Shrub Tundra | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 11-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of DanLane
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a coming of age ale for Half Acre: a thoughtful rendition from the old country... but without lots of hops. Half Acre, I declare, to be the first third generation brewer to come of age. (But, let me thing about that.) Having only Had six from HA, I won't fight for that summary... but it helps me think about this beer.

Looks like a brown, but not above average. Smells like mostly sweet malt (a good sign.)
Taste gets balanced with just enough hops. (This is the "coming of age"... for HA makes its money on hops.)
Feel is dry, and a bit more sweet would leave me smiling.
OA: A well-balanced beer. HA is coming of age.

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Photo of Kuges
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a foamy, beige head that foams up to three fingers in height. Tightly packed bubbles with long retention. Tightly packed nitro lacing. Aroma is coffee, with bread, biscuit, and earthen malts. Flavor profile maintains coffee throughout, with bread, biscuit, and earth malts. Mouth feel is robust and thick, with a good presence. Overall, a well rounded coffee brown ale that carries the coffee notes well. Surprisingly yummy for a nitro beer.

Served in a 16oz pint glass. Draft. Nitro. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on 16oz nitro tap at the Bridge View Tavern in Tarrytown, NY.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Deep brown color, rich mahogany (I have many leatherbound books) around the edges in light. Ample light brown foam with excellent retention. The aroma is subdued but nicely balanced. Medium roast coffee on the nose, with earthy and floral notes. The coffee is not overpowering though, the malt also gives strong characteristics, with subtle notes of chocolate, toast. The taste is quite similar, with the coffee pushing forward somewhat stronger than on aroma. The malt and chocolate character still comes through, with a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. A medium body, moderate carbonation, and extremely creamy, smooth texture. Dry and aforementioned lingering bitterness of the finish. Overall, this is a really nice coffee brown that I would happily seek out again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish brown color, with a small head, and only a little bit of lacing.

It smells quite unsurprisingly like coffee, but the coffee here has a killer aroma- waves of caramel and chocolate. There's some toffee and vanilla here as well.

The cool thing about this is that the flavors from the rich base and the coffee interweave perfectly, and it's kind of hard to tell where know begins and the other ends. There are great caramel notes from both the base and coffee, along with deep chocolate, some toffee, sugary bread, and roasted malt. It's delicious.

This has a surprisingly good body for the lower ABV. It's creamy with a good mouthfeel.

This is definitely up there with the bear brown ales that I've had.

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Photo of maz
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty malts, coffee/chocolate and mild toffee/caramel. The flavor is nutty malts, fruit/mild dark fruit, coffee/chocolate and a mildly sweet finish.

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Photo of laketang
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours out brown with a red hue
when held up to the light
puffy tan head
very deep in color but not murky
good roasted malt smells,yeasty bread dough
tastes of :
caramelized sugar atop flan, toffee, some nuttiness,
nice caramel tones, roasted coffee, peanut brittle
medium chewy mouthfeel
tangy tingle on the tongue

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Photo of durlta
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GtBoros
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very much like drinking cold coffee with a beer finish. Rich and full mouth feel.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Shrub Tundra from Half Acre Beer Company
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