Ginger Twin | Half Acre Beer Company

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Ginger TwinGinger Twin

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A nod to the hop cone & the bearded brethren, we loaded this beer with our favorites and reinforced it with a solid malt base and caramel twist.

Added by dukedevil0 on 02-20-2010

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish color, 1/2" off white head. The aroma was interesting, couldn't say it was ginger. Had some sweet aspect to it and something else defying words.

Taste I dunno, is that ginger? At times seems to be a malt derived flavor, but then again I dunno what it is all about, I have limited experience with ginger in any capacity. There is a bitterness to it without a lot of hop flavor. This feels like one of my worse reviews, as I can't put the flavors into words. There's the usual red malt notes, but the ginger and hops really muddle this into a little bit of everything. Feels like there is some rye, some fruit flavors from hops like grapefruit, but also this spice note that must be ginger.

I dunno, wasn't a fan, bomber format, not going back.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous mahogany in color, one of the prettiest pours I've see.

Immediately smacked by ginger, but the sweet caramel hints balance the bitterness of the ginger well.

Taste is all ginger and very bitter, not at all sweet as the nose hinted.

Mouthfeel is a bitter one.

Overall this beer is a great snifting beer, but as soon as it hits the lips it kind of disappoints.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper garnet with a creamy dense head. Great legs on the lacing.

Aroma blast of grapefruit billing. Roast malt and herbal hop.

Spicy bite to it. Moderate hop bitterness, almost grassy and pine. Malt sweetness and grainy.

Creamy and lush mouthfeel. Very satiating.

Looking at these ginger twins in their seafaring garb makes me want to put down a shot of Jameson while I go on-I dunno. Very tasty amber red that really should not be passed on. Affordable and a formidable contender.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.1.13

A - Pours a super dark orange , almost brown with a 3/4" tan foamy head with solid retention.

S - Pretty hoppy, lots of pine and citrus. Some maltiness in the background.

T - Malty and dry, not very sweet, with some bitter grass in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Very balanced between malty and hoppy.. OK beer.

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Photo of guityler83
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a teku glass it built a nice tan/kahki head a half inch tall with staying power. Dark maroon color with brownish hues, and a moderate amount of haze from what I can tell.

S: Grapefruit and juicy tropical fruit flavors pop off nose. A slightly toffee, carmel like aroma can be detected also. Pine and catty hops too.. making it very complex yet distinct.

T: Firm pine bitterness with some tropical fruit (kiwi,grapefruit) but with a grassy character that stays with you till the end. A caramel, bread crust and plum like malt flavor with a tiny amount of sweetness comething through the bitterness. Clean fermentaion and a very neutral yeast from what I gather.

M: Lingering grassy bitterness leaves a drying tounge sensation. Moderate body and carbonation.

O: The grassy flavor I get in this beer (maybe from tons of dry hopping?) is killing this for me. I think if it wasn't for that I would like this beer much more.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Deep, dark amber colored beer with an explosive hop smell. Very fragrant and inviting. This beer drinks so smooth. Much more hop punch than I expected. Just enough malt to fit the style but this one would satisfy any hophead. Bright citrus, some pine, and a nice bitter bite along with subtle malt sweetness for balance. Wish I bought more than one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date presented on bottle
Founders Doom glass

A: Pours a really pretty deep orange leading to amber color. About a finger of soapy off white head. Lingers for a bit and turns into a collar. Some sticky lacing. Good looking appearance.

S: Lots of orange marmalade. Some citrus hippiness. Grapefruit. Some earthy hops. Sweet malts of caramel and toffee. Slight breadiness and nuttiness.

T: Up front you get a little bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Lots of that orange marmalade that you smelled. Leads into sweet malts with that nutty red ale character. But more tingling hop bitterness comes in too. Finish is dry and sweet.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of timc100
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous looking red ale. Blood red amber with a sticky red-tinged beige head.

S: Really fresh and hoppy. Big, ripe sweet grapefruit dominates, backed by caramel and toffee - slightly sticky and resinous, very slight tropical fruit astringency. Very hop forward red ale

T: Much less vibrant than the nose. Grapefruit and caramel. Very smooth

P: Surprisingly low carbonation - medium bodied

O: Another solid offering from Half Acre - love what they're doing

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Originally, I was going to have this on tap but I had other beers. That is when it came out again. So, I resorted to buying a bomber at the brewery's store to have a couple days later.

Appearance: Dark, somewhat hazy, crimson/blood red with a one and half finger tan head. I'm digging it. One thick ring and spotty lacings.

Aroma: Sweet floral. Piney with some grapefruit/orange. A little bit of sweet caramel.

Taste: Nice sweet floral and pine. Tangerine and a little hint of grapefruit. Some tangy citrus. Sweet caramel makes a good present throughout. Slight toasted malts. Tasted very fresh, which was great!

