Lead Feather Black Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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3.93/5
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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:
#11,472
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
302
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
67
Trade:
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Ratings: 302 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of robotic_being
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chilmer
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrKarl
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black in color with a yellowed tan woody color-ed head that slid off fairly quick. Lace looked really nice, clingy and concave.
The aroma shaped the hops sweetly around the roasted malts. Some bitterness from the hops did come in slightly and a touch of citrusy and piney character seemed to have been the main basis of those hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a sturdy bitter piney bite that actually isn't so much of a bite. To me, I have to admit, I think this is an old can but I can't quite right tell for sure. The reason why I mention that here is because the bite is smooth, like it has been aged - perhaps. Aftertaste was roasty with a semi-muted sweet to bitter piney hoppiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt a bit lower than expected, but I wasn't too bothered by that. ABV seemed to have been on par.
Overall as a black IPA/CDA, I'd say this is well worthy of having again even if my can I assumed is aged.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNJR
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Splits the difference evenly between a porter or stout and a hearty pale or India pale ale. Exceptionally well done by Half Acre.

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Photo of breadtobeer
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LinksusMaximus
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black-brown with slight head and lacing into half-pint glass. Smells of malt, currants, and smoke. tastes of dark malts, currants, smoke, and burnt sugar notes. Feels a touch dry. Not exceptional for the style but not bad. Heavy on the smoke/ roasted malt notes. Not sessionable.

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

Photo of sb17
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best thing about Lead Feather is its color. Easy to drink - but doesn't smell or taste extraordinary. It's chocolatey, but not to a fault. Love the can.

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

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

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Lead Feather Black Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 302 ratings