served in a snifter, Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head, low retention, the bottle artwork is sort of amazing really. No lacing.

Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, nice malt presence, smells nice.

Beer is a bit of a letdown, thin body, sweet on the finish, beer is just OK, mild dark fruits, prunes perhaps, an interesting beer but nothing too special. I doubt I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 18:51:40 | More by drabmuh
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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Geist. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a really nice off white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Good cap throughout. The nose has some cherry and dark fruits. A bit of oxidation in the nose. The flavor corresponds with all of this and adds a bit of dark malt. Medium body with plenty of fruit; semi dry finish. Okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:28:37 | More by Thorpe429
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-11-2012 18:21:28 | More by Mrpickles


4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-07-2012 19:18:34 | More by ILLEGALSMILEs
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -44.6%

01-19-2012 12:46:02 | More by jpmclaug
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1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

01-18-2012 21:52:22 | More by Photekut
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2012 05:06:54 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-15-2012 15:34:38 | More by Duff27
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-13-2012 18:18:38 | More by celticfutblclub
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep ruby brown with a good cream-colored head that lingers only as a ring around the glass.

Aroma is unripe cherries, currants, and tart raspberries with some bready yeast and toasted malt. Some raisin-like sweetness as it warms.

Upfront taste is tart fruitiness, currants and cranberries mixed with some fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Some light biscuity malt and cherry sweetness manage to cut through in the middle. Tart finish of unripe cherries, currants, and cranberries with some toasted malt. Light tartness lingers.

Medium body with high carbonation. Bubbly. Crisp finish. Seems appropriate.

A nice, tart fruit beer. Good, but nothing outstanding. Worth trying.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 18:11:10 | More by sidetracked
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-27-2011 16:13:54 | More by Kaydogg
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

12-17-2011 15:29:46 | More by thanmad
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-04-2011 21:47:45 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-01-2011 04:32:28 | More by spycow
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/27/11 notes. Big thanks to the Chicago Group for sending this in the Group BIF. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sour cherries, currants, roasted malts, light spices. An interesting mix here, and the sour cherries dominate, which I kind of enjoy.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, currants, roasted malts. Less sour than the nose and more roasted malts, a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an interesting beer. I enjoyed the sour cherries in the nose, but would have liked more in the taste. Wouldn't seek it out again, and not Half Acre or De Struisse's best work.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 20:12:47 | More by mdfb79
Half Acre / Struise / Pipeworks Small Animal Big Machine from Half Acre Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.