Tuna Session India Pale Ale
Half Acre Beer Company

Tuna Session India Pale AleTuna Session India Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #261
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,575
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
403
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Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Tuna Session India Pale AleTuna Session India Pale Ale
Notes: Why is the beer called Tuna? We don’t know. Just say it, “I’ll take a Tuna.” It feels good. The ocean is a magical place.

The antipode to Navaja, Tuna is rife with attributes that make for ongoing pleasure without the heft. Too much weight while exploring the ocean is dangerous.

Watermelon, peach, guava. A denser body to hold up to the sweeter finish. Lemon lime citrus zest, tropical fruit juices.
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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright yellow brew with a tall pile of white foam in the Maredsous goblet. LIght aroma of hay and guava. Lovely pillowy, sudsy mouthfeel. Just a hint of malty sweetness, but there's just enough Cream of Wheat taste. Hints of lime, a bit of mango. Moderate bitterness but bold enough. Overall it's a nice change from the overdriven hop solos. Quite gulpable with a tangy aftertaste. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market on the West Coast.

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mactrail from Washington, Jul 17, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best session ipa I’ve found

Damn price point, I know there are 15 packs of all day ipa out there, but if we are talking quality, this is probably the best sub 5% hop driven beer I’ve had.

The carbonation, the bitterness, the way mosaic and centennial play together, there just isn’t anything like it in my market, and I’ve been hard pressed to find anything like it in others.

For those who still appreciate a classic approach to hops, this is a must try. By the end of your 4 pack, I’m pretty certain you’ll understand. Simply excellent and something I can’t imagine customers will grow tired of.

It makes sense that this beer wins medals at GABF.

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beardown2489 from Illinois, Jul 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden orange amber color with some yellow notes. 2 finger frothy, soapy white head

s: grapefruit, dragonfruit, mango, pineapple, and a touch of sugar. some biscuity crackery notes as well

t: pineapple, grapefruit sweetness, mango, and a touch of herbal hops. slightly sweet malt hit followed by a touch of sweet citrus and grass

m: light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: for a session IPA, it's got good flavor. not hop water, with a noticeable malt presence

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jun 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let’s talk about the name, shall we? I mean, “Tuna” - it’s not really a glorious name for a beer. It’s like, an animal, you know? Raul don’t see any beers out there called Ocelet or Anteater, ya feel me? And because I’m immature, the word “Tuna” also reminds me of something else... I mean, hell, you might as well call this beer Pink Taco. But Raul digresses.

As far as the beer goes, for being under 5%, it’s pretty much everything I expected. Light, crisp, and tasty. The nose is a lil faint, maybe Karl Malden might have a better chance and detecting what’s going on there. But the taste is all good. It’s not like a Pompeii explosion of juicy hops, think of like some lesser, not as cool volcano. Yes, this is the baby volcano of beers. And you know what? Raul is ok with that.

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RaulMondesi from California, Apr 08, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone flute glass. Pours a very hazy, caramel amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap with nice lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, light tropical and stone fruit. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, lemon, grapefruit faint tropical fruit. Finishes with full bodied fruit and lightly resinous hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A full flavored pale ale with clear citrus and piney character. Tuna has the rich herbal flavor typical of unfiltered IPAs, but with lighter pale ale malt. More complex and flavorful than expected for the ABV. Nicely done.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Mar 31, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can. Mostly clear. Big white head. Smells of pine, lemon, and light biscuit malt. Tastes of grapefruit, a little caramel malt, some perfumy hops, toasted grain. Mild bitterness. Light body and very drinkable. Very enjoyable and flavorful, especially considering its size.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 9/20/18 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a one finger head
S: Citrus, pine, earth
T: Matches the nose
M: Light-bodied, dry, bitter
O: A touch simple but hoppy and sessionable

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright straw color, short white head. Mild lemon and pine nose, similar flavor. Brisk clean feel on the tongue, and a bitter but not at all harsh finish. It is a delicious brew.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Nov 12, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with fine, soft foam.

Smell is fresh and citrusy with a little hint of sweetness.

Taste is very refreshing and crisp with lots of fruity citrus and hints of pine and melon. Mild bitterness and a bit of sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very drinkable APA with lots of flavor for the ABV.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Oct 23, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly Hazy orange with a creamy white head. Lots of lace
Nice citrus-forward aroma with a touch of tropical fruit and pine.
Taste is OJ and grapefruit with a very juicy middle and a piney, bittering finish.
Nice medium body, a touch dry and sticky.
Very good beer.

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SD-Alefan from South Dakota, Oct 11, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 8.20.18, poured into a Half Acre “occult” snifter glass.

The beer pours a orange honey color, golden and amber hues with a light chill haze and a foamy white head, about two fingers tall with good retention and sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of pine, grapefruit peel, soft floral bouquet, pale grains and some grassiness lingers. The flavors are good, lots of pine and grassy hops, grapefruit peel, citrus juice, lightly floral with a crisp biscuit malt profile. The mouthfeel is good, coating and crisp, lively medium body with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very good pale ale from Half Acre. Hoppy, balanced, to the point and hits the mark very well. Very classic midwestern pale ale.

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kevanb from Illinois, Oct 11, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a pleasing caramel tinged tan color. Orange pith and a touch of green piney spackle gives it some depth. Easy drinker. Crisp and hoppy with a touch of bitterness. I liked it.

