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Canyon Of Heroes - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Again, our side has been slit and although we clutch to keep them in, the bitter juices of an ancient elixir gush to the floor.

As it's written, the dark, long and narrow Canyon calls to many. Men carry the light into darkness, and while most fall forever into the shadows, a fine few walk tall through the Canyon and live as Heroes.

Canyon Of Heroes India Pale Ale is our task and your courage.

Barely contained by its surroundings, Canyon Of Heroes screams at your senses and pushes into you with the grace of a blade.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass.

This thing just sounds like a strangely-named stage of a cheap RPG. Regardless, it pours a mostly clear sunrise straw-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light leek, funky lemon zest, lightly-misty greens, and some very light sweet biscuit in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a dearth of leek (thankfully) and an emphasis on the greenery over all else. It works here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, better than the other, more half-hearted offerings from Half Acre lately (all my opinion, clearly).

TMoney2591, May 27, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the commercial description, you'd think the name would be "Stabbed in the Guts IPA" or "Surprise Seppuku". Were knife fights all the rage back in the cowboy days?

What we have here is yet another citrus-forward, well rounded and drinkable IPA from Half Acre. The first few whiffs really wow you with the citrusy grapefruit/orange rind leaning just enough into tropical territory. Later some sandalwood and green herbal notes surface, field wildflowers.

Hazy sunshine orange, spotty seafoam lace, good coverage on the surface. Punchy hop bitterness, orange peel and some pale malt in the middle. On the lighter side of medium bodied, easily drinkable. Overall a well rounded IPA with no flaws, seems to be Half Acre's calling card.

emerge077, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Half Acre Tap Room, and then again out of the bottle. Served in my Half Acre pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a solid cap and specks of lace. Hazed orange-skin body.

S - Interested hop aroma, with an mix of citrus zest, pine, grass, and an oddly dank and pungent onion note. Significantly better than the other beer I had based on this hop (FFF Cortez, which smelled like almonds). Lightly sweet pale malt backdrop, with a bit of icing sugar to it.

T - Taste has a bit more biscuit and sugary malt to it, mingling with citrus flesh and zest, as well as a moderate pine and herbal bitterness. More balanced than the aroma, and quite a bit more so than Anicca, even when this was super-fresh.

M - Medium body, with sufficient heft for 6.1% but perhaps a tad watery. Moderately zesty carbonation, juicy, and a bit oily in the finish.

D - A neat IPA that is quite easy to drink. The El Dorado hop makes a better showing here, so I look forward to future beers based on it. As usual, Half Acre gets it right on the hoppy beer front. I had no problems polishing off a bomber on my own.

MasterSki, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

beernads, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy aged orange body with a lumpy beige thin head and bubbles that pop off at the base.

S- The dry papery green hops have a bigger juicy orange hop aroma in the finish.

T- The fruity and citrus pith hops are supported by some nice malt notes that add a bit of sweetness in the finish. There is an orange rind hop pungency that lingers in the aftertaste and grows a bit along with the sweetness as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a fresh crisp hop flavor with good malt support. A nice solid IPA that is big but very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

brandoman63, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy amber in color. Forms a minimal fizzy white head no bigger than a 1/4", though the retention is pretty good. Very minimal, virtually non-existant lacing.

S: Aroma is very nice. Lots of juicy citrus with a bit of mango and tropical fruit. Either Citra or some NZ hops are playing a role in this one.

T: Taste is also pleasant, but unfortunately the hopping leaves a rather noticeable soapy residue on the back end. Well, like the aroma, this one is dominated by juicy citrus, passionfruit, mango, and tropical fruit. There is only a little pale malt character, but the hops definitely take center stage on this one.

M: On the lighter side of medium in mouth. Moderate bitterness, but there is the aforementioned soapiness that distracts greatly from this beer. Mild carbonation.

O: A nice beer. If it weren't for the chemical-like soapy quality, I'd be singing the praises of how great a beer this is. However, the soapiness is very front and center.

Florida9, Feb 10, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into 2 pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a moderately hazed bright orange with a 1 1/2 fingers of creamy eggshell colored foam on top. Good retention = lots of lace.

S: Loads of citrus pulp & zest. Mild malty backbone lends a touch of caramel. Touches of freshly mown lawn as the bomber progressed.

T: See above. Tastes exactly as it smells.

M: Relatively light bodied with hop bitterness taking the lead and steamrolling the malt smoothness right out of this.

O: Yet another great hoppy beer from Half Acre. They make it look so easy.

GbVDave, Mar 17, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Jan/Feb '13
White wine glass

A: Cloudy bright yellow/orange. Didn't get a ton of head. On swirl I get that bright white layer and collar. Carbonation is ok.

S: Fruity hop aroma: apricot, peach, mango, papaya, etc. Touch of piney spice. Minimal malts. Maybe some wheat?

T: Upfront, you get that sharp twinge from those fruity hops. Prickly on the tongue. You taste some of those apricot and mango like flavors. Then it sort of falls flat in the mid palate. Thin bodied there. The finish is clean and dry and refreshing.

M: Light medium bodied here.

inlimbo77, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ystazi, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerOps, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange with a nice white head.

S: Juicy NZ hops lay down some tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, clementine, cream, a little bit of bitterish grapefruit pith. Light cracker malt underneath.

T: Taste brings light mango, cakey sweetness, grapefruit, apricot, a bit of oniony, grassy bitterness, wash of slightly sweet bready malt in the finish.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: A good showcase of the NZ hops, although the finish is a little watery. Reminds me of Galactic Double Daisy Cutter.

Etan, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange and crystal clear body. Minimal head and no lacing from the growler.

It has a pleasant citrus scent with some grassy aroma. There's also a grainy malt characteristic.

The taste has orange and lemon zest, grassy and herbal hops, and is fairly balanced with some bready and grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall, a fine IPA that's very approachable and drinkable.

Vonerichs, Mar 23, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Half Acre snifter.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a bubble white head forming on the pour. It dissipates to a thick, frothy ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice bursts of citrus. Bready malt backbone. Pineapple with some gassy notes as well.

T: Bready malts. Sweet in nature, with some dried grass and orange marmalade notes. Dried mango with pale malt finish. Lemon peel bitterness shows up after the drink warms a bit.

M: Medium light bodied with a residual sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely balanced between the fruity hops and sweet, bready malts. Highly drinkable. The touch of bitterness on the finish adds another nice layer of flavor that picks up an otherwise dull finish.

Treebs, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

cfrances33, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

cestlavie, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

HumanParaquat, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Stevie_Janowski, Feb 16, 2013
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Canyon Of Heroes from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.