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Navaja - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-14-2013

This is the first time we're pulling a Double IPA out of our scabbard. Attacking your ability to make good choices, this bully quickly becomes your best friend.
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Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 24
Photo of Kraj30
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

draft... teku.. awesome.... went out and bought 3

Photo of pagriley
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between Zombie Dust and Permanent Funeral. Loving this.
Wish they would put it in a 4-pack of cans...

Photo of timc100
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking bright hazy beer. Very crisp, fresh tropical juicy hops asserting out the glass. Has a midwest-eastcoast fusion of style, very fresh and clean bright tropical favors that is juicier and more astringent. A great Chicago IPA

Photo of JustSomeSkank
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crisp. Hoppy. Slight citrus. Magically tastes more carbonated than it looks.

Photo of Chrisarce123
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of my favorite double IPA.

Photo of dostom
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Always a joy

Photo of evanforbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

At the taproom, pours a clean golden orange with silky white head

Nose: cotton candy, pineapple, tropical fruit, orange. Fantastic

Taste: big juicy boozy orange and tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, guava) with some burnt sugars, floral sweet malt, finishes with citrus and candy

Feel: light-medium bodied, lush, slight booziness

Fantastic dipa, crazy fragrant nose and lush body with tremendous flavors

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber pour, cloudy peach color with a thick white head quickly reduced to thin white lacing. Aroma is subtle but pine with strong tropical fruits-- mango, and peach, with some dank notes. Taste is unusually sweet, very fruity -- mostly citrus and peach -- with pine flavors and a mildly bitter finish. Nice carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Not overly complex but very drinkable. Could have a few of these a week.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks stillmatic2232 for the chance to try this one.

A DIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe and Centennial? Sign me the hell up.

Pours an amber orange color, with a one inch head that descends to an oily film on top, with a lot of soapy lacing.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, lemon, and some bitter alcohol.

This one tastes great, but is quite strong. The alcohol is present, but is a good flavor within the beer. There is a strong pine resin bitterness, lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors, a bit of cattiness, some lemon, grapefruit, orange, and mango, and sticky sweet malt behind it all. A big bruiser for sure, not particularly "complex" but incredibly tasty.

This one is medium bodied, with a sticky sweet mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable, even with the ABV.

This is quite an excellent hop bomb, with a pretty righteous label too.

Photo of kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, July 2014 release, poured into a Half Acre Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a nice orange-copper color, hues of apricot and gold, lightly hazy with a decent amount of bubbles racing around in the glass with a thick, finger or so of white, soapy head that has nice retention and leaves behind a great amount of sticky lace. The aroma is of bitter pine, light grapefruit and tropical fruits, but it's predominately piney, earthy and grassy with nice hop spice but sticky malt counterbalances fairly well. The flavors mirror well, plenty of piney hop bitterness, hop spice, grapefruit peel with some layered tropical fruit and thick, sticky, sweet malt linger behind. The mouthfeel is okay, a bit light, but with nice carbonation levels, moderate to low, coats the mouth well, but feels very sticky and sappy, very dry finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Half Acre, perhaps a bit too piney and bitter, without much depth or complexity, but balanced within itself. The sticky body plays well with the piney elements but not my favorite hoppy offering from Half Acre.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright ruby orange in appearance with a sticky dank look to it that sure looks appealing.

The wonderfully fruity scent of orange and pineapple are balanced beautifully by a firm spicy malt backbone.

This is marvelously sticky, citrusy, tropical, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel has some bite, but goes down smooth in the end.

Overall, I wish I lived closer to Half Acre, because they keep putting out some damn good brews!

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy copper capped by a decent head that does an even better job lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit with papaya, lychee and a hint of tangerine

Taste: Opens with a tropical fruit cocktail flavor filled with all the tones detected on the nose; the bitterness never really builds to the extent I expected but the flavors linger and bring on a bit of alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Overall, I was expecting a bit more, particularly from Half Acre; still, an enjoyable beer even though it never scales the peaks

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - light orange yellow color. any head that formed quickly left

Smell - Sweet Citrus flavor for sure. Lots and lots of grapefruit. As this warmed up I got much more malty balance

Taste - Wow what a lovely balance of grapefruit and malts

Mouthfeel - very very smooth and easy to drink

Overall - Sure glad I got one of these in a trade. Would drink again any time

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. Orange color with a thick, white, frothy head. Big head especially for the size of the pour.

S-Hoppiness reminds me of resin and pine. This one also gives off that oniony aroma as well, I wonder what hops they are using here. Not to be outdone, the citrusy hoppiness is pretty formidable as well.

