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
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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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Photo of cfrances33
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Half Acre taproom grand opening, served in a pint glass.

Pour: Dark orange with a finger plus of off white sticky head. Pretty thick. Leaves heavy, thick lacing.

Smell: Pretty grassy hops, with some pine and citrus mixed in. Earthy malt profile is interesting.

Taste: Malt forward, big time. Very caramelly, with some pine to balance. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Too much malt makes for a cloying mouthfeel.

Overall: Too balanced of an IPA for my tastes. Fans of two hearted and ambers will find this beer enjoyable.

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 scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and residual foam. Thick and sticky. Faintly hazey copper color with good bubbling.

Dry, earthy, musty yeast and bitter orangey, citric hop peel aromas. The smell is resiny, but bright and energizing.

Syrupy, sticky palate with lots of citric peel bitterness from start to finish. Toasted biscuit and cracker malts balance this hoppy beer, somewhat. Earthy, musty, and yeasty mouthfeel and flavor profile as well. This is an interesting DIPA. This is a great beer. To bad its just a one off.

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep gold with generous sticky white head, tons of lacing

S: huge aromatic hops up front, syrupy grapefruit and lemon, some papaya in there as well, notes of honey and caramel come through as well

T: super fruity with considerable amount of sweetness, notes of grapefruit and apricot come through the strongest, a bit of a bitter pine ending

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

O: another hop bomb from Half Acre, delightful aroma with a great balance of tropical fruit and citrus character

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I'd like to make it a true Daly Double, Half Acre... (Wow, that was pretty bad...sorry...) This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber-gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light peach, light mango, very light pine, ruby red grapefruit zest, mild caramel, and a light touch of cilantro. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, caramel, light biscuit, cilantro, orange zest, light lemon zest, light pine sap, very light wintergreen, and a hint of passion fruit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that maintains some semblance of balance despite the explosion of tropical fruity hops. Good times.

Photo of tewaris
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan! Bomber split with a friend. Burnt amber hue, medium clarity, good head and retention. Fruity and floral aroma, lush and juicy. Tastes good with peach and apricots but has its faults: an odd nuttiness and a watery finish spoil an otherwise flavorful and respectably bitter IPA. Apt body and carbonation... not bad but not great either.

4, 4, 3, 4, 3

Photo of KDawg
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a good foamy head

Nice aromas of hops, navel oranges and some citrus tones. Not all that deep and doesn't jump as much as I expected

medium/full bodied with excellent flavors of navel oranges, citrus notes, some florals and hops. Good depth on the flavors, but there is no mid, but a nice finish

This was a bit disappointing. It just came more across as a run of the mill DIPA than a great one

Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber orange color with a one fingered, THICK white frothy head that takes a long time to subside, mild carbonation.

S - Herbal and garlic nose, tobacco, earthy and a little vegetable-like.

T- Matches the nose, herbally, vegetable, mild garlic, and mild tobacco, and citrus. Taste is more mild than what the nose initially suggests.

M - Medium body and mellow on the tongue.

O - This is the first beer I've had where the nose and the aftertaste make this beer.

Photo of jsulko
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Dark amber with a decent off white head.

Smell is very tropical with a hint of carmel sweetness.

Taste is sweet with the hoppy bitterness come through on the finish.

A solid IPA but not one I would go out of the way for.

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recently completed trade. Thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed amber, pretty deeply hued as a matter of fact, and opaque at the center even to direct light. A moderate pour yielded two fingers of airy, elevated off white head that - despite mediocre retention - sports absolutely stellar lacing in its wake. Massive, frothy formations cling like crystalline soap suds to the sides of the glass, looming over a persistent surface film.

Aroma: Resinous herbal and piney notes dominate a roasty and sweet nose, fat with hop oils and bitter acids. Leafy tobacco, pine sap and woody juniper sprigs, and grassy spice notes mingle over a low and heavy malt backbone, toasty and warming with a moderate amount of residual sugar.

Taste: A step down from the aroma, but only because it's slightly less dynamic and more one-dimensional. Bitter, dry, spicy hop notes dominate, offset less than in the nose by sweet overtones and herbal overtones, as well as a hint of grapefruit citrus that was less apparent in the nose, though the bracing pine notes are amplified by the dryer qualities of the backbone, suggesting a mineral huskiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high on the carbonation front, with enough lift to augment the spicy and piney qualities of the flavor profile without being pushy or abrasive. Plenty of hop oil additions make for a bit of a slick mouth, but there's enough lift to prevent it from being slimy.

Drinkability: A solid if not outstanding IPA. Half Acre definitely knows hops - I've yet to have a substandard IPA from them - but this one is the least impressive of the batch, with enough here to qualify as enjoyable but not enough to have me seek it out again.

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 beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark citrus and husky toasted grain make for a predictable yet honest smell. Some herbaceous qualities round out the otherwise clean qualities.