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Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed deep golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” fluffy white head that persists fairly well. As it slowly recedes to a cap on the liquid and then to a thin island of foam it leaves behind a matrix of patches and legs of lacing. Sipping creates scattered small patches, some of which cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are filled with lemon, citric zest and a bit of pine. In the background along with a bit of toasted bready malt there are also some tropical fruits similar to pineapple and mango.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are filled with the citrus and tropical fruits. There’s the mango and pineapple playing nicely with the lemon, citric zest and just a bit of resin. The light hop bitterness serves as a counterbalance to some toasted malt sweetness and ensures it is not forward and does not cloy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the toasted bready malt sweetness and the fruity flavors begin to fade, leaving the show to end with a semi-dry citric bitterness that invites another sip.

Overall an enjoyable and drinkable APA that I’d be happy to have again and I’ll probably look for a few more. The flavors are nicely complex and this fruit forward beer has a very nice malt/hop balance that is complex but still leads to a semi-dry bitter ending, That all said, if I had to choose between this beer and the Half Acre Daisy Cutter, the DC would get the nod.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beers pours an attractive golden amber color out of the can, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and impressive, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted pale ale, with the light sweet malt combining perfectly with the hoppy bitterness. The beer finishes with a clean kiss of bitterness, and the finish is light and dry. Muothfeel is fairly light and lean, which works well in this easy going, easy to enjoy beer. Alcohol is barely an afterthought, and drinkability is exceptional.

This is very enjoyable pale ale, and with an abv that makes it easy to pound down several at a sitting. What's not to like?

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John_M from Oregon, Aug 16, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 25 June.

A clear orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is decent. Bright, fruity with melon, grape, lemon, Valencia orange. Mild biscuit notes. The palate opens dry, cracker like with moderate hop flavor and mild bitterness. Kiwi, melon, mandarin and orange are present. A touch watery on the finish with a dry, grainy flavor. Medium light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is solid.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear light golden pour. Big foamy head leaves great lacing.

S: Light citrus and floral notes.

T/F: Light malts.. gentle citrus hops. Floral and tropical fruit. Melon. Light bodied... zesty carbonation. The finish is more citrus/fruit.

O: A super easy drinking APA. Great flavor... one you could chug most of the day.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jul 09, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The slightly hazy orange colored liquid is capped by a fluffy white head; wispy lacing abounds

Smell: Juicy lemon and grapefruit tones with a hint of pine

Taste: Juicy tropical and citrus tones forward with piney bitterness through the middle; slightly grassy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A touch less bitter than an IPA, this is quite a nice and refreshing beer that hits the spot and pairs well with food

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jun 11, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a dense layer that hangs around for a while and leaves some impressive lacing.

S: Orchard and tropical fruit, bright citrus, crackery malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Fruity, tropical, watermelon, peach, and passion fruit, bright citrus, lemon, lime, and tangerine, crackery biscuity malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly soft on the palate.

O: Really nice pale ale with a unique flavor profile that sets it apart. At 4.7% I could drink this all day.

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RyanK252 from California, Jun 07, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured in to a nonic pint glass.

Pale golden yellow color with a 1F white bubble cap. There's constant micro bubble carbonation rising through a haze.
Abundant lacing.

Tropical fruit mix, peach is evident. Light cracker-like malt. No sugar or alcohol.

A pop of citrus zest to start then the tropical juice flavor follows. A touch of malt sweetness.

Light body, silky feel. Crisp and fresh with a durable hop finish.

TUNA, a winner.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, May 19, 2018
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3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, mango and bready malt. Body is light and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with ripe fruit and bready malt in the background. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Apr 24, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Downtown wine and spirits.
Dark yellow with a frothy white head that dissipates. Mineral water earthy grassy resinous hop thin bready malt not bad.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Feb 25, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/17/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some small sediment floating around with a mild haze but still has solid clarity along with some bubbles racing upwards; big fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are floral along with some citrus and tropical fruits. Some coconut and grapefruit is there along with some crackers and bread. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More grapefruit along with some coconut and pineapple. Some fresh grass in the mix. More hints of crackers and fresh bread. Moderate to low bitterness. Solid hop flavors. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice pale ale. It's very refreshing. Solid hop aromas and flavors. Enjoyable stuff.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Feb 13, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Pale Ale. For what it is supposed to do which is be flavorful and sessionable it hits it out of the park. Denser body on this one makes it my go-to over some other session IPAs.

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PBIU from Illinois, Jan 07, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid amber color. Super light and easy to drink. The citrus really stands out, and makes for a crisp and refreshing beer. Just like every other Half Acre brew - Tuna comes in an awesome can. Can't walk past a four pack in my local grocery store without picking it up!

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sb17 from Pennsylvania, Dec 28, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Canned 06.29.17 consumed 11.22.17 in spiegelau ipa glass. Seabass said that?

A: Weathered white head shows a porous and spongy texture atop with a foamy consistency. A tarnished weathered orange has a moderate clarity, objects are easily distinguishable, not so much text, with a quick release of macro bubbles within. Thin bubbly band of lacing.

S: Freshly squeezed lemons are wet and juicy on the open. A bit of freshly cut grapefruit tickles the senses with some pulp and tart citrus. Overall a moderately good amount of strength and lasting appeal.

T: Wet piney hops offer a backdrop to a flavor of lemony-grapefruit hops. Lightly tart tropical citrus and grapefruit pulp offer bitterness and flavor, wet and juicy, with an aggressively hopped nature per style. Fresh barley grains, orange peel and a light pine-herbal grassiness appears on the fade.

M: Crisp and lively, tart and sharp, spot on per style with a sharp delivery. Nicely hopped, wet and flavorful pale ale with an aggressive nature. A finish of soft flowery pine dryness with a clean crisp malting offers great support making for a good drink-ability rate.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Dec 04, 2017
Tuna Session India Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 403 ratings