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Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imagine a comic book. The kind with superheroes and punching and stuff. Now imagine that most of those superheroes are kind of total jerks. Add in a lot of profanity. No, more profanity than that. Ok, now throw in felonious owls, spectral bovines, gorilla arms, lots of bears, unplanned pregnancy, and 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan. And then a little more profanity. And be sure to include almost nothing about theology or space exploration.

Now imagine—and this is key—being able to drink all that. And then imagine it's called Beer Hates Astronauts, because that's what we're calling it. And we're calling it that because it's the beer version of God Hates Astronauts, which is the actual comic I completely failed to properly evoke above.

This is just the latest step in creator Ryan Browne's attempt to dominate the world by means of one of the most unsummarizable comics in existence. Having recently Kickstarted the deluxe hardcover edition of God Hates Astronauts with massive success, he has joined forces with Half Acre for a groundbreaking venture in distributing comics in hoppy liquid form.

Beer Hates Astronauts will be set free from its containment unit here at the brewery on Friday, August 30. It is a 7% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with Vienna malt and Citra hops.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-19-2013)
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Reviews by kevanb:
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3.93/5  rDev -11.7%

650ml bottle, poured into a Half Acre SquidOwl Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a bright copper color, hues of orange and gold, clear complexion with a slight haze with a soft, cloudy white head that rises about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, lots of grapefruit, wildflower, pineapple and sweet, sticky malt that draws out a bit of alcohol. Flavors are in line, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lightly floral, with a healthy backbone of rich malt. The fruit flavors are nice and pungent, juicy and ripe, while the malt helps to settle out the tangy flavors and the bitterness nicely. The mouthfeel is good, juicy and full bodied, carbonation is lively but on the lower end of the spectrum, coats the mouth well with a nice smooth finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Half Acre and a great showing of the Citra hop. The malt isn't too overpowering, which I find tends to happen more often than not with beers solely hopped on Citra, as it is quite a delicate hop. A good balance of fruit flavors, bitterness and malty sweetness, which really lets the hop flavors shine.

09-08-2013 18:42:27 | More by kevanb
More User Reviews:
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4.31/5  rDev -3.1%

06-23-2014 11:36:44 | More by tectactoe
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4.61/5  rDev +3.6%

Enjoyed one of these last night thanks to my man totalbangover, who threw this bomber in as an extra...and what an extra it was! He was raving about this beer as all he drank while at the HA taproom and I can see/taste why.
Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter. Quarter to half inch of nice white head and very fragrant! Sweet citrus and hoppy!
First sip was excellent and flavor was just as fine as the aroma...citrus ad the perfect amount of hoppiness.
As the level in my glass lowered, everything about this sweet nectar stayed the same...flavorful and sweet to the nose and good to the last drop!
Really a very enjoyable beer and given the limited quantities (this was procured by my buddy as from the HA employee stash) and how fun it was to drink, I'm very impressed!

10-05-2013 15:17:00 | More by SanFranJake
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

06-17-2014 04:12:50 | More by delaced21
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-20-2014 07:32:52 | More by 77apm
Photo of ehammond1

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mjohnson17!

Perhaps the best IPA from the Midwest I've had to date. I wasn't expecting much, after being a touch disappointed with Anicca and never really falling in love with Three Floyds's hoppy beers, but this was something different entirely. Fantastic, juicy, ripe citrus notes, fairly big bitterness (but enough that it hampered the drinkability), mild malt backbone, and a little bit of resin/pine. Fantastic, and quite the surprise. Looking back on it, I should have known better. Half Acre does fantastic hoppy beers. Daisy Cutter and it's brothers are all fantastic, as was this one.

09-19-2013 21:11:14 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-21-2014 19:03:02 | More by Rosethoj
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

07-11-2014 15:56:31 | More by CLCardinal84
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

08-05-2014 20:27:50 | More by qcbrewer
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

06-21-2014 07:53:21 | More by Lucho
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-14-2013 01:23:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and murky orange. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Huge citra hop. Bright orange. Some lemon. A little bit of sweetness.

Taste - Tons of orange hops. Sweet tropical fruits. Some sweet malts, but very minimal. The faintest of grainy textures.

Mouthfeel - A little sweet. Medium body. Minimal bitterness.

Overall - This is really impressive. Delicious IPA.

09-09-2013 23:24:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-26-2014 23:30:04 | More by robgage
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

06-14-2014 21:52:49 | More by Jordanmtate
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

11-15-2013 14:56:23 | More by HereforBeer
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

06-14-2014 03:20:35 | More by Jaycase
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New York

4.11/5  rDev -7.6%

22oz bomber from jermy in the recent pipeworks box. This was an afterthought on the trade "hey, you want me to add a God Hates Astronauts?" Yes. And thanks.

Murky copper color, clean billowing white topper that left a quantity of meringue-like dollops. A big floral and citrus hop aroma with very little pine or dank. A solid caramel backbone that shows up more in the taste.

Nicely balanced IPA that has a good burst of citrus up-front which is complemented by the light malt notes at the end. This does have a nice, crisp finish with only the faintest trace of lemon zest as an aftertaste.

Quite good. Wish this would make it into the regular rotation and find itself in 16oz cans alongside Daisy Cutter....


09-08-2013 23:06:19 | More by CooperEllis
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4.19/5  rDev -5.8%

Hazy saturated orange, lazy rising carb trails, an initial finger of dense white foam. Lasting skim and a frothy collar around the edges. Spindly webs of lace in the glass.

Pungently fruity and dank hop aromas, mango, grapefruit, nectarine, sandalwood.

Citrus forward with tropical hop character, all the aforementioned fruits play across the palate. A dry bitter finish with a little bit of wheat and pale malt in the middle. A little less intense than the nose. Light bodied but substantial, and pretty easy to drink. Not too far off from other solid IPA's like Shewolf and Annica, it's a very drinkable fruit-forward hop bomb.

09-06-2013 00:11:22 | More by emerge077
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-03-2013 02:24:42 | More by thedarkestlord
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Ontario (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

10-13-2013 18:18:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.39/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: golden, sunny, hints of orange, rocky bone white head.

Aroma: citra, citra, citra. Bright citrus, tropical,fruits, pineapple and resins, with touches of crackery malts.

Taste: again, high citrus, and tropical notes, light pale maltiness, medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light body, clean crisp finish, dry, overall a joy on the palate.

Overall: a shining citra hopped ipa. Great body, wonderful nose and taste. Excellent through and through.

09-13-2013 14:54:43 | More by EgadBananas
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-07-2013 19:38:38 | More by Benm2c
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-15-2013 00:36:09 | More by jegross2
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

06-17-2014 03:51:40 | More by DangleBerries
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

10-10-2013 16:27:49 | More by mendvicdog
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Beer Hates Astronauts from Half Acre Beer Company
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