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Mr. Ouroboros - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 6
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: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An "Americo-German Pale Ale" brewed with freshly picked, whole cone hops straight from the harvest. We were joined by friend and fellow brewer Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewpub to bring this beer to you. We utilized a Kölsch yeast strain and bags & bags of whole cone Citra to land on a beer all its own.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 10-05-2011)
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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

spycow, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

emerge077, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Double-dippin' the Half Acre pales at Fountainhead today. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lettuce, light grapefruit zest, and very light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more lettuce and some stronger toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an okay pale, but one that seems to miss out on all that Citra goodness I've tasted elsewhere. Maybe this keg was a tad old? Regardless, it's drinkable, but nothing to be impressed by.

TMoney2591, Nov 05, 2012
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.

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2011
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!

WoodBrew, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for the growler share.

A - Brownish-orange color with a lot of white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Some citrus notes and a little bit of spice and some kolsch yeast. Also, it smells like soap, which I found unpleasant.

T - Taste is better than the nose, but there is still some of that soap in there. Some hops, grain, yeast, a little citrusy, slight soapy taste. It's not bad and easy to drink, I'll give it at least that.

M - Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O - Not bad, has a few things going for it that make it a somewhat unique session beer, but I've had better.

AgentZero, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lovely shade of copper-gold. Clear. Forms a fluffy white head that sits upon the beer before gradually falling to a thin ring around the edge. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Toast, autumn leaves, grapefruit, and some yeasty esters.

T: Starts of toasty and dry, with a flavor similar to brown rice. Turns the slightest bit citrusy, before becoming rather earthy and autumnal with a slight taste of plastic. Finishes is crisp, with notes of green apple.

M: Lighter bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Dry. Mild bitterness.

O: Not much of a wet hopped beer when the hops barely show up. And supposedly this uses Citra, a hop I've brewed with myself, and I'm just not getting that characteristic Citra juiciness from this beer. From reading the reviews from this year compared to last year, I wonder if something has changed, since I am simply not picking up on any of the citrus qualities that the reviewers last year continually mentioned.

Florida9, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for grabbing a growler of this to bring to our UFC tasting. Poured into a Bell's tulip as Case de AgentZero's.

A - Pours darker orange, frothy white head, sticking lacing, thick collar, and thick cap.

S - I pick out the yeast and Kölsch aspects right away, which is then followed by some light hoppy notes. Not too sure what I think about this mix...is interesting because it's so different but it's also different, which is interesting. :-)

T - Kölsch + hops...kinda weird. Slight banana sweetness, hay, hops, yeast. Again, not sure if I think it's cool or weird...

M - Light body, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - I [i]think[/i] I like the attempt, but not sure I dig the final product here. While I like Kölsch's and I lie APA's, I'm not sure I really dig the hybrid attempt that is Mr. Ouroboros. Unique...

Sean9689, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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

homebrew311, Oct 22, 2011
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.

GbVDave, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

thewimperoo, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

FreshHawk, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

SpdKilz, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -2%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BeerOps, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color and crystal clear. There's a ton of bubbling activity yet the head is whispy and thin.

The kolsch yeast strain really dominates the nose. It's grainy and grassy with muted citrus.

This is more if a slightly hoppy kolsch than an APA. I'm a little disappointed the citra doesn't dominate. There's light orange peel then a lot of grass. The finish is buttery.

Mouthfeel is clean with active carbonation.

I'm a bit disappointed in this one. As I said before, the yeast makes this more kolsch than anything else.

Vonerichs, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Piece, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clears dark straw with a large fuzzy white head. It subsides to a thick collar and pillow film on top which leaves nice sticky sheets of lace. Looks great.

S: Massive citra hops hit you in the face and wraps around your brain. I love me some citra hops, but this didn't really off anything else besides a residual light piney bitterness and some slight malty notes. But the tropical fruit notes were very nice.

T: The taste was slightly more subdued and complex than the nose which was a huge push in the right direction. Great citrus fruits, oranges and pineapple with a little bitter starfruit in the finish. The Kolsch yeast isn't really noticeable. A malt body does show itself, but it does take a backseat.

M: Light to medium bodied with great carbonation and the drinkability is off the charts. I could drink this all day, every day.

O: A highly drinkable pale ale with citra hops? Sign me up for more please. Not the most complex beer, but very good and as I already stated I could drink this all the time if given the opportunity. Half Acre, bottle this please.

Treebs, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

tdmccarthy, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JimGlonke, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

illini4x4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of gmendez1122
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

gmendez1122, Apr 10, 2014
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Mr. Ouroboros from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.