Mouthfeel: Feels medium bodied. Carbonation fits well. Finish has a little hop bitterness and caramel sweetness.

Overall: Most delicious hoppy red ale I've had so far.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Urbancaver for this.

4.0 A: Opaque amber brown color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with earthy and citrusy hops. This really isn't any hoppier than most amber ales, so they could have just called it an amber. Big hit of caramel with a dusty graininess and a solid neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. Toasty and grainy malts with caramel and a solid neutral sweetness. Hops are citrusy with focus on orange and earthy. Very tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Super easy to drink with a wonderful toasty flavor.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours a clear, dark chestnut amber with a creamy light tan head. Nice retention and minimal lace. Slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt dominated nose with some residual sugar and mild resiny hops. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Not as sweet as the nose in the flavor, bready and doughy malt throughout finishing with an earthy and resiny hop finish. Reminds me of Big Hoppy Monster, not a bad beer.

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Photo of cmoody91
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up from brewery on 5/24/2012 opened 06/22/2012 poured into my Half Acre Pint Glass.

Copper/ginger (appropriately named) color toped by a inch foamy bubble head. Aroma is all piney hops with a sweet finish of malt. Taste starts off weak and finishes strong as your taste buds register carbonation, malt, caramel then strong spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is oily with fine carbonation. Overall a compelling example of the style and a fun seasonal beer for them. Kudos, HA.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bertram for this little treat...

A. I'm immediately stricken by how ugly the color on this beer is, light rusty toilet water. I really don't like light colored beers that are this cloudy...just brings to mind bad imagery. That said, it's got a fairly tight half finger head and some pretty solid lacing. That's enough to balance out the atrocious color and let me settle on an 'Average' for this.

S. Mmmmm, now that's better. A nice, aggressive hop presence in the bouquet, this one a very herbal/grassy hop profile. Some faint caramel malts linger in the background, but for the most part, this is a hop storm.

T. Roasted malt, burnt caramel, and a more subtle hop profile than I expected. The front is all sweet malts and caramel with some piney hop presence, which carries into the mid with some light grassiness. Caramel notes carry throughout, and provide a really nice backbone to the beer. Not at all what I expected from the nose, but in fact it is much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. This is pretty good.

M. Medium-light bodied and nicely carbonated. A mouthfeel that is a study in contrast, as to me it is at once crisp and creamy. Nice.

O. A very solid amber here. It's not going to give Nugget Nectar a run for its money anytime soon, but this is very well-crafted and, at 6.5%, it's one you can enjoy on a summer's day without getting absolutely hammered. I really enjoyed this, and encourage anyone who sees it chilling on the shelf to pick one up and give it a whirl.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the brewery today. Poured into a duvel tulip.

GT pours a dark amber, opaque color. It is well carbonated, with a generous amount of cream colored head. It's not particularly aromatic, but it looks pretty! Locally, there is some creativity within this style, so I'm happy to see new spins on a relatively bland style. This is a hopped up red: reminds me a bit of some of the nice rye beers from the region (Founders/2 Bros/etc.). Pretty well balanced. Nice beer...actually, similar to odells version of the same style.

Overall: above average. maybe a gateway for a bidding hophead? Always happy to try an offering from HA, and to suport my local brewers.

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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a orange/amber color with a small head

Rich and aromatic with aromas of malts, toffee, blood oranges, and some hops

medium/full bodied with a real nice smooth feel and good flavors of blood oranges, malts, and some toffee

More hoppy on the aromas than the feel. One of my favorites from half-acre and always a welcome time when they release it

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushing head from the fresh growler generates frothy head. Appearance is a cloudy caramel. After a moderate time the head falls to a light coating with some lacing.

Smell is the daisy cutter profile of citrus and tropical fruity hops and a good malt backing of caramel malts. A hopped up red ale like the description says.

Tastes like a quality red ale with grapefruit hops which hit my tastebuds the way I like it. Assertive hops blend with the caramel malts and balancing subtle residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel has spot on carbonation that is appropriate for this style.

I quite enjoyed this one. I missed it last year but glad I was able to try Ginger Twin. Always look forward to a new one from Half Acre Beer Company. Cheers!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Half Acre growler into Half Acre tulip.

A- Cloudy, burnt orange color with 3" tapioca head. Heavy netting of lacing.

S- toast, caramel, citrus and pine.

T- citrus upfront with some sweet caramel and toasted malts. Nice pine and grass bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Leaves somewhat of a dry, bitter aftertaste.

O- good amber. Not going to mistake this with Nugget Nectar but nice hoppy amber nonetheless.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Goose Island chalice because why the hell not

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color. There is a fairly small yellow-tan head that fades to a few bubbles.

S: Smells of fruity hops, apricots and citrus. There is a good dose of caramel malt as well. There is a mild nuttiness as well.

