Sticky Fat | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Early fall had farmers picking whole cone hops and shipping them to us overnight to brew a wet hop beer. We kicked up a black beer with a very sticky hop character. Beware of the StickyFat Bear.

Added by mcallister on 08-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epitome of a Black IPA, Cascadian dark ale, American Black Ale, whatyamacallit.

Black with a mahoghany glint in the meniscus. Arcs of sticky lacing all around, an ample cap of tan foam settles slowly.

Roasty with an almost tropical hop aroma, super citrusy and fruity. Resiny pine sap and orange rind.

Flavor has an even balance between piney, grapefruity hops and a roasty malt character. Citrus is dominant, and it's roasty in the middle... almost stout-like, with a dry finish. Very savory and balanced. Easy carbonation, allowing the flavors to come through well. Very flavorful and easy to drink... abv isn't noticeable. The wet hop character pops with freshness and is the main draw. Loved this stuff...

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer asks the question "am I a ridiculously resinous and hoppy porter or am I a crazy roasty dank IPA?" It walks that porter line as if it was pulled over and is trying and failing to proove its sobriety; weaving to the other side with every step. The black ale is always a bit controversial and this one, embracing porterness, probably more so. But it's done with finesse.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Props to my Half Acre hook-up Sean9689 for helping me out with this.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with clear ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and topped with several thick and foamy fingers of dark mocha colored head. Once things settle down, this retains with a stiff ½ finger that doesn't budge much, leaving behind some robust and creamy swathes of lacing, which stick to the sides of the glass with some thickness. The aroma is VERY sticky smelling in the nose, with a combo of malts and hops. Hops dominate up front with some strong pine, spice, earth, and dankness, while the back end is all toffee, cocoa, and roast, which lends this an almost smoky molasses character in the nose. This is all wrapped up in a vibrant feeling fresh floral feel.

The taste is similar but even more biting, with a fresh bitter splash of resins, spice, bright citrus flavors, and dank herbal undertones. The malts are sweet at first, with some toffee and chocolate character, before a deep roasty flush of burnt character ends things. This finishes with notes of bitter fruit, rind, and wet earth all lingering on the tongue for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, prickling the tongue with sharpness before filling the rest of the mouth up with flavor. The body does seem a little thin in the back (where it also feels like there should be more of a malt presence) but this has an oily slickness to it that keeps it moving in the mouth and alcohol content is very well hid.

It's good to see this one get included in the new "Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale" category, as a "Fresh Hop Black IPA" is exactly how this one came off to me. At first I thought that the herbal and danky nature of the wet hops was going to clash with the burnt roastiness of the malts (this does seem a little thin in the malt department towards the back) but more balancing sweetness emerged as this warmed and I was won over about ½ ways through the growler. A tasty and unique offering here from Half Acre.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Bobby (courtesy of Alex).

A: The pour is cola like, looks black in the glass except when held to the light where it is a dark mahogany color.

S: Very nice hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, and pine. The base beer is fairly roasty with some brown sugar and sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit--both flesh and rind--with some grassy character and a moderate piney bitterness. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar, roast, and maybe a bit of bitter coffee or chocolate.

M: Medium body with a somewhat low carbonation from the growler journey.

D: This was quite a nice beer, of course I'm a sucker for a Black IPA. I did wish it had a little more bitterness, but otherwise this was quite solid.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

And here I thought I'd missed out on this beer again this year... Luckily, I got to see that it pours an opaque charcoal gray topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, cantaloupe, light pine, light chocolate powder, and light orange peel. The fruity hop character really shines against the low-key malty backdrop. The taste holds notes of lightly buttery cocoa, pine resin, light balsa, cantaloupe, and ruby red grapefruit peel. Here the hops take a more piney turn, making their juxtaposition with the chocolate less smooth, more tenebrist than before. The body is a slightly limpid medium, with a light carbonation (almost as though 'twere cask-conditioned, but I know this wasn't...I checked...) and a slickly smooth feel. Overall, this was probably the best CDA I've ever had. The low carbonation made things odd, but the smoothness made up for it. Good times.

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1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on Friday - as fresh as can be. Served in a Rodenbach tulip glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that show good retention, and eventually settle to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy glass-coating lace. The body is a very, very, dark brown color - almost black.

S - Huge dry-hop aroma here, with big floral, pine, and citrus notes, as well as some caramel and cocoa flavors. This is pretty good, and there's nary a trace of the 6.5%.

T - Here's where things go off the rails. Earthy, grassy, some chalk, and a fair bit of residual bitterness. It's almost as if Half Acre got so excited about the huge dry hop aroma, that they forgot about the "Dark Ale" part of the beer. There isn't much sweetness or roast to balance out the astringent and medicinal hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, overly chalky and gritty, with fairly harsh carbonation, and an odd papery residual feel. No alcohol warmth thankfully.

D - This was a big disappointment - things just went totally south after the pleasing nose. I managed to finish my first glass, but I had no interest in having another. Comes off like a ridiculously overhopped Irish Dry Stout, which is not a particularly compelling combination for me.

Probably not as bad as I'm making it out to be, but a big letdown. I think Freedom of '78 was the best of the recent batch of special releases, but I'd rather have more Shewolf or Double Daisy Cutter.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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