Meat Wave | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Meat Wave is an English-bent India Pale Ale that will be our Chicago Craft Beer Week beer. Earthy delicious, this meat-centric offering is for you, Chicago.

Added by sacullen on 05-20-2011

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 16 oz snifter from draft at Consume on December 20, 2016. Look is cloudy dark gold with a thin head and spotty lacing. Smell is pleasant citrus blossom and bitter hops. Taste is bitter lemon rind, earthy and bits of pale malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Clear amber with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves irregular webs of lace down the glass.

Simple aroma of grain, bread, and mild citrus.

The flavor is similar, with breads, grains, and mild citrus playing the largest role.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don't understand why they named this beer Meat Wave, but it's a very nice English IPA.

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Photo of koopa
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a can as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent burnt umber to dark copper with a 1 finger white crown that displays minimal retention and some lace.

Smell: Slightly grainy / toffee like malt profile with a touch of earthy/herbal hops. Very underwhelming pungency wise.

Taste: Same as the nose but the malt profile shines a bit more. Nice overall malt flavor - bready with a grainy touch which works well with the slightly fruity english yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. My favorite aspect of this brew.

Overall: A decent example of the style for an American brewery but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from can into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange/gold color with a small head.

Very good and balanced aromas of toffee, oranges, some citrus and a touch of hops. Good complexity but lacking some depth.

Medium bodied, but very clipped on the mid and finish. Balanced, but lacking some depth with flavors of toffee, caramel, hops and citrus flavors.

A solid English IPA. Balanced, but lacking some depth in both the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: light copper, frothy white head

s: not much there for aroma. some bready malts, slight hops

t: light grassy hops. herbal presence. maltiness comes in midway through the finish.

m: light/med body. medium carbonation.

o: Glad I got a chance to pick up this release during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Easy to drink, refreshing. There's a certain je ne sais crois to the taste but it's still an average to decent IPA. However, it is not worth the 16 per 4pk imo. Still glad I had a chance to try it however.

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Photo of cmoody91
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can picked up straight from the brewery last weekend when they canned this for the first (and only?) time for Chicago Craft Beer Week.

A: Golden amber color with nice frothy white head that dies retains throughout into just a touch of lacing left at finishing the beer.

S: Piney, grapefruit, floral, sweet caramel and toffee.

T: Herbal and hoppy right of the back. Balanced malt and caramel sweetness with a perfect bitter hop finish. Somewhat funky fruit in there as well. Interesting and one of the better balanced IPA's i've had in recent memory.

M: Medium body/carbonation. Nothing spectacular but fits the style.

O: Glad I picked up two four packs of this limited release. I'm looking to enjoying these over the next couple weeks, definitely a strong example of Half Acre's style.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no bottled-on date, picked this up last week, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an orange amber color, produces a finger of off white head that recedes to a few wisps, leaves little lacing.

S- Some citric hops, some smokey malt, seems a bit thin.

T- Some mild grassy hops, slight hints of citrus and herbs, yields to a slightly smokey, biscuity malt in the center, toffee/caramel, leaves lingering black pepper in the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth feel.

O- A nice beer, maybe a little plain, it's very drinkable in this heat, but I would grab a Daisy Cutter if given the choice.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bomber of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed amber brown color that looks more copper to orange as it is held to the light. More than 2 fingers worth of tan froth sit atop the brew with a fluffy uneven cap. As it slowly fades, it leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell has almost a tangerine aspect about it with fruited and zesty citrus quality that blends into some herbal components. There is a bit of a mineral aspect and mild sulfur across the back that starts to take over the pleasant aspects more as the experience continues. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, it has almost a cooling menthol/minty quality.

The more I sip this brew, the more it picks up a tea-like astringency and flavoring. A bit of sweet caramel grains blend into more of a biscuit character. Hops are present with a pleasant floral and fruited quality that dissolves into something more herbal and grassy. Some lemony citrus flavor is noted mid palate before going back to the toasty grain flavoring and astringent finish.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a fizzy level of carbonation that is a bit higher than necessary. Overall it has some decent character going on with it but there are some unpleasant bits going on that if worked out would make this a really solid brew. Thank you Heath for sharing this brew that I otherwise never would have heard of.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for this in a recent surprise box of Half Acre bottles that he sent me. Thanks Jon!

Pours a hazed dark copper, with several fingers of slightly off-white looking head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a foamy cascade that settles in to thick swathes of lacing. The aroma surprisingly still has a bit of freshness left to it, with notes of grass, citrus, and some danky smelling herbal character. The malts have some presence along the back, with some buttered cracker and a bit of a tangier feeling sweet caramel that melds well with the citrus flavors here in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a leafy bitter citrus presence and more grassy feeling tones that come in off the sides. There is also a LOT of ripe herbal flavors that flows the whole way through the profile. The malts offer up more balance and less flavor than they did in the nose, with more of a sweet graininess that stays in the background and keep the focus on that grassy and earthy feeling bitterness. The finish is dry and pithy with a good bit of lingering dankness that hangs in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a lively crispness to this that fills out the edges of the mouth. A lot of herbal slickness here really helps keep things smooth, aided by a well hid 6-7% ABV.

