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

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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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4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a gently hazed amber hue with gold and rose highlighgts and a cap of sudsy creme head. Wide swaths of lacing appear as the liquid line sinks further into the glass.

Smell -- Fantastic! Big juicy citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and prairie grasses jump out. As with Daisy Cutter, the nose reveals a malt character of golden toast and husky grain.

Taste -- Bright tropical fruit and tangerine notes as in the nose, but with much more pine and grassy character. As in Daisy Cutter, the malt base is gently toasted, slightly husky, and quite dry. There's a hint of malt sweetness in the finish breaking through the pine forest. Lingering flavor of grapefruit pith, dry grass, and husky malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with medium cabonation - active, but not harsh. It walks the line well.

Drinkability -- There's definitely a lot of Daisy Cutter in this beer, but with more juicy tropical fruitiness and more depth of hop note overall. One thing I really appreciated was that this avoided the pitfall of lacking a bittering compliment to the juicy fruit character that most Citra APA/IPA's seem to fall into.

This was a fun diversion from Daisy Cutter and I hope this is the beginning of a line of future Cutter variants. Thanks for keeping things interesting, Half Acre!

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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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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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