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Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 63
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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Halfbrother83

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2014 18:17:05 | More by Halfbrother83
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Flight317

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -27%

06-19-2014 02:18:00 | More by Flight317
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HereforBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

11-15-2013 14:56:23 | More by HereforBeer
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

07-06-2014 01:02:47 | More by chippo33
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

01-24-2014 04:51:15 | More by MastaShonuf
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Treebs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:30:12 | More by Treebs
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kevanb

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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
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Lucho

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.1%

06-21-2014 07:53:21 | More by Lucho
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-15-2013 00:36:09 | More by jegross2
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.1%

09-13-2013 01:12:25 | More by Powderhornphil
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-31-2013 16:01:31 | More by thewimperoo
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hugod

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

06-14-2014 00:47:08 | More by hugod
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-18-2013 16:54:55 | More by spycow
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sbxx

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

09-28-2013 00:27:55 | More by sbxx
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-02-2013 14:00:48 | More by Sean9689
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nguasta2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-23-2014 19:49:19 | More by nguasta2
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BRami127

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

07-05-2014 14:07:22 | More by BRami127
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Chibeerguy1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

09-07-2013 23:11:02 | More by Chibeerguy1
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scottwurst

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-08-2013 20:56:22 | More by scottwurst
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

09-08-2013 20:33:30 | More by mjohnson17
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.1%

12-05-2013 02:05:42 | More by XmnwildX12
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CooperEllis

New York

4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

(209th)

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:06:19 | More by CooperEllis
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joe1510

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:00:45 | More by joe1510
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emerge077

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:11:22 | More by emerge077
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Gifted by my brother for my birthday, from Half Acre itself
Date: Released 2013-08-30
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

An excellent IPA made up of complex fruit esters and hop characters, with some balance provided by the Vienna malts. Would enjoy again if seen.

Pours a 1cm head of cream colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy-looking mass. Retention is average, the foam lasting only about one minute before descending to a thin ring around the glass with a larger island of wispy residual foam resting atop the body. Lacing is minimal, with a few small dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent (10-20% opaque) body, fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of hops, in a big way, mildly dank, with huge influences of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot and lemon on top of a background of somewhat lactose-like sweetness. Complex fruit esters coupled with complex hop influences leads to a fairly enjoyable aromatic profile.

Surprisingly balanced between hop bitterness, fruit-like flavors, and malt-derived sweetness, this is a solid, easily drinkable IPA. Front of palate finds sweet, juicy citrus and tropical fruits, with tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and lemon being the most noticeable for me. Mid-palate of moderate-high intensity bitterness, with strong fruit ester and fruity hop associations, with a background of slightly toasted malt sweetness provided by the Vienna malt. Back of palate finds moderate-high intensity bitterness with strong grapefruit flavor, reduced tropical and citrus flavors with bitter orange being primarily notable, much less tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Closes with moderate bitterness, residual fruit esters and surprisingly malt-accessible, with a bit of toasted graininess hiding in the back.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium-light carbonation, leading to a mouthfeel that is gently foamy, never fizzy, and generally pleasant and soft. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips. No ethanol detectable at any point during the drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:51:28 | More by falloutsnow
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Beer Hates Astronauts from Half Acre Beer Company
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