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Horizon - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

28 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%


Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Collaboration beer brewed for Next's "Tour of Thailand" menu, to be paired with a beef cheek curry dish. Made with hibiscus, mangosteen and a dash of pomegranate.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 07-25-2011)
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Reviews by nkersten:
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nkersten

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this with my panang curry at Next. Poured from bottle into tulip, color is a pink orange with a one finger white head that quickly recedes to a bubbly collar. The aroma is made up of pilsner malts, creamy wheat, slightly tart fruit, and a fresh floral finish. The taste is very soft - crisp and malty at first followed by tropical fruits and a bitter floral finish. Not a big hop presence but well balanced. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium carbonation and a smooth wheat coating.

I am not sure what came first, the curry or the beer, but regardless the pairing is perfect. The floral aspect of the beer compliments the aromatic curry while the crisp, malty wheat flavor and finish cool off any lingering heat from the chilis. This beer on its own would be good, but drank the way it was meant to be, along side the curry, it is pretty amazing. I cant imagine a better beer to serve with the curry. A very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 16:04:30 | More by nkersten
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Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip at Aviary.

The beer itself pours an orange amber color, mostly transparent with a slightly hazy center. A small but lively tightly wound white cap rests on top, fading to a thin film and leaving some generous lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fairly sweet, with light bready malts, a touch of honey, mangosteen, and hibiscus working to build an interesting nose. Behind the sweetness there is a bit of a fruity tartness, some wheat, and some floral notes.

The flavor follows the lead of the nose. It has been a while since I have had one, but mangosteen provides the most noticeable fruit flavor. Of the other named ingredients on the bottle, the hibiscus is fairly reserved, and I get pretty much no pomegranate flavor. Soft wheat provides a bready sweetness and moves the body from light toward medium. The rest of the mouthfeel works well with the flavor as well. The carbonation is moderate and somewhat creamy, and despite a soft tartness in the middle, the finish is quite clean.

It was definitely fun to try a beer out with more unique ingredients, and even better to be able to try it in an atmosphere like Aviary. Horizon is light, creamy, sweet, and a bit tart, and I had no problem finishing the bottle. However, the flavor started to lose its novelty as the bottle continued on, leading to more middling scores. I would be intrigued to try it with the intended panang curry.

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A: Pours a red/orange color with no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Fruity, some wheat, sort of like rose water actually from the hibiscus. There is thai hot spice at the end.

T: Fruit forward with some passion fruit and hibiscus. There is a bit of wheat and pepper spice. I was a little disappointed that the thai chili spice on the aroma didn’t really show up in the flavor profile.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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A- Pours a dark orange with a one finger head that dissapates into a thin cap.

S- Very floral, with some unusual ripe tropical fruits. Some sweet wheat is in the background with some peppery spice.

T- Again, very floral with the hibiscus being noticeable, peppery spice, tropical fruit juice along with wheat that provides some sweetness. A hint of tartness is present with pomegranate. The funky tropical fruits come out more as it warms up.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Brassy/rosy hue with a slim eggshell head. Great color.

Smell -- Gently tart with hisbiscus, pale wheat, bready malt, and a hint of fruity sweetness that I would assume comes from the mangosteens. Full discosure: I've never had a mangosteen.

Taste -- Nice hibiscus flavor - gently tart and floral - as well as soft fruity sweetness, pale wheat, and mild yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. It works.

Overall -- Very nice! Hibiscus beers don't always work, but this one hit the right tenor, and the fruit made for a nice contrast. I'd love to see this made again with a different fruit - perhaps lychee? Good flavors, good balance.

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A: Pours a perfect amber with a nice fluffy white head. Recedes to a nice film across the whole top and leaves some splotchy lace down the whole glass.

S: Smells of sweet flowers and fruits. The hibiscus is present and there are some sugar qualities to it and just some other things going on that are hard to pick out. Still pleasant though.

T: There's a lot going on. Slight honey with some other sweet sugars. Semi-sweet pomegranate with a little tartness as well. The hibiscus is there with that dusty sweet flower taste. That slight awkward taste must be the mangosteen. Definitely a big blend fruits, sugars and flowers.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rare tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Nose isn't all that bold/impressive. Slightly sweet with some straw aroma. A definite floral note to it and a faint tartness, perhaps the mangosteen or pomegranate. A light spice and yeast note as well.

T: The tartness is a bit more pronounced on the palate. A definite pomegranate flavor as well as a bit of apple. More bitter than expected, though. Some bread sweetness with a hint of spice, definitely some floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not something I'd really care to have again.

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Sean9689

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at a local shop. Cool label...

A - Pours a copper rusty reddish color, big creamy head, sticky lacing, thin collar.

S - Wheat, sweet sugar malts, and some other stuff that could possible be the original ingredients of the beer, but I'm not too sure. Overly sweet, IMO.

T - Much the same as the nose, way too much sweetness. Sweet sugars, wheat, some floral notes. I guess this was suppose to be with some curry or something, but jeez, not into this one.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet fruity finish.

O - Not my cup 'o tea, to say the least. Maybe it would have been better with the pairing(s) it was suppose to go with, but by itself I'm going to take a pass on trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:21:28 | More by Sean9689
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marmora

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Bright orange/copper color with a thick head that quickly receded to about half a finger. Smells sweet and fruity, but when swirled a smell like overripe tropical fruit comes out, which does indeed smell a little like vomit.
Thankfully the taste does not follow the unpleasant part of the nose. Fruity, floral and an overall delicious ale. Good carbonation, really makes this a refreshing drink. I did let the beer sit for about 10 minutes to see if any new tastes or smells else came out of it as it warmed. No new tastes or smells came out and the carbonation that brought life to this beer was nearly gone. Shouldn't have waited.
Incredibly refreshing, no noticeable alcohol taste, but it certainly tastes like a beer, unlike some fruit beers.

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08-14-2011 13:59:26 | More by marmora
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Horizon from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.