Despite the age on this bottle, this surprised me by how well it held up. Sure some fresh bitterness may have been lost but this still came off a very citric and herbal feeling, so there was still plenty of hop activity left to keep this interesting. I really liked the feel here though, being crisp yet still very smooth, and helping this bigger take on an English IPA go down pretty smoothly. I’m glad I got a chance at this one and would love to try it fresh sometime. Here’s hoping that they brew this once again.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MarkFy for the hookup on this fine brew. Mark sent me a huge batch of Half Acre beers that I'd be wanting to try and this was one. Cheers to you, Mark!

Pouring into a 3 floyds pint glass. Huge off-white head formed quickly and retaining well. Small amount of lacing left behind as the foam collapses. It's a hazy dark orange with golden highlights.

Big floral hop notes in the nose. Caramel malty sweetness tucked underneath the initial hop burst. Subtle grassiness.

Earthy and herbal flavors mingling with a toasty/biscuity malt backbone. Bitterness is modest and not as intense as expect. Hop flavors aren't as prevalent as they should be either. Medium-dry finish leaves a lingering musty fruitiness on the taste.

Medium bodied and a moderate carbonation level.

Overall I'm wondering if these beer has lost some of its prowess due to age. Aside from a flavor that leaves something to be desired, this is an impressive beer. None the less, glad to have sampled it despite this being one of my least favorite HA offerings thus far.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally popped this one while watching the Bears- Vikings game. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is dark amber with brown highlights. It had a sticky beige head.

The beer’s nose was of pine, some citrus and lots of grain.

The taste is pleasantly bitter and earthy. There are pine notes, some caramel from the malts, red apples and that earthy finish form I’m not sure what. Beer is balanced, tasty and bit thin in the mouth.

I liked this one and would gladly invest in some more.

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Photo of Jayli
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from GBVDave from out latest trade, so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 7/31, poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, ruddy, copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a bit muted - but grassy hop notes and bready malts are detectable.

T: Taste is grassy, light piney hops at the forefront. A very bready malt profile comes in through the middle and holds through the finish where a grapefruit and orange peel begin to show more in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, would definitely like more carbonation in this. Crisp at the forefront with an oily finish to it.

O: Goes down pretty easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This is a decent beer that more carbonation would add tremendously to the enjoyment.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a orange, but almost brown color with a small tan head that fades to the edges slowly. There is some lacing left on the glass.

S - Malty, smokey, some pine hops.

T - Smoked malts, followed by bitter hops.

D - good carbonation, nice balance.

O - Interesting and light.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the SABM Release.

A- Brown/tan body with a white head that quickly disapates

S-Little smokiness to go along with the bit of hops. Smokiness dominates

T-Smokey and meaty upfront with a bitter hop finish

M-medium body and smooth

O-Goof beer. Nothing to take it above good and nothing to bring it below

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Photo of sidetracked
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden amber with a good cream head that lingers for a bit. No lacing.

Smell is grassy hops, toasted bready malts, and a little toffee. Becomes slightly sweet as it warms.

Taste follows the smell. Mild bitterness upfront and grassy hops. Toasted bready malts kill the bitterness in the middle. Maltiness follows to the finish. Mild finish that isn't bitter or sweet.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish.

Very malty. The flavor comes across as bitter, but not really hoppy. Good summer beer. Kind of similar to Daisy Cutter. Enjoyable.


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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy (from swirly sediment on the bottom of the bomber) copper/amber. decent off-white head.
S: muted. couldn't really figure out what i was getting from the nose...maybe some earthiness is the best i could describe it along with the toffeeish malt. a floral hint perhaps?
T: medium sweet caramel malt with a smooth bitterness...kinda seems thin and fleeting, especially for this abv.
M: medium body. again feels a bit thin/watery.
O: English hops and toffeeish malts in an ipa don't do it for me. very cool bottle though.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer.

A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Oh boy, this one smells buttery. Some sweet malt notes, but not a ton of substance. Lots of grass and straw with a weird grain husk aroma. Pretty damn watery, too.

T: Watery is the best way to describe the flavor. Still a fairly noticeable amount of butter. There's a moderate bitterness and some light malt notes, but almost no hop flavor. Just a bit of straw, grass, and grain husk.

M: The body is light and watery with a medium to high carbonation.

