Long Thai Rainbow Rye | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Thai peppercorn and Rye malt Saison

Added by mcallister on 08-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by TMoney2591:
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug.

Following a tour, Alex bought a growler o' this stuff direct from Half Acre thesselves, and he was nice enough to share it with us. It pours a clear dark golden straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, pumpernickel, and corn chips. The taste holds notes of tortilla chips (they're lighter than the aforementioned corn chips), pepper, rye spice, wheat, and graham crackers. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a sharply liquid feel. (I'll admit, I'm not sure what I meant by that, but I like to stick to my notes, 'cause they express my thoughts as I drink the beer live.) Overall, a very nice brew, one I hope they make a lot more of in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, racing streams of champagne bubbles ascending. Good retention with a white lace collar around the edges. Fits the bill of a Saison in the looks department.

Floral and spicy, yeast seems more dominant than the peppercorns in the nose. Bubblegum, summer weeds, floral spice, and a muted but unique earthy sweetness from the Thai peppercorns.

Crisp with a nearly tart bite, more present spiciness from the pepper in the flavor. Again, fairly yeasty with subtle floral notes. Any breadiness from the rye is downplayed and comes across more as subtle spiciness. Brisk feel that tends to dry out slightly in the end. Slight numbing on the tongue from the spices, that reminds me of the effect of cardamom seeds, or other potent spices. None of the spicy heat that i'd associate with pepper though.

An interesting hybrid of a Saison, with unique ingredients and fairly successful execution. Points for creativity, which is what Half Acre is quickly becoming known for.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 8/15/10 from a growler purchased at the brewery. Pours cloudy golden with a thick white head that quickly recedes to light lace. Nose is a unique vegetal aroma with Belgian yeast, and a bit of candi sugar and basil sweetness and some earth as well. Flavor starts of somewhat sweet with yeastiness and green peppers moving forward. The body is light with almost sparkling carbonation and a long green finish.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a gorgeously hazy, glowing peach color. Sitting on top, all too briefly, was two fingers of creamy meringue-like foam. Sadly, it melted away quickly and left barely a trace of lace in its' wake. Carbonation was active at first and settled slightly the longer it sat in the glass.

S: There it is. Thai peppercorns all in my face! Thankfully they had a small glass of the long thai peppercorns sitting on the counter at Half Acre today for us to smell. Incredibly unique smell that translated fantastically to the aroma of this beer. Hints of ginger, spices, citrus, and earthy yeast.

T: Big mouthfull of the peppercorns that blend seamlessly with ginger and other spices, basil (?), earthy Belgian yeast, mild citrus, and some grassy hops lurking in the background. I also discovered that after pouring two pints of it and letting the growler set in the fridge for about six hours before I poured a small glass before bed, a definite spicy rye flavor had a chance to develop.

M: A bit of a tangy citrus bite in the middle surrounded with a spicy/peppery sizzle. Finishes dry with restrained spiciness.

D: What can I say? The first Saison from Half Acre and they did anything but play it safe. A fantastic sweltering summer thirst quencher that I found to be so frigging interesting!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Khazadum
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to Alex for sharing his growler at his 'tasting.' It was a blast and this was definitely enjoyable. Poured into a simple tasting glass.

A- Mellow yellow body with a strong head of white bubbles as expected of the style. What was unusual was the lacing actually persisting with a light to medium light presence.

S- There was a small funk presence that was the initial tickle to my nose. It was followed by lemons and acetic acid. Not overly sour, but definitely a member.

T- There was more feeling than flavor with this beer. It was refreshing with balanced pepper on the finish but not much to note before the middle flavors.

M- Words that instantly came to mind were crisp, clear, clean. However, it was also more watery than full. It lacked any real hugging ability to assist the flavors.

D- I could drink a growler of this by myself and ask for more. This beer was truly enjoyable. I'd love to have this available in bottled form for future desires.

Negative notes on its lack of sour notes that were apparent in the nose along with its minimal flavor profile. I really wanted more from that department.

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Photo of Deeeeezzzzznuts
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of trbergman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

A - Brilliant gold with a one-inch collar of bone white foam.

S - Sweet, bready malt backbone with notes of ripe apricot, honey, peppercorn, flowers, and spicy yeast.

D - Palate follows from the nose, with a gentle peppery spice and floral taste. Bright and fruity with a touch of orange blossom honey. Hop flavor is grassy and bitterness is moderate. Finishes dry, but not as dry as I'd prefer - it seems a little underattenuated.

M - Medium body with restrained carbonation. Pretty good, although it could 'pop' a bit more.

D - I love what Half Acre is going for here, but I think I'd like the beer in the glass more if it were drier. Still, it makes for good sipping on an end-of-summer afternoon.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug

Thanks to taiyed for sharing of his growler

This pours a light golden orange with a finger of white foam. The initial smells are of sweet lemon zest, sour rye, and a some nice pepper notes. The taste is exactly like the smell, but for some reason the pepper really doesn't work for me as part of this concoction. It's good, fresh and crisp. It has a very healthy natural taste to it, which I suppose is good. It goes down really smooth even with the pepper, and it drinks fantastically. A nice treat if you can get it down in Chicago.

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Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking hazy golden color - decent amount of dense (but quickly dissipating) foamy white head. Just traces of lacing...

Aroma is mellow but good - has a slight sour note to it. Flavor is more potent and more complex, but smooth and subtle. Spices and citrus intermingle with the yeasty tones that you'd expect from a saison, polished off by a gentle bit of peppercorn.

VERY easy to drink and an excellent beer for these hot late summer days. Another hit from Half Acre.

Will definitely be drinking more of this...

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Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased at Half Acre and shared with friends. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a light film and thin collar, leaving behind minimal lace. Medium hazed golden body.

S - Nose is very potent and unusual. I'm not entirely sure how Long Thai peppercorns different from the regular variety, but this did remind me of some delicious Thai dishes I've had in the past. Elements of ginger, rye malt, Belgian yeast, and maybe a bit of mustiness.

T - Hmmm - there appears to a be a disconnect between the nose and the taste. This is just sort of drab and ho-hum. Bubblegum, Belgian yeast and maybe a touch of peppery spice in the back end.

M - Medium-light body, lower carbonation, dry finish. No apparent alcohol. Works for me...

D - I had a couple pours of this, but it wasn't exciting enough to prevent my friends and I from moving on to other beers. We finished the growler, but I think most poured out the last few ounces to save room. Interesting experiment, but aside from the terrific smell it's not overly memorable.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fizzy yellow beer. Dark straw in color with a 1/4 inch of fizzy head that has little retention, but none was expected either. Only a bit of lacing.

S: Very aromatic. An interesting blend of spice, floral hops, and a bit of yeast.

T: On the lighter side. Fruitiness and bubble gum flavors, with some grassiness to it as well. An light underlying yeasty funk. Faint green pepper on the finish becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation. There is a slight chewiness.

D: A good, easy drinking beer and an excellent beer for those hot summer days. Light and refreshing with a complement of subtle flavors.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alex shared this with the group...This beer is all about the aroma which is so wrong in so many ways. Its overly pungent aroma of peppercorns sting my nostrils, I almost want to sneeze and that's all I get on the nose...The taste thankfully is not as strong its loses a lot of the peppercorns but still is not very good, peppercorns mixed with mlight muskyness is not much of combo. Skip this beer.

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Long Thai Rainbow Rye from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 18 ratings