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Half Crown - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KI9A on 02-02-2011

The inspiration for this beer was to brew a nice 'session IPA'. We've basically achieved this by taking a standard American IPA and 'brewing it out' to about half the stats. Dry-hopped with Willamette, Mt. Hood and Cascade hops.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 7
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I love the creative beers coming out of UCB. This one is just average. Too much carbonation for my taste, but keep up the good work.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy mid-golden color. Abundant head. Very good head retention and lacing.

S- Muted smell of citrus, could be because of the beers temp (cold!).

T- Very citrusy, on the lemon end. Well balanced. Surprised at the low ABV.

M- Crisp carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing on a 100 degree STL day. The low ABV means you can drink more! Congrats to the newer Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for this winner of an easy drinking IPA.

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3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with very nice head perched atop the hazy amber liquid; good lacing action on the way down

Smell: Hop forward, with tropical fruit elements

Taste: like in the aroma, the hops arrive first, bringing tropical fruit flavors including grapefruit and pineapple; nothing over the top and plenty of balance from the biscuity malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation but a little flabby

Overall: A pretty nice IPA; easy to drink

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A: Dark gold pour, fluffy head, good lacing.
S: Citrus hops, grassy, some malt
T: Grapefruit, decent enough malt backbone.
M: Light, refreshing
D: Awesome at 4%, could easily mistake this for a 7%+ IPA. Can't wait to try this during the 100 degree summers in St. Louis.

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3.58/5  rDev +5%
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Sampled at UCB and out of a growler. Poured into taster.

A - Pours a copper color, white fizzy head, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Light to medium level of hoppy bitterness, more malts thin I expected. Very crisp, light, and refreshing but needs a bit more hops for me to throughly enjoy.

T - Light hops, more malts then I like in my IPA's, bready/biscuit notes. I know this is a "session IPA" but why not just make an APA instead?

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, super-easy to drink.

O - A decent IPA, and while this is billed as a session IPA, I would like more hops and less malts if you're going to do something like this. My least favorite hoppy offering from UCB, but still, not all that bad.

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Poured into a pint glass at The Royale. They had just tapped it.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy sloghtly orange copper. Very nice looking beer. There is a nice off-white head about 0.5 inch tall that is quite stikcy and hangs out for a while.

S - Grassy and refreshing mild hop notes. There is a delicious biscuit bready and toasty malt aroma. Very enticing yet mild.

T & M - Starts off with a very nice malty and freshly baked bread malt backbone. Hints of slight grassy hops that add a refreshing undertone. True to the name of a Session IPA. Excellent for warm days. Flavors are well crafted yet not complex. The hops have a nice slightly citrusy finish that vaguely reminds you its an IPA. Delicious in its simplicity. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

O - Great brew. Awesome mild but well crafted flavors. More beers like this need to be crafted. Easy to drink and delicious.

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3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

where most session beers intended to be hoppy succeed, this one fails. its bitter fine, but it doesn't have any of that refreshing citrusy hops, or any other interesting hop flavors to hold my attention. this might as well be an English ipa for all I care. golden and a little flat on the pour, without much head at all. smell and taste of a very light grain bill, as well as some bitter west coast varietals. I don't get very much hop flavor or aromatics in this, I wish I did. instead, its all bitterness. all the way through this has an astringent bitterness that clashes a little with the malts, and honestly this is a beer that I wouldn't really want to session on, despite its low abv and relative easy drinkability. like a few others at urban chestnut, this one could stand a lot more carbonation, it just sort of dies on the palate, not a good characteristic for a summer session beer. there is much room for improvement here.

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