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Vallejo - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 396
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-04-2012

An India Pale Ale we brewed with coastal spirit. This hop crasher sharply dives into the very deep waters of bitter beers.
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

I do love that owl-squid motif... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy tawny-straw topped by a couple fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, vanilla, orange zest, lemon zest, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a touch more orange zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a good little IPA, but there isn't all that much there to impress or anything. I'd drink it again, though.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Condition - canned and about 1.5 months old.

Aroma - weak intensity for the style. Passionfruit and onion hops. Minimal malt. Clean yeast.

Taste - much better than the aroma. Passionfruit and lemon with a little dank in the finish. No idea what the hops are, but I'd guess Galaxy, Chinook and Azacca. Nice flavor. Subtle minerals. Smooth booze.

Overall - I don't need to be blasted with aroma to enjoy an IPA. This one had a nice flavor and a questionable aroma not worth sniffing too often. So I guess I liked it well enough.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @Prager62 for this midwest beauty.
16 oz can
Fairly vigorous pour...WHOA NELLY! About 4 oz in to the pour and I've got 4 fingers of fluffy white bubble trying to pounce out otf the glass. Golden and somewhat cloudly. Slowly taperd off to a light white layer of tiny bubbles. Even with the initial explosion of foam, there was little aroma. What did come through was lightly citrusy in the orange meets grapefruit direction. Flavor is more of the same yet hints at piney too. Good flavor, slightly sticky while being a tad thin at the same time. Like the difference in mouthfeel between your typical Session IPA vs. your standard American IPA. Finish stays with you for a while carrying a pleasant orange zest meets grassy hay.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can received in a recent trade.

This one pours a golden clear orange, with a long lasting 3/4 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite piney, with a heavily hitter aroma, and a little bit of grapefruit aroma as well.

This isn't the best Half Acre IPA I've had, but it's still pretty tasty. Quite earthy, bitter, piney, and grassy, with just a very minimal grapefruit presence, mainly of the bitter rind type. Not much malt character here.

This has a crisp mouthfeel, not all that juicy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was a good effort, but not entirely well executed unfortunately. I would, however, drink it again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy light amber in color on earlier pours. Fairly cloudy on later pours. Forms a moderate white head that reduces to a moderate surface coating leaving a moderate amount of lace on the way down.

S: Lots of hops and virtually no malts. Juicy citrus hops, yeasty bread, mild lemon, and grapefruit. A slight note of pine and a touch of alcohol.

T: Oddly yeasty for an IPA. Actually this one reminds me a lot of a HA saison. It's not bad, but it is odd, especially considering HA Saisons seem to have this same unique yeasty characteristic. Flavor is dominated by yeasty bread, then lots of citrus hops. Passionfruit, and a bit of light lemon. Finish is fairly quick.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Milky mouthfeel.

O: Got to say, given HA's reputation with the IPAs and the description of this beer, I was expecting a bitter, hop bomb of a beer. What I got was a mildly bitter, overly yeasty, fairly middle of the road IPA that could easily pass for an APA. Personally, I don't expect much from HA's stouts, browns, or Belgians and I expect even less from their BA beers. But I do expect their IPAs to be top-notch and this one just isn't.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with no freshness date or canning information on the can. No abv listed on the can anywhere either. My third beer from Half Acre Beer Co.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a fairly light cloudy golden-yellow-orange body. Much lighter in color than expected from a 6.70% abv IPA. One finger of soapy frothy white head that settles to a thick ring. Looks pretty juicy and delicious.

S - The aroma is a bit on the bland side of things: dried, herbal, & grassy. Very subtle piney, citrus hop elements. Notes of oranges, grapefruits, bananas. Lightly fumey at times also, to my surprise.

T - An interesting flavor, to be sure. I would be interested to know which hops were used here. A fairly light hop profile: citrusy with notes of orange peel, lemon, & grapefruit. Subtle notes of pine, and a vague malt profile. A slight alcohol bite, but the beer is juicy and easy-drinking. A slight orangey / phenolic alcohol finish.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Not an insane level of hop bitterness, but there are some pine resins lingering on the palate. Medium-light bodied and easy-drinking for the 6.70% abv.

Overall, a fresh and easy to knock back IPA from Half Acre. It grows on me more with each sip. A decent offering from Half Acre, although they have yet to truly blow me away with anything. A unique IPA to be sure.

Half Acre Vallejo -----4/5.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - cloudy and nearly opaque pineapple juice color with a creamy white head
S - very juicy nose with pine, lemon-lime zesty citrus, and grapefruit rind
T - very hop forward and very juicy with plenty of citrus notes: grapefruit, lemon, and lime zest; pine, passion fruit, faint pineapple, mango, and grass in the mix too; not much for malt - maybe some pilsener, slight light caramel but that's about it
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes with lingering zesty bitterness
O - a hop bomb for sure. Great hop flavors, but I can't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Very pungent. Heavy grapefruit. Some grassy and herbal notes. Cracker malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. More of an emphasis on the pine and herbal hops. A hint of doughy sweet malts, but again it's mostly cracker. Intensely bitter. Lingering pithy grapefruit hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter. Medium body.

Overall - Well, it's advertised as brash, and it is. Harsh bitterness, but I don't mind it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Lucky's Last Chance in Philly, served in a pint glass.

