Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company
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Reviews by kevanb:
3.93/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2013 18:42:27 | More by kevanb
More User Reviews:
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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