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The Chairman - Half Acre Beer Company

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The ChairmanThe Chairman

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

The Chairman is in celebration of Lumpen Magazine's 20th anniversary.

We opted to brew an Imperial Red Ale; a mostly balanced, ominous, reigning force easing you into cooperation. In honor of their creativity, three different labels were designed for this beer. Each one takes its own slant towards the spirit of Lumpen and its Boring Theoretical Party. The Chairman will be available at our brewery store and at Maria's Packaged Goods in Bridgeport. To Lumpen!

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-12-2011)
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OGunner77

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-26-2013 20:55:05 | More by OGunner77
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jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-15-2013 00:37:44 | More by jegross2
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-26-2013 02:11:58 | More by Sparky44
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-17-2013 02:52:32 | More by oline73
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-17-2013 22:30:21 | More by AApparel
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Thompson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-16-2012 21:20:42 | More by Thompson
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tonyclifton36

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-10-2012 02:37:27 | More by tonyclifton36
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-04-2012 00:00:56 | More by hockeyfighter19
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-10-2012 14:26:22 | More by sidetracked
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MarkFy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-07-2012 19:29:08 | More by MarkFy
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Beerenauslese

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at the release on 11/11/11 when I was in Chicago for the wood & barrel aged beer festival. Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a clear reddish brown, a usual pour produces a 3/4 inch head that is foamy and tan, and dissipates fairly quickly to a cap and ring, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass. Could be redder for a red ale.

Smells malty and sweet with some earthy, grassy hops.

Tastes of caramelized malt, sweet bready notes, a hint of milk chocolate and some mint. Finish is earthy and grassy, with just a little bitterness. It is an odd beer, after a few tastes it seems quite aggressive on the palate, but then then the palate adjusts and it gets more pleasant. The malt and hop levels are equal to the alcohol level. At first it tastes more malty sweet, but then tastes hoppier as it is consumed. It holds together, but its balance is constantly in question.

This has a burning sensation on the tongue from both the roasted malt and the hops. Body is medium and carbonation is light, and it has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

It lives up to its billing as an imperial red ale, in taste if not so much in color. After a few months of aging (kept in the beer fridge at 49 degrees), it is still nicely hoppy. Will make it a point to consume the remaining bottles soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:30:31 | More by Beerenauslese
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle, from Maria's and shared with Steve. Malty English style red, comes across like a vintage ale, yet we know its still within a few months on the shelf. Toasty aroma and taste. Dark reddish colour with an off-white head, lacey. Steve noticed first it was a little oxidized. Hops kick in at the finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:23:03 | More by Sammy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a deep reddish amber color. Produced a good tan head. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- A grainy caramel-like honey sweetness. Subtle bits of pine with lemon and citrus.

(T)- Definitely heavily hopped with heavy citrus and a caramel and honey maltiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. An interesting balance of deep malts and zesty citrus. Almost like a red ale and the richness of a scotch ale combined.

(D)- Overall, a fun and enticing take on the style; definitely an imperialized red ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 15:52:25 | More by sweemzander
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wethorseblanket

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-22-2012 20:51:03 | More by wethorseblanket
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codsmith

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up a bottle at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar on the South Side.

A: Very dark red/brown that is clean looking throughout. It pour with a nice creamy beige head that stays around and laces the glass incredibly well

S: A very malty, sweet and a slightly hoppy aroma.

T: Fairly sweet taste but the end taste is just lacking. There seems to be a lack of bitter hop balance in this beer to even things out.

M: Heavy mouthfeel. I was expecting something thinner and with less body.

O: Was really looking forward to this since I LOVE HALF ACRE, but I was a little disappointed in this one. The flavor blend just isn't there with the hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:16:15 | More by codsmith
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dlello2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-29-2012 15:43:43 | More by dlello2
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beerhan

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of the very generous people at half acre. Just one of the many amazing complementary beers they gave me. Thanks again for your amazing customer support!

A-Pours a very dark amber with a frothy two finger head.

S-Very biscuity and herbal with some jasmine shining through.

T-Some grape and and very wheat bread like. There is a bit of a burned caramel taste as well. There is almost some citrus in the after taste. Not too sweet but has a bitter finish.

M-Medium carbonation combined with the mild bitterness gives this an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Fairly light body for the abv and flavor.

O-I am a novice to the style, but this is a mighty fine beer. I enjoyed it more on tap but this was still a nice treat. I would be content if they released this in cans. The abv was shocking as I had no knowledge of it while drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:49:15 | More by beerhan
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-11-2012 04:39:44 | More by Pellinore1
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-08-2012 21:14:57 | More by NeutroMan
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jabo134

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-07-2012 23:57:05 | More by jabo134
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DividedAvery

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-03-2012 05:15:55 | More by DividedAvery
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 18:04:37 | More by CliffBrake
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benpopper

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 18:03:04 | More by benpopper
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emdawg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-01-2012 05:35:56 | More by emdawg
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lnashsig

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought back to Houston from Chicago from my sister as a Christmas gift! Very welcome and appreciated new bottle that I have never heard of. Poured from bottle into Half Acre tulip glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber color, an off-white head, nice lacing. Smell- a cocoa aroma, some malty breadiness, and a little bit of a plastic scent. Not a huge detractor but its there. I don't get any citrus flavors here, it's all a darker, maltier aroma. Taste- some bitterness on the first taste that is followed by some saccharine sweetness. It definitely tastes a bit artificial. Some roastiness from the malt in the backbone, but other than that, this beer is not too complex. The ABV is def there, it's a little boozy. The hops presence is all there in the form of a bitter ending to this beer. It's not a great beer, not a horrible one. I would pass on it in the future though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:01:17 | More by lnashsig
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The Chairman from Half Acre Beer Company
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