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Beer Hates Astronauts - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 307
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-19-2013

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.
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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely looking pale brew, topped by a lively white head. Aroma promises plenty of juicy, citrusy hops, along with a hint of dank herbs.

Flavor follows, with a Citra-forward profile that provides plenty of juice and a nice level of bitterness. Pale malts provide a clean, slightly sweet, bready backbone.

Feel falls a touch short, at times feeling syrupy and flat (not uncarbonated; just lacking).

This is a solid IPA, and definitely worth seeking out for Citra fans.

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Photo of ARoman
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet grapefruit with a light, but noticeable herb spice. It pours clear amber orange with white soft soap head that leaves a wispy surface and a moderate light ring. The taste is a balanced medium high bittersweet. The texture is oily with a soft, fizzy carbonation and a medium full body flavored with citrus, grains, and herbs. It's finish is crisp with a citrus swell and a waxy and bready touch. It's also a bit soapy and grassy in feel and leads to an aftertaste that's lightly bitter and waxy with a flavor of toasted bread.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold orange. White head with a lot of lace. A big amount of orange cotrus. Lemon zest. Bready malts. It's fairly juicy. Earthy and floral. Nice bitterness.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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....


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Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with big pillowy white head. Nice lacing. Smell is clean with mellow hops, lemon, with sweeter hard candy notes. Taste a mellow citus, bready, light melon rind, banana towards the end (guessing torrified wheat mixed in), with little bitter residual. Body is light and easy going, perfect for summer. This has to be the most interesting Half Acre ale I've tried as you try to dissect the different eliminates. Super clean and refreshing overall.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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 from the aroma 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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Timothy O'Toole's, Chicago:

Pours deep golden with a lasting thin head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits. Robust.

The taste is of big bitter citrus with a firm malt backbone. Spicy, long finish.

Alcohol well-integrated. Great texture.

A wonderful hop-filled delight!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour produces a smallish white head with some lacing. The color s hazy straw with honey and orange highlights.

The smell is focused on hops. Citrus at first then some pine. Resinous and dank with an aroma that's strong and lasting.

Taste has notes of the citrus hop plus a more intense pine component. Some light honey and biscuit base malt flavor. The focus remains on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium for the style with adequate carbonation for an IPA.

This was a nicely crafted brew with great illustration on the label which makes sense since it's a collaboration with a comic book writer. Another nice experiment from the hop meisters at HA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by oline73. Thanks Steve.

The beer is moderately hazy and straw yellow. The aroma is fabulous. Dank hops and resin with citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor follows suit. Hop forward with alcohol well masked. Terrific. Highly drinkable. Bonus points for label art.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has the look of bright peach-orange juice, incredibly hazy and opaque (juice-like). Near half finger of essentially white head, solid lacing, poor retention.

S - Tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Citrusy deliciousness. Smells like it could easily be a personal top 10 ipa/iipa. Slightly resinous.

T - Initially big delightful pineapple/mango/orange flavors. In the middle a hint of sweet/boozyness (almost medicinelike but not unpleasant) mix with sweet juicy fruits. The finish continues down that path with a bit of sweet malts (mixing with the sweet fruits). The result is a pear/apple type flavor at the finish. Aftertaste is only miniscul-y bitter, mostly apple/pear and a hint of orange rind.

M - Medium/lighter bodied, very well carbonated, very easy drinking

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Photo of Nicole15
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ones been sitting a little so the boozy notes are more present than in a fresh batch. First sip is boozy with lots of grapefruit peal. Pours a hazy orange with a nice head. I also get a lot of hop resin with this one. Great beer.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured from a can that was thrown in as an extra by my favorite trader. Have been hearing excellent things about this beer and wanted to give it a shot, myself. Besides, who wouldn't go for a Citra-hopped IPA? It's a month old, so we'll see how it's held up. Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A- Fairly aggressive pour resulting in almost two fingers of creamy white head. Color is a blend of orange and grapefruit juice. Murky and faded orange. Hardly any lacing is left on the glass.

S- Yup... This was hopped with Citra. Wonderful showcase of this hop. Citrus bomb. Sweeter fruits (mango) and some sweet malt. Pretty dank, too. Not quite "cat piss", but it has a punch.

T- Not quite as dynamic as the aroma, but this is wonderfully crushable. Citrus juice and citrus rind bitterness, with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the flavor. Think I'm also getting the mango here, as well. Honestly, the finish is much drier than I would have anticipated, given my previous experience with the Citra hop.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Just a tad watery, though not in a way that is devastating to the flavors. Mouth is coated with Citra hop flavors and it is pleasant.

O- I'm really glad this held up so well. Citra hop was employed wonderfully in this beer and I wish they'd make more of it so I could trade for more. Excellent offering from Half Acre.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this stupendously good beer at the Half Acre Tap Room. Pours a beautiful golden orange. Strong scent of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is similar but much more intense. Body is medium and after a day of golf and mowing the lawn this beer went down oh so smoothly. Just wish I could take some home with me.

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Photo of dstanmyer
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Incredible balance and smoothness to this 7% IPA. Major hints of grapefruit and melon Including the requisite hop profile yet far from overwhelming or too filling. Love the light orange color and the white head with moderate lacing. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine offering from Half Acre. Pours a hazy golden/yellow hued with a generous head. Citrus and tropical notes on the nose. Heavy hop profile - the citra hops shine here with a dankness and bitterness really coming together in perfect union. Assertive malt backbone makes this an uncompromising IPA from Half Acre. Top notch.

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Photo of caponeduke
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange with a slight white head. Relatively clear.
S - The best thing about this beer. Citra hops on display and do not disappoint.
T - A citrusy treat from start to finish. Not too bitter and with a clean and balanced finish.
M - A bit thin but the citrus blast helps

O - Amazing beer. Very glad I got to try many of these on tap. Highly impressed with this place and this beer.

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