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Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
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)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

t0rin0, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Thorpe429, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

spycow, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

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
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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 MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle shared with Lizz before going to Kiss Kiss Cabaret. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Slightly tan foam settles to a thick cap and specks of lace. Transparent amber body.

S - Caramel malts, burnt sugars, big mix of citrus and piney hops, perhaps a hint of alcohol. Very good balance of malt and hops and a good example of this style.

T - The taste is similarly a solid mix of toffee and caramel sweetness, zesty citrus and earthy hops, and mild bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is better-hidden and again this displays good balance.

M - Smooth, medium body, a bit toasty in texture, with some residual hop oils and resins that linger. Chewy, with a bit of warming alcohol, particularly as it warms.

D - Other than a slight booziness, this is a very good American barleywine. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than Marty Stouffer and may need to pick up another bottle to try a few months down the road. I liked this almost as much as Santa Vs. Unicorn.

MasterSki, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

imperialking, May 10, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

(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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

duceswild, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Gonzoillini, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

brandoman63, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

chippo33, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AgentZero, Jan 07, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -15.2%

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, Sep 30, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -27.8%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

kscaldef, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle shared with myself before smoking a twenty rock.

A: Dark reddish-amber in color. Forms a small light tan head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malts. Brown sugar, pine, and alcohol.

T: Starts off with more caramel. Moderate sweetness. Candied citrus rind, some pine, with just a touch of oily pine resin. A bit dirty and alcoholic on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, mild-to-moderate bitterness. A bit hot, but certainly acceptable for the style.

O: This was a nice American BW offering up a nice balance between sweet malts, hoppy bitterness, and alcoholic heat, with none of those qualities attempting to play favorite.

Florida9, Feb 24, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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
Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Bought this thing for $11 bucks last Christmas in Chicago.

Served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured a murky, dark amber color, with a sticky off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Unusually hop component, for sure. Sorta reminded me of Victory "Yakima Glory." Earthy hop component, assertive, and with a few Flintstone vitamins thrown in.

T: I can't imagine trying this one fresh. Hell, it was hoppy enough as it was. Still, a good bit of caramel, red velvet cake batter, and aged SN Bigfoot.

M: Great. Low carbonation, for sure, with enough lacing to kill a bird……. at least. After aging for over a year, this was basically an English BW.

O: For $11/bomber, I thought this was totally worth it and then some.

Chaney, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

thewimperoo, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Davepoolesque, May 08, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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
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Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.