Ambrosia | Half Acre Beer Company

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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 emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour straight down the middle generates three fingers width of fluffy white foam. The surface texture is creamy, and it coats the sides of the glass with intricate lacing. Color is an attractive dark copper orange shade. The clarity is somewhat sharp, though it's shot through with a wheaty haze.

Aroma is a bit phenolic and yeasty at first, seems a little "green" at first, fresh and raw. As it warms, after the second pour, the spicy sweet hibiscus surfaces. They had dried hibiscus at the brewery to smell, so that was good as a point of reference. It's subtle, though the orange isn't very apparent.

Wheat figures prominently in the flavor, forming the backbone, with some yeasty notes, and fruity ones in the back from the orange and hibiscus. Spicy, earthy, and lightly floral, not sweet in the least. Some complexity from the hops and hibiscus, but not much overall. Light feel, vaguely astringent at first, becoming supple and easy drinking after the first initial sips.

A simple session beer, tailor made for warm spring afternoons.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for hooking me up with yet another of these unique Half Acre releases.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with several foamy fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a sudsy looking near finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with robust sticky lacing. The aroma is flowery and tangy in the nose, with the sweetness of the hibiscus and the crisp bready notes of the wheat giving this some snap in the nose. A touch of soft and ripe orange citrus hangs on the edges but the hibiscus really has a presence here.

The hibiscus also carries over to the taste, with an almost flowery sweetness to it but it doesn't seem to be as strong as it was in the aroma. This instead seems to be controlled by a combo of tangy wheat character and some tart lemon flavors. There is also a pithy bitterness to this that borderlines on almost veggie-like at times. The soft fruitiness of the oranges is present but I think that I would actually like to have had a little more of it. The finish here is dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth easy crispness that keeps this gliding along nicely in the mouth and generally helps counter the richness of the flavors and the slight fullness of that 6% ABV.

Well this was certainly interesting, with the mix of flavors here coming on a little too strong at times yet this didn't have quite the definition to the flavors that would have made this really memorable. This was my first experience with hibiscus in beer and it was certainly unique. I'd like to ultimately see them continue to work with this one though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden amber with lots of haze and cloudiness and some sediment gathering on the bottom. A very fluffy large head of white formed on the top and this gradually gave way to copious side glass lace. A great aroma hear, very light with lots of floral light hop[s in the back a really nice grassy and yeast like front to it. This translated over very well to the flavor. A very light floral and bright flavor dominated by grass like flavors, punctuated with peaches, and orange hop flavors

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Buffalo Bills shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

This bottle was cracked during the preparation of some pretty tasty rainbow trout. Props to the fishermen. It pours a lightly hazed blood orange topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, orange zest, blood orange, strawberry, sweet flowers, wheat, and something that approaches corn. Everything comes off pretty sweetly, like a sugary, fruity cereal or some kind of fruit sherbet. Pleasant all around. The taste holds notes of bitter orange peel, light orange zest, light lemon zest, and a spearing of that distinct flavor of chlorophyll. Things aren't as rich and entertaining as in the smell, but it's nowhere near bad. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice wheat beer, something good and enjoyable, though not necessarily eye-opening.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Lakeview Binny's - saved me a trip to the brewery which was nice considering the miserable cold weather in Chicago recently. Served appropriately in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of faintly pink-tinged creamy foam that features excellent retention and eventually settles to a thick cap. Body is a hazy dark reddish-orange that actually displays some light purple glow to it. A few big stray bubbles are visible, and there's nice splotchy lacing.

S - Hibiscus tea, unmalted wheat, flowery and herbal, with a faint lemony citrus note. As it warms some malt sweetness of the treacle and honey variety emerges. I don't generally like this style, but this example at least shows an attempted a balanced beer and spice flavors.

T - Very yeast and wheat heavy, with mild citric bitterness in the finish. Hibiscus moves far to periphery, and this ends up tasting largely like a typical honey wheat ale.

M - Crisp, active carbonation that avoids being harsh. Medium, juicy body, with a light residual sticky finish. Quite good for the style.

