Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.69/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle a little over 1 week fresh poured into a HA glass.
Pours a golden hazy color with a nice eggshell white head of great thickness, retention, and lacing.
Smells of bright citrus fruit with grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, and mango, with freshly cut pine needles.
Taste is where this shines, the citra hops really coming forward in full force with the aforementioned fruit tastes and hoppy pine and bitterness. Incredibly balanced with a good malt backbone without being overly sweet and solid bitterness (I'd guess 80IBU) without being overwhelming in any regard.
Mouthfeel is medium, definitely light enough to throw down quickly, dry finish, carbonation is medium and appropriate, definitely nice feel here.
Overall just an outstanding IPA. Half Acre makes a fantastic IPA and for once they have bottled one - having had it fresh and bottled it is equally good in both regards. Track this down if you can.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2013 20:01:58 | More by MCain04
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4.36/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
On-tap at Half Acre on numerous occasions. Also had a few bottles. Served in a pint glass.
A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Hazy, darker orange body.
S - Big onion and orange peel; no surprise for an all Citra beer. This year's crop seems unusually chive-heavy and dank. Vienna malt imparts dry, crackery, and bread crust malt flavors and minimal sweetness. Very West Coast vibe here - love it!
T - Surprising bitterness here, as Citra is generally pretty low in IBUs. Some citrus flesh sweetness, but heavy on grapefruit peel and dank, onion, and chive flavors. Again, minimal malt sweetness; the malt character is evocative of Saltines actually. Bitterness is a bit palate fatiguing, but on the whole this is a nice IPA.
M - Very dry, with a sufficiently hefty medium body. Pleasant carbonation and oodles of lingering oils. No alcohol. Just what I like from this style.
D - A real West Coast palate bruiser, with unexpected bitterness for Half Acre and for Citra hops. Love the dry, clean malt bill; will have to re-evaluate the efficacy of Vienna malts in SMaSH beers after this one. Very much in Half Acre's wheelhouse, and a very Pizza Port-esque Midwestian IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
11-19-2013 20:38:32 | More by MasterSki
4.61/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to Robbie for this bottle!
Poured in to Half Acre pint glass.
A - Poured a cloudy opaque bright orange with a thin layer of white head.
S - Bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Tangerine, peach, pineapple and papaya notes specifically come through. A slight honey malt sweetness is also present.
T - Crisp bitterness up front that is nicely balanced by a caramel sweetness that provides a perfect malt backbone for the hop base while still letting the hops shine. Fresh tangerine, pineapple, mango and peach notes are present along with a slight pine presence.
M - Medium body. Some nice sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 18:18:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Beer Hates Astronauts from Half Acre Beer Company
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