T: Hops are still dominant but now they taste more of grass and pine. The fruit flavor is still present but subdued. There is a little bit of spice to the beer. Aftertaste has some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied with mild but fizzy carbonation. A little bit oily.

O: A good combination of fruit, bitter and spice. Interesting take on an amber ale.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium reddish brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving some persistent residue behind as it does. Hefty lacing as well.

S: Baked French bread, with what seems like a little butterscotch, and a little nutmeg. I think some parsley in there, too.

T: Malty, and really grassy. Notes of Italian spice clearly present.

M: Bittersweet throughout including a lingering aftertaste.

D: Full flavored, but somewhat light body.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice appearance including a thick, persistent head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is not overly complex, but full; including grain and spice. Flavor is a light grainy combination with a grassy feel and some sweet and savory spice; but not overly so. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MarkFy for sending this bottle out in a recent trade. I'd shared this with a buddy of mine months ago and we both loved it. Have been hoping for another bottle ever since. Cheers, Mark!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. This is slightly hazy, amber-orange in color. Dimpled, 1-2 finger very light tan head setting up camp and staying for a while.

Pleasant, fruity, dried-apricot nose up front with a prominent sweet caramel malty layer right behind it. Touch of piney hop beneath those.

Sweet caramel malt with a hint of medium-dark chocolate. Hop flavor is a sweet, white peach. Dry finish with a medium-lingering toasty bread malt. Bitterness is moderately high.

Medium-light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall not quite the beer I remember it to be but none the less a damn good American Amber and another solid offering from Half Acre.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful but cloudy reddish brown with a frothy 2 finger yellow/tan head. Smells only of beautiful fresh c-hops. Wow this smells great. First sip mirrors the aroma. Some ginger spice here but not overwhelming. A tad thin but there is just enough malt to counter the massive hops. Interesting how this India Red Ale falls right smack in the middle of East and West Coast styles. The 6.5% ABV tastes bigger than stated. Either way this is a great IRA. So glad it is so fresh.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark amber color with no particulates. Creamy light toffee colored one finger head.

Smells spicy, piney, nutty, and roasty.

Taste is herby, grassy, piney, caramely and slightly metallic.

Very well-rounded, smooth body with moderate carbonation and a creamy but crisp mouthfeel.

Really enjoying this beer, it has a lot of flavor for only being 6.5% abv. Overall very pleasant. Not phenomenal, but would drink it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chambord shaped pint glass.

Finally getting around to cracking this bad boy. He pours a clear sunset russet topped by plenty of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, pine, spicy herbs (cilantro and the like), and nutmeg. The taste holds notes of pine, toffee, mixed greens, and light cilantro. The red portion of the beer is mostly drowned out by the hops, deceiving my tongue into thinking this is just a mildly malty IPA. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice hoppy red, but the redness just isn't able to shine through all that well. It's still pretty tasty, but I feel more redness would make it even better.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up last time i was in chi-town.

a - opened and filled my southampton snifter. poured a soft yellow orange, but settled as a deep opaque brownish red with a generous frothy white head that hung out and left frothy lacing.

s - hops, fresh cut pine, spiciness. some malts. some nice earthiness that is well balanced.

t - nutty sweetness. sticky hops. not very much like an amber...maybe an amber with hops x 10. malts are certainly there, but this one leads with the hop on the nose and taste. the earthiness in the nose is also on the taste, it is a nice touch.

m - pretty thick, kind of syrupy. finishes with a soft hop bitterness.

o - overall, pretty good brew. nice for the style...good hop. some briskness.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. NB: A friend of mine included this in a box of random Chicago-area stuff that I picked up at DLD - 2010. It wound up in a box under another box, deep in the cellar, and is obviously over a year past the typical "freshness" window for a 6.5% beer. Having enjoyed some similarly accidentally-aged brews in the same ABV range, though, I decided to give this one a shot, and feel it's definitely worth communicating the experience.

A: Clear, deep orange-tinged amber body capped by a solid inch of creamy, thick tan head. Terrific retention and tons of lace. Lovely.

S: This must have been a hop monster when fresh, as the hops are still the dominant aroma even after 18 months. They're rich and spicy, and blend wonderfully with some caramel malt that displays some elegant smoky notes from its time in the cellar. I'm a fan.

T: Piney, spicy hops are up front, followed by a touch of sweet toffee, a bit of stone fruit, and a hugely bitter, dry finish. At this point I wish the hops were a little less dominant, as they suppress some of the malty complexity that I can tell is just bursting to get out.

M: Lively, slightly prickly medium body that smooths out nicely after a moment. Pretty good.

O: While the flavor doesn't quite stand up to the strong aroma, this was still a very enjoyable beer; the malts aren't quite strong enough to combat the heavy hops, even after a good bit of time, which is a pity - it smells like it has the makings of a nice little Barleywine-light.


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Ginger Twin from Half Acre Beer Company
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