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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Short's Brewing, featuring Jonathan Cutler of Piece. This beer was made in honor of the band Ween. We loaded up a Citra Hop forward IPA with some wheat and 1000 lbs of Guava Fruit from Ecuador.

You should check out Ween.

Added by emerge077 on 08-06-2010

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hazy apricot gold, finger white head, decent retention and lacing. That guava is prominent in the nose in taste, dominant but not off putting, kinda like it. Solid grapefruit peel bitterness finishes off. Very different, but worth a try.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden Amber with thin white head. Nose gives hints of tropical fruit...mostly mango, pineapple. Taste is orange, mango, pineapple and a sweetness that I'd attribute to guava jam. Some hop bitterness that's well balanced by breadt malt. Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Binny's - Willowbrook

An IPA from two tremendously fun and talented brewers? Sign me up! Freedom of '78 is a juicy looking beast. Apricot orange in color that pales up when backlit. A few clusters of carbonation bubbles pop to the surface. The foam is easy to conjure up, a little dirty white and a finger in height on the pour. It's silky smooth and leaves sheet lacing with each drink. This is a mighty fine looking beer.

The nose is potent and full of depth. Guava leads the way in it's purest form. Peppery, underripe mango and orange marmalade make themselves known shortly thereafter. There is a really cool spruce tip/juniper character that I don't remember in past versions, though it's been a couple years since I have last had Freedom of '78. To wrap it all up is a softly sweet sugar cookie malt base that allows the fruit and hop profile to shine.

The flavor profile follows the nose closely and, I appreciate that. Big guava upfront, pure juice. As a matter of fact, tropical notes run from the start to the finish. Peppery mango pops up mid-palate and pineapple on the finish. Orange marmalade and that spruce tip/juniper character I mentioned above comes along in the middle and the spruce tips bring with it a bitter finish. The malt profile brings a touch of sweet along but it's simply there so the hops don't run away with the show and it's in the form of sugar cookie again.

The body is a hair shy of moderate in weight with a really silky feel. The carbonation is soft and the feel is downright luxurious. The bitterness rises to moderate and while it's juicy on the swallow it dries up shortly thereafter. This beer is incredibly easy to put away, a bomber is not nearly enough.

Freedom of '78 is a damn fine beer from two damn fine brewers. It's unique in the tropical department with a good bitterness and hefty drinkability. It would be nice to see this beer in cans, I can tell you that much. Good job, fellas!

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, light orange, head quickly dissipates
S: Sweet tropical fruit, guava, light spice
T: Balanced bitterness, guava, pineapple, grassy
M: very nice
O: I'm really glad they kept this lower abv and didn't go imperial. The guava flavor comes out better without alcohol getting in the way

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dull orange yellow with a finger of pillowy off-white foam.

Very tropical fruit notes of guava, papaya, melon, and subtle citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Big juicy guava, papaya, lemon, and a laid back biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, juicy.

Overall, two of my favorite breweries collide and made a damn good beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


This was quite a tasty surprise. Nice extra in a trade (sorry, I forget who gave it to me). Nice golden-orange color, lively white head. Fruity aroma, lots of bright hops and fresh tropical fruit. This was reflected well in the taste. Crisp mouthfeel with a smooth fruity sweetness making for good drinkability. Very nice overall.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler, filled 7.25.15, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours an attractive copper color, lightly hazy but with good clarity with a thick, finger and a half of white head, good retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is really fruit forward, bursting with guava, orange peel, grapefruit tartness, light wildflower and crusty pale grain. I'm really impressed with how well the guava is showcased here and the underlying Citra hop pale ale really compliments the fruit nicely. The flavors don't deviate from that lovely nose, loads of fresh guava, tons of citrusy Citra hops, bitter orange peel, wildflower, chewy and biscuit forward pale grain, very light in comparison to the hoppy nature of the beer, definitely feels refreshing and quaffable. The mouthfeel is nice, dry, coating, lively, moderate carbonation with a crisp finish that leaves a bit of a cottonmouth sensation behind.

Verdict: A really enjoyable fruited pale ale from Half Acre, Shorts and a quick cameo from Piece. Super refreshing and easy to drink, this definitely falls under the "crushable" category and is perfect for those late July nights.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold yellow with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a mix of guava, tropical fruit, and bitter citrus with a little floral element too.

Upfront taste is a light guava fruitiness leading to a light caramel malt middle; slightly bready. Hoppy finish of guava and bitter grapefruit. Lingering bitterness.

Medium body, slight oiliness. Moderately dry finish.

Compared to a sample I had at Half Acre on tap, the guava is a lot more pronounced. It adds some uniqueness to the style, but I'm not a huge fan.


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Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for giving me this bottle. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slight red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, tangerines, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definite huge citrus/orange aspect going on in this one. Pretty nicely balanced despite this making it quite enjoyable. Also had a really good aroma going on as well. A definite must try!

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy amber color with just a layer of off white head. The head doesn't stay around for long.

