Callow Knife | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A lower octane pale ale that leans towards a copper color and gushes Falconer and Citra hops.

Added by emerge077 on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 29
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Photo of weatherdog
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a growler with some friends during a weekday tasting. Poured into a Bells tulip glass.

It pours a crystal clear medium amber with a 2 finger off white head. Head retention is medium with minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is just great. I'm such a sucker for citra hops that I had been looking forward to this beer for a while. I'm unfamiliar with Falconer, but from what I've been reading it sounds like a great compliment to citra. The nose is huge pineapple and grapefruit, with some off setting pine to prevent it from being a total fruit bomb. Not much malt aroma in the nose.

The flavor keeps that same punch of tropical hop flavor paired with medium bitterness. The sweeter biscuit type malt is more present than in the nose but still not in the forefront of this beer at all. It's pretty much a showcase for great hop flavor packed into a modest beer.

My only ding on this ber is the mouthfeel is a little thin for me. Carbonation is fine and the finish is medium dry as well. Drinkability is great, such a large amount of hop flavor packed into a beer which is so inviting.

Overall a great APA. As previously stated I'm in love with citra hops and this one is up there with Cenotaph released a few months ago by FFF. I can really see these types of hops being used in modest ABV APAs as they add a ton of great smooth hop flavor without needing to up the malt bill to balance it out.

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Photo of Rosethoj
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown out with as much off white foamy head as you want. Hop grass aroma. Watery flavor, but hoppy. Feels a bit unfinished, actually. Still a pretty good beer,though. My wife says, "I wouldn’t drink that voluntarily.". Repour from a growler a year later. Very hoppy aroma, sweet and fruity. Flavor is very hoppy as well.
Great tasting beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear rusty-orange color with a nice white and fluffy head.

Wow, what a beautiful smell. Loads of tropical fruit with a touch of pine.

The taste is centered around those same tropical fruits, pine, and even some grassy notes. There's a solid presence of bready malt, but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel is thin, but smooth.

This is about as drinkable as it gets. It has a low abv and light body, yet is loaded with flavor. Half Acre, keep 'em coming!

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up in a growler yesterday.

It poured a real nice amber color with a light haze.

Smell: This was chalked full of hoppy aromas. It had a dry citrus hop smell with some maltiness in the background. There was also hint of lemon grass.

Taste: Wow, did this taste fresh! I first sampled this at the brewery's tasting room, and orange citrus was the first flavor that caught my attention. When I poured a full glass the flavor really came out. It had a host of citrus hop flavors, such as grapefruit and some lemon peel. Towards the end of the glass the malt started to come through keeping things interesting.

M/F: it had micro carbonation bite to it, sort of like an Italian soda. At times it had a dry texture on the palate, but as the beer warmed it began to taste a little sweeter and softer.

Drinkability: I could drink an entire growler by myself, so I did!

Conclusion: A great beer full of flavor. I wish this was available all the time.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange pour, some suspended micro sediment, but otherwise nearly crystal clear. Creamy cap of foam, a fingers width, that lasts for awhile.

Blast of green hoppy goodness, resiny and dank, very herbal with a hint of tropical fruitiness from the Citra. Nicely pungent and somewhat reminiscent of Daisy Cutter. Last pour from the growler was almost a little catty, with a bare hint of crystal malt peeking through the blissful hop haze.

Light bodied, crisp with snappy carbonation and moderately bitter. Drinks like Daisy Cutter or Gumballhead, very easily. Some pine, spicy herbals, and citrus in the middle, though no single flavor dominates. Malt flavor is clean and bready, though buried under a boatload of hops. Resiny, dry herbal finish that lingers like a wet-hopped IPA. Extremely drinkable, it would be great to see this in regular rotation in warmer weather for sure.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a nice dark orange color with a good head.

very nice hop aromas along with citrus and a touch of florals. Very good depth as well

Medium bodied with a real smooth feel and flavors of hops, spices, and some citrus.

This is lacking a slight bit in the flavors. it's also very similar to daisy cutter, but a bit lighter. Sadly, it's not as good as daisy cutter, but still a very nice beer

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Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Callow Knife from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 90

32 oz growler filled at the brewery on 01/11/13, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/11/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Super fresh grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango and peach plus grassy and piney hops. Faint underlying caramel malt backbone. This brew packs a really nice, robust aroma! 4.5/5

Taste: While the nose is robust, the flavors here are "watery"/"watered-down." There are bitter, piney hops upfront followed by sweet tropical citrus. There's initially a "bitter pucker" that mellows out substantially after the citrus kicks in. Grapefruit, peach, apricot and lemon dominate the back end. Subtle caramel malt flavor too. Reminds me of their Daisy Cutter in "how" it tastes (but not in the specific hop/citrus flavors). A mildy sweet malt bill underlies the hops and citrus, and a little bready grain flavor comes through as it warms up. I realize that this is only a regular ol' pale ale with a sessionable ABV, but the watered down aspect cuts down what could have been a stellar beer to something that is merely good. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, low carbonation. Watered down on the palate, but dry on the finish. 3/5

Overall: Sessionable, tasty and refreshing. This beer is better than Daisy Cutter, but could have been something much greater and more special if the taste and mouthfeel could have been as robust as the aroma.

Recommendation: Worth trying, not worth going out of your way to seek out.

Pairings: Hot dogs.

Cost: $8 for a 32 oz growler refill or $14 for a 64 oz growler refill.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mostly clear, tarnished copper orange with a light orange-ish/tan head that reaches about one finger thick before falling off quickly to nothing more than a thin and creamy ring. A few flecks of lace were left behind to decorate the glass.

S: Holy hops! I was greeted with a quick flash of juicy tropical fruit before I caught a full snoot-full of pine...wonderful delicious smelling pine!

T: The hops of the smell transfer over directly to the taste. A short fruity spike before piney dominance. An excellent tasting malt backbone emerges that is toasty but not in the least bit sweet.

M: Spicy hops that compliment their own prickly astringency. Dry and toasty malt adds to the bill of fare. Hints of sweet fruit are the perfect counterpart to the resinous pine sap of the hops.

D: The folks at Half Acre really nailed this one! Another one of their "one-off" beers that absolutely deserves to be a year round offering. Before I knew it, 2/3 of the growler was missing!

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of AgentZero
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A orangish yellow color that foamed up a nice frothy head and left some spots and lace on the sides.

S - The Citra hops in this is nicely present, with some very large pine notes. I'm going to guess that the pine is this Falconer hops that I have never heard of. Smells very good and like an easy drinker.

T - This is a really smooth tasting, yet hoppy APA. Doesn't have the bite that Daisy Cutter does. Citra hops rides a malt backbone that doesn't add any sugary taste, rather just enough body on the flavor. The Citra and Falconer is actually a really good combination, has a little more heft and depth to it than just plain Citra, although I still feel that is the "main" hop in this profile.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation and a fairly clean finish.

D - Completely crushable. Could drink this all day and would love to do so. Unlike Chocolate Camaro, which I didn't care for, this is a great beer that people should really try to get a hold of.

Note: When first advertised this was supposed to be the same malt bill as Daisy Cutter, but just different hops. According to the gentleman that filled my growler, both the hops and the malts are different on this beer. Would like some confirmation on this from someone who knows.

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Callow Knife from Half Acre Beer Company
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