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Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

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very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber nearly brown and clear in color. Head is thin, about half a finger and off white in color.

Smell is great has some crisp dark fruity hop aromas mainly cherries along with a sweet malty body that complements the fruity hops nicely.

Taste is great and follows the nose. There is a fruity and herbal hop bitterness forward that is followed by a big sticky sweet malty body. Malt and hops work nicely together.

Mouthfeel is good big sticky feel from the malt and hops is cut by moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness cuts sweetness and keeps this a good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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.

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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.

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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Serving type: bottle

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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.

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Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.