Callow Knife | Half Acre Beer Company

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Callow KnifeCallow Knife

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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Kurmaraja
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed (and his mule, VDubb86) for sharing his growler!

Ooh, they called it callow. And it seems as though it thought it was the one complimentary thing from that conversation. Tee-hee. It pours a clear russet-ish-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, watermelon, orange peel, kiwi, strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, and a touch of sweet caramel. It's like a fruit salad, and everyone's invited! The taste hits harder and faster with the hops, which kinda leaves out a lot of the different characters that made the original such a classic. Still there's plenty going on: orange peel, lemon zest, strict pine, greens, flowers, and a rather light spritz of caramel in the background. The body is a sorta hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a delightful little ale. I think I may sorta prefer this one over its malt twin (but just by a hair).

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on Friday at Half Acre. Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thick ring and partial cap, but not much in the way of lace. Transparent bronze body with a few stray bubbles visible.

S - An insane amount of Citra and Falconer hops, along with a nice dough and sugar cookie malt backdrop. There's a bit of pine in there as well.

T - The taste is more on the balanced side, but it's incredibly flavorful for the low ABV. A nice mix of toffee and sugar malt with ripe oranges and tropical fruit goodness. Very low bitterness here.

M - Carbonation is active but pleasant, texture is a bit grainy and watery which isn't a total surprise considering the ABV. Ends a little oily and resinous from the hops.

D - This is really good, and quite drinkable. It just had the misfortune of being followed up by the "so good it'll make you retarded" Hoppy Birthday which blew pretty much every beer out of the water today. Still - recommended for lovers of hoppy session beers. It's a like a slightly heftier Shut The Hell Up!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to Masterski for the growler. Snifter.

A: Pours an unassuming dark copperish orange with a one finger off white head. Lacing is scattered.

S: The hops are bright and expressive, with Citra having a commanding presence. Notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, and mango are evident. The fruit is outstanding. There's a sugar cookie malt presence beneath.

T: Lightly sweet with a subtle candied quality to the caramel. Hops provide notes of orange flesh, apricot, grapefruit, and pine. Bitterness is at a moderate level. The finish is dry and fruity, with evident orange pith notes. As I continue drinking this, I notice a slightly grainy malt quality.

M: Lower moderate carbonation and upper light to lower medium in body. The mouthfeel is sticky, oily, smooth, and a little thin.

Overall: A great hoppy pale ale. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I'm plowing through this growler.

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Really good retention with streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

There's a stronger malt presence in the aroma than expected with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, rye and biscuit along with subtle earthy and citrus hop notes.  The nose is surprisingly lacking in hop character.  Subtle floral and resinous pine presence but the malt notes overpower.

Full bodied and much more complex/hoppy than the aroma suggests.  Dry bitterness up front with some resinous oils, pine needle and subtle citrus coutered by a strong malt backbone.  Lots of carmael sweetness with toffee, rye, bread and biscuit.  More dry bitterness in the finish.  Not really like a pale ale at all.  Decent hop flavor but not what I was expecting.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Chris, drank from a Cigar City snifter... Pours a dark orange, hint of brown, clear. A light off white head rises about a finger, ok cap, no lacing... The aroma has a ton of citra and a hint of pine, light malt backbone... The taste is pretty good, but something that can get lost amount other beers, now wow factor. A lot of the citra hops are gone, what you get is more tropical fruits, some toffee and a light pint of finish. Doesn't have the dry feel or taste I was expecting. Drinkable but just blah.

I must admit that I was very excited to get to the Hoppy Birthday so I just blew right through this. Good, not great, not in the league of HB or Daisy Cutter, however I'd drink it again on tap.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sort of an amber-hued brown in color, though still fairly translucent and quite clear. Form a half inch of whitish head that has little retention and quickly reduces to a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, some citrus, and a blend of pine and a distinctive hop spiciness.

T: There is a mildly sweet biscuit malt on the front end that lends some toastiness to the beer. Then comes on with a strong grapefruit ad pine flavor before yielding to a moderate bitterness and some more of the spicy hop character.

M: Lighter side of medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness.

D: A pretty damn good APA, packed with hop flavor, but still gives the impression of being balanced. Easily drinkable.

*I would note, that despite what is listed above (and on HA's blog), this one is not a "malt twin" to DC. Not that this should take anything away from the beer, but, in the end, the malt bill for DC and Callow Knife are not identical.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for the growler.

A - Pours a copper reddish/orange, off-white colored head, a thin ring around the glass after the initial pour.

S - Light crisp hops, touch of malts, citrus.

T - Similar to the nose, nice hoppy bitterness, citrus, touch of malts. Daisy Cutter-esk....which is a good thing!

M - Light, crisp, easy to drink.

D - So easy to drink and very solid. This is one of my favorites that Half Acre has released as of late. Recommend.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies. Appearance is a medium to dark orange with a light haze, a bit darker than Daisy Cutter. The nose features tropical fruit hops with notes of mango and peach as well as some more citrusy fruits such as grapefruit. Still some of the grassy character that comes through in Daisy Cutter, but it seems to be absent of that nice bready malt character that rounds out daisy cutter so nicely. Taste is citrus forward with some tartness from the hops. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, and grass come through. Less tropical notes on the taste than the nose. A bit one dimensional, the one dimension is however nice. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, very tasty but not the same magic that Daisy Cutter provides.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep yellow/orange, 1 finger head, some spotty lacing.

S: big pine and citrus hops aroma...WOW, so refreshing.

T: sweet citrus up front, solid pine/earthy middle, and slow calm bitter finish.

M: light/med body, dry clean finish, firm carbonation feel

D: Glad I drove down and picked up my first growlers as a beer drinker. The staff were very cool, gave me a quick tour and of course we talked beer. What a great afternoon!

This is a mighty fine session beer. I could down this growler of this in a sitting. So flavorful, shocking that it is only 4.5% ABV. Give it a try.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from GbvDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
2/25 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, copper color. A two finger of rocky, sticky, khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sticky wisps of lacing behind.

S: Nose is piney, floral hops up front with a hearty malt character.

T: Taste starts with a touch of citrus hops and earthiness before lending to a nice malt profile. Finish has piney hops, more earthiness and a hint of caramel malt.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean at first with a slightly oily finish.

D: Goes down very easy, very tasty, not filling, tiny kick, and great representation of style. What Half Acre did is prove that you can create a flavorful beer at a lower ABV. This is just another fabulous beer out of Half Acre!

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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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