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Alpenglow - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Winter Dark Ale is a concept reserved for the haul, the long push, the times when the day extends into the night. Roast punch and hop slice make this black ale your solution to winter sessions.

Draft only.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 12-22-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

atone315, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

mcc1654, Jan 10, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours cola-black with some reddening at the edges. Capped by a 1 finger layer of off white foam that quickly receeded down to a thin and creamy collar that didn't leave much lace.

S: Suprising amount of hops in the nose. Awesome citrus hops do a bit of a battle with some roasty malt and bakers chocolate...with the hops being the victor. The second pour netted a definite piney edge to the hops.

T: Strong hop flavor with more roasted malt and chocolate than in the smell. As this warmed, I picked up the faint addition of chocolate milk and a touch of Whoppers candy. Char flavors increase as it warms, as well.

M: A rich and full mouthfeel that I wasn't expecting with such a low abv. A creeping prickle from the hearty roast and spicy hops. A nice complimentary dryness that lingers long into the finish.

O: Like Sticky Fat's smaller brother with similar hop and roast profiles, but with almost 1/2 the abv. Supremely drinkable! A pretty neat trick for them to release this just 3 days after Big Hugs 2011. Proof that they can nail the Black Beers, no matter what the abv!

GbVDave, Dec 22, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown to black apperance but still translucent. Mild brownish yellow head about a half finger tall when poured into a pint glass.

S: Tropical fruit with a sweetness that i asociate with high alpha hop oil. Slight dank character

T: Roasty, bitter, piney. this is what i imagined a black IPA/ IBA / CDA / would taste like before I tried other examples. damn... good

M: Moderate body and carbonation

O: My first beer from Half Acre and a gift after missing a tour I missed due to some unforsean family events. I love the art work and this beer so I'll recomend it and have to check out others.

guityler83, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

PHBoiler, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

IOWA33, Feb 12, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku

A- one finger light tan head. Fine lacing. Coca-cola brown, a little bit of red in there. Lively carbonation.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee, but still has a dark fruit sweetness

T- roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, nuttiness maybe raw almonds? Dark roast coffee. Some hoppy bitterness at the beginning that lingers and mixes with a delightful porter-like aftertaste.
F- not quite medium body

O- really solid beer. Less alcohol and hops than other ABAs I've tried, which makes it a little more like a porter. Great take on the style. Glad to live near half acre.

overnightstorms, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Whole Foods.

A: pours black wih brown highlights, bright white head, sticky lacing

S: light herbal hops, medium roastiness, hints of coffee and pine, very mellow

T: starts off with bittering hops and then features a nice depth o roasted malts which mingle nicely with the light hop profile. Reminds me of a hoppy porter, guess that's what this aba thing is all about. Loads of flavors considering its light alcohol content

Mf: medium to high carbonation, light body

O: this is a great session beer, tons of flavor packed into this little beer

homebrew311, Jan 31, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for picking this up on my behalf. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Consumed on New Year's Eve.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. Dark brown body.

S - Roasty and hoppy. A nice mix of pine, citrus, roast, sugar, and cocoa powder. Plenty potent for 3.5%.

T - The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma's promise. The flavors are all still present, but less defined, and the roast character takes over and makes things a touch chalky and seltzer-like. Still, it's quite flavorful for a small beer.

M - Surprisingly hefty medium-light body, zesty carbonation, and a dry and slightly resinous finish.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. I prefer this to Big Hugs and Sticky Fat, and it served as a good way to pace oneself throughout the evening. Easy to drink, refreshing and sessionable - hope they make this again next year.

MasterSki, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

spycow, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

SCZ, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Florida9, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

wyatt13, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JeltMaaj, Oct 01, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike & Alex for this one! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a medium brownish color, tan-colored head, thin collar and cap.

S - Roast and hops dominate the initial sniff, and really more hop-forward with the toasted malts taking a back seat. Very crisp and fresh.

T - Again, hops and roasted malts, with the hops winning yet again. Both play off one another and work well...very easy to drink and a nice light hoppy finish.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

O - A nice session beer from Half Acre that can be consumed in high amount without worry of keeling over. A nice amount of flavors going on, even at 3.5%. Good stuff.

Sean9689, Jan 06, 2012
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Alpenglow from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.