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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, this raging hop knife is brewed with a minimalists approach to using raw materials.

Added by spycow on 07-02-2010

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Photo of hansgruber
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange body. Small head. Kinda syrupy looking pour. 

Huge citrus hop aroma mixed with a touch of bready malt. 

Big blast of orange and grapefruit hop goodness. This one is all hops. Very smooth. 

Bitterness that lingers.  Medium plus body. 

Overall a very solid IPA. Gets even better as it warms up a few degrees from the fridge. Very smooth at 8%

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Half Acre growler into pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy light orange with a 2 finger white head. Small blotches of lacing reside over a minute or so.

S- Citrus, nectarines or blood oranges possibly, some pine.

T- Pale malts, light citrus, spicy/earthy hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight oily/slick feel.

O- Nice IPA. Nothing earth shattering but very solid.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into a Half Acre branded 20 oz. becker pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with orangish hues and a bright white two finger head. Great retention, significant web-like lacing is present as the head recedes. Citrus bomb on the nose accented with floral notes. Opens with grapefruit rind joined by notes of mango and passionfruit and a touch of sweet malt for balance midpalate. Finishes somewhat dry with citrus rind bitterness with accents of spruce. Fairly heavy malt backbone, which is more reminiscent of a double IPA which lends to a brew that is on heavier side of medium-bodied. Silky smooth and slick mouthfeel. Fairly complex for an IPA and certainly one of the better collaborations that I've had.

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Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted in mid-August 2010 from a bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours hazy pale yellow with a thick, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose is very complex with floral, resinous, citrus, and tropical fruit (mango, papaya, and pineapple) hops. There is also much more of a caramelly malt aroma than I expected given the very light color of the beer. Flavor is very hoppy with the grapefruit and tropical notes coming through nicely. Once again, the malts come through as very carameled. The body is medium with a average carbonation and a long bitter finish. This beer is quite nice with great complexity and nice balance.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a golden yellow color with a touch of hop haze and a small white cap on top. some oily lacing down the side of the glass. Nice looking. There is a very distinct mango and pineapple aroma coming through on this that really smells fresh. a touch of mint on the back end as well. The taste is very crisp and bitter. Dry flavors of white wine, pine, and some peaches and mint come to mind. There is a big hoppy dryness on the finish that leaves off bitter and disjointed with little to no malt balance. There is a decent level of carbonation and overall this is very crisp but not my favorite one.

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Photo of oreo
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My cousin went to the brewery on release day and got me a case!

Bomber poured into 3 different snifters.

Appearance was hazy pale yellow, almost straw colored.

Smell was amazing. Pretty sure I got some cascade hops in there, very hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was just wow. Very citrus and pine with a decent bitter bite on the end. Exceptional.

This beer is highly drinkable. at 8% this beer hides its abv well. I had a third of the bottle but was longing for more.

Sidenote: The artwork on the bottle is awesome.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for the bottle!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. A thick, creamy, white head sits on top of a hazy, golden-yellow body. Nice waves of lacing.

Lemony citrus and sweet malts on the nose. Grassy, but mostly floral hops. Pretty nice, but the hops and overall nose seem a bit muted.

Grassy with lemon citrus on the tongue. Caramel and biscuit malts make up the backbone. Pretty good hop profile for a single IPA.

Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy. Quite substantial for a single IPA, yet refreshing.

Drinkability is good. Putting back a bomber of this is no problem and the ABV is unnoticeable. I really liked the mouthfeel on this beer, but the nose and taste left me desiring a little more. I'd like to see a few more hops, but maybe having this fresh on-tap would fix that. Still a tasty drink as is.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a curved pint glass, an extremely cloudy muddy gold with a few fingers of thick-ish white head. Some lacing. Ok-looking. Smells slightly floral hoppy with hints of pear and honey. Some cirtus peel underneath and some grassiness. Smells are perhaps a bit faded from their initial intensity but still good ones.

Tastes very grassy and earthy. Some starchy pear-like sweetness. Hints of citrus rind, but not much. Flavors are straightforward but don't jive with one another. Mouthfeel is outstanding: creamy with a volume-adding carbonation, medium-bodied. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

Granted this is a regular IPA and not an amped-up version, I found it to be decent. If only other regular IPAs could have the same sensuous mouthfeel.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather plain golden color. Ok carbonation level. Ok aroma-rather floral and citrusy. Big hop flavor-somewhat citrusy, grapefruit like. Very clean maltiness to it. Long lingering hop flavor-not so much bite but flavor. Good solid mouthfeel-has a definate smooth creaminess to it. Damn good US IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color that verges on golden with a very impressive head that squats atop the liquid; strong retention and plenty of lace clumps

