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Vallejo | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale we brewed with coastal spirit. This hop crasher sharply dives into the very deep waters of bitter beers.

Added by MasterSki on 10-04-2012

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Photo of paumase
4.99/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft from a pint glass at the brewery

Grapefruity tropical citrus on the nose and palate with a hint of pine that finishes hoppy but well balanced with great mouth feel overall a great IPA that I cannot wait to get more of. My favorite brew from Half Acre and I have tried a fair amount of their beer.

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Photo of rynegne
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly crushable hoppy IPA at 6.7%. I could drink 4 of these in a sitting no problem. Nice apricot/peach in the opening with light pine and citrus on the finish. Probably my favorite from Half Acre.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't say this lightly -- this is as close to a Vermont IPA (Heady, Lawson's, Hill Farmstead) as I've had from Chicago. 16 oz draft pour. Hazy brilliant yellow, tasted of citrus with a nice bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel was phenomenal for an IPA. I had Daisy Cutter and was impressed, but Vallejo might be even better. Half Acre is on its game right now.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 4/20/16. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow, with a 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves loads of lace behind.

Smell is mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows with an explosion of tropical fruit upfront, and gently tosses in some pine and grapefruit very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a little dry, and it is hard to put it down it drinks so easy.

Overall this thing is really awesome, wow thanks @jzeilinger for this one.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the taproom. I've had a very similar beer before. Societe's Pupil. Big fan of that beer. Honestly, bigger fan of this beer, by a hair. But I'd drink both all day if I could.

This one carries more of the Nelson. Probably explains my preference. Great beer. Great beer! Can't wait for can.

Edited: Ordered another pint at a local bar and it was far from the same beer. Bartender promised she poured the right beer. Night and day from the tap room. Can see why (perhaps) this is so low rated. So different from the tap room.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mango, apricot, sugar, some pineapple, sharp citrus, resin and dry, leafy hops in the scent. Bitter citrus and resin up front, with flavors of sweet mango and pineapple quickly rushing in, and more resin on the finish.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. It is all tropical on the nose. Citrus, pineapple, resin. The taste is much the same. A pleasant fusion of all the tropical notes. Made me feel like I was on the beach. A great offering from a Great brewery.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a perfect golden color. light aroma of hops. Drinks incredibly smooth. I could crush a lot of this.Flavor is very nice. Hops in the front with a well balanced finish of malt. Leaves a slight hoppy after taste which I really like. Great beer

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Photo of blackcompg
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a finger of just off-white rocky foam, body is a slightly hazed golden straw color, carb rises consistently through the body, nice laced rings left behind after each sip.

Smell - Candied pine, freshly cut citrus rinds and pith, and some under-ripe pineapple, smells fantastic.

Taste - Starts with a wonderfully crisp blend of yellow grapefruit with hints of pine and that same under-ripe pineapple, after some gentle carb scrub I get citrus piths and dried fruit pits, and maybe a few pine needles at the back of the tongue, and longer into the finish I pick up some dried basil, and a hint of pepper - excellent balance and transition.

Mouthfeel - The boldness of the flavors keeps this about medium, carb is lovely small sharp bubbles and very smooth, just enough scrub to let the hops finish on the bitter and dry side, making you want to take another quaff.

Overall - I really enjoy this, excellent flavors, bright and lower on the sweetness, very refreshing. This seems to be readily available so I'll be keeping this one in the fridge alot more often. No alcohol presence at all, great flavors, a must try, I think they would corner the market if they did a dipa version of this.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into nonic pint no date

A: fine light orange and gold color with a touch of haze and a small very bubbly head looks like good carbonation

S: peppery and Earthy nose light cracker malts some juicy citrus notes

T: lots of nice citrus notes almost bordering on pineapple very smooth a little touch of malts to balance out the citrus

M: medium feel very clean on the finish crisp

O: This is another very easy drinking beer from Half Acre nice citrusness to it but with a very clean finish. Beer reminds me a little of MBC Another One which is a great beer. The beer advertises its bitterness but I don't think its bitter at all.

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Photo of pinyin
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at 38F from the 16 ounce can, into a 14 ounce tulip. Canning date 4/10/16.

