Navaja - Half Acre Beer Company
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3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
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
07-24-2014 00:13:10 | More by brentk56
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-12-2013 14:43:18 | More by emerge077
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-07-2013 19:58:56 | More by MasterSki
3.46/5 rDev -18%
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!
02-03-2014 00:42:33 | More by kojevergas
4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-23-2014 20:52:20 | More by VelvetExtract
4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-03-2013 00:30:54 | More by Florida9
Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.