Smell: Pith, pineapple and pine; just a hint of crackery malt

Taste: The crackery malt up front creates a clean backdrop for the hops, with their fruity, pineapple and pith flavors that burst forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness adds a touch of lemon as well as just a hint of citrusy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice IPA that just borders on DIPA territory; it may be a month or so past its prime but it is still fine

Wish I could remember the nice BA that included this in a recent trade

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy/fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a small malt note, citrus, slilght pine note. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus note, with some pineyness. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty nice tasting IPA.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright hazy straw colored body. Moderate size white head which receded over a minute or two. Left behind spotty, but dense, lacing.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, pine and some lemon. Clean, lightly sweet malt base.

T: One dimensional. All grapefruit bitterness. The malt does nothing to reel the bitterness in and the other notes from the nose are essentially absent. Disappointing compared to the nose.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate moderate carbonation. Nice crisp bitter finish.

D: Ultimately, SheWolf suffers from a lack of depth and complexity in the nose. I like my grapefruit, and I like my bitterness. But give me a little more that I can think about and savor.

(This review is from when the beer first came out, so age is not an issue.)

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Photo of jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Leaf into a special 10oz tasting glass, 1/16 barrel keg...A light cloudy honey gold, good retention and lacing...Wonderful and complex aroma! Light mustiness to start, super smooth hops (light dry hop aroma to them), a touch of grapefriuit, a lot going on but its all good...The taste is awesome, very tannic and bitter feeling. Taste is more robust than the aroma, grapefruit on the front then full hops. The feel is awesome, almost like sticky chalk hops that coat the mouth.

An excellent ipa worth seeking out. In between an ipa and dipa, easy to drink but the strength and qualities of a dipa.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color, little bit cloudy. Great head with some impressive retention and lacing. A nice looking beer.

S - A lot of floral and citrusy hops with a good amount of resiny pine thrown in to the mix. This smells quite fantastic.

T - One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. A nice citrusy sweetness to it which is cut into well with some sharp pine resin. Floral notes complete the hop profile. Nice malt backbone doesn't dominate, but rather compliments. Great beer.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - This is a great beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

a - pours a bright golden amber color, somewhat cloudy, two-finger white head with good retention and lacing

s - huge citrus notes on the aroma, grapefruit, tangerine and a little lemon were detectable, very light alcohol presence

t - once again, citrusy hops dominate, lots of grapefruit and tangerine, the bitterness was not overwhelming and there was a nice subtle malt backbone that added some depth to the citrus hops, lingering grapefruit bitterness on the fairly dry finish, very light boozy heat

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, light alcohol warming, dry finish, good overall feel for the style

d - pretty drinkable, flavors were crisp and clean, though I suspect the hops were a little brighter a month or two ago, not too harsh on the palate and the alcohol is pretty well hidden

Really nice IPA -- glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jeff for hooking me up with yet another fine beverage from the guys at Half Acre.

A: The pour is an orange-peach sort of color with a big white head that settles down to a reasonable level as I put the remainder of the bottle back in the fridge.

S: Some great fruitiness up front from the hops. I get some grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, but there are likely some others I am unable to detect. A subtle malt aroma with just about as much pine.

T: A very nice bitterness that I was not exactly expecting from the nose. A fair amount of pine, but still a good fruit character. Pineapple, mango, tangerine and bitter grapefruit, with (again) a touch of malt.

M: The body is medium with a nice medium level of carbonation. Good bitterness and crispness on the finish.

D: A solid IPA, and I easily drank the bottle. While I love all sorts of beers, it's always good to go back to a nice IPA once in awhile.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was gifted to me from jale, out of the blue and for no reason. Thanks Jim, I owe you (again). Very cool label on this 22oz bottle.

The beer pours a very light shade, straw colored with an SRM of 2 or 3. The head is enormous, a big pillowy poof, like a dry cumulus cloud, large solid chunks of dry lace on the glass.

It smells very citrusy, tropical fruits and grapefruit, a little similar to Alpine Duet. This tastes a little sweet at first, abrasive with citrus in the middle, bitter in the end. The pale malts don't add much to balance the malts flavor-wise, which is fine with me.

Lightly carbonated, this has a creamy mouthfeel and seems on the thick side (not too thick though). Very good stuff. Jim, I owe you big-time!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for the chance to try this one. Consumed a little over a month ago.

A: Pours a bright, semi-hazed light gold with a nice white head.

S: Nice floral hops with a bit of citrus and pine. Nothing much in the way of malt.

T: Pretty strikingly bitter, but some of the hop flavors don't seem present like I would have expected from the nose.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Not too bracingly bitter, but good for a single.