T-Flavor really jumps with grassiness. Some herbal and green onion hops as well. The citrus is more impressive in the flavor. The malt isn't super full and I have no problem with that. It lends just enough generic sweetness to make the hoppiness more palatable.

M-Crisp and bubbly. Medium bodied. High bitterness. Resinous.

O/D-A tasty hop-bomb with some interesting hop-derived aromas and flavors. I would have no problem taking back a few pints of this.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour straw golden in color with a slight haze and orange hue. Head is about one finger and has good retention.

Smell is great. Lots of tropical fruit aromas of mango pineapple and stone fruit before a nice grainy malt aroma comes in that smells nicely balance. A little bit of pine is also present but the tropical fruit hops are the main show.

Taste is great and follows the nose. Loads of tropical fruit hops are forward with big juicy flavors of mango pineapple and grapefruit. Minor hoppy bitterness is minuscule in comparison to the immense hoppy oils and resin with slight flavors of herbs and pine. Grainy malt balances the hops with a mild sweetness and cracker like malt.

Mouthfeel is great. Huge amounts of hop oils and sticky resin give this a big body. Mild carbonation cuts the hops and a mild bitterness comes right before a somewhat dry finish.

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label calls it a "double india pale ale." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with black unbranded pry-off pressure cap and somewhat confounding label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery's reputation and Duff27's judgment.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. No real creaminess to speak of. Retention is subpar - less than a minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pale orange-copper. Quite clean; no floating yeast particles or yeasty sediment is visible. Average vibrance.

Overall, it's a generally attractive appearance for an imperial IPA, but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. There are no obvious flaws, but it just isn't that remarkable.

Sm: I'm loving the rich piney notes and resinous hop oils. It's also got some nice nectary character going on. Floral hop character is there too, but is far from dominant. Based on the aroma, this is my kind of hop build. These complex hop notes are well complemented by the pale malts. Doesn't seem too bitter or too sweet. As it warms a bit, I pick up hints of onion/garlic; was amarillo used in this? One thing it isn't is citrusy. Nice to experience an IPA aroma that isn't all grapefruit for once. I'm really excited to try this.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. I don't find any soapiness or other common imperial IPA off-notes, though some might be turned off by the onion.

A pleasant assertive aroma of medium strength.

T: I pick up some tropical fruits - primarily mango, with maybe a bit of orange (but thankfully no pineapple) and some great resinous hop oils. Pretty estery but still quite clean. The pine isn't as prominent here as the aroma suggested, but it's in there, lending some complexity. It's got a nice pale malt base which isn't too sweet. I don't find any caramalt character here, which was a good call. It's fairly oniony, which doesn't bother me. The hop bitterness is well hidden by the simple pale malt approach.

Balance is good, but not perfect. It's a very cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. Pretty good complexity. it's not the most subtle or intricate beer in its class. I do like it.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

The aroma promised a better beer than the flavour profile deivered. I really want more piney and nectary hop notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thinner than you'd expect, but that aids drinkability. It's got a medium body. Moderate weight on the palate. It's got a nice presence on the palate, but it isn't ideal - I want more of an assertive bold presence. Even some bite would be excusable. It's a bit overcarbonated. Quite clean. Crisp.

Not sticky, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'll easily finish this bottle alone. It's solid work coming from Half Acre, but it's far from world class. Certainly an enjoyable imperial IPA, and I'm glad it's not chasing the grapefruit-heavy west coast hop trend, but it's not incredible. I look forward to trying more Half Acre brews and I'm glad I got to try this.

Thanks again, Duff27!

High B-

Photo of LANDRY
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A Very pale gold

S sweet citrus, green mango, sour candy

T much darker and bolder bite than the appearance and smell would indicate, not overly hopped the maltiness hangs throughout and beyond, strong but not boozy, hoppy and bitter a little bit of skunk

M very clean and smooth almost as it evaporates as it hits your mouth leaving you high and dry and ready for another

O Good verging on great beer im always game for a double

Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle

Thanks again to Marcus for the bottle! I've sampled two separate versions at the brewpub, a 9.5% bruiser and one that, I believe, rang in at 7.5%. It'll be interesting to see what the final version has come out to be.

Nevaja is pale. Straw golden as a matter of fact. A touch of haze runs through the body but overall I can read the screen through the body. The foam is pure white and creamy but there are some larger soapy bubbles. Sticky chunk lacing decorates the glass after each drink. That's purty!

Ahh, now this smells a little different than the other two batches I've had. Citric and tropical hops dominate the nose. A touch of cantaloupe and even white grapes have a hand in the hoppy adventure. The citric is orange and lemon. Tropical shows heavy handed mango and slight passion fruit. A pale maltiness allows the hop showcase to shine but does bring along slight doughiness and sugar cookie. I'm loving this! Very unique.