D - It's an above-average wheat ale that in my opinion would be more drinkable without the hibiscus. Perhaps treat the next batch differently? I know we don't need more Gumballhead clones, but surely there's something else they can try. I had no problem with 22oz, but I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt orange with strawberry red highlights. It poured light but cloudy. It smelled of orange, spices, lemon zest, honey and some berry that I couldn't quite pick out. The flavors are a mix of wheaty yeastiness, orange, lemon, and strawberry. The sweetness is very subdued. It tastes good and has a light hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, which is surprising. You don't get any of that in the nose. It drinks light and is pretty typical of a wheat. This beer could definitely be sessionable, you don't get any alcohol from it at all. To me, this is similar to Lost Coast's Great White (which I really like) but with a berry component and light hoppy aftertaste. It's a solid beer by Half Acre.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange citrus notes, with some additional floral notes which I assume are from the hibiscus. The flavor is more of the same. The floral and orange citrus notes go very well together, with the wheat backbone also adding a little flavor to the overall experience. The beer is very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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 AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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 homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't pass this one up at the store- awesome label.

A: deep clear gold, white head with large bubbles, some lacing.

S: lemon, wheat, coriander, and orange peel all come through. The bready wheaat character is big and bold, the fruit and spices complement it nice.

T: fruity citrus flavors are in your face, predominately orange peel. Some bittering hops come through in the middle which balances nicely with the sweetness. The fruit character is a little over the top for my liking.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: not a bad wheat beer. Ambrosia is a nice example of the style, but isn't quite as memorable as Little Sumpin Sumpin or Gumballhead.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: semi-cloudy orange, hue of amber, beautiful 2 finger pillow top, gorgeous lacing encases the pint glass.

S: wheat, floral aroma (must be the hibiscus referred to in brewer's description), slight earthy pine

T: sweet floral, hint of orange, firm wheat body, slow bitter lingering

M: med/light body, slightly oily/sticky

D: I'm honored to be the 1st one in line filing up my growlers the day this beer dropped.

Nice fine wheat ale and perfect for the excellent 60 + Sunny weather here in Chicago. Hope this beer makes it as a sessional brew.

I could drink this all day cooking around the grill with family and friends.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my trusty Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a gorgeous looking, ruby tinted deep orange. Sitting on top was two full fingers of off-white cream that displayed excellent retention. Thick curtains and rings of lace coated the entire inside of the glass. Carbonation was plentiful with many steady columns of bubbles feeding the healthy collar.

S: Right out of the bottle, this smelled heavily of mildly toasty wheat and tart citrus. When its' temp rose some subtle complexities began to emerge. A touch of clove, lemon rind, herbal hops, and perfumey dried wildflower that must be the hibiscus.

T: The taste mirrors the smell with maybe a bit more clove that lingers on through the finish.

M: Suprising grainy fullness that leads immediately into bright, tangy citrus and then dry/spicy/herbal floral notes. Peppery, yeasty finish is a nice counterpart to the tart-ish citrus.

O: A cool experiment where the earthy/spicy/herbal components aren't necessarily from the hops. Although, I'd love to see a dry hopped version of this some day...

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Photo of zeledonia
2.41/5  rDev -32.3%
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 sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for Kegatron for this growler.

A-Clear amber pour with a large frothy off white head and no lacing.

S-Floral notes dominate with some citrus (tangerine and orange) as well. Some grainy wheat is detectable as well.

T-Rather sweet from the hibiscus, with some tangerine hoppiness and a grainy wheat base. Nice.

M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet, could use some additional hop bite. But still quite enjoyable.


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Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MrMcGibblets
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 JohnnyChicago
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a bright orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Orange and citrus with a hint of medicinal herbs.

T: Orange comes through here a lot. Wheat tang is subdued, but present. Hibiscus is present as well, but doesn't pop out too much. Finishes with a sweet tea aftertaste.

D: Very easy drinking and tasty. It's a great hot weather beer and goes down easy.

Overall: Interesting beer. The flavours blend well and it is very unique. It has a pleasant "citrus iced tea" character which does a lot to redeem its oddness. Overall, this is a great summer beer, but its bomber-only availability will keep me from purchasing more.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of nhindian
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
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 JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ChadQuest
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
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 BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MarkFy sent me this beer in a recent trade. Cheers and thanks, Mark!

Pouring into a Three Floyds pint glass. Semi-cloudy, medium orange in color with yellow highlights. Formed a tall, rocky off-white that's retaining well and leaving lacing on the glass.

Sweet orange rind along with a harder to identify floral presence dominate the nose on this brew.

Flavors include a mild toasty malt and a more prevalent orange rind. Moderate level of bitterness and a dry finish. Slight spiciness.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall glad to have sampled this but nothing overly impressive. A well-made beer but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of readbaron
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
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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Ambrosia from Half Acre Beer Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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