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Mr. Ouroboros - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 10-05-2011

Mr. Ouroboros is the follow up wet hop beer to Sticky Fat. Both are brewed with freshly picked, whole cone hops straight from the harvest. Both are hop forward, juicy potions demonstrating the perfume quality you can extract from the cones. And, both are odes to the lore of the fields. We were joined by friend and fellow brewer Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewpub to bring this beer to you. We utilized a kolsch yeast strain and bags & bags of whole cone Citra to land on a beer all its own.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 20
Photo of troupis
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first growler from Half Acre is a winner. It has distinct and all-in hops. It's unapologetic in flavor and stays with you long after each sip. It tastes home-brewed and and is addicting in that each taste varies from fruity to hoppy to bitter to dusty. For me, that artisanal quality is what makes a beer a 5.

Photo of sbbear
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler the day it became available at the brewery. It pours a very rich deep orange color, thick lacing and light carbonation. The nose is heavy, really nice, huge floral, cut summer grass, pine, and a touch of earth. The taste is a beautiful APA, nice stickiness with the perfect amount of bitterness. This is a great beer...I hope they bottle it some day.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the Half Acre brewery today to pick up some samples and the gentleman working was offering up samples...so I partook in the Mr. Ouroboros and it was very good. The color was a clear rich copper with nice white head. The smell included all the beloved characteristics of the Citric hop...nice citrus and spice. The taste was a brilliant balance of malt and hop. There was a nice spicy citrus balance with decent malt. There was just a slight twang on the aftertaste...but other than that ...NICE JOB!!!! The mouthfeel was perfect....great flavor and not over the top ABV. Overall...outstanding!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of ratatat
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant beer with a very unique taste. Surprised me in several ways.

A-carmel brown, very clear. Nice lacing, but little carbonation.
S-light, but beautiful, nose. Fruity and sparkly in aroma.
T-unique. Dry and crisp. Hops linger on your tongue.
M-again, pretty dry, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel of an IPA.

Great collaborative between two great small brewers. I could drink it everyday and not get tired of it for a long while.

Photo of vespahulb
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say that I wasn't expecting much from this beer. However, reading the first couple of reviews piqued my interest. Mr. Ouroboros delivered.

Pouring my fresh growler, the beer had a glowing orange color, with little hues of darkness. It's clear as day.

In the nose, I was immediately sold on this beer. On the front you get a hefty whiff of green mango, pine, honey and mild malts. On the back of the nose, this beer brings a stanky, peppery funk...which I fell in love with. Using wet Citra brought amazing results. You'd expect over the top tropical aromas, but they were actually really mild and green, bringing a new feeling to the varietal.

In the mouth, talk about balance! The malt bill brings a hefty weight with a touch of honey. The bitterness is apparent but really integrated. Lot's of pleasant acidity, a touch of tropical fruit and finishes with that dank earthiness.

All in all, this beer over-delivers. An amazing addition to their wet-hop beers, a killer rendition of a pale ale and an all around fantastically balanced an tasty beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Piece Pizza this past Sunday.

Appearance – Served in a pint glass. The beer has a slight orange color with some slight white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – The guys I am with are not huge beer guys but all agreed they could smell the beer as it was being handed to me (and thought the aromas were nice). Heavy citrus, mainly tropical (tangerine, lemon, and mango). Also, heavy on the floral hops with a hint of earthy pine.

Taste – Spot on to the nose. Massive citrus flavors, a hint of bitterness, a nice floral note comes through midway. There is a slight sweet malty backbone and I get very little of the German yeast used to be honest. Overall, from start to finish it is very citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy, decent carbonation, and a crisp finish.

Overall – I really enjoyed this beer. I got three pints of this and wanted to get a growler (but the waitress said they couldn’t despite it being a collaboration between Piece and HA?). Anyway, if HA made this in a can or bottle I would pick this up nonstop. A pleasant surprise.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz growler into a wine glass

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden color. There is a one finger, off-white head with decent retention.

S: A good yeasty bread smell from the Kolsch yeast strain. Some floral pine notes and mild caramel in the background.

T: Grassier in flavor than aroma, but it is a good sort of grassy. Floral and dank. Kolsch yeast strain continues to make a notable contribution to the flavor. Some of the tropical flavors associated with Citra are present but subdued. The finish is quick and earthy.

M: Relatively thin. Lowish carbonation.

O: A delicious, easy drinking beer. I could easily throw back a few pints of this and feel good, especially on a warm summer day. Good flavor profile despite its easy drinking nature. Love it.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden color and a whittish head that holds nice clumps of foam.