T: Begins off-dry, with strong green herbaceous hop aromatics, a bit briny, as well as attendant spiciness suggestive of significant yeast phenolics. Crystal malt is mild yet present, coming across as unmodified by the fermentation process. Acidity is also mild into the middlewhere flavors become more bready and less influenced by the hop flavors. The finish is predictable, with appropriate bitterness, surging pine, and a mineral edge.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer struggles to generate much interest, despite its rather bold display of sensory qualities. Nothing seems particularly out of place--in fact the texture is appealing--but it stops well short of being inspirational.

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 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 DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kwilliams81 for sending me this as a nice extra in a recent trade

Look: Pours a nice copper color with a 1/2 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Lots of floral and tropical hops on the nose with quite a bit of caramel. Real good nose

Taste: Very sweet caramel maltiness upfront backed up by the floral hops not much else

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: Not a bad dipa would gladly drink again and highly recommended

Photo of sidetracked
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/amber with an off-white head. Some lacing.

Strong aroma of lemon, citrus, pine, and bready malt. Really smacks you in the face.

Upfront taste of bitter citrus, lemon/lemon zest. Bready malt middle. Bitter finish of citrus and lemon. Light sweetness at times too. Lingering flavor of bready malts with a slight citrus bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy/foamy finish.

Nice citrusy aroma and flavor ... fairly lemony. Good bitterness. Not a fan of the foamy finish--makes the mouthfeel seem too heavy.

1/8/2012

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark rusty orange, with a slight haze to it. Compact layer of white sudsy foam that has a creamy meringue sheen to it's surface. Tendrils of lace stick to the walls of the glass.

Pungent hop aroma, catty and leafy green. Some earthy tropical papaya and light traces of herbal eucalyptus in the background. Less fruity than a growler sample a few weeks ago.

Soft pale malt breadiness, very similar to Daisy Cutter, with a bit more hop intensity: grassy, chive, papaya, overall a pretty interesting blend. Trace malt sweetness and lingering resinous bitterness that sticks with you for awhile. Medium bodied and very drinkable, though a bit similar to Half Acre's tried & true repertoire of IPA/APA's. Seems like a twist on Tasty Waves, or Daisy Cutter with amped up malt and hop bills.

This one is for Terry, rest in peace.

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 Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for sending this one along recently.

Beer is a rather deep amber color and darker than I would have guessed. Beautiful, thick/creamy head with excellent retention. Lots if thick sticky lace.

Aroma is your first hint of a more assertive malt character. Check that, the color was... Anyway the aroma is toasty with a light fresh hop aroma.
Interesting balance here.

Wow, very toasty flavor. Lots of malt character with some bready notes. Some vegetal/green hop flavors as well. Interesting. Flavor profile seems more like a suped up APA vs a DPA.

Body seems a touch light to me but still appropriate. Just a touch of carbonation on the tongue.

Over all a nice little beer. A nice change vs some of the basic DPA's. (I see this is listed as an IPA.... all comments adjusted for this!)

Thanks Alex, always a treat to try some Half Acre goodness.

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- cloudy dark caramel, with a 1 finger white head, and a ring of lacing remains a inch above the beer.

S- caramel, citrus (mainly orange and grapefruit), and some pine as well.

T- slighted toasted and sweet caramel malt, the citrus hops outshine the pine.

M- medium body, easy to drink and bitterness doesn't linger to long on the tongue.

O- good ipa from Half Acre. Very similar to Daisy Cutter with less bitterness and more citrus.

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 wschmit
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. No dates.

A: A lovely, reddish caramel-hued, just-hazy body sports an off-white, lofty head with solid retention, large bubbles slowly popping away.

S: Grassy hops in all their unfettered glory. Probably mostly Cascade here. 95% hops on the nose, with a bit of caramel at the end.

T: A nice, even hopping throughout, from green, vegetal start to mildly malty, earthy finish. Not overwhelmingly bitter--in fact, it's quite balanced. Just enough sweetness to check it.

M: On the sweeter side of IPAs, which I personally prefer. Alcohol is there, but not prominent. Body is relatively full, and the carbonation prickles but doesn't annoy the tongue.

O: A successful tribute to a hop-lover, but expensive for what it is, around 10 bucks for the bomber. I threw this into the cart because the store had held another sweet release for me. A fine quaff for a one-off, though, and bottom line a solid beer.

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 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 crossovert
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep brownish amber with a foamy white head that leaves a bit of intricate lacing.

The smell is fresh for one thing. Definitely sells like summit.

The taste is of summit too. It is acidic and tomatoey, just a small hint of onion/garilic. It is a bit spicy. The malt bill is great in this one. Bitterness is medium.

The hops in this one aren't' my style, but it is a well-crafted brew.

Space from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.