Space - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 81
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-05-2012

Originally brewed under the name Daly Double. This beer is a tribute to a friend that passed away. Space was his nickname as a young man and this beer will be a regular offering at our brewery only; our way of keeping him a regular.
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Ratings: 426 | Reviews: 61
Photo of 312HopBomb
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Space is the new name for Daly Double. Pours a dark caramel color with reddish highlights. Clear with an ivory head that coats the tulip with lacing. The presentation makes one want to guzzle this down.

Aroma explodes with citrus hop and sweet malt far in the background.

The flavor consists of juicy pineapple, grapefruit and orange backed by a strong, rich malty body that totally balances and compliments the hop profile. This juicy/bitter fruit flavor flows through the swallow from beginning to end. A bitter finish of perfect proportion that does not incinerate the taste buds.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Slightly oily with nice carbonation on the light side and moderate/full body.

Overall the top IPA on the planet. It takes the great hop profile of Daisy Cutter, amps it up then adds the bass section with the malt bomb nailing this down for a terrific session India Pale Ale. Each growler split with my bro went down in record time. Half Acre scores a Hat Trick with the aroma, hop taste and malt balance. Please keep this beer flowing from now on.

Photo of ChicagoJoe
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very smooth and enjoyable beer. Pleasantly surprised. Love the color and taste. Can't say enough nice things about this beer.

Photo of grover37
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber picked up from the brewery by a friend for $8. Poured into two snifters at 44* and shared with my girlfriend.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a dark orange with copper edges. A finger and a half of light cream head reduces to a thin layer with a thick ring and some bubbles on the surface. Not quite clear due to chill haze and plenty of streamers. Lots of sticky, thick lacing all around the glass at the top and spots here and there further down.

Aroma (5): Pine bomb. A smooth caramel mixes beautifully with some mild citrus notes such as tangerine. Lots of dank, resinous pine notes that smell a lot like weed; imagine a really fresh bag of orange and white haired buds. Girlfriend says earthiness and leaves; reminds her of fall. Unique and well integrated.

Taste (4.5): Strong caramel and toffee malt backbone right off the bat. It was there in the nose, but it's surprisingly strong and well balanced. Hops are not what I would call subtle, but not pronounced; they round the beer out nicely and show up throughout each sip, particularly through the finish with some strong pine and grapefruit/orange notes. A touch of sweetness throughout balanced by a nice dose of bitterness - neither dominates. Again, not the hop bomb the nose indicates, but that resinous, dank character hits pretty hard in the middle and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel (5): Smooth and a touch creamy, especially in the finish. Ample carbonation brings out that nice hoppy finish. Medium bodied on the full side and medium carbonation also on the high side, especially for a bigger IPA like this.

Overall (5): A fantastic IPA that is unique in that it's balanced yet the hops still shine with some nicely different flavors that don't always dominate other hops profiles - dank, resinous, pine and more subtle citrus. This benefits from being super fresh, and I hope they bottle more at some point. Bravo.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Had this on tap at the Half Acre brewery - formerly the Daly Double and now Space. Pours a fantastic amber with a nice head. Such a great smell initially and the hops are so well balanced .....I am tired of writing. Good beer. Bring me more.

Photo of Libationguy
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-copper in color with a slight haze.

Fresh pine, orange zest, resin, white and yellow flowers, tangellos and a lightly dank quality.

Citrus, pine needles, resin, nutmeg, light brown sugar, roasted malt.

Medium bodied and very clean on the palate. Just the right amount of bitterness.

