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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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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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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Callow Knife from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 90 ratings
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