Vallejo looks the part, bright gold, some spots of faded bronze, a rising of bubbles forming a cream colored cap of foam leaving some sqiggles on the glass. Looks like an IPA. Smell is tropic fruit forward with some bubblegum appeal and light graham cracker/biscuit. A nice burst of lemon some pale/crystal malt, a God down to earth IPA, nothing more, nothing less. Smells very fresh and tastes very fresh with a west coast tropic fruit vibe and an underlining sweetness mid palate that balances everything all nice. Not very bitter, juicy with orange, papaya, pale/crystal malt. Body is at a step below medium with a ice chugging capability on this one, easy drinking, some bubbles felt on the tounge. I drank two pints back to back, something don't normally do, I'll keep an eye out for this one, but perhaps Half Acre is experimenting with IPA's possibly for a future new year round release. Heres to hoping.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, light-colored beer with light piney scent and taste. There's a bit of citrus to go with a slight but not by any means overpowering bitterness. Though brewed in the midwest, this is clearly a go at the west coast style. This is an easy-drinking, straightforward, yet still flavorful IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotches of lace. Hazed peach-flesh body.

S - Great hop aroma, with a delightful mix of dank, citrus, tropical fruits, and perhaps a hint of onion. I'm thinking a hefty dose of Citra with perhaps a hint of Nelson Sauvin? Minimal malt character and very West Coast in vibe.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't leave up to the promising aroma. There's a hefty dose of citrus again, but it peters out into a flaccid, yeasty, and somewhat watery finish. There's minimal bitterness present, and not quite enough malt flavor to support all these hops. Not bad, just a bit of a missed opportunity.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry texture, and a clean finish. Goes down very easily, and drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA in some ways. A bit of lingering hop oil.

D - A nice hoppy brew from Half Acre that could be an excellent one with a few tweaks to it. I had a few pours throughout the evening, but it just didn't stack up to the Edward we also had available. Still, I'd order this if I saw it on-tap somewhere as a change of pace from other other local hoppy offerings.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat light yellow color with a thin, full head. At the time the color seemed off and somewhat unappealing. Smell is quite tropical, as is the taste. Overall taste and feel were a little thin, but that got better as it warmed up. The finish was bitter, but just not quite right at the very end. Someone below noted this as well, hard to pinpoint exactly.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy orange with two fingers cotton white head. Nice retention and lacing.
S: pineapple, melon, tropical fruitiness
T: similar to smell but there is something slightly off with the finish...can't put my finger on it
M: average carbonation
O: very good IPA.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, medium head
Small to medium amount of hop aroma
Taste was very balanced hops/malts.
A very easy beer to take down, this was a 16oz can and it went down easy.

A great midwest IPA

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow with generous white foam. Nose features deep piney hops with waves of grapefruit, lemon, and wood. Taste is resinous without being bitter. The hops bring some pine up front but fade into a toasty malty base. The flavor is well balanced, with a surprisingly light amount of bitterness considering the smell. The mouthfeel is light, carbonation is high. Overall, a very aromatic and drinkable IPA with a nice piney profile.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle, nice burnt orange, sunset color. 1 finger of a super tight, bright white head. Looks really good.
Smells really dank. Lots of pine and tropical fruits. Not really detecting much malt.
Tastes much more tropical than I thought. Very nice malt backbone that really balances the beer nicely.
Finished try, really wants to me take another sip right after. Slightly under carbed, but I didn't really miss it. Medium body. Really easy drinking. Good beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the slightly more interesting IPAs I've tried recently. Pours medium-pale, not a ton of carbonation or lacing, but still has a nice body to it.
But the smell is really interesting. Resin and pine stick out, but so does vanilla, light fruit like pear or apricot, and only mildly citrus. Taste is also fruity, dropping the vanilla (not sure where that came from), and remaining a bit sweet, with only the littlest bit of bitterness. Overall, easy to drink, juicy, light, and interesting, while also restrained.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a hazy & pale orange color. A quick one finger flash of bright white foam camps out on top for about a minute before sinking down to a thin collar that leaves no lace. Carbonation is exceedingly lazy but the haze is pretty.

S: Big blast of bright grapefruit and dank hops mixed with some grass clippings, onion, clipped pine boughs, and tangerine.

T: Mostly grapefruit and dank hops with the earthy pine and grass clippings taking a ride in the back seat.

M: Peppery hop astringency with suprising staying power. Finish is long lasting, dry, and spicy.

O: Very enjoyable new AIPA from Half Acre. Keep the hoppy ones flowing guys!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Acre brings a lot of consistency to the table with their Pale Ales, and this IPA is no different. If you came for bitterness and dank tropical notes then you get them here. Bracing and bold.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey color with a full rocky cap.

A tart, spicy fresh hop aroma consisting of apricot, green apple, and grapefruit with some light pine.

The taste is a full on hop assault. Fruity at the start turning to intense bitterness for hop heads only. Grapefruit pith and sour apple with light cracker and biscuit malt fully highlighting the hops.

A medium body and medium carbonation is right on target for this style. Slick and oily hop resin coats the tongue.

A nice counterpoint to the smooth, malty and balanced "Space" (released last week anticipating the Grand opening of their beautiful new taproom). I am psyched to sit and sample some fresh brews whenever the taproom debuts. Great job Half Acre and congratulations to you for a great effort to upgrade the entire brewery from store to brewhouse and finally the taproom! You are poised to offer beer to Chicagoland (I hope).

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Photo of cfrances33
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pour: Nice hazy yellow, with a finger and a half of frothy head. Really great lacing with this one.

Smell: Nice citrus up front, characterized with tangerine and clementines. Some pine in there too. Not much malt on the nose to speak of.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with a much great dank resinous stickiness added in. Sweetness is secondary.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable, and quite dry. This glass went down quick.

Overall: Really solid new IPA from these guys. Something I'll get often, and will look forward to falling back on every time I go to the taproom.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.