Ambrosia | Half Acre Beer Company

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3.59 w/ 58 ratings

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ambrosia is an interesting beer, and we're pleased with the results. Citrus snap melding with Hibiscus sweetness and warm malt notes. 6% abv gives it backbone, but clearly sessionable.

Added by BeerLover99 on 03-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ackeeper
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of zeledonia
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Food of the gods, eh... that gives me high expectations. Have to see if it measures up.

Pours a delightful orange color, hazy and nearly opaque. My aggressive pour yields a massive fluffy off-white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells of citrus and sweet flowers. Oranges, some floral hops. Some not-quite-ripe wheat. Gentle but with a pungent depth.

Taste is shockingly one-dimensional, especially after the smell. Lemon peel sour and aspirin bitter, and rather thin to boot. Finish is long and bitter, but medicine bitter, not hop bitter. I really don't like it, and I want it to stop. If my opinion doesn't improve soon, most of this bottle is going down the drain.

Mouthfeel is alright. Medium-light body, carbonation's on the low side.

In conclusion, if you name your beer after the food of the gods, it better be darn good. This doesn't come close to that level, particularly in the taste. Review... check. Drink again, or even finish this bottle? No thank you.

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Photo of nhindian
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - This pours fairly clear and has a golden hue to it. The clarity surprised me given the description of being brewed with wheat, but whatever works! There's about two finger's of head on the beer, almost snow-white in color with similar texture. Retention is moderate, lasting a few minutes, but the lacing leaves something to be desired as only a few clumps of foam have the tenacity to linger. Bonus points goes to the label, however, which is pretty cool and retro.

S - The nose on this is heavy in the wheat and makes up for what the appearance lacked, but still throws me for a loop for the clarity. The oranges are also present and accounted for, which makes for a nice combination. However, the floral notes of the hibiscus are rather unpleasant to me and sort of clash with what's going on here. Overall it has a solid malt backbone and it relies on that throughout.

T - Ambrosia really stumbles when it comes to the flavor, however. There are just too many different flavors competing for the main taste without any of them bringing a great taste. It starts with a hefty dose of wheat, but almost immediately shifts to a biting orange. It's a sharp contrast that isn't subtle. And just as quick as the citrus comes, it falls off, leaving stale wheat and overripe hibiscus. It's not enticing and comes off as muddled.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with low carbonation. It's somewhat thin and flows lifelessly over my tongue. After it's gone, it merely leaves behind a stale flavor behind.

D - Drinkability is low. This took a while to drink, and probably the only reason I drank the whole thing is because I was doing yard work outside for the first half of the day. Not something I'd like to revisit, but I guess could be a good lawnmower beer if you have it handy.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The bottle cap was just barely crimped on the bottle, it made a hiss, so i'm not worried, but it was close.
Dense head on a clear fire orange body, some stickys clinging down. Smells like a pale with some white and green tea notes, spices in here too, but maybe that is the citrus, for me it comes across in practice as light peppery spices. Smells nice.
Goes downhill a bit on the flavors and the orange comes out alot more, i can't miss it this time. It has the slight taste of over-extracted tea, like tea left in a cup for over an hour, and has a slight astringency to it and tastes both stale and a bit off.
So back to that bottlecap. This bottle has low carb, not Tomme Low Carb, but not enough to make this one pop and be crisp like it should. I think alot higher carbination would have improved this beer alot.

This is one of those that i would only buy one of if i was a Half-Acre fanboy, but not get two even if i was. In any event im stoked to drink this, because i am a Half-Acre fanboy.

The NEW "Chicago's Brewery"....Half Acre.
Go grab some Daisy Cutter. I'm reaching for one now....

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Photo of readbaron
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crisp copper with a finger and a half of white foam. Excellent lacing and decent retention.

Initially smells like an American adjunct lager with a coppery metallic background. As it warms the orange and hibiscus shows up.

Sadly, tastes a lot like it smells. Way too similar to bud for my tastes. There are definitely orange and hibiscus notes, but for some reason it ends up tasting like a bmc lager.

Feel is good - light, crisp, medium bodied.

Overall very disappointed by this one. Love me some half acre, but this one is below average at best.

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Photo of Brunite
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A hazy dark coppery orange. Off white head...tons of lace in my giant mug.

S: Wheat biscuit notes along with a very floral aroma....assume it is the hibiscus.

T: Bitter...citrus....dry wheat...lacking any sweetness.

M: Light to medium.

O: I'll admit it...the label got me and I was really expecting something here. Calling a beer "Ambrosia" means you better deliver. I don't think they did. This was very average...pretty pedestrian. It could have really used a bit of ramping up in the sweetness department. Likewise...if we are going with hibiscus....why not some mango or coconut or marshmallow notes to nail the beer based on it's name. I expected much more here.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy orange-red. nice white head and lacing.
S: floral, citrus, tropical fruit, toffee, and spicy yeast.
T: lightly sweet malts and smooth hops upfront but becomes very thin at the end. some half acre beers just have this weird quality where they just kinda disappear at the back end. a definite sourish twang as well is a bit off-putting. some lingering floral and citrus rind notes.
M: seems thin and watery. over-attenuated?
D: interesting attempt using flowers and citrus peel in an apwa.

