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Lead Feather Black Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
287 Ratings
Lead Feather Black AleLead Feather Black Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve finalized a new Black Ale for Half Acre.

We can all sit on sun drenched patios and freely spill speed beer down our throats till paid transportation takes us home. You want to squirrel away a couple x-tra pales and head to yoga? No problem, Namaste.

But, there are times when fleshy black beer is the only thing that offers the necessary weight. Visiting your uncle’s machine shop to thread some pipe before hitting a dirt track sprint car race….? You might want to digest some Lead Feather Black Ale.

The might of big malts and rival hop use give Lead Feather capital dark properties. 6% ABV gives you time, but not at the expense of content.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-21-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,719
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
287
pDev:
7.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
61
Trade:
1
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Photo of firkingroovin
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro in an Imperial pint glass.

Dark chocolate color, blackish brown. Very tall chocolate milk-colored head that leaves behind loaded foam lacing.

The smell is varied; some coffee, vanilla, chocolate, leather and wooded outdoors.

Chocolate and coffee flavors. Malted milk.

Chewy and leathery, surprisingly light body. Drinkable, a touch of hops.

Nothing stands out but overall, its quite good.

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Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/31/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, caramel, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, caramel, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a delicious black IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Was expecting it to be more aggressively bitter; but this still had really great balance between hops and malts. Nice well rounded complexity between both. Kind of a more like a hoppy porter instead. A very enjoyable offering regardless.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee-chocolate black with a firm head of 1 finger, beige in color. Lace is hilly.

I'm getting a lot of chocolate on the nose, followed by a balance of earthy char, roast coffee beans, and faint NW pine forest.

Flavor is a little weaker than the nose, coming off a touch watery, but it's solid. Roast notes followed by bright citrus and blood orange, a touch of pine, and an earthy finish.

Feel is roasty throughout, with slight chalk, a crisp carbonation, and a splash of water in the middle. Resiny/roasty finish.

Overall, a very decent Black IPA. Look forward to enjoying the rest.

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Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degueulasse
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This very dark beer looks almost black in the glass. I didn't smell much, but it tastes somewhat nutty, a bit like almonds. Overall its a rather unremarkable beer with a mouthfeel that doesn't separate it from the rest, but it is pleasant enough.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Egotist
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Executive Summary: OK.
Looks unexciting. Smells roasty malty, with some hops lingering in the background. Tastes produced start sweet-ish, but then a drying sensation takes over and never goes away. Feel suffers from the same although carbonation is right.
Overall, this is my 6th in a young style without too much to emulate or compete against. Considering that, my suggestion is less hops in the recipe. But considering the norm of the American market, Half Acre hit this about right.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drawbackwards
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cocoa, cola, vanilla, and light piney hops. Sweet, medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a light and tasty American black ale. Goes down way to easy. I will get this again.

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Photo of paresis
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BellsFan
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Lead Feather Black Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 287 ratings
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