Smell: First I notice a fruity sweetness from the guava along with some malt. There is also an herbal smell from the hops. Overall this is a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Bitter herbal hops are the dominant flavor, but there is also a lot of the fruit as well. The hops and the guava mix quite well. There is a sweetness from the malt, but it is definitely in the background. The finish is bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate bubbles that coat the mouth. The carbonation goes quite well with the flavor and body.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. The fruit and the hops went together very well. Well thought out, and I would have another.

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Photo of HosP
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a box of winnings from crushedvol. Huge thanks for this, as I've been wanting to try more of both Half-acre and Short's brews!

A- Pours nice hazy gold color. Thick one finger head, down to a nice thin white cap. Leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S- Great nose to this drink. Very inviting but not overpowering. Lots of fruit aromas which I guess is the guava. Touch of lemon, citrus hint at the end.

T- Taste kind of flips a little. Some lemon, pine hop flavors up front but only for a quick second. The fruit, guava taste takes over pretty quick. Very strong flavors that are a little tangy at the end of the drink. Still very smooth fruit flavor.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. A little oily in the mouth.

D- Very drinkable and pretty unique. Love the big hop flavors that are balanced well with guava. Would love another bottle of this!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

chilled out with this one this afternoon before a busy day of running around. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice pour with a great amber color and a smooth, even head of white that rose to about two inches before fading back down and coating the glass with a good amount of lace.

aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon and pineapple, really a well made ipa. smooth and medium body let the flavor really hit home nicely and a nice smooth finish was loaded with resin filled citrus flavors and loads of dryness that soaked the water out of your palate.

overall really nicely done and a very solid ipa. i was quite impressed with how drinkable it actually is.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ben, Thanks!

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a half finger of white head that leaves bits of sticky lacing as it fades.

Aroma has some citrusy hops and a healthy dose of guava. Very interesting, almost more like a fruit juice than an IPA.

Holy fruit juice Batman! Lots of syrupy guava juice with some hints of bitter hops in the background. Not saying that's a bad thing, but really fruity for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is moderate. It's good overall and the guava adds an interesting piece and I'd like to try this one again sometime.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is honey. A dusty white head bloats, then plummets. Lace lingers. Sparse springs of carbon dioxide hang peppered in the depths and belch their dazzling bubbles.

The nose emanating from this liquid must easily be one of the most unique in the whole beer universe up to this precise moment in time. An unimaginable interplay betwixt guava and hops is fully realized upon the gaseous release of this twelve ounces of aromatic delight. Ripe and rich. Green. Marijuana stalk, if there is such a thing of course, and fruity nectar bombard the basal nasal olfactorometer. Delightfully juicy.

The taste is great for a neophyte taste bud. The taste is likewise a saviour for a bored palate. A superb nectar backbone supports a ripe and green twiggy flavour and sassafrass with a pithy dry bitterness. This beer is one of the brightest ideas to ever dance across the senses of humankind. Or so it would seem right now.

The mouthfeel is so unimportant on the laurels of this unbelievable flavour and scent profile. It is itself quite right in its substance and serves as just another great expression of this product.

The drinkability is phenomenal. This brew demands to be admired and reexamined and it earns this distinction based on solid traits. A reasonable arrogance for this lot. Solid. Leagues better than expected. This beer may possibly be the most interesting recipe to hit your face in recent memory. We all know memory sometimes fades in the wake of sampling. Make a new memory. Finally something to be excited about again. So spoiled we are. Thanks...

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Onenote81 for sharing this!

Poured a amber, almost caramel color. Very thick, appeasing look to it.

Surprising amounts of citrus in the nose with definite appearance of hops.

Citrus notes reigned, with grapefruit being especially prominent. I also think I picked up notes of Guava, which, while tasty, struck me as odd. Slightly increasing bitterness as I worked through the beer.

A full mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable and unlike any beer I have ever had--very enjoyable.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John for sharing this with me the other day! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

A nice orange amber color with little off-white head. Nose is nicely tropical but smells more like a beer than a fruit beer. Palate is surprisingly tart, yet full-bodied and balanced out by some sweetness from the malt. It's not a sour beer, but refreshingly crisp. Flavors are of guava, mango and other tropical fruits, some citrus and a clean refreshing finish.

Very drinkable for an "odd" fruit beer. Only the second Guava beer I've had, but I think this is a cool fruit and can play nicely with hop flavors and should be explored more.

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Photo of crosamich
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, lasting head. Fantastic citrus, mango, fruit nose starts this one off right; there's some pine in there as well. Full body, but not overly sweet. That sweetness comes from aromatics rather than residual sugars. The IBUs creep up you. About halfway through the glass, the fruit makes way for green sticky hops. This actually takes away from drinkability a bit. I was enjoying the fruit. A solid beer, glad they made a second batch.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urbancaver was kind enough to buy me some Short's beers on his latest trip to Michigan for the Holidays. This is the first of the many I am trying. Thanks again, man!

Pours a clean, clear light copper with red hues. A nice, chunky ¾ inch head sits atop my Lost Abbey Tulip. Head retention is average, leaving streaky suds along the walls of my glass.

The nose is very unique on this one. I get a warming pepper sensation followed by mango and oranges.. Wow!

