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The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise - Half Acre Beer Company

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The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
There was a time when children ran around loose and fearless, getting filthy and being perfectly reckless. Kids kicked the crap out of each other and instantly let it go, they built unsafe structures to call their own and lived far more free of the burden of being broken. At some point helmets took over, little hands made cel phone calls to check in and parental reign created a claustrophobic, false sense of safety.

In remembering a time when kids ran wild, we brewed The Hammer, The Bullet, & The Vise. A nutty and soft english brown beer brewed with all German malts to lull your mind.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2012)
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Reviews by codsmith:
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4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up from Half Acre in a Growler

A: Dark brown with a finger high light tan foam head. Very nice lacing on the glass throughout.

S: A very smooth toasted, caramel, and nutty aroma. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Smell and taste are very similar. A large amount of malt character that is very smooth.

M: Medium-to-heavy body. Carbonation level is perfect. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Probably one of the best examples of an English Brown Ale I've ever had. I'm hoping they end up bottling this one at some point.

codsmith, Feb 10, 2012
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Had on tap at the tap room. Pours a really nice nut brown color with a good head.

Very nice roasty malt based nose with tones of brown sugar, malts, espresso beans, and nutty tones.

Medium bodied with a very smooth feel. There is some good style to the flavors of espresso beans, malts and brown sugar notes.

A delicious brown ale. Very attractive with really good balance.

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Poured from a 64oz growler into pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep brown that shows some reddening when held to the light. A creamy, dark khaki colored head reaches about 3 pillowy fingers thick before settling down into a thin collar and whispy skim. Lots of lace left behind.

S: Nose full of toasted nuts, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, nougat, and sligtly burnt grain. Wonderful.

T: Just as above with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the toasted nuts and chocolate flavors.

M: Full, rich, and creamy. Just a hint of prickliness on the tongue. Exactly what I was hoping for, and they delivered.

O: Spectacular take on a classic British style. This one knocks it out of the park.

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Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

Here's a tip: don't use all three in conjunction... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger of cream-khaki foam. The nose comprises dark barley, light greens, very light walnut, very light oak, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of light, slightly watered-down coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice sessionable little brew, one that seems to demand to be cask-conditioned.

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The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.