1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
QuakerbridgeQuakerbridge

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
As the mercury falls we inevitably see the heft in our beers climb. As the bulky beers begin to brew we all size up our holiday season. Family members begin to make their pilgrimage to the patch of land they call home, excessive meals are planned, gluttony ensues. We welcome the cold and greet these holiday-rich days with Quakerbridge Barley Wine. An incarnation of a Half Acre favorite, Marty Stouffer’s Wild America Barley Wine, this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a gooney 10% hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance. Whether your mug is beside a Thanksgiving gobbler or a holiday ham, let our bottled elixir join you and your family on its collision course of celebration. So, pull a cork and belly up to home – this hulk of a holiday hazer will settle any family retreat into a warming submission hold of mirth.

Cheers to you and your family.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-13-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dvmin98:
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dvmin98, Oct 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaminjohnson, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jtladner, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear garnet body with a sticky beige head of creamy that leaves spots of foam on the glass with each sip. There is a slow carbonation working its way to the surface.

S- The full green hops aroma has some woody and slightly mint hints to it.

T- The bright but dank green hops have a cream flavor to follow and a lemon tartness to the hops that grow in the finish. There is some pale malt that is slightly dry in the finish that blend into some more bright hops that linger. There is some caramel malt sweetness that grows in the background as the beer opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a light body and big bright hops that were very fresh and a nice malt support that grew as it opened. I wouldn’t describe this as a barleywine as it doesn’t really have the luscious malt that I enjoy, but this beer was delicious whatever label you want to stamp on it.

rhoadsrage, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

DerekQXQX, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Gonzoillini, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber-caramel color. It has a heavy looking body and a huge dense tan head. Great lacing.

Piney and herbal hop aromas with brown sugar. Nice smells, just not very aromatic. I really had to huff this one to stimulate the olfactory nerve.

Super bitter with mild sense of astringency. Herbal, piney, caramel and brown sugar.

Hefty body moderate carbonation, mouth puckering.

Overall, a decent barley wine. Hopped up but overly bitter and astringent.

Vonerichs, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Kmlund, May 12, 2014
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -22.7%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Kunstman, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Craftonly23121
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Craftonly23121, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and saturated reddish amber orange. Sturdy cap of off white foam leaves behind a few irregular arcs of lacing. Retention is good, head lasts for awhile initially. Later the foam recedes to a veil that eventually parts across the surface.

Big cantaloupe and melon at first, becoming sweet, later woody and spicy like sandalwood. Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

Earthy and sweet, dry and bitter, alternating modes equally large in the hop & malt departments. A bit bitter and biting with the higher abv, earthy and vegetal middle, a flash of light fruity sultana sweetness at the very beginning. Hops and booze really dry it out in the bitter chalky finish, oily and resiny in the middle. Overall a good one to share while fresh to pick up on the fresh hop aromas and flavor, but will likely age nicely.

emerge077, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of gfunk1121
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

gfunk1121, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of buzze40
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

buzze40, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Quakerbridge from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 90

Bottle is from the 11/19/2012 release. Served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a bourbon color with a thin layer of off-white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Piney hops, dirt, mango, peaches and caramel malt. Tropical citrus and a mild "earthiness" too. The nose screams IPA/Barleywine hybrid. 4/5

Taste: Much maltier than the nose led on, but still decently hoppy. Lots of "dirty" and "earthy" caramel malt flavor throughout with overlays of forest-y hops. Faint onion. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, modest carbonation. Malty-sweet with a good hoppy kick. 4.5/5

Overall: Super solid "Behemoth" wannabe of an American Barleywine that is about on par in quality with New Glarus' Barleywine (when fresh) from last year. This is an excellent effort from Half Acre, but I still prefer both Double Crooked Tree and Behemoth.

Recommendation: Fans of hoppy, IPA-esque barleywines should give this one a whirl.

Pairings: Thai food.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

jegross2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Prager62, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. No bottle date but this was a holiday 2012 release, purchased in Chicago, IL late April. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a deep, semi-orange hued russet with a half finger cap of thick ecrue head. Head recedes to a thin layer that laces pretty well given the abv.

Smells of earthy, floral hops with sweet bread, faint raisins and a little pine.

Those earthy hops hit the palate first. Floral, mild citrus, piney toffee, bitter caramel, bread, dark fruit skins and a healthy dollop of booze. The alcohol is consistently present but fits in overall. Earthy and bitter.

Medium full, oily feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter earth and floral finish.

I really need to stop drinking American barley wines between 6-12 months old. It's old enough that the hops aren't as dominant as they would have been fresh but too young to have developed the deep, rich malts that this is capable of. Still an enjoyable beer and I had no issues finishing a bomber on my own. But I can't shake the feeling that this would have been much better 4+ months ago or 6+ months from now.

ThickNStout, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

cestlavie, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Kubrickx, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Canada_Dan, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, recently put on the shelves.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a nice off-white head. The head sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruit aromas from the hops. I'm getting mango, pineapple, some cakey sugar and caramel.

T: Robust piney bitterness gives way to baked apples, burnt caramel, herbal and a bit leafy, spicy alcohol, some brown sugar, a little vanilla, more bitterness.

M: Thick with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy feel.

O: Definitely a good and hoppy barleywine. This beer will definitely become sweeter as time goes on (you can already feel the heft of the maltiness underneath the hop profile).

Etan, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a rich, deep golden hue. A slightly off white level of foam camps out on top for quite a while, leaving a sticky & lacey mess all down the inside of the glasses. Clarity is on the clean side while carbonation was a bit lazy.

S: Big bright aromas of juicy tropical hops that blend very nicely with the assertive yet tame backbone of malt.

T: Continuing with the groundwork laid down by the smell, the taste is all big tropical hops and subdued malt. Didn't notice any intrusion of alcohol flavors.

M: Bitterness due to the hops, not the prodigious alcohol content. Mildly slick sweetness is kept in check by the astringent hoppiness. Long lasting oily hop finish.

O: This was a killer Barleywine. Seems more "American" in nature than Marty Stouffers. Excellent.

Edit 12/16/12:

I've had the chance to try this from the bottle on release day, a 5oz pour at the Half Acre Tap Room, and an oz or two at the HA store. The draft versions and the fresh bottle all had big tropical fruit aromas and flavors. I had another bottle that sat in my beer fridge for about 3 weeks since release day. I popped that one the other night and was suprised by how the hops had faded. They are most certainly still there but the malt has kicked them to the curb, so to speak. This is a slightly different animal now....

GbVDave, Nov 25, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.