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Half Acre / Short's Captain Fantasy - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
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:
Beer added by: wschmit on 07-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in collaboration with Short's Brewing, this ale was constructed using a Saison yeast and pears, then twisted with Sorachi Ace hops from Japan. Another nod to the band Ween.
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by RockyTopHeel:
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and bright, the color of straw. Aroma of straw and pear. Crisp and dry, with the pears coming through much stronger in the taste than the nose. Easy to drink. Pretty delicious.

This beer brought to me by Michael on his move from Chicago to Durham.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last bomber of this :tear:

Pours into my glass a beautiful clear golden yellow with a quarter inch of white bubbles atop the brew. Aromas kick off with a great mix of crisp, slightly spicy malts along with lemony hops. Earthy accents along with plenty of pear underneath as well.

First sip brings crisp semi-sweet malts with a nice underlying peppery spiciness. Lemony, citric hops roll in (Sorachi Ace!) and mix with some earthy, grassy tones. The pear melds in as well and adds a great extra dimension to the brew that I really like. Just slight twinge of sourness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking with great carbonation. On the lighter side and on par for a saison, albeit one with a unique American twist. Another really tasty Short's / Half Acre collaboration beer. These guys just need to keep doing more collaborations so I can keep drinking them :)

Photo of Guden
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- fairly light pale blonde with an average head and weak lacing, nothing exceptionally exciting but looks drinkable.

S- Largely lemon with some pear, grass and bread in the mix as well, maybe a hint of bubblegum.

T- Up front there is a huge mouth of pear, followed by a mix of grains and lemon which fades into pepper. Not particularly good or balanced, just all over the place.

M- Dry and bubbly, seems to style for a saison.

D- This is something that I was happy to try, but it isn't a particularly good beer. The flavors are all over the place and do not complement each other or add up to make this one worth buying.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy pale yellow body with a thick creamy white head that last and sticks to the glass for a bit before sliding back onto the beer. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The soft sulfury note gives way to a dry saison yeast character and a green dry finish. There is some grapefruit pith and juice hops that come through and grow just a bit before it warms.

T- The green sweet dandelion hops is followed by a nice yeasty character in the finish. There is a soft pungent bitterness that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz bite and the alcohol is well hidden.

O- This beer has the nice dry saison yeast character and a good dry bitter hop pungency. It is a nice summer sipper but I'm sure the alcohol would creep up on me. After the carbonation dies a bit it is more enjoyable. I didn't get any sorachi ace or pear juice in this but it was a nice beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And when I'm there, I'm here.
And when you're near, I'm there.
The only words of your life.
CAPTAIN FANTASY.

round II in the half acre/shorts ween collaborations - kindly released the friday of Pitchfork so I was in town and able to grab a couple bottles.

appearance: dark pirate-themed label...split and served in my delirium chalice...bright pale-orange body, light bubbly carbonation but minimal lacing

smell: being aware of the pear helps detect it, lemon rind, cracked pepper, sorachi hopping

taste: tasty and enjoyable but it did make me long for a rerelease of the pure guava. pear, white grape, peppercorn, lemon, a bit musty, tea leaf. Not the worlds greatest "saison" but a tasty whimsical offering

mouthfeel: light carbonation, a touch sweet

overall: good

Photo of KMcG
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of bashiba
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clean yellow with long running carbonation and a nice white head.

The smell is a nice mixture of lemony hops and spicy saison yeast.

The flavors are dominated by the lemony sorachi ace hops, very grassy and herbal with a long musty and slightly spicy finish. I don't taste any pear at all, and even the saison spiciness I would expect is over taken by the hops.

Very crisp with lots of carbonation and a great dry finish.

This drinks much more like a good belgian Pale than a saison. I'm still enjoying it though, I love the Sorachi ace in this.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean and clear light gold color with a generous white head.

The smell is extremely herbal and grassy, reminding me of lemon basil. The pears add fruity aspect, but it's sharp and acidic.

The fruity aspect of this beer carries on in the taste and the pears are evident. It has a slight vinegar edge to it and the herbal notes are just as prevalent in the taste as they are the smell. Finish is lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and thin, leaving behind a little sweetness on the palate.

