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Quakerbridge - Half Acre Beer Company

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 11
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-13-2012

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 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.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of overnightstorms
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- clear amber red. Decent head quickly dissipates. Beautiful uniform fine lacing. 

S- hoppy, pine forest, alcoholic, sea breeze

T- Interesting blend of a classic alcoholic barely wine flavor with hoppy dry pine aspects. The hops make it very drinkable but not savory. Not a sweet barley wine. 

F- crisp for a barley wine. Less heavy. Fairly dry. 

O- A very hoppy barley wine. Definitely fun to drink, although not quite true to the style (not sure I mind). Doesn't have that slow sipping quality that many barley wines have. All in all, drinks like a double IPA, yet maintains those alcoholic winey aspects. Fun and confusing duality.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.