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Half Acre / New Belgium 2023m2 - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
72
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2023m2, brewed at Half Acre last month, is a soft sour ale that features the delicate complexity of a well designed New Belgium beer. A partial kettle souring process and light use of Maresh and Sumac all lend an equal hand in delivering a full experience. The numerical name ties into the area measurement of an actual Half Acre. Our hope, though, is to again brew together in the year 2023 and send that beer to the first group of people living on Mars.
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 6
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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A - An orange gold beer with small head that fade to a partial ring. Some splotches on the side. Not the most attractive beer, but it's alright looking.

S - Little bit of lemon zest, a lot of grain, bit of sour mash and sulfur. None of the smells are very strong, but what you do get isn't all that great.

T - Some slight sweetness, bit of zest. The beer is described as more tart that sour but I find there is a mild sourness that isn't very good and no real tartness. There is a horrible grain finish that gets worse the more you drink.

M - Medium bodied with kind of a fuzzy feel to it that reminds me of cotton, not in a good way.

O - I don't know what this beer is supposed to be. It appears to have taken the worst elements of a few different styles and thrown them together. Not a good effort at all, would not recommend.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at the tap room. 16oz pint glass.

A - Thin white cap settles to a thick collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent golden body with a hint of haziness to it.

S - Sulfury yeast, cereal grains, a touch of lemon-scented cleaner, perhaps from noble hops? I'm not sure what Maresh and Sumac smell like, but there are some flowery and herbal notes in the periphery.

T - Lightly tart finish, but largely a grainy wheat beer with a bit of peppery Belgian yeast. Not much sweetness or much depth at all for that matter. Finish is a bit odd, with a mix of tartness and tea-like astringency.

M - Medium body that is smooth and slightly creamy, with only a touch of grain to it. Slightly sticky, with negligible acidity to it. Alcohol is well-hidden, I guess.

D - Confused by this one. It's like a really tame, slightly 'off', high-ABV Berliner; a tad reminiscent of Grand Teton Snarling Badger, but even less tart. 'Soft' sour is an overstatement here; this barely passes the threshold of perceptibility. Not undrinkable, but I'd skip this one. Took me a long time to work through my glass.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Described as a partial sour mash with sumac and maresh.

Pours a bright golden orange into a pint glass, high clarity with some frothy foam on top that is fairly quickly to recede. Flecks of spotty lacing dot the edges.

Aroma is grainy and somewhat lifeless. Not bad, not good, just is. Some vague herbal tea notes if pressed to describe further.

Flaccid feel, mild acidity, grainy with some vague sweetness and dull wet husks and sulfurous yeast when poured. Blah. Light bodied, minimally tart, just devoid of any character or complexity. "Sourness" is neither here nor there. Light herbal bitterness in the aftertaste that clings to the palate and never leaves, much like Malort. Yuck.

This beer just seems to be little more than a half-baked Martian stoner fantasy.

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Half Acre / New Belgium 2023m2 from Half Acre Beer Company
72 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.