While some of the descriptors are sweet, there is nothing sweet about this beer. Great balance and a masterful use of bittering in the hops to just the right proportion. Finishes wonderfully clean and smooth. Really well done.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pint poured at the tap room on 12/26/13, poured into a Half Acre pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - amber-brown coloration, murky appearance (couldn't see or read through), initial frothy off-white head settled into a half finger glass lacing; tight carbonation bubbles arising off the bottom of the glass

S: 11/12 - wow, big dank, piney and resinous aroma fills it up; little detectable malt or alcohol aromas

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is a big dank hop presence likely supplied by ample amounts of Chinook, CTZ and/or Simcoe; however, there is a Citra presence that keeps it a bit bright (and maybe more cat pissy); in the middle of the mouth, I was expecting some caramel sweetness based on the color but thankfully got little except for balance and body; dry finish with little aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderate body for style; thick resiny hop oils luxuriously coat the tongue; subtle but present alcohol; moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - really impressed with this one - what a dank, piney American IPA should be; really showcases Pacific NW hops that could easily be overdone; again, this is a fantastic beer for the price point ($5 pint at the brewery), and is an stellar homage to a great friend of the brewery; prosit!

TOTAL - 44/50

Photo of DaveHack
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a Poker BIF box from AgentZero.

Pours a hazy, deep amber. Small, but robust head that leaves a thick lace down the glass.

This beer smells amazing! Its a floral bouqet in a glass. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had in a while. Smells like fresh, wet, oily hops.

The taste is crazy good too. Very bold, bitter hop presence. There is no doubt it is an IPA, almost DIPA territory. As I swallow, the bitterness really kicks in as it goes down.

This feels like a super fresh beer should. The hops feel 'wet' and oily. The body is medium and creamy.

This is a damn good beer. I wish I had easy access to this. I could definately get used to drinking this.

Photo of Grohnke
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy burnt orange. Beautiful, creamy long lasting cream colored head.

High hop presence reminiscent of candied orange/grapefruit, Light grass, light spearmint. subtle caramel sweetness. Aroma Balance is firmly tilted toward the hops

High smooth hop flavor, resin grapefruit/orange/ tropical fruits, light grass and spearmint. Bready malt background rounded with some caramel notes. Hop bitterness is moderately high, but incredibly smooth. Long dry finish composed of the aforementioned hop characteristics that last seemingly forever on the palate

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Smooth. Crisp.

Incredibly drinkable, it's so light and smooth but just packed with flavor. Really intense hop flavor throughout, but the bitterness is rounded and smooth, never harsh, and is well supported by a great softly sweet malt background. really a pleaser.

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight murky red-orange with one finger white head.

Aroma: Peach, apricot, grapefruit. Little mango and citrus. Little pine and floral. Light breadiness.

Taste: Peach, apricot, and grapefruit. Little citrus zest. Touch of pine, floral, and herbal. Lightly sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with amble carbonation. Nice hops bitterness. Touch dry as well.

Overall: A good IPA. This should be a year-round canned IPA.

Photo of ChiPool
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an oversized tulip tip glass.

Great hop aroma bursting from this one. The hop aroma is a bit grassy, but the taste offers more citrus flavor. Pretty well balanced. I really love this beer. It's been a while since I've been bowled over upon first taste. The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side for a single IPA: more like a double.

Chicago is thirsting for a local, year-round single IPA available in bottle/can. I would love to see this in tall-boy cans in the near future. I would be a very regular customer.

Photo of Deadm8
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just released today...

Poured into my Hill Farmstead snifter

Appearance- completely hazy dark orange with 2 fingers of a slight yellowish off white head rest atop this gorgeous brew.

Nose- Fresh pineapple, ripe melon, and a plethora of citrus right at the forefront. Some great grassy/ pine undertones.

Taste- Dominated by an awesome combination of citrus and pine flavors. A bit of malt sweetness in the mid, and a very pleasant bitterness that hangs in the end of every sip.

Mouthfeel- Excellent carbonation that really helps move the flavors and aromas through in a nice transition.

Overall- Another masterpiece from Half Acre. From the brewers to the dude behind the counter with the sweet toilet bowel coffee mug..this place rocks! Look for them to be the brewery to beat in Chicago in the very near future.

Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clean dark amber/copper with a lightly thick and sticky off white head.

The smell is very english, with what seems like touches of fuggles and goldings and a nice bready malt smell, some nice citrus tones come through as well.

