Navaja - Half Acre Beer Company
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3.46/5 rDev -18%
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 00:42:33 | More by kojevergas
3.63/5 rDev -14%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:19:22 | More by kevanb
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 00:13:10 | More by brentk56
3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
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
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 05:58:22 | More by LANDRY
Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
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