Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Half Acre brewery, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle, purchased January 2013
Glass: Tulip

A generally well-balanced American barleywine, Quakerbridge features strong grapefruit and pine hop influences alongside rich malt flavors. While the ensemble is certainly not disappointing, I didn't think the beer was anything that warranted being revisited.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is somewhat above average, the head lasting for slightly over one minute as it descends to a thick ring around the glass with a small island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present, but not particularly noteworthy, a few dots and lines scattered haphazardly across the inside of the glass. The body is a dark copper brown color, with light bringing out caramel color tones to the beer. Carbonation is visble, though fairly sparse and non-aggressive.

Aroma of fairly strong hops, grapefruit with pine, probably Cascade and others, with an equally noticeable background of caramel malt.

Front of palate finds rich caramel malts with subdued hop influence, which brings grapefruit and vague citrus flavors. Mid palate is of rich, sweet caramel malt with strong jolts of grapefruit and pine from the hops. Back of palate features rich caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops with mild ethanol. Aftertaste of rich caramel malt, with strong lingering bitterness and hints of ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity. This results in slightly foamy, but primarily smooth and liquid mouthfeel. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickines across the palate. Ethanol heat on the back of the throat and nostrils, increasingly obvious as the temperature of the beer increases.

Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.