The flavor is very bready and malty with a clean pine hoppyness running throughout. I'm loving the heavy english crystal in this along with what seems to be a nice even level of chinook hops making this clean and piney, and a nice medium bitterness.

The mouthfeel is clean and dry with a touch of resin.

Very nice, I like this a bunch. Different enough to stand out in the crowded IPA segment, yet still drinkable and good without resorting to anything gimmicky.

Photo of MCain04
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill fresh from the brewery. Whenever this stuff is available I jump to grab a fill, as they no longer bottle it. $15 for a fill, not bad at all. Poured into a Bell's Tulip glass.

Appearance: A surprisingly dark and opaque reddish-orange with a 2 finger creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice aromas of mango, pineapple, kiwi, orange, and other tropical unripe fruits. Floral and pine tones take a backseat. May not be everyone's cup of tea but I really like it.

Taste: Follows along with the nose impressively, citrus and tropical notes with a floral piney finish. Bitterness is pleasing.

Mouthfeel: A little lacking, feels a tad thin and isn't as dry as I'd like it for as bitter as it is. Still good though.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs ever. I feel really lucky to have access to this, living 10 miles away from the brewery. I fill this whenever it's available and enjoy it immensely. Very under-the-radar offering from Half Acre

Photo of AndyP612
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at tap room 20 oz.

Poured a hazy, very dark orange to light brown with a small fingers worth of white head. Hop forward nose with orange teases as the citra hop shows it's lovely character. Palate follows the nose closely with a huge citra hop presence. Big tropical fruit hits mid sip. The finish is a great balance between malt and dry hop. Really nice medium mouth feel as it isn't quite as big as I have become accustomed to. Low carbonation makes this ale extremely drinkable really enjoying this. Overall, damn, I now know why Half Acre is so highly looked on with those that live in their distro area. Super friendly staff at the taproom bartender Adam is great. The tap room is cool concrete bar with a fake bear head. All in all I will be coming back here for growers once my bottle stoppers are in. Cheers.

Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz "howler" from the brewery
L - deeper amber colored body, creamy ivory head
S - juicy, citric aroma with grapefruit, toasted grain, bold caramel; sweeter aroma, smells delicious
T - juicy and sweet up front with caramel and plenty of toasted grain, faint tea leaf; bitterness follows with grapefruit and orange rind, some pine, but still nicely balanced with the sweet juiciness riding through the bitter hops
F - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-dry
O - absolutely delicious flavor profile here! I'd get this again for sure.

Photo of TapeDeck
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really enjoying this beer.

It pours a medium amber. A little dark for an IPA. Smells like your favorite brewery's hop fridge... Just a great aroma. A bit piny. Awesome.

This is not an Imperial or a Double. It's a standard IPA, so it's not all that bitter... But it tastes so fresh, and so balanced. If you have the chance to get some of this, do so. And open it right away.

Very classy brew. It doesn't need much more description, I guess, as this beer is a one off... You'll either get it soon, or it will be lost to the ages. Thanks Half Acre. RIP Mr. Daly.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you SO much to biglobo for hooking up a new IPA from one of my favorite breweries. this one came courtesy of the growler BIF round 3.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip (my go to IPA glass) - poured somewhat straw yellow that settled in the glass as a deep amber with a finger of frothery classic white ipa head. lacing was chunky but didn't stick and slid down the glass in chunks.

s - sticky, sweaty hops. beautifully balanced, beautifully fresh and beautifully in your face. really nice, but very sticky and sweaty. some earthiness in there.

t - follows the nose in being really sticky and sweaty, but not nearly as pleasant as the nose. really enjoyable, but the nose was supreme and the flavoring is nice, but just sticky and sweaty...not as balanced (although the nose isn't really balanced, it just smells so wonderful) as the nose is.

m - medium bodied, good carbonation if not a bit heavy, but it works. leaves a tingle. this one is a hop explosion and one for the hopheads (i'm a reformed anti-hop-head turned hop head).

o - overall, this is one for the fans of the sticky, gooey, sweaty, in your face, hopped out to the max beers. cool concept for a brew, and certainly a wonderful tribute. thank you again brendan for hooking this one up... very much appreciated.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ the brewery

served in that dope half acre stemware - bright coppery orange body - this is a great IPA - nice waves of tropical fruit, sugary goodness, pine needles, sweet sappy goodness. Really nice stuff - apparently my palate was just blown when i tried this at GABF, because I really liked this at the brewery.

