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Cipher - Half Acre Beer Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

davidbowers13, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear clover honey golden body with a slow motion carbonation that supports an off-white head of thick cream that sticks to the glass with each sip leaving register marks.

S- Even during the pour, the aroma of candied fruit esters and flowers followed by green candied hops come through. Nice full pineapple weed hops finish the aroma.

T- The softer dry yeasty esters have some green herbal hops that take on more of a pungent role in the finish. There the hops linger just a bit after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz prick in the finish that complements the hops flavor and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The crisp light beer has a great aroma with lots of yeasty ester depth and strong hop support. It doesn’t come through as much in the flavor but it still is very tasty. The beer really dries out as the beer opens up.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

CliffBrake, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dry tulip glass. A rinsed glass seemed to negate the head completely. Hazy golden tone, thin cap of white foam that settles slowly after a few minutes. Minute carb trails rising from around the edges. Foam eventually breaks on the surface, leaving island clusters of larger bubbles. A dense collar of lace is left behind after a few sips.

Initial sulfuric note blows off quickly, becoming fruity with banana and pear from the yeast esters.

Creamy and smooth, slight phenolic spice in the form of clove and pepper to a lesser extent. Banana and pear notes in the middle with some vanilla tapioca creaminess throughout. Medium bodied with delicate carbonation. Dry finish with a light aftertaste of earthy vegetal hops. Very flavorful and fresh, an interesting take on BSPA.

emerge077, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright blonde color. Loads of suspended sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not too much head or lace to speak of.

S: Definite Belgian-y aromas here. Spicy, fruity, peppery. Hint of cut grass as it comes up to temp.

T: See above. Taste follows the nose exactly.

M: Full and spicy. Finishes bone dry when cold but gradually fills out and takes on a distinct white pepper edge.

O: Could've done with a little more fruit or sweetness, but I really liked the spice and grassiness. Nice.

GbVDave, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Shadteks
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery, poured into half acre imperial tulip.

poured a nice golden color with nice sediment floating around with a perfect white fluffy 2 finger head,no real lacing happening here though.

It smells of spice slight fruitiness and Belgian yeast slight funk.

Taste is on point with a crisp refreshing fruitiness with some great spice notes from the yeast,as it warms the funk comes up front finishes more dry with slight citrus notes in the rear, Boom!

Shadteks, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

tfidler, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

quilty, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

vasinger, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

AaronBurr, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

markrmoser, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- pours a clear pilsner with a 2 finger white head. Nice waves of lacing remain.

S- pale malts, banana, clove, lemon

T- pilsner malts, lemon zest, banana, with a light crisp hop finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Has a acidic finish.

O- very good for the style, but not my favorite styl so wouldn't drink this regularly.

kawilliams81, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear straw color with an aggressive white and whispy head. The head is short-lived and leaves no evidence of ever existing once it's gone.

It smells of phenolic yeast, clove, and straw.

The banana is a little more pronounced in the taste. Clove, straw, and finishes with a very light peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately light, and prickly carbonation.

Another fine offering from Half Acre. These guys can really make some well-put-together beers, regardless of style.

Vonerichs, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vonenrichs for the hookup on this bottle.
Beer pours a full, slightly hazy yellow in color. Forms a very fizzy white head that fizzes away as quickly as it forms. No retention. No lacing. Aroma is strongly Belgian with lots of yeast and yeasty phenols and notes of straw, hay, and barnyard. Taste is similar, but even more intense: Toast, straw, yeast, bread, a bit of spice, and just the faintest hint of banana. Lighter bodied with appropriate carbonation, a mild bitterness, and a rather dry mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer, with some excellent Belgian qualities that would likely pair well with a wide range of food.

Florida9, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy but quite clean golden and straw yellow color. There is a nice lively head that forms up to about 0.5 inches. It is white and the bubbles are about of medium density.

Nose starts off with some nice clove and wheaty and malty sweetness. Nice pear juice notes and some slight sweet apple. Very mild nose but still refreshing with some slight yeasty phenols.

Flavors starts off with some nice sweetness. Tons of pear juice and apple juice. Nice sweetness. There is some nice bready notes with malt and earthy grain as well as some mild phenols. Slight spice and some mild heat from the alcohol. They all play very well together.

Pretty good BSPA. True to style and delicious. I might have liked some more spice. Still good though.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Canada_Dan, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

nathanjohnson, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Thompson, Jul 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PopnLoads, Sep 22, 2012
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Cipher from Half Acre Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.