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Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

115 Ratings
no score

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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
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3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Chris!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish amber color. Some white froth and lacing too.

(S)- An underlying rich caramel and honey sweetness meets some resin forward; almost sweaty sock funk with what remains of the hop citrus.

(T)- The hop characters are bit strange in the stage this beer is in, but some good underlying candied fig and honey-like sweetness elements.

(M)- It has a good carbonation level. The balance is fine, but I think the hops are at a strange stage right now with this beer.

(O)- Not bad, but could do with more time to let the strange hop notes to settle down. I remember liking this back when I had it much fresher, so altering my scores to account for that.

sweemzander, Oct 01, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Gotta love the surprise bottle finds sometimes, right? This one pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest (both yellow and ruby red), light leek, and caramel. I'm assuming there's some Citra in this, based on that bit of leek. The taste holds notes of caramel, straight ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, and a very light twinge of vinyl. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright barleywine, but one that left VDubb and myself somewhat wanting. For me, the leek and vinyl aspects detract significantly from what would, I believe, have been a merely pretty good b-wine.

TMoney2591, Dec 11, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an E& J Cask & Cream glass on 2/2/13

The label is too awesome not to tick.

Shared at a tasting by Spider889. Thanks Chris.

A) Copper color with caramel highlights at the base. Very light cloudiness. Not much head.

S) Toasted bread, caramel, candied fruits and light fruit tones. Actually it has citric hop tones... There we go. Grassy overtones.

T) Yep, the hops are here. Citric; mostly orange. A little grass. However, the hops are restrained (at least compared to some of their other beers). Candied fruits, caramel and toasty bread.

M) Medium-full with sharp-ish carbonation. A little slick. Fairly average, though.

Ryan011235, Oct 18, 2013
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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
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3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Traditional amber color
S: Muted
T: Slightly boozy with offsetting bitterness.
M: Not as full as I like to see in a barley wine,. Light carbonation.
0: What I would expect from Half Acre, with great hop taste and smell. Not the best example of the style, but a great barely wine for a hop-head.

Chicago_SC, Dec 15, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a light copper color with a modest head crowning the glass.

Smell - The beer smells like a new leather jacket. One way or the other, the smell does not affect my desire to drink this beer.

Taste - My first thought was how bubbly this barleywine is. There is some sweetness and mild hops before a dry aftertaste. For an American barelywine, the hops were hidden. There also was not any distinct measure of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The beer coats the tongue with the vigor of a barleywine. This allows the dry aftertaste to linger nicely.

Overall - This was not a bad example of the style, but very little about it caught my attention.

JohnnyHopps, Jun 30, 2014
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Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.