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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: 69
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

davidbowers13, Oct 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of codsmith
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GbVDave, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

mcc1654, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Joel12, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Aug 29, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good murky brown, Amber Carmel body. Misses some lacing. Carbonated really well.

Toffee, Carmel, classic English style aroma. Papery malt bill. Simple, hopless over ale.

Flavors match it perfectly. Sweet, nutty, earthen Brown sugar. Delightful paper and cardboard dry grains.

Too crisp and bright. Bit overcarbonated feeling.

Khazadum, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

zrbeer1579, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source. Served in a GI Black Friday taster pint.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed but largely transparent nut brown body.

S - A mix of herbal and grassy English hops with altbier-esque malts - toasted grains, light toffee, nuts, powdered cocoa,

T - The taste has far more of the malt character, and minimal hop flavor. Toffee, nuts, red fruits, toasted bread, dash of cocoa. There's a definite mix of altbier and English brown flavors here, but in a largely successful way. Fairly low bitterness.

M - Medium body, nice English cask-style medium-low carbonation, soft and smooth creamy texture, lightly dry and toasty finish.

D - This beer isn't likely to blow anyone's mind, but it's a nice easy-drinking session beer that successfully fuses elements of both English and German styles. I had multiple pours of this one throughout the evening, and finished off the rest of the growler the next day. Half Acre does some really good work with session beers, and this is another solid effort

MasterSki, Feb 11, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KDawg, Nov 24, 2012
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The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise from Half Acre Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.