Layer upon layer. This beer has depth. Huge tropical fruits in the forefront; mango, passion fruit, and although not tropical, tangerine and white peach. The cantaloupe aspect I mentioned in the nose is back with the sweet melon and a hint of earthiness. Even that white grape has its place. Malt backbone is buried but shows signs of dough and sugar cookie.

The body is surprisingly light for the hefty abv. There aren't many IIPAs I care for over 8-8.5%, because of the usual sweetness, but this one drinks like an 8%er. Dangerous doesn't even describe the drinkability of this IIPA. The bitterness is manageable, never surpassing moderate and killing the tastebuds. The finish dries up quickly.

Nevaja is a great beer. I think I prefer this version of Nevaja to Space and I'm a Space junkie. A unique hop profile bursting with juicy tropical fruits and interesting melon make for an awesome beer. Get this!

Photo of jeonseh
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S - Mango hop sweetness, pineapple, slight grapefruit, lemon peel. Good sweet nose

T - Sweet mango, pineapple, caramely sweetness, and strawberry. Light pine on the backend that gives it a good bitter presence that lingers on the backend.

M - Medium syrupy beer with a light hop resin in the finish

O - Good IPA from HA with a good fruit presence to it. Nice and sweet IPA with a light bitter presence that balances it out.

Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HA Tap Room.
Clear light amber in color. Served in a bulbous tulip with a small, bubbly head. Moderete lacing. Some patchy lacing. Pleasant aroma. Mostly citrus, primarily citrus with a little grapefruit and some pine. Taste us similar. Orange, mild sweetness, some light grapefruit and a hint of pine. A very "typical" tasting DIPA. Medium bodied. Lower carbonation level. Appreciable bitterness. This is a very well made, if not overly exciting, DIPA.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a clear plastic cup (gotta work with what you got)

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a quick receding off-white head. Very little lacing.

S: Opens with a combination of pungent caramel and herbal hops. A grassy aroma then leads to more bitter pine and a touch of alcohol. Some citrus throughout.

T: Earthy pine is a dominant theme, with some medicinal, grassy flavors as well. A good deal of bittersweet orange peel contrasts the otherwise bitter flavor. Even the malty caramel has a bitter, alcoholic edge to it. The finish is long lingering and with an increasing alcohol presence as the beer warms.

M: Medium-thin with low carbonation and a slight oiliness.

O: Pretty fantastic DIPA. I appreciate that it is overall quite bitter with a decent alcohol component, but still balanced and drinkable.

Photo of rlee1390
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear yellow, one finger head with some lacing

S-has malt (Sam toasty ness as the daisy cutter) good deal of citrus hops, very tropical

T- well balanced, starts with a toasty malt. End with slight bitterness and lots of tropical and citrus hops

M-medium bodied, nicely carbonated, some hop resins

O-A well made DIPA, could have used some more bitterness to become elite. Still a well crafted balanced brew.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Half Acre taproom in a 13 oz. snifter. Thanks Jay!

This is the 2nd glass i've had of this, and it's pretty impressive.
Color is a bright and saturated orange jewel tone, with a finger of white foam on the surface. Some spotty lace around the edges, forming some spindly arcs here and there. Surface coverage is good, and lasts for the first half of the glass.

Smells overwhelming, very lush and fruity with pulpy grapefruit and mango aromas. Dank.

Flavors are big on the fruit too, grapefruit and mango notes from the dank resiny hops. This is tempered towards the middle with some pale malt and a possible wheaty note towards the end. Medium bodied, a slow sipper to be sure. The abv is somewhat hidden. This almost came out on top during a side-by-side with Galactic DDC, but ultimately they are different and "tied" after revisiting Navaja again.

Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Half Acre. Served in a 13oz snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind near-solid lacing. Transparent golden orange body.

S - A mix of dank weed, onion, zesty grapefruit and orange, and doughy, sweet malts, with perhaps a hint of caramel mixed in for good measure. Definitely on the balanced side, but sufficiently assertive hopping for my tastes.

T - The taste is a tiny bit sweeter, with more sugar cookie and doughy malts coming through and less of the herbal and dank flavors. There's still a good amount of juicy citrus flesh and peel to it. Fairly low bitterness here, but enough to keep things from getting overly sweet.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, a dry finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - A very nice midwest DIPA. I generally like things a bit more attenuated, but I'd happily order this again if it's still on-tap at the Half Acre Taproom. Hopefully this joins their regular rotation of hoppy brews.

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Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.