I really like the color of this ale. Slightly hazy straw color. I cannot see from one side of the glass to the other, but it's not turbid, just translucent. Looks great in the glass.

The nose on this beer is very unique. A hop varietal that I have never tasted or smelled before. Slightly piney and dank, somewhat astringent, but also smooth. Powerful aroma for the ABV. Like if you were in a greenhouse growing baby fir trees. Not overwhelming like a double ipa with simcoe, but similar, only more refined. Just the right amount of pine, and some nice artisanal bread thrown in. I'm guessing this is a newer hybrid hop of some sort. Very pleasant aroma.

Great tasting ale. Just the right ABV. Nice dry finish. This ale tastes very similar to how it smells. Piney, but not like simcoe or mosaic. Like a lighter and more lingering simcoe bitterness. Baby pine trees with thinner sap texture. Bready malts make a nice backdrop, but are not too omnipresent. Really nice hops used for the bittering and dry hop. Not too overbearing, but also not weak or watery. Just a really tasty well crafted ale with a perfect ABV%. Very smooth yeast profile, and yes, the gravity seems like they actually allowed it to finish out at 1.010. so many breweries nowadays are too anxious and don't let their ales finish properly and they end up as sugar bombs (Southern Tier, Dogfishhead, Victory, Sam Adams). Half Acre does the right thing here and produces a very original recipe with a well rounded and finished product.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very lightly hazy golden light amber. Creamy white head of good retention and some lacing. Nose wafts citrus primarily: grapefruit and tangerine. Taste is similar, quite dry and moderately bitter, medium linger. Medium bodied with medium and fairly sharp carbonation.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very light yellow and slightly cloudy, looks more like a wheat ale.

Smell is very fruity and vibrant, greatly inviting.

After getting big whifs of fruit and hops in the nose, there is not much to speak about after that. Taste does not complement the smell of this brew. Slight citrus and dull hops, boring.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, just bland.

Overall this is a tasty beverage, but not worth the $10 price tag or pain in the ass obtaining it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body with a cream colored head that is about a finger wide. Smell jumps out of the glass. Dank with citrus rind meets ditchweed sort of a smell. The mouthfeel is slick and resinous. Truly a west coast style IPA and maybe the best version of the style I've had from Chicagoland. The taste borders bitterness and sweetness with huge grapefruit juice, pineapple, and grass. The finish is slick and a little more bitter than the front end. I wish I would have bought more of these. Really a delicious IPA and as good as I've had from the local market outside of Three Floyd's.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can
$8.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Willowbrook

Vallejo is the palest of oranges, perhaps even golden. Yes, golden. A thin haze runs throughout the body, enough to hinder any book reading you may like to do through beer glasses. The foam is dirty white , a little dish soapy as a matter of fact, and rises to a finger on the pour before eventually settling to a skim cap that leaves thin, sticky lacing down the glass.

I'll start by saying that the malt base is at it's lightest. A barely there sweetness of cracker. The nose is bright, pungent and bold with a very complex and unique hop profile. This beer is big in the tangerine and pineapple department but it's not shy with orange marmalade either. What brings the uniqueness is a touch of earthy cantaloupe and a breath of mary-juana. Mouthwatering indeed.

Well, what can you say? Pineapple leads the way. The tangerines has fallen by the wayside and is replaced by papaya. the middle pops with a bright fruit salad of flavors. All the while there is a complimentary herbal undercurrent. Earthy melon again with a tropical and citric finish that just lingers with freshness. The malt is a little more noticeable with a little honey graham cracker note. This is damn good beer.

I would have to say that the body sits comfortably in the middle of the spectrum, weight wise. The carbonation is lively and soft, there's no buzzsaw of bubbles yet the body moves at quick pace which makes for a lighter, easier drinking feel. This beer is flat out juicy, until it's not when the finish dries up instantly which accentuates the moderate bitterness and leaves you wanting, nay needing more.

Since this beer has been canned I probably drink it more often than other other beer on the planet. The nose is bright and pungent. The flavor is bold , complex, and deftly hopped. Drinkability and the body fit like a glove. This is what beer in a can should be like.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: the classic West Coast IPA look - golden hues, two fingers+ of pure white head.

