Half Acre / Maine - Great Plain Jane | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2008 we'd been selling contract brewed beer for a while and were in the throws of building a brewery. Matt stepped away and traveled to Boston for the Craft Brewers Conference. During his stay, Dan and Dave from Maine Beer Company came across Matt roaming the conference. They called him over and realized that they were all going through the same challenges trying to erect a new brewery. Time had us both finding our legs and landing on solid footing.

Recently, Maine Beer Co started moving some beer to Chicago so they flew out to make beer with us. Collaboration beers boil down to enjoyment spiked with the opportunity to learn. Dan and Dave came to visit our brewery after nailing down a recipe. We discussed approach, what's happening in our local and national brewing worlds, ate great meals and the beer was brewed. In the fall we'll travel east and spend time in their world, which is drastically different from our own.

All said, we're lifting our heads up from our work to dig into someone else's perspective and experience. As breweries, we make beer in much the same way, but have sharp contrast in our visual ends. This time, the result will be a hoppy session ale worked up from a joint recipe that was named and designed by Maine Beer Co. In the fall, we'll again work on the recipe together, but Half Acre will name and design their beer. Show Less

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Fcolle2:
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light pale golden in color with a one finger fluffy white head that has good retention.

Smell is hop forward with fresh clean herbal notes and some citrus rind aromas that balance eachother nicely. There is also a very faint pinapple aroma that comes right before the very light malt aromas finish.

Taste follows the nose with lots of herbal hop flavors and oil first to hit the palate. Mild citrus rind follows along with some very light grainy malt and a touch of sweetness. Bitterness is mild but there are lots of hop oils and resin. Grainy mildly sweet malt comes out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of sticky hop resin to balance. Mild sticky sweetness and moderate carbonation.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light gold body. Fizzy white head, little retention. Very active carbonation.

Grassy and herbal hop aroma with characteristic pale malt.

Flavor mirrors the scent, add a dash of pine. Definitely grassy, a little grainy.

Crisp, light mouthfeel. Clean.

A hoppy session, indeed. It's exactly what I expected. It laid it's claim, and that's what it is.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing the growler!
Quick review from written notes.

Splashed into a tulip glass, it pours a bright pale golden orange. Thin layer of white skim and a thin ring around the edges. Sharp clarity.

Floral grassy hop aroma, fairly understated with some pale malt sweetness noticeable also.

Mild grassy hop bitterness, clean pale malt, dry bitter finish. Taste is a bit subtle, it's light bodied and very drinkable. Not much hop complexity, just a lean and simple textbook session pale, which both these breweries excel at.

Yet something unique seems to be missing that would set it apart from the rest of their respective outputs of endless pale ales.

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Photo of kevanb
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler poured into a Maine Beer Company stemmed wine glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden straw color, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A loose scattering of bubbles appears but generally there is no head and almost no lace left behind. However, the deeper into the growler I got, more of a head with better retention that yields some spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, soft bready malt, cracked cereal grain, light citrus, touch of floral hops, but this is very light and delicate, not unexpected for a session ale. The flavors are nice, soft hops, citrus and wildflower with a bit of earthy resin, pale grain, bready malt, crisp and refreshing. The body is okay, it coats the mouth okay, lighter carbonation, a touch of prickly zip, but generally, it's somewhat unenthusiastic and finishes somewhat boringly.

Verdict: A refreshing beer from both Half Acre and Maine Beer Co, but it's hardly an inspired beer. Definitely great for a warm day or in this case, a warm late spring evening.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Half Acre / Maine - Great Plain Jane from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 37 ratings