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Captain Fantasy - Half Acre Beer Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

July 2011 release.

This tantalizer for fellow fantasizers has long, lemony legs that stem from Sorachi Ace hops and spin-kick the pear-puree we threw in this brew, commanding savory submission.

(Beer added by: wschmit on 07-15-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Thompson, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from notes last night. Had it on the deck at Pike Hill Farm! 

A: Great straw color, nice carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass, fluffy head that relaxes but hangs onto the glass edges. 

S: citrus hop essence, pear and apricot at first, then after it warms more phenols come through.  The base nose characters hang in there as it warms.

T: Lemons, bready malt, parsley, and strong pear in the after taste. And hints of banana and other mellow fruits like peach are present. 

M: light, dry, good carbonation, easy summer drinking!

KMcG, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very nice pour that makes the beer look like it came from Belgium; clear goldenstraw, a massive head and plenty of lace

Smell: Floral lemon sparks from the Sorianchi Ace hops, with pepper, pear and hay underneath

Taste: White bread and pear, up front, with the tart lemon and pepper elements adding a phenolic character in the middle; something a little funky, after the swallow, flays the tongue and leaves a bitter, herbal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This beer has some very nice elements, but the aftertaste is not one of them and, unfortunately, is the one that leaves the final impression

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

brentk56, Apr 08, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

klipper, Jan 07, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MarkFy sent this my way along with loads of other Half Acre goodies during a recent trade. Cheers and thanks again, Mark!

Pouring into a Jester King tulip. Slight haze runs through the straw colored liquid and a 1-2 finger crop of off-white foam settled on top leaving some lacing behind as it retreats. Retention is fair.

Big fruit in the nose. Primarily pear but also detecting shredded coconut after the initial fruit burst. Lemon peel. Mild cinnamon-like spice.

Crisp, lemon fruit on the palette up front with a mild toasted malt. Bartlett pear is here too but not as prominent as I'd expected from the aroma. Finishes dry and clean. Bitterness is moderately low and I'm not detecting a strong hop presence.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

A crisp, refreshing saison that delivers a light lemon/pear fruity presence. Missing some of the ester complexity we should get from this style and the foam formation could be improved as well.

BrewerB, Jan 03, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with an off-white head. Head lingers as a thing film.

Aroma is light fruity esters, black pepper, candied pear--almost like a pear jelly belly. Both slightly bitter and sweet at times. Something weird going on before it warms a bit.

Upfront taste is slightly bitter grassy and citrus hops with a light pear flavor in the background. More pear-like fruitiness in the middle. Bitter finish of grassy hops, pear, lemon, and black pepper.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly oily. Dry finish.

Decent and easy to drink. Pear is a nice touch. Strays a bit from the Saison style. Worth a try.


sidetracked, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

pirmannt1, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and intermittent bubbles rise quickly in the column.

S: Bready yeast and mild phenolics disguise malt character, while bright citrus hops remind of lemon pie.

T: Begins very dry, with early grapefruit peel and white peppercorns. Faint vinous fruit is bright and acidic into the middle where citrus flavors turn toward aggressive lemon that struggles with honesty. Lemon qualities persist into the finish, broadcasting more authentic--but somewhat pithy and astringent--peel. Bitterness is intense for the style with a peppery bite.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, lively and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This citrus bomb has a tendency to forget its Belgian roots, showing more yeast character in a single sniff than it does across the entire flavor profile. It screams lemon, a little too loudly at times, channeling artificially-scented furniture polish. Any trace of pear fruit is buried deeply and camouflaged well, perhaps contributing to the fleeting vinous qualities but otherwise unnoticed. Still it is an exciting experiment in hops and saison yeast, reminding of the more polished collaboration between Cismontane and Taps during Spring of 2011.

beagle75, Nov 20, 2011
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Captain Fantasy from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.