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Half Acre / Three Floyds The InvasionHalf Acre / Three Floyds The Invasion

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Invasion, brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds Brewing, is a unique slant on a spring bock beer. Brewed with Bohemian Floor Malt, Slovenian Hops and a California Common yeast, this beer was our nod to the Great Lakes and their nautical adversary.

Added by sidetracked on 04-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by younger35:
Photo of younger35
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from a generous BA not so long ago. Definitely not a huge Helles Bock fan really but I'll give anything a chance. Drank from my Surly AHA Rally pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a half finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Neigh a cap nor collar is left along with no lacing.
Smell- Lightly toasted with a bit of grainy soft malts. Maybe a light floral tone and a bit of grassy earth. Very feint and subtle though as this is indeed a Lager.
Taste- Starts with a nice spicy hopiness that is somewhat unexpected. Earthy and Noble in nature I'm going to assume this is slightly hoppier than what real Helles Lagers should be. Quite grassy and herbally while also lightly sweet and doughy. A bit of alcohol and yeast shows on the finish as well.
Mouthfeel- Really heavy and full bodied with a very crisp bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Uhhh, not bad but just not my thing. Not a huge Noble hop guy or a Lager guy but this could be worse. The surprise spiciness is nice but the rest is sort of blah. Oh wells, good for what it is!

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Photo of Kegatron
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with some foam around the edges which leaves back a fizzy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is VERY sweet, with notes of buttered bread and fruit. Earthy hops are present but don't do a whole lot except add a little more texture to the nose.

The taste is even MORE sweet in the mouth with bready malts and fruitiness, this time to point of almost being cloyingly so on the edges of the profile. The pithy and earthy bitterness that is present doesn't do a whole lot to help balance this out and actually helps extrapolate the deep tangy feel here. The hops add a dirty and gritty dryness to the finish, which doesn't do this any favors as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling with some crispness to the carbonation on top but there is a much more chewy and flat layer underneath where a lot of the alcohol beef dwells. I have to say that this actually feels a bit bigger than 6.5%, which once again probably speaks to the unbalanced nature of this.

I am unfortunately just not a fan of this Half Acre/FFF collaboration. Just way too much sweetness going on here and not enough crispness to help with that bigger body. A rare miss from both these breweries.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TrueRates
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich orange amber color with very thin laced white head and lively carbonation. The aroma was quite surprising. Some Honey Nut Cheerios, banana peel, and some yeasty bread. The malt really shines through on the palate here. Glorious mouthfeel, but between the sweet malt, mango flavors, some orange rind, and the total lack of hops, this beer just isn't done justice. I'd love to see this toned back on the sugary malt or hopped up a tad to balance this out. Not a dynamite beer by any means, but it's interesting to see FFF's do a beer like this. I'd love to see some more collaborations along the way.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4-4-11
Reviewed cold from a bomber to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, good lacing ring, carbonation is present, cloudy citrus color

S - Roasted malts, citrus notes of orange peel and lemon. Lingering hop aroma

T/M - Medium bodied, sweet malty taste with little hop bitterness. Orange peel and lemon come through the taste with some caramel. Smooth tasting brew

D - Very tasty brew, easy to have more than a bomber of. Very smooth tasting Helles bock. Medium bodied with a nice blend of citrus and malt. I recommend this brew if you can still find some

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber of this with friends.

Poured into a snifter.

A: Golden clear yellow with 1/2 finger of head.

S: Sweet grapes. Champagne like smell. Very crisp.

T: Smooth, crisp, light fruity taste. Very subtle spice. Excellent Maibock character.

M: Moderate carbonation and a light body. Very crisp and drinkable.

D: Very refreshing for a summer day.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's pint glass. Goldenrod colored with good brightness and clarity, but enough body to not be totally translucent. First pour didn't lace well or form much of a head to my surprise. Turns out that carbonation is just pretty low.

Not particularly aromatic at all. A bit grainy and a bit sweet. Some peppery yeast that I picked up in the flavor too.

Bready beer, with something lightly peppery in there. Malt forward for sure, and probably lighter on the hops than other examples of the style. Certainly a surprise in this case. The hops that are there are most noticeable on the finish with a bit of spicy bitterness. Malt flavor is estery and mildy sweet.

Super smooth and full-bodied. Low carbonation. The growler sat less than an hour, so that must be the way it goes. Is pretty heavy, and could actually be more than the listed abv.

Eh. Meh. Even with the added benefit of 64 oz. for this to grow on me, it didn't a great deal. Feels like they picked a style just to pick an uncommon style. It's too heavy to be especially drinkable, and not flavorful enough for a beer on the stronger/heavier side. I don't think this is a repeat buy. As long as I'm so enthralled with Daisy Cutter, that's my go-to from the brewery.

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Photo of hansgruber
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this fresh just getting around to entering this review...

Pour leaves a one finger head that goes away leaving some minor lacing throughout. Body is a very clear golden color.
The nose is earthy, malty, and slightly sweet. Tastes slightly sweet, malty, and earthy as in the nose. A light bitterness in there too that leaves everything pretty balanced.
The carbonation is pretty low for the style. It's a medium bodied beer that is an easy drinker.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Was told at the brewery that this finished a little closer to 7%.

A: Pours a hazy and rich looking deep gold color. A smallish and creamy 1/2 finger of bright white head hung around for a bit before becoming a thin ring that left virtually no lace behind.

S: Interesting aromas of white grape juice, floral hops, crackery malt, and a touch of green apple.

T: See above. Sweet white grape and apple, with both biscuit and caramel malt, and a touch of sweet tropical fruit (mango and pineapple?)