O: A very disappointing beer from a brewery I've grown to like a fair amount. Hopefully just an anomaly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mnbearsfan for sending this way in the Good People Farm System BIF.

a - popped the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. classic orange amber, bit on the darker side for an ipa, but pretty inline for the stytle. thin, bubbly white head that hung for a bit. looks rich.

s - nice malt forward ipa with a good hop presence giving very smooth balance. nothing in your face or sticky...almost pale ale like.

t - good beer. nothing mind blowing. a bit more hop heavy on the taste than the nose suggest. hopping is more bitter than anything else, but the malt presence gives it a real pale ale feel with a bitter side. bit of brown sugar in the flavor too.

m - nice medium bodied feel. again, nothing to write home about but it has a smooth feel with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

o - half acre is a solid brewery. wish they were my local brewery. they make a solid ipa and this one seems pretty spot on for the description of the style. i know that this is a one off, but i wouldn't go nuts seeking this out unless you are seeking the tick. if you are interested in checking out this brewery, seek out daisy cutter. this is a malt forward take on the ipa.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber shared by Andrew, thanks again,

A: Pours amber to burnt orange with a medium somewhat fizzy white head. Spotty lace.

S: Some malt and earth, but really light.

T: Has a smattering of malt and a mild grassy hop play, but just a bland beer.

M: Light-bodied, pretty crisp, easy on the palate.

O: Not horrendous, drinkable, but really nothing interesting at all. Half Acre delighted me with the Freedom of '78, but this is just not very good.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for being my gopher for the most recent of Half Acre releases

This beer pours a darker amber colored body with a white foam surface. The aromatics are most commonly associated with both floral and grassy hop notes. There are earthy and biscuity notes to this beers smell as well. The flavor reminds me most of an ESB rather than an EIPA, but hey who am I to say who's correct. I clearly taste biscuit malt which brings forth a distinct toffee flavor. The hops are there, but seemingly only in a bittering fashion. There is a combo on the palate of both hops and toffee both contributing to an unwanted level of acridity in bitterness. Overall it's still a good beer, highly drinkable, but it isn't amazing or outstanding.

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Photo of wschmit
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Probably a bit old, picked this up at the Small Animal release.

A: A fairly aggressive pour yielded a barely peach, fluffy head that settles rapidly. A ruddy copper body with some nice streaks of carbonation. A bit of lacing lingers. Hazier than I expected--old fashioned, or just old?

S: I quite like the nose. It still reeks of Fuggles and Kent Goldings--a subdued, dirty citrus. Beyond that, there's a sweet, almost tart note once accustomed to the hops, followed up by a moderate alcohol note.

T: Taste those English hops, too--just like the nose. Mossy and lemony, but with a lower-than-expected bitterness at the end. The malt is noticeable, with a bare touch of caramel sweetness, but finishes pretty dry.

M: Starts off a little bit sticky, but as above, finishes pretty dry. Carbonation is a bit too fine, and there isn't enough of it--maybe that's what they're going for?

O: Overall, I like this. Not the greatest thing in the world, but props for striving for something closer to history in the IPA world. I enjoy English hops on the homebrew side, and it's good to see them fairly prominently displayed here. Probably not good trade fodder, this beer, but certainly an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of JLeege
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dirty copper color with two fingers of dense just off white head. Pretty good retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- A very earthy presence on the nose, a hint of citrus and fairly floral.

Taste- Again very floral throughout with a hint of orange rind. Almost an herbal tea quality as well. Has a dank earthy linger, with toasted caramel, a nuttiness, and even some peat. It is actually very soothing to drink.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and pretty high carbonation.

Overall- Admittedly not my favorite style, I much prefer the more upfront American IPA’s but this is pretty solid, and pretty true to the traditional English style. Worth drinking, but don’t see myself going back for another bottle.

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Photo of teamizm
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wadsey for throwing this one as an extra. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Pours an amberish brown with medium head and kind of a murky appearance.

S - citrus, herbal floral hops come through. Also a bit of medicinal nose as well.

T - kind of malty (English malts is what I'm getting) for an IPA. Again, the medicinal properties come through in the taste as well. A bit grainy as well.

M - Definitely over-carbonated.

O - Eh, not bad to try, but not one of the better Half Acre offerings.

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Photo of morimech
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit of a strange looking IPA. Hazy light brown color that looks murky. They kind of missed the pale in IPA. Two fingers of head form and has good retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Light specks of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is influenced by the hops giving it a slight citrus and earthy aroma. The malt comes through as well with hints of caramel.

Flavor has elements of toffee and caramel malts. Hops give a citrus and herbal flavor. Bitterness seems high for the amount of hop flavor in the beer. Barely English.

Thanks to the malt the body is a bigger than most IPAs but unfortunately that is offset by being overcarbonated.

Not Half Acres most successful beer. I guess everyone puts out a mediocre beer every once in a while.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

An extra tidbit from the Small Animal Big Machine release, shared whilst watching "Devil". It pours a mostly clear auburn amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, toffee, flowers, and potting soil. The taste holds notes of toffee, dusty biscuits, mixed greens, grass, and a vague sense of orange peel. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice EIPA, just a bit on the dusty side for my tastes. Still mostly enjoyable, though.

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