I give props to Half Acre for putting out yet another creative beer, but this one is far off the mark for the style. It's a good beer, but it doesn't have the phenol and spice that I gravitate to in a saison.

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque orange, hazy, looks like fruit juice, some foam around the edges. Larger bubbles, spotty lacing.

Pear and citrus aroma, heavily fruity with a mild sweetness. Some dry phenolic yeast behind the fruitiness, banana, light clove and pepper notes.

Dryish yeast and lightly malty flavors, distinctive sweet fruitiness, pears, banana and citrus. Lingering herbal bitterness. Alternately dry and fruity with the pear and citrus elements dominating, Sorachi tea-leaf element lends something rustic, with phenolic and spicy yeasty smudges behind the fruity hop character. Honeyish malt gives it some fortitude. Super easy drinking, by the glass or growler full. Planning to seek out more of this goodness before it's gone. Please make this year round, still craving it and sadly there is none left. Stacked up well to Short's version, sampled at the Great Taste.

Honestly, this is one of the best US Saisons of ALL TIME... but don't take my word for it. Thanks Chris for sharing the growler! Captain Fan-tasty, amirite?

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this from bottle into a bordeaux stem. Poured a very light yellow-gold color with a smaller head

different aromas than what I expected with pears, spices, orange peels and papaya. More tropical for the aromas

medium bodied, but slightly on the lighter side. Very tropical flavors with some guava, pears and papaya

This was good, but not what I expected from a saison. It was a little too light for me on the feel, but still very tasty and good overall

Photo of iadler
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a two finger head that dissipates in a thin cap with no signs of lacing.

S- Lemon juice, lemon zest, belgian yeast, grass, herbal hops, biscuit malt that finishes with some sweet pear.

T- A good deal of lemon with some pear, peach, belgian yeast, biscuit malt and some herbs. A bit sweeter than the nose suggested.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes slightly dry and bitter with a bit of booze.

O- Another unique offering from Half Acre. The pear puree was quite noticeable. It got a little too sweet after a while, but is still one of the better Half Acre bombers I've had recently.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours an ever so slightly hazed, pale gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy bright white foam perched on top. Retention was fleeting, at best, with the head quickly melting down to a thin collar that left just a few traces of lace. The second pour, with all of the sediment, is gorgeous with slowly rotating spider legs of yeast and perfect amount of haze.

S: Green, grassy hops coupled with some light funkiness, Belgian yeast, spices, light citrus, and a subtle orchard fruitiness that seems like a combination of peach, apricot, and pear.

T: Just like above with slightly more emphasis on the spicy side.

M: Alternating between sweet, spicy, oily, peppery, and slick this finally turns down the peppery path during the finish. It felt like it took on more of an astringent edge the warmer it got. Excellent.

O: Another HA Saison that left me wanting for more citrus. The pear was a nice touch but I think it got lost in the shuffle of the grassy hops. Another one of their beers that is not brewed to rigid style guidelines. I dug it and would drink again in a heartbeat. Keep the collaborations coming!

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this same-day growler.

A - Pale golden body that's hazy with white head that left some decent lace on the sides.

S - There's a lot of pears here, almost smells like it's got straight pear juice from concentrate in there. It smells exceptionally hoppy for a saison, almost shockingly so. Yeast has a bit of a phenolic kick on the end.

T - Tastes like sweet pears, some belgian yeast, hops are exceptionally bitter in spots for a saison. As it warms up it gets very easy to drink and goes down quite well. Actually pretty enjoyable. When it gets really warm the yeast gets too sour on the end and unpleasant.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation. Dry finish.

O - One of the better releases by Half Acre lately. Got this one down pretty easily and it was fairly unique. Not great, but solid.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chambord shaped pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for providing this bottle!

A case o' this randomly popped up at the local Binny's, and Alex was kind enough to grab a bottle and share it after our fantasy football draft. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pear (surprise, surprise), light saison funk (you know what I'm talkin' about, right?), spicy herbs, and a touch of booze in the background. The taste holds notes of pear, honey, Belgian yeast, rye bread, lemon zest, and tangelo peel. There's that distinctive B.O.-lemon that can only come from Sorachi hops (I didn't know for sure they were in here when I was drinking it, but I suspected as much after tasting it...dammit...). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this beer that much. I held off a bit considering I'm not a huge fan of pears, but that part of this wasn't so bad: It was the Sorachi, I tell ya! Those things can torpedo any beer, can't they? It all just didn't come together well on my tongue, is all. That, and it was kinda thin, too...