S: Faint floral note and subtle spicy hop..

T: Dank, sticky fresh hop burst and a smooth finish and dry malt with a tangy note on the back of the tongue. Like the nose there is a floral quality that is nicely accented. Some tangy grapefruit appears as this warms.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and medium mouthfeel bring a smoothness and a very crisp finish from the Kolsch yeast that has a real German beer flavor.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of the Kolsch style but this one is very good. A unique collaboration from Peace and Half Acre.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my lagunitas mason jar, deep orange color, slightly hazy, not much head retention.

smell is very floral, mango, perfumey. very nice.

taste is slight citrus rind, floral. moderate but clean bitterness. faint toasted malt sweetness to balance it out. clean yeast profile, helps accentuate hop character. really good.

mouthfeel has a touch of hop oiliness that sticks a bit, but overall finishes pretty clean and makes this a very enjoyable beer. get some while you can.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery.

Poured into a 12 oz. wilibecher glass. Thin compact layer of white foam, about the size and shape of a buttermilk biscuit, unbuttered bitch. Bright orange shot through with a light haze, otherwise fairly good clarity. As the glass is drained, a crown of intricate webby lace adheres to the sides. After 10-15 minutes the skim fades to a floating island.

Dried papaya and mango, tropical hop notes front and center. As it sits in the glass it becomes a little more citric and catty.

Kolsch yeast gave it some white grape flavor in the first glass, and subsequent glasses seem to be all citra, if you like that sort of thing. Sorry, but who doesn't? Oh yeah... moving on. Behind that is a bit of pale malt and light rye that dries it out a bit. Clean and dry finish, lingering citrus rind and still a persistent tropical impression minus any sweetness. Light bodied, fairly simple construction, allowing the citra herps to take centerstage, which they do, no derps whatsoever. Papaya and passion fruit, grapefruit. Nice stuff to wind down the indian summer with.

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep gold, some head, no lacing, nice clarity

S: dank citra hops, grapefruit, caramel, tropical notes, some maltiness in the background

T: wet hops provide nice fruitiness, follows with a fair amount of bitterness, notes of caramel, pine, resin, good balance

Mf: medium to high carbonation, light body

O: drinkable and tasty, lots of citra goodness, a touch of kolsch/German influence

Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a hazy, glowing amber with a meringue-like lump of just off-white head on top that reaches about 3 fingers thick before leveling off and slowly melting down to a thin skim and creamy collar. Lace was plentiful but the carbonation was on the lazy side.

S: Huge nose full of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Very pungent. Hints of pine and caramel as it warms. Heather picked up a touch of honey, as well.

T: See above. As it warmed, I noticed some spicy apricot and more herbal, grassy flavors.

M: Full and sticky with a killer amount of peppery hop spice. I think the low-ish carbonation enhanced the fullness of the mouthfeel, but that works for this beer.

O: We really dug this beer. They have it advertised on their blog as an "Americo-German Pale Ale" wet-hopped with bags of fresh-picked, whole cone Citra hops and Kolsch yeast featuring the talents of Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewpub. Well whatever it is I hope my classification as an APA will suffice. We're really liking their wet-hop experiments and hope they continue with them next year.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery and shared with friends. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Opaque orange-brown body.

S - Aroma is unusual - a mix of zesty citrus, tangerine, and grapefruit over top of a yeasty, slightly peppery, and musty Kölsch base. Reminds me a little of The Crusch, but with less hop intensity.

T - Taste is quite similar - a blend of citrus hop flavors, German-style yeast, and sweet lightly toasted grains. Finish is citric, but not particularly bitter - I guess Citra is pretty low in alpha acids.

M - Creamy medium body, smooth texture, some moderately active carbonation, and a fairly clean finish. Pretty easy to drink.

D - I didn't like this as much as Tasty Waves, but it's a surprisingly successful hybrid ale. If Half Acre is going to step outside their wheelhouse, this is a pretty sensible direction for them to take. I liked The Crusch a bit better, but this was solid too.

Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this from growler into a pint glass

Nice solid orange color with a nice and foamy head from the first pour.

Very nice nose that shows the hops, but they aren't too dominant. There is a resiny smell along with some orange peels and tropical citrus

Extremely good medium/full feel. The feel of this really makes the beer. It has a fatness to it and a real smoothness. There is a slight herbal/resiny aftertaste that I enjoy, but may not work for lots of people.

This is a pretty darn good PA. There is some real good complexity and this is a style that half acre does a great job with.

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Mr. Ouroboros from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.