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Photo of TXLLama
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler provided by AZ, drank from my Narke glass... This pours a very dark orange, too dark for me. A bright off white head, thick ring and a thin cap, good retention... The aroma is very strong and not appealing, tons of tea, very herbal. On the back of the finish you finally detect a bit of orange and wheat. Blah... The taste is equally blah, just don't find this appealing at all. Stale wheat, very herbal hibiscus, fruity, and alcohol. Not a fan of this at all.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I acquired this bottle from a trade at Dark Lord Day. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Not a huge fan of the smell of this beer. Very sweet, hints of honey, orange, and perfume from the hibiscus. The individual smells don't work together real well.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Not nearly as sweet. Still picking up what tastes like some honey. There is also some orange and I can pick up the hibiscus as well. The finish is floral and quite bitter. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: I have to admit that I was worried after smelling this beer. The taste was much better. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I'd have another one.

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Photo of mikul93
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Poured a dark reddish brown with a very large off white head.

S Wheat, citrus, honey and floral

T Actually a well balanced beer. Wheat, orange, mild sweet malt and a slight bitterness.

M Medium body with nice carbonation.

O Beer was OK. If it were offered to me, I would drink it again, but would not seek out. A different wheat beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Really dark for a wheat ale, particularly one called pail. Big, frothy white head with good retention that left the sides of the glas clean.

S - Nice wheat qualities, the hibiscus comes through quite well and smells a bit like tea. Citrus comes through from the orange peel, got a lot of character going on for a wheat ale.

T - Tastes like a wheat beer with a bit of stuff going on. Flowers, tea, hibiscus, all mixed together. Some orange mixed in. It's got some pop for a wheat beer, given the spice and tea notes, but it's not particularly great. Experiment that wasn't great, but not a failure.

M - Crisp, fairly clean, good carbonation.

O - An interesting beer, but not a great one. Easy to drink, might be better on a nice summer day with some food.

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Photo of jcnd9803
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice deep, but cloudy, orange with a fairly hefty off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Yep, this is a wheat beer! I'm getting a really toasty grain smell with some minor and citrus.

T: The taste follows the smell to a tee, however with somewhat of a clove taste thrown in there.

M: Starts off grainy but does transition into some brief tangy citrus. It finishes off pretty dry with a slight spice/peper accent.

O: A pretty interesting beer. After reading the reviews, I didn't know what to expect and was hesitant to even try. I'm glad I did as it was a different beer than the usual and a pretty cool experiment.

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Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from GbvDave in our most recent trade so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey color with a one finger of khaki colored bubbly head. Wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is a good deal of wheat, floral notes, touch of caramel, toffee malts.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of wheat and floral flavoring. A touch of spicing comes through bits of coriander and rosemary. A big hearty caramel malt flavoring comes through. Finish has an orange citric hop notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, slick feel with a sticky finish. A bit heavy and sticky for the style.

O: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick. This beer was a little too heavy on the malt side for pale wheat. I thought this was a decent beer, but would opt for others of the style when truly wanting a Pale Wheat.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(I brought this to Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of jcnd9803!! Thanks jon!). Pours a hazy, light amber color with a thin head. Aroma has flowers, citrus and some cracker. Taste is semi-sweet with a bitter finish. Thin bodied with an oily texture. This one was a bit disappointing; I was expecting it to be sweeter with more floral and orange notes, but the bitterness overpowered the other flavors.

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Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber. Darker than one would expect for the style (possibly a tinting from the hibiscus?). Forms a sizable off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Good initial retention.

S: Faint. Sort of a blend of fruit cocktail, oranges, and grapes.

T: Lightly sweet wheat beer. Slightly spicy blend maltiness with a bitter orange pith finish. Some floral hibiscus notes as well, but the pithiness dominates.

M: Medium bodied, a bit heavier than would be expected, but not a heavy beer. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Drinkable. Tasty. Interesting. However, in the end, I'm not so sure this one worked out so well and I couldn't see wanting another.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this bottle in my Birthday BIF box from fear025. Thanks Jay!

Poured into a Homer Simpson weissbier glass. Pours a deep amber and orange hue with a huge fluffy light tan head that slowly drops, leaving some lacing behind.

Aromas of wheat and orange. And flowers. Check the label, hibiscus. Some phenols.

Flavors are...interesting. Orange peel, wheat, flowery, and a Captain Crunch sweetness (must be the label), with a firm bitterness. But not like a hop bitterness, a little astringent. Coppery. The more I sip this, the more it gives me an image of a bitter wit poured over Captain Crunch cereal. The finish is long with a coppery astringent bitterness. Freaky as all hell.

Mouthfeel is a light puckering bitterness, with a metallic tinge.

Overall a very interesting beer. Not sure if I would choose to drink it again. Could not session this, so will likely have to ding its overall rating.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Jefe73
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a hazy orange color topped by a very generous portion of white foam. The aromatics of it are rather interesting. There is the clear smell of orange zest, caramel and honey, and the strong aroma of what appears to be flowers and cut grass. I assume the later aroma to be the hibiscus. The taste however isn't all that great. It's got many great components, but in my opinion they don't really work all that well together. There is a strong taste of orange syrup accented by a light flowery honey flavor. The grassiness of the hibiscus and the hops really don't belong in the flavoring because it contrasts too strongly with the sweetness. The mouthfeel is still solid, the right high amount of carobonation. Overall this is drinkable, and not all that bad, I just think they really missed the mark as far as flavor combinations on this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Ambrosia from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 58 ratings
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