Smell: citrus all OVER the place. Grapefruit is really prevalent, but I get lemon and mango, too.

Taste: superbly fruity, the grapefruit smacks you upside the melon, but the lemon adds another dimension.

Feel: a little oily, but not too much.

Overall: a Chicago brewer offering a world-class West Coast IPA - perfect. I love Half Acre's Daisy Cutter (a world-class APA), and this magnificent beverage is every bit Daisy Cutter's equal. I do not type that lightly.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 oz bottle. Tasted in a 16 oz pint glass from draught at Firkin on August 5, 2015 for this review. Look is very light orange, nice head and lingering lacing. Smell is strong but a nice balance of piney hops and complex tropical fruit notes especially mango. Taste is also a fine balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Feel is medium with a clean finish. I'll be looking for the cans if I can find them.

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Photo of cfalls
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - golden, slight haze, almost no head but some lacing

S - dank first, with tropical notes peaking through

T - white grape, lychee, hint of pineapple, dry piney finish

F - well carbonated, very dry on the finish

O - the dankness comes across as West coast to me,

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out hazy, almost golden, with a modest head that drags a few shards around as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Bright, floral and tropical, with orange, pineapple and papaya aromatics

Taste: Bright, tropical and juicy, with pineapple, orange and papaya flavors; a hint of caramel malt builds, underneath, but the finish is as juicy as the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have tasted a Half Acre beer but this one reminds me of the fond memories I have of previous tastings

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Light golden / yellow body, mostly clear, half inch of bone white head. Hop forward aroma and flavor. Light bodied with tropical citrus. Delicious and easy drinking. Score.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect IPA for summer. Nice grassy nose and taste with clean, bitter end. Carbonation throughout but smooth and not fizzy. Thought it might be about 5 ABV so surprised to find it at 6.7%. It's a keeper!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Passion fruit, mango, and light citrus.

Lots of that mango passionfruit in the taste. Not much citrus, but light and bright none the less.

Absolutely delicious to chug as I nervously watch the NBA Western Semi Finals.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass, a perfect two fingers width of creamy foam settles and sits on the surface for a good while, and an ever present skim on the surface that lasted for the duration of the glass. Sea spray lace patterns wedged in between concentric rings of foam that materialize after each sip.

Tangerine, citrus forward with some light pale malt in the middle. Woody hop element with some sweet herbals that reminded me of tarragon.

Citrus peel, punchy bitter lemon and grapefruit peels. Smooth feel, moderate bitterness, ample hop character. Light bodied, about on par with Daisy Cutter, maybe a little softer. Honey in the aftertaste. If this was year round instead of Daisy Cutter it would be a new staple beer. Although it's yet another riff on Half Acre's many similar IPA variations, it's an excellent one that is seemingly flawless overall and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was on a recent visit to The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore when I stumbled across this beauty in a CAN. The approved pic shows a bottle, but the graphics as transferred onto a CAN are no less than stunning! I recently attended Crown CAN School & knowing the process makes it all the more impressive. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

The Crack! really caught me off guard as there was an immediate spray that went for a good distance! Once it had a chance to calm down, I could see that it was not just brimful, but it was overfull. How did they do that? I have had CANs that I inadvertently dropped & dented that seemed & acted like this, but this CAN was intact! I CANmenced a gentle Glug, but even then, I was getting a lot of foaming. I backed off & allowed it to settle into two fingers of foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a welcome lemony citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was citrusy, landing somewhere between the light tartness of lemon zest and the intense tartness of grapefruit rind. It melded rally well with its inherent malt to give it a biscotti-like flavor. I have said it before, but if you find yourself in Pittsburgh's Strip District, be sure to hit Enrico's Biscotti. I was very impressed by the interplay between the hops and malt in this beer. I am a self-avowed/described hophead, but where I used to really dig hop-saturated beers, I now realize the importance of a malt backbone, which this evinces. Finish was dry, but not so bitter as to be off-putting. The relatively low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for a party crasher. Thanks, Half Acre!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA, canned 4/29... The grain flavors challenged the citrus and flower, and the beer ran lean and clean - bright and floral, more citric than pine, with a fast finish and a longing for another. Impressed.

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