Mr. Goroboros | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
You may remember Mr. Ouroboros, another beer we've brewed the last couple of years. Mr. Goroboros is a Halloween tribute to a darker character brought to his knees by the ghost of Coney Bottoms, Mr. Ouroboros. This unfortunate tale has an echoing effect. As it's told, some time ago a young man road tripped his way to the hop fields where he was to get his hands dirty during harvest. One night he stayed up late with a local gal and went traipsing through the fields. Having nipped a few steins of the local color, he and this gal began playing games. He thought it was best to run and hide in the hopes of whipping up some fright. Quickly he was disoriented in the dark rows and found himself still. A sharp shrill rang out loud and then a groan was felt behind him. He quickly twirled to find Mr. Ouroboros gurgling and drooling in his glowing disgust not ten feet away. Before he could react, he felt the moist fragility of Mr. Ouroboros' carcass gooing all over his body. He said he could feel that body entering him everywhere. The rest remains a blur because that's all he was able to tell those who found him. The girl was never seen again. In the days and weeks after, the boy derailed. It was as though he needed to do away with his body, as though he needed to remove it, and so he did. One tragedy folds into another and the lore gets bigger.

Mr. Goroboros is a wet hop pale ale with no hops post fermentation. A session pale easy in spirit and aimed to calm.

Added by MasterSki on 10-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Half Acre, always in a 5oz taster.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent bronze body.

S - Citra hops are fairly obvious, with a good dose of zesty grapefruit, live onion, and a mild herbaceous note. Yeast is surprisingly potent; I thought this used the same Kölsch yeast as Mr. Ouroboros, but was told that isn't the case. Malt is somewhat bready and neutral at this stage.

T - The taste has a bit more malt character, with dough, biscuit, and a hint of toffee. Again, there's a good dose of yeast character that's atypical of your standard pale ale. Hops aren't quite as potent here, imparting some bitter citrus peel and mild onion flavors. Fresh hops don't tend to pack as much punch and apparently this wasn't dry-hopped either, so I'm not totally surprised by this. Still, was hoping for a bit more intensity to the hop flavor.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, dry finish, and some lingering oily hops. No problems here.

D - Not bad, but a bit of a letdown relative to some of Half Acre's other recent pale ales. I don't totally get the fresh hop craze; dried, pelleted and even extract hops seem to produce the intensity of flavor that I prefer in my pale ales. Also, confused by the expressiveness of the yeast; I would have sworn it was Kölsch yeast, but the menu said otherwise. In any case, this one is skippable.

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Mr. Goroboros from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 19 ratings