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Navaja - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the first time we've brought this out of its scabbard. We've never released a Double IPA - and this will make its debut at our 5th Anniversary Party on 5/17. Attacking your ability to make good choices, this bully quickly becomes your best friend.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-14-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kojevergas
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!

High B-

Photo of LANDRY
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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.