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The Chairman - Half Acre Beer Company

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The ChairmanThe Chairman

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very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-12-2011

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!
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 16
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this on tap at Maria's I decided to get a bottle to go.
Here's to Lumpen, a great local magazine chock full of politics, arts, and culture. Has it really been 20 years? That's really impressive!

Nicely saturated deep ruddy copper hue, sticky and creamy head of foam that lasts for the duration of the glass. Drippy arcs of lacing hang inside the glass.

Spruce tips and cantaloupe, some brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Some light toasted multigrain bread with honey.

Definitely a fall/winter sipper here. Lots of specialty malt, caramel toffee, nutty breadiness, with some resinous herbaceous hops lurking around the edges, lending a moderate bitterness from pine and orange peel. Dry bitter aftertaste of pine needles and toasted malts. Smooth feel, burly heft, sticky on the lips. It's a big beer, and admittedly this isn't my favorite style, but it's nuanced enough to keep things interesting. Finishing the bomber wasn't a problem, just take your time with it.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Half Acre - love the 'collect 'em all' label art. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, leaving behind no lacework. Transparent dark red body.

S - Plenty of red fruits, toffee, crystal malt, a hint of milk chocolate, and spicy alcohol esters. There's an initial note of American citrus hops, but it dissipates quite quickly.

T - Taste is very similar, with loads of caramel malts, milk chocolate, red fruits, and a lightly toasted finish. Alcohol is better-hidden here.

M - Medium body, with a toasted grain texture and dry finish. Some light alcohol warmth, but nothing excessive for 9.5%. Carbonation is pleasant but restrained.

D - Yep - it's exactly what you'd expect from an Imperial Red Ale. If the alcohol were hidden a bit better it'd be an enjoyable beer, but as it stands it's merely acceptable. I'd stick with the Ginger Twin recipe in the future.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer, a bit of a lighter brown with a beige head that left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Very malty. There's a bit of citrus and fruit that seem to weight it down more than needed. Smells fairly sweet.

T - Kind of bores me. It's a bit of a malt bomb with some fruit notes. Needs some more balancing characteristics as the sweetness and malts taste too heavy. Could stand some more hops. I find it kind of boring.

M - Smooth, malty, too much body, probably heavier side of medium.

O - Maybe Reds just aren't meant to be imperialized, whatever the case, don't really like this take on it. Average beer.

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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.

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish red in color. Clear. Forms a large yellow-light tan colored head with good retention, but only leaves a light bit of lacing.

S: Toffee and alcohol. The alcohol is really quite pronounced in the aroma.

T: Loads of lightly sweet toffee, a little vanilla, and malty fruits. Caramel malts. Mild to moderate pine bitterness before the fusel alcohol takes over.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A decent beer, but far from a great one and I'd definitely choose Ginger Twin over this one. However, drinkability was good for a night with a little bit of a chill in the air.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a rich, deep amber color with a creamy/pillowy plop of off-white foam on top. Retention was just ok with the head quickly melting down to a thin collar that left a suprising amount of lace.

S: Pan sauteed peaches, orange zest, and a healthy amount of toasty caramel malt. Light, field fresh strawberries on the nose as well.

T: Just as above with slightly more of a toasted flavor to the maltiness.

M: Rich and creamy with a healthy amount of spicy alcohol and hops. Dry during the middle and finish with a suggestion of a berry-like tang.

O: We liked this. It's not really a go to style for us and frankly it got a little tiring towards the end with the (relatively) high ABV, but the creamy balance of the mouthfeel really saved this from being too one note.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as much a this style has to offer all that bases are hit with a nice warm belly feeling. The toasted malt i could see being a bit troublesome with the abv and could have a booziness. Pour is red and mildly lacy. Nose of citrus hop. No alcohol noted here. Palate is rather savory dry. Hint of toasted malt, and chocolate. A lingering bitter note that clings to the toasty. Great for cheese.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of beerhan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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The Chairman from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.