Wow, that same unique flavor captured in the nose carries over to the taste. At the present time, I am just under the assumption this is an IPA, so there are either some new strange hops in here or some type of fruit was added, like guava or pomegranate? Let me read the label. Okay, I am officially a moron, I definitely get the guava in this one now, wow. The hops also play an assertive role in this beer.

Delightful and highly enjoyable. Great, lightly syrupy and moderately carbonated, though there is now active carbonation taking place in my glass. This is a highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful tannish-orange color with a good head and very nice lacing.

S/T - You can certainly smell the fruit on top of the general IPA pine/grapefruit aroma. It's been a long time since I tasted a guava, but there's certainly something fruity beyond just the grapefruit-citrus and pine flavors on this beer.

Bitterness is quite high, dryness is medium. Body medium. Carbonation good. Fruit and bitter hops linger in the very good aftertaste.

Overall I really like this beer and would gladly drink many sixers of it were it available in my locale. Excellent brew!

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-orange body. Moderate sized white cap, spotty lacing after quickly receding.

S: Bold citrus notes: grapefruit and orange. Plus a ton of guava. Light pale malt backbone.

T: Similar to the nose... lots of fruit notes that lend a juicy character to the beer. Despite a bit of grapefruit flavor, not much in the way of bitterness.

M: Smooth, lightly bitter, semi dry finish. A juicy lingering feeling that would have been improved if there was a bit more bite/crispness.

D: Interesting, but ultimately not something I'd return to again frequently.

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Photo of ztaylor1
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- slightly hazy dark gold. Decent white head with little to no lacing. The ascending carbonation in its golden color is very nice. Lacing is actually much nicer as the head dies.

Smell- very bright and floral and citrusy hops. When I think of an ipa, this scent comes to mind. Very clean smelling.

Taste- hops kick in the door with an herbal and floral assault. Then the balancing malts kick in, with their buttery goodness. But the bitter finish is to diiieeee for.

Mouthfeel- light medium feel. Standard for an ipa, but a little slippery/buttery goodness.

Drinkability- I only have one from a trade(thanks jbck109!) But christ I need more!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, light golden-brown. sits brilliantly clear gold with a light brown hue

Smell: extreme amounts of rough, piney hops followed by the guava, which imparts a tropical fruit aroma simlar, and in addition to, the grapefruit from the hops. malt takes a limousine back seat

Taste: just like aroma. lots of prickly, piney hops along with a slightly tart guava and grapefruit character. bitterness is somewhat subdued until the finish, which is pretty bitter and moslty dry with a little bit of lingering tropical fruit. bitterness hangs around for a long time

Mouthfeel: slightly dry, low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: what a treat! no-holds-barred pine trees and guava/grapefruitiness.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is from notes I took from a fresh bottle back in August:

Well, after Double Daisy and She-Wolf, Half-Acre's winning streak of summer IPAs continues...

Pours a beautiful deep gold with a thick, downy head.

Once you put your nose to the rim of your glass, it won't want to leave. There's more fruit in here than the bottom door of your fridge. While guava's the only fruit that's actually in the beer, the smell adds mango and pineapple your mental fruit salad. The hops provide a bit of lemon peel and pine in the background.

The mouthfeel is right on target: it's downright sprightly, fueled by some vigorous carbonation.

The taste starts with some of Half-Acre's signature flavors: lemongrass hops and light biscuit malt. Than the beer shows off its unique qualities. Strong guava flavors come in with a citric tang that builds up a slight, pleasant sour quality over the course of your glass. The lemon and grassy flavors persist to keep the sourness from going beyond a complementary role.

Some might find that the fruit affects drinkability, but the flavor profile is one of-a kind. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron.

Appears light orange in color with a solid white head on top. Dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a thin ring of head behind. Not much lacing to speak of. Clarity is good and I can see bubbles rising.

I can smell the guava for sure, and there is a nice floral hop quality that marries well with the fruityness of the guava. Some light breadiness is underneath, but it's hardly noticeable. Fairly mellow smell, but I love its complexity.

Wow, I didn't imagine the guava would also be so present in the flavor. I had guessed the bitterness of an IPA would takeover and I would get a lot of hops, but there is a LOT of guava here. I like guava, so it's nice. I had hoped that by the end of the sip though that I'd get a nice smack of hops but honestly I don't really, there's just more guava. There's a bit of a lingering bitterness behind everything but it's hard to get to.

Mouthfeel is well done, it's feeling somewhere between thin and medium, has good carb levels and has some oilyness to boot.

Drinks well, the fruityness of the guava makes it refreshing. I can't taste the 7% alcohol even a smidge. Interesting little beer, recommended to try, but you might tire of the guava by the end of the bomber if you're drinking it alone like me.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale coppery color-could almost pass for a pumpkin beer! Fresh hop and a mild guava aroma-more a general tropical smell then actually guava. Strong hop bite right upfront with a sweet, fruity like aftertaste. Like the aroma the flavor doesn't necessarily say "guava" but it is right there fruit wise. The sweetness tends to linger a bit. Very smooth mouthfeel. A nice twist to an IPA for sure. Damn drinkable. Somewhat similar to DFH Aprihop for me.

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