D: Pretty drinkable. A very nice beer, although I'd say that I prefer Daisy Cutter over this. A good beer, but not especially a standout among its competitors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to koopa for sending me down this gem, i had been dying to try. poured into a pint glass and served chilled this was consumed on 08/20/2010.

the pour was nothing short of splendid. with its wonderful amber color and smooth even head of white that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down with lots of lacing all along the side of the glass.

aroma is fantastic. rich, ripe, and completely fresh citrus hops that just dominate the air. lots of orange, grapefruit and pineapple at the first glance. coming up with some light buttery touches and a touch of lemon zest. crisp, clean and supper bitter hop flavor rips the tongue to shreds. nice medium carbonation with a full drying on the palate leaves a ton of grapefruit flavor on the palate.

amazingly drinkable especially given the percentage, i could have had this one again and again, truly a gem, and really thankful to get to try it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to oreo.

Pours slightly hazy golden in color with a one-finger white head with average retention.

Aroma is very nice: floral and citrusy hops, a little rough but enjoyable.

Flavor is sweet malt, pale mostly, with a good balance of grapefruit, mango, floral notes, and resin. Tastes like a blend of Half Acre and Three Floyds, if you know what I mean.

Rough palate. Pretty wrecking. Medium body and good carbonation.

A really good IPA, especially for a single IPA (although this borders on double).

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...label artwork on this is something....beer flowing directly into people's mouths via the Shewolf's nipples!

Pours into my glass a light golden orange with a creamy dense white head that leaves sticky lacing all across the glass. Aromas of vibrant hops upfront. A nice mix of citric, grapefruit aromas alongside floral and fresh cut grassy tones. Well layered with a mellow crisp malt backing. Hop mix makes me think of Alpha King vs. Daisy Cutter almost...

First sip brings a flavor meld of hops upfront with a mix of tropical, citric grapefruit colliding with resinous, grassy notes. Smooth, mellow malt backbone yields to the bitter onslaught from the hops as it flows down. Quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creamy aspect. Pretty much spot on for an IPA and rather refreshing. This one winds up being another super drinkable IPA from two breweries who have two of my favorite IPA's in their regular lineup already. Tasty collaboration, worth checking out.

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Photo of boralyl
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for supplying this one.

A - Pours one finger white head and has a hazy light golden orange appearance. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - A huge aroma consisting of bready malts, citrus, orange and grapefruit.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - It begins with a large orange flavor followed by a small malt sweetness and then a bitter grapefruit finish. There is some tropical flavors throughout.

An awesome collaboration that I would absolutely drink again. This is my first offering from Half Acre, and I'm loving it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a thin head of small off white bubbles and is moderately carbonated. The head leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer looks fine.

The aroma can be experienced from several feet away. Strongly hoppy, putting your nose up to the glass kind of shorts out the whole thing but its very nice smelling. Piny with a strong citrus character.

Beer is light in body but has this chewy like bitterness that is very strong in the back. The hop flavors are quite dominant but there is no malt sweetness at the front. So far so good. As the beer warms it gets more piny and less fruit. Overall its quite a nice little IPA and a good collaboration.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with brandonman63 thanks amigo!

Appearance: Pours slightly translucent honey with a 3 finger white crown that shows some retention, lots of rockiness, and some lace.

Smell: Grassy, herbal hops, the faintest touch of bready malt, and minor citrus (orange/grapefruit) notes.

Taste: Same as nose...not super pungent but enjoyable. I get a bit more tropical fruit out of the taste than the nose, but also a hint of unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Nice grapefruit and lemon pith notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, fairly crisp, a bit bland.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly smooth.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Masterski for including this as an extra. Poured into my tulip glass.

Lightly colored, looks like predominantly pale malts were used in the mash. It is a crisp and clear golden amber color, highlighted by orangey tints around the edges. A creamy and thick inch of head sits on top and is well-retained, leaving thick rings of foam on the back of the glass as I drink.

The nose is a conglomeration of just about everything that I enjoy in an IPA. Huge grapefruit and tropical hop aromas backed up against a piney hop base. Nice and bitter, this beer really puts it all on the table. The taste follows suit nicely, and even improves upon the aroma. Nicely balanced, as the bitterness is ample but not overwhelming. The apricot and mango come out nicely from the tropical fruitiness that was dominated by grapefruit in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is incredibly mellow. The heavy-looking carbonation is surprisingly understated against the light-to-medium textured body. It's almost a spritzy feel. As it warms, the body turns in an almost creamy quality in the finish. This is a great IPA. I wish it was more readily available around here, but I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to try it. I highly discourage passing on this if you find it when you are out.

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