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for the bottle and Bobby for sharing his.

A: The pour on this one is a pale yellow color with a rather tall white head.

S: A very nice fruit aroma to start this one off. Tons of pears and apples with a light dosing of spice. The hop notes are subtle and there is plenty of yeast and bread, the latter of which adds a bit of sweetness.

T: As with the aroma, a strong flavor of pear, apple, and even some citrus and sweet apple juice. There is a very light pepper flavor as well as some bread and sweet, pale malts. There is a fair bit of yeast and a light hop bitterness.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is just above medium.

O: I really enjoyed the fruit notes that this beer had. A bit sweet for how I like my saisons, but overall very well done.

Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Cavery
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of SpdKilz. The last box he sent me hooked me up way beyond what I am currently able to pay back. Yet he seems to do this every time! Cheers for being such a good BA.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip

A: very light almost frosty looking pear skin with cobweb lacing that stands where the two finger head once reigned. Very light yellow/orange that almost appears like grape skin. Thin cloudiness that is homogenized throughout the drink for a consistent theme. Extremely nice looking beer. A DIPA head on a peachy saison body.

S: Hops spike a juicy white grape and pear punch. Floral alcohols add some spice to the punch. Really interesting nose in the sense that it seems as fruity as it does seasoned. A little bit of coconut milk and funky yellow curry powders mix with witbier-like funk for a head scratcher. Really very interesting, and I can't say I've smelled anything like it. It's overly fruity, and super hoppy -- but it works in that they each balance each other for a saison on steroids.

T: Super incredibly hoppy, this thing would put a lot of IPAs to shame. However this really does taste more like a witbier to me than a saison. It could be the pair character, but really the hops cut through the fruit with a sharp spiciness that fades to a linger of funk and dark greens. The juiciness of the beer appears behind the hop character, and creates a fruity minty tea.

M: For the style this is very full. Really very chewy with the carbonation folding in layers like a velvet blanket in the mouth. This really lets the hops shine with a vibrant character. The alcohol is barely evident in the absolute tail end of the beer. Super strong mouth, but I find more IPA here than I do saison.

O: The flavors are pretty good, but perhaps a little muddy. Furthermore, I just can't pick out the saison in this beer. More specifically, I find the mild funk present in this beer to be more suggestive of a witbier than a saison. Add this to the fact that there's pear in there and the association only grows stronger. I imagine the styles have quite a bit of overlap, but the ingredients really tip me to the witbier side. That said, without being a stickler for style thing this is really solid. The hops taste plucked off the vine and the pears are crisp. The white grapes and pear flavors burst at the seams with juiciness. The alcohol seems about as perfect as it could be. Excellent balance on this beer, but I wouldn't have minded more identifiable saison characteristics.

Photo of zeledonia
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to Chicago; looking forward to trying it, as I've recently gotten really into saisons.

Pours a light golden yellow, clear, with a big frothy white head. Great head retention, pretty good lacing. A thick stream of bubbles rising up through the glass. Very nice all around.

Has a strong tart fruit smell - like barely ripe pears and apples. Hops are there, lending a bit of citrus (lemon). The typical Belgian yeast / light funk are there in the background. A hint of spice, a tinge of must. Smells like a nice fruity saison, and one that I'll like a lot if it tastes like it smells.

Whoa, taste is not what I expected. It's really heavy on the fruit, much moreso than I picked up in the smell. Strong pear flavors, some lemon, a mix of tart and ripe juicy sweetness. But there's also a bitterness that clashes with all that fruit. This feels like an experiment in blending flavors that didn't quite come together. It's not bad, but it's not as good as I'd hoped. Quite dry and slightly prickly in the finish - wow. That prickle lasts and lasts, as if someone is repeatedly tapping my tongue with dull pins.

Mouthfeel is enigmatic. It's medium-bodied, but feels both sugary sticky and really dry (which to me seems like a paradox). Carbonation is medium-high, probably a bit too much, as it accentuates that prickly sense, which doesn't go well with the fruity and earthy notes.

