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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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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 MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -4.1%
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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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 Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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 barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/20/16.

A - Medium orange color, nice clarity, and a frothy white head.

S - Crisp, crackery malt, bright citrus with some spicy rind. Peach, sweet grapefruit, apricots. Overall aroma is light.

T - Fruity spicy presence with crackery, crisp malt. Apricots, some spice, peach, and some grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with some nice bitter fruit rind with a hint of crisp malt sweetness underneath.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation, dry.

O - This beer is well designed and crafted. I think I'll have another one.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is a mix of citrus, pine, hops and fruit. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, biscuit malts, hops/slight hop resin and a bitter/dryish finish.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 2beerdogs
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 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 Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -5.4%
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 homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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 justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance
Straw with 1 finger of tight white head. Slight haze with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Dank, lemon, pine, bright florals, peach, Fruity Pebbles, and candy sugar.

Taste
Dank greens, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Honey and candy sugar backbone. Pine sap, bright florals, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, semi-juicy, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Grapefruit, lemon, florals, and honey. Great hop profile, but more bitter than I anticipated. Either way, nice job.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 57md
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a huge head that was close to two fingers high. The nose is only mildly hoppy. The hops are somewhat more assertive in the flavor profile.

This is an easy drinker that can sneak up on a person.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.