Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company
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3.2/5 rDev -28.1%
June 2014 release on tap at Half-Acre.
A: Cloudy apricot in color with less than a finger of foamy white head that settles into a light cap, leaving a light lacing around the crown of the glass.
S: Textbook citra hop character upfront: chivey and citrusy, but not overwhelmingly fruity or perfumy. Some pine, some sweet malt and alcohol.
T: Some grass, some citrus rind, but mostly I'm getting that chive taste that just doesn't sit well with me.
M: Light to medium body with sufficient carbonation. I can see this being someone's favorite hot day beer.
O: Folks are raving over this beer, but it's just okay to me... nothing special, and definitely not the shining citra showcase it's been made out to be.
06-16-2014 18:17:05 | More by Halfbrother83
3.85/5 rDev -13.5%
Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, out of the cask with extra citra hops added (Gnarled Winslow) and out of the bottle. This review is of the bottle version.
A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thicker collar that leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Pure citra hop up front. Some nice grapefruit, lemon and orange flesh character. The Vienna malt comes through with a nice grain bread sweetness. Great balance between the two with the Citra really being showcased.
T: Again, the balance between the two is there and it's really nice. Sweet cereal grain Vienna malt with a nice balance of orange flesh and light grass from the Citra. Mild lemony bitterness in the periphery as well.
M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finish is sweet and citrusy.
O: Really nice balance of hops and malt. Simple and clean with a little more emphasis on the Citra which was a nice. Another drink and refreshing IPA from Half Acre, color me surprised.
08-31-2013 00:30:12 | More by Treebs
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
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
4.16/5 rDev -6.5%
Thanks for grabbing me a bottle last weekend, Mark! A pale orange, bordering on dark golden body glugs into the glass with a bit of a chill haze. A big ol' fluffy powder white head forms and remains as a thick cap throughout. Patchy lacing gets left behind as the beer gets drained. This beer is surprisingly pale when held to the light.
Wheat with a little twang and pale malt galore make for a foundation built to highlight hops. Banana, peach, pineapple, and lightly sugared grapefruit make up the fruity aspect of the hop profile while there's a touch of cut grass flashing through as well. It's not the most in your face or intense hop profile I've come across but it is one of the more complex.
Lemon oil, underripe peach, pineapple, and a little banana again sit over the top of malt that becomes dry and biscuity. Sugary grapefruit picks up on the backend and while this beer isn't necessarily bitter on the first few drinks the bitterness certainly grows with each successive sip. There's a nice tropical melange that's picks up as this beer warms. Is there wheat in here because I swear I get some twang.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. There's a welcoming dry finish that accentuates the hop profile nicely and not a touch of alcohol. The bitterness grows and grows until my gums are as numb as Rick James'.
I've been drinking Half Acre since the day they opened their store and I have yet to find a hoppy creation from them that's merely good. They're all worthy of even the most discerning hophead.
09-07-2013 04:00:45 | More by joe1510
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
Beer Hates Astronauts from Half Acre Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.