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Vallejo - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vallejo, an India Pale Ale pulled from the rocky cliffs of your mind. Both Space and Vallejo are pure examples true-to-form of hop thrashers. Hoppy beers are as common as dirty socks. Some may hear the vinyl skipping, but for us hops are the meat of the rhythm that brought us to the show. Hoisting pints of seminal hop screamers from brewers turning out beers with rough tools is what holds our aim and keeps us honest. We salute refinement, but rally around the indulgence of the beast that brought us to the table. Space & Vallejo are raw, naked examples of micro built beers that stick to your ribs.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-04-2012)
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3.55/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.95/5  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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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.