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Half Acre / Mikkeller Guest Lager - Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre / Mikkeller Guest Lager
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BA SCORE
93
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%


Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brought to life using a lager yeast strain, this beer is a sensory pounder. Ignoring the idea of a traditional lager balance, Guest Lager hops the line and intentionally scales the flavors tied to the ale spectrum. This 8% ABV style bender wrangles an impressive canon of flavor into one place. Did we mention hops? This particular lager hosts enough Nelson Sauvin & Falconer's Flight to soothe any weary traveler.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-26-2013)
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured vigorously into a Half Acre pint glass.

Pours a sunny yellow/straw with a hop haze but otherwise clear. Nice tall head and great retention. Looks like a Belgian witbier. An impressive sheet of lacing coats the glass

Smell is out of this world. Definitely a good IPA hop smell with some grapefruit but also a different smell, maybe the lager yeast? Similar to Vallejo. Whatever it is, it's interesting and inviting.

The first sip brings the hops and a lager bite. Crisp clean but so much flavor for a lager beer. Really interesting and unique. It's a flavor that is hard to describe. You have the nice fruity hops with a lasting bitterness that combines with an earthy flavor and a long finish. Great balance of malt backing the very strong hops that shine through.

The mouthfeel is medium/full and the brew is crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation is just right.

I wouldn't change a thing with this experiment. I hope they can revisit this on occasion as it is definitely one to seek out. A truly unique creation and one of my favorite collaboration beers to date. Half Acre getting better and better.

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 02:47:20 | More by 312HopBomb
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emerge077

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale clear yellow orange with a light haze. Lots of drippy lacing and a frothy collar around the edges of the glass. Lasting skim on the surface.

Pungent and hoppy, getting a Nelson Sauvin sweet lemon tea note, a fistful of resiny greenery, vague sandalwood.

Resiny bitter hops, orange peel, citric and oily hop vibes. A vague fruity sweetness flashes quickly before segueing into a long resiny bitterness in the middle and lingering into the aftertaste. Some trace lager yeast character. Light bodied and super hoppy. Overall very drinkable considering the abv. Paired well with Rutger Hauer in Blind Fury.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 01:47:11 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Half Acre's Taproom. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent pale golden body.

S - An abundance of hops here, with a delicious mix of tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, and hints of chive and cattiness. Malt character is very understated and neutral, with perhaps a hint of cracker to it. No perceptible alcohol.

T - The taste is similar, with a massive amounts of pine and citrus peel and perhaps less of a tropical emphasis. Again, malt is understated with hints of sugar and cracker in the periphery. Bitterness is on the lower end of medium, and the finish is crisp, clean lager.

M - Medium body that's perhaps a tiny bit watery for 8%. Lower carbonation, no alcohol presence, and a clean, crisp finish with only a mild dose of lingering oily hop resins. Goes down super fast.

D - Great beer, and totally on point for summertime. I could crush a 16oz can of this no problem. May have to go back and attempt to skirt the one 4-pack limit on this one. Wish I'd gotten a pint rather than the taster.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 19:23:50 | More by MasterSki
Half Acre / Mikkeller Guest Lager from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.