M: Very smooth and quite full. Slightly peppery. Good thing as it keeps it from being too thick.

D: Damn drinkable. If this was 1-1.5 points higher on the abv scale I think it would've harmed the drinkability score. Half Acre seems to have mastered the (relatively) low abv beer. Keep it up guys!

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Photo of levifunk
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to alexander for not only making the drive up to Madison and hang out with us, but for bringing presents (this bottle included)

pour is a crisp golden color with a white head. good amount of hops malts and some light fruity sweetness on the nose. flavor has a ton of honey sweetness with some light spice. hops bitterness is all but non-existent. I'm not expert on maibock, but i was expecting a bit more hops. very drinkable beer as the alcohol is very hard to find and the mouthfeel is very clean.

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and has a long lasting white head. Crisp, slight hop presence dominate the taste. Noble hops perhaps? Very refreshing with just the right amount of balance for the style guidlines to make this Helles Bock a winner. If only it were a regular at Half Acre. Good job 3floyds /Half Acre.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a generous soul at Dark Lord Day 2010.

A: Pours a slightly-hazy golden color with a creamy off-white head.

S: Bready malt along with some floral hop aromas.

T: Smooth, creamy, and bready. Plenty of biscuit malt alongside some mild hop bitterness. Everything fits together nicely.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D: Very nice and drinkable. This was a very nice surprise.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a stiff white head that slowly dissipates.

Smell - White grape, sweet and bready grains, and a hint of floral/grassy hops.

Taste - Sweet grain flavors dominate - white grape, red apple, some bready/biscuity flavors. The hop character is subdued and is floral throughout with a little bit of peppery spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, quite smooth, very easy drinking.

Drinkability - My experience with this style is limited, but my understanding is that there is supposed to be a significant hop character, and I don't pick that up at all, which is especially surprising because this is a Three Floyds collaboration. In Half Acre's defense, one of the guys at the brewery described the beer to me as very malty when I was getting my growler fill.

There's some to be desired in this beer, and I can see how the sweetness could bring about beer fatigue, but all in all I thought it pleasant.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Jayli
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from Dunt in the Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy light burnt orange with a one finger of bubbly white head. Head recedes quickly and leaves very minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather sweet - lots of caramel and toffee, some earthy tones and grains.

T: Taste starts with an incredible amount of sweetness caramel and toffee mingled with an odd earthy taste. Grain and biscuits begin to fill out the middle and then a sweetness comes back in during the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat coats the tongue with an oily finish.

D: goes down ok, not too filling, not much of a kick, but I've had better of the style.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some grapefruit notes, slight spice. The taste is malty, sweet, nice grapefruit note, very slight tang, and a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher for a nice hot day.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a thin slightly off white head leaving a light lace on the glass.

S-the aroma is rather sweet, caramel and brown sugar in abundance, slightly wet cardboard. malt overload with a hint of sweet pineapple hop and light yeasty spice in the back.

T-the taste is extremely sugary and malty. caramel malts and brown sugar are again ample. hints of wet cardboard and yeasty spice with a more pronounced, but still light hop presence bringing sweet pineapple and a touch of oily resign hop flavor. the finish adds a touch of bitterness.

M-medium to full syrupy body, hints of slickness on the back of the throat with a moderate carbonation and crisp finish.

D-overly sweet and malty, some hop balance. seems to have a potential hint of oxidation and not a fan of the overly sweet maltiness.

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Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a modest head that leaves vague traces behind

Smell: Very malty aroma, with biscuity/grainy overtones

Taste: Bready opening, with a developing toffee flavor that takes the beer in a very sweet direction; by mid-palate, the grainy elements emerge along with a spicy, herbal flavor; after the swallow, the malty/grainy flavors merge into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pretty spot on for the style, but the sweetness is a bit cloying after a while

Thanks, imperialking, for the opportunity

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Invasion has a clear golden colored body with a soapy head that settles down into islands of white foam. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Wow, there is a lot of malt in this one. Loads of sweetness and bread, with only a hint of noble hops in the background.

The Invasion is way too sweet, lacking a good hop profile to balance it out. I actually double checked that this beer had come out of the correct tap. Lots of bread, pale sweetness and hints of fruit in the background. Just a bit of a buttery flavor. The hops are mostly earth with a touch of metallic flavor, and although they add some bitterness to the finish, they fail to balance out the malt. The finish has a little bit of warming from the alcohol also.

Mouthfeel is maybe a bit light, but nothing that is too out of the ordinary.

The Invasion just lacked balance to me. I really need more of a hop presence, or just not so much malt that the sweetness is almost cloying.

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with barely any head and little carbonation.

Scent of fresh cut grass, some pine, sap, grain, and a bit of dirt. An underwhelming scent, not quite balanced enough, and not entirely pleasant to begin with.

Taste of sweet corny grain, a hint of fruity hops, and some alcohol lasting into the finish. Very little flavor, a muddled mess, it is hard to find much to like about this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and slick with low carbonation.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dave for sending this one recently. Had it on May 9 before dinner, from notes.

Pours a golden amberish color with no real head formation, some soapy bubbles rest on top and cling to leave a touch of lace.

Kind of an odd aroma... perfume-y, lightly toasted grains, some crackers. A little bit of a berryish fruit component? Taste is too sweet. Not too much yeast impact... a little bit of an earthy and floral hop note. Undercarbonated, medium bodied and just kind of unpleasant overall. Rough finish with a touch of alcohol, and was generally a chore to finish even though I split the bomber. All of the Half Acre beers that I've tried so far have been extremely polarizing. Next....

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Half Acre / Three Floyds The Invasion from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 40 ratings