Photo of Drank
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Aromatic and pleasantly bitter. Awesome.

Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

Its like getting slapped in the face with a bag of oranges while chewing on a marmalade sandwich. A big IPA that almost straddles the line between AIPA and DIPA. Seek a bottle out if you can.

LOOK: Orange amber, clear with a beautiful lacing

SMELL: Citric zest, mint, faint caramel, fresh pine sap, tobacco, pineapple skin

TASTE: Macerated whole oranges, very smooth, medium body, marmalade, bread crust, hop bitterness, warming alcohol, cashews, peppery, papaya

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle, 7% ABV. Poured into a The Bruery snifter (RIP). No bottle date, but this was released in mid January if memory serves.

A: This pours a clloudy orange amber color. I got abourt one finger off white fluffy head. Some lacing sheets/bits. Good carbonation.

S: Tons of tropical fruits: grapefruit, mango, orange, citrus fruit. Hop bomb with very little malt on the nose.

T: Nice hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Delicious sweet fruity hops: grapefruit, mango are there. No booze at all. Mild malts to help balance mid mouth, but still all hops. Crisp close. Not overly dry.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Solid little beefed up version of the Daisy Cutter pale basically, or at least that is what it seemed.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy bronze with a decent crisp white head.

Aroma is grainy pale and caramel malt and alcohol warmth. Intense, funky hops dominate.

Taste is rich english caramel malt. Fruity with a spicy phenolic quality. Woody and leathery. Finishes with pungent peppery hop and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is viscous, medium-full.

Overall, a very enjoyable IPA. Plenty of english character, but with bold American hop bitterness. Unusual and interesting.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep clear amber in color with some slight red hues. Head is about 1 finger and has nice retention.

Smell is great, lots of citrus hops forward. Grapefruit is the main aroma that dominates this beer but there are also some hints of pine and herbal hops. There is a nice grainy mildly sweet smelling malt aromas that helps balance the beer.

Taste is also great. More pine comes out in the taste then in the nose however there is also a nice mildly sweet citrus and herbal hop presence. Bitterness is mild and balanced nicely with a nice grainy body.

Mouthfeel is good lots of hoppy oils and a medium to light body. Moderate carbonation keeps this soft and very drinkable.

Overall this is a good ipa. Love the grapefruit aromas and it's well balanced grainy malt body.

Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep orange, nicely carbonated two finger head, some lacing

S-Good deal of hops, the toasty malt I've noticed with Half Acre Brews. Citrus and tropical hops.

T-Starts toasty with wheat malt, ends with nice bitterness. Well balanced good deal of citrus and tropical notes

M-medium bodied, nicely carbonated, good deal of hop resins.

O-What a beer. The best of the tap room. A must try any visit to Half Acre.

Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a completely hazed deep orange color with a slightly off white layer of cream on top. Retention was good with a few specks of lace left behind on the glass.

S: Quite piney with grapefruit rind, tangerine flesh, pineapple and a bit of toasty caramel melt.

T: Much like above with some minty alcohol as it warms. Pine and tropical fruit were the dominant fetures though.

M: While we managed to pick out a bit of alcohol flavor, it's presence was practically non-existant in the feel. Lingers for quite awhile on the tongue with a dry prickle that went well with the fruity hops.

O: I don't know what's in the water over there at Half Acre but they are killing with the hoppy beers as of late. This was a total winner that I'd get again in a heartbeat.

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Space from Half Acre Beer Company
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