Gin Pony | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In order to fit barrel work into our facility, we've begun working with smaller barrels from Corsair Distillery. For this beer, we make use of Corsair’s unique gin barrels. Typically barrels aren't used to make gin, but they create a specific gin that is aged in their used spiced rum barrels. We have selected these barrels to finish Pony Pilsner. The result is a beer that maintains its clean pilsner base, but stacks on refreshing flavors of botanicals, spice, and oak.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 66
Photo of AuntBea
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not what I was expecting. I ended up really enjoyed this beer. Very light and refreshing. The Gin barrel aging adds a nice twist to the beer. I will be on the lookout for more of these Gin barrel aged beers!

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a touch of haze. Nearly no head. No lace.

Soft and sweet pale malt aroma. Gentle but very present. Light floral hop far back in the background.

Flavor mimics the smell except that I detect a touch of juniper berry in the swallow. This blends nicely with noble hop. This is subtle but extraordinarily complex beer. Rich body with generous carbonation. Easy to drink despite the high ABV (10%, according to the menu).

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Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at meadhall in Cambridge, MA. Snifter pour.

A: Pours a vibrant yellow-gold and leaves a white head that dissipates to a white later around the glass

S: bready malts, light floral hops, some mild juniper/gin spices. Nice and light, pleasant.

T: juniper, citrus zest, and some other spices accompany (and almost dominate) the breads malts and mild hops. Quite gin-reminiscent but without any alcohol burn.

M: medium to well carb with a light, slightly spritzy body.

O: the gin barrel had a lot of influence with this one and I love it. The barrel works well with the light Pilsner base and fills it up with delicious spices. Tasty.

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Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a Half Acre squidowl willibecher.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden color, a few bubbles rising from the top of the glass. A nice, 3 fingers of soft, cloudy, white head rises from the beer, with fantastic retention and leaving behind a soapy, web of white lace. The aroma is really interesting, plenty of pilsner malt, cereal grain, light citrus, but with a lot gin botanicals and some light coriander. The flavors mirror well, strong pilsner base, but again, with a nice punch of gin flavoring that works really well with the lightly hopped base. Citrus, juniper, coriander, cereal grain, balanced really well. The mouthfeel is quite nice, crisp and carbonated, but not prickly or abrasive, coats well, medium body with a dry finish.

Verdict: A really fun Pilsner from Half Acre, a gin drinkers delight. It harnesses all the delicious botanicals from the spirit, but without imparting any harshness or detracting from the base beer too much. Definitely one of the most refreshing and easy Pilsners to drink, a must try!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Half Acre Tap Room in Chicago, IL. 8oz served in a Half Acre stemmed glass 10/19/2014.

A- Especially cloudy, yellow-straw body with a half finger white head that disappears fairly quickly. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Juniper, classic gin, lots of distinct pilsner malt, a bit of noble hops, not a whole lot else. Did not predict much in terms of complexity, but it does deliver what you'd imagine from the description. [3.5]

F- Juniper, gin, oak, pilsner malt, spices. Not particularly bitter, but definitely interesting. At the same time, it doesn't really do a lot for me. I find its flavours to be very strong and clashing a bit. I think the gin takes over a bit too much here. Still, the gin aspect is done well enough that it makes it an interesting beer to sip on. [3.25]

M- Thinner bodied, nicely carbonated but with a bone-dry, gin-forward finish. It's not something I can consume 8oz of in one sitting, that's for sure. Interesting to taste, but it didn't do it for me. [3]

O- Worth a taste, not sure I'd want to drink more of this than I already have. I can tell they have put some thought into barrel-aging this beer, but it just doesn't really work here, at least not for me. [3]

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Color of the body is a very light ginger ale but very sparkling. The gin mixed in with the grainy pilsner base is really interesting, makes for a refreshing pilsner with a bit of an edge to it. I enjoyed this and i like brewers that think outside of the box when barrel aging.

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Gin Pony from Half Acre Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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