Generally pretty good, but there are some sharp edges. I wish the fruit and the hops were better integrated into the whole. Though as it warms up, I'm liking it a little more.

Photo of LordGavhopkins
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though saisons are my favorite style and Half Acre's in my 'hood, and its a Short's collab, Captain Fantasy has all the body and spunk of Wallonia's finest - barn and lemon on the nose, a little sour honey mid-palate and a truncated bitter finish to get your tongue chasing some hidden golden delicious apple notes. Could be a bit more effervescent. But then it wouldn't be an American take. Sail the ship. She's a respectable one.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from GBVDave from our most recent trade, so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 7/29 poured in to a nonic pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep yellow/golden color with a one finger of sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice light sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is yeast, coriander spicing, and light fruity pear notes.

T: Taste starts with a lot of pepper and yeast. Hints of coriander are also present. A grapefruit citrus with light alcohol notes come through the middle. The finish is pear at first but then apple notes really take over and dominate far through the finish.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation - a little too low in my opinion. Starts off rather dry but then becomes somewhat oily and slick.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, decent kick, nice adaptation of the style. Overall, this is a nice beer that really, the lack of carbonation is the only thing lacking in this beer.

Photo of benpopper
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright, but hazy yellow. a half inch of white head that recedes quickly leaving just a bit of lace.

Smells pretty good, a little of the yeasty goodness you would expect with a saison and some great fruityness from the pear. Clean and inviting.

Taste, this is hard, I don't think it is true to a saison, there is way more fruit sweetness than I'd want from a saison, but, that does not deter me because it has a wonderful pallet. Pear on the front end, but yeasty at the same time. No alcohol flavor, which was surprising as I expected a bit of it either from the 7% or the yeast. The yeast character is light, a little hoppyness at the end.

Feels great in the mouth. Low carbonation and medium to light body. It is dry, but not sharp because of neither the alcohol or yeast. Very easy to drink and I was very suprised this is labeled at 7%.

Overall, I think this is great drinking, especially in the summer. It reminds me of the pear gossamer they released a while ago, but less sugary and carbonated more. I almost wish this had not been named and labeled as a saison because it isn't great for the style, but is a great beer without that label. Hope this returns next summer and I want to get a couple more bottles for the next week or so. One of my favorites from Half Acre lately.

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler provided unexpectedly by a buddy. Nice!

Pours a light orangey color with a very small whitish head. The nose is an orangey pear and a touch of lemon. The taste is an orange hoppiness, pear which comes off almost like crystal malt (or maybe both), a very mild pepperiness. Pretty interesting (odd?) combination of flavors. The saison yeast mostly hangs in the background. Pretty sweet and totally lacking the dryness that I expect out of the style. The hoppiness is enjoyable. The mouthfeel is pretty sweet, lower carbonation. Overall, there is a ton going on in there that makes for a pretty interesting beer. Certainly never had that combination of flavors before. That said, its not really what I think of from a saison. Not sure that everything that is in this beer comes together either.

Photo of Northsider
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at West Lakeview Liquors.

Damn good for a saison I think. Appearance is slightly cloudy yellow, with great lacing head. Smell and taste was sweet, almost like wine. There is also a bit of a spicy edge to this beer. Good beer from a [very] local brewery. I'd get it again and hope to!

Photo of Treebs
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. Thanks to danielnovak3 for picking this guy up for me a the release.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orange with dark yellowed hues woven around the glass. A 1 finger white head shows itself on the pour but recedes quickly leaving a film over the top.

S: Smells of nice sweet fruits. Big on the pear with a slight tart apple in there as well. I can't find any yeast which should go with a saison. I def. agree with Chadquest, this screams a fruity and slightly hoppy pale ale.

T: I get the pear which I'm glad about considering that was the original plan. There is a slight yeasty backbone that makes may to a slight bitter hop ending. A little sweet fruit does push its way back up after the bitterness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice carbonation. The semi-sweet fruit coats the palate nicely.

O: Not as yeasty as I would like a saison, but it was still a good brew none the less. I just wish it was true to style so that definitely knocks it down a few pegs.

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Half Acre / Short's Captain Fantasy from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.