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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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by benpopper:
Photo of benpopper
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark brown with a solid inch of head that gets a bit thick as it sits and leaves just a little lacing.

Smells nice and malty but has a bit of hops in there too to give it a nice balanced floral tone.

Taste is very much like it smells. Mellow on the hoppyness with a bit of bitterness to it that makes me think ESB instead of IPA. Toasted malt mixes well with the hops and leads to only a tiny bit of sweetness

Feels pretty easy drinking it with the carbonation on the lower side of things but has a nice medium body.

Very easy to drink and I think it is a great representation of the English IPA style, not my favorite of their offerings, but a very solid brew none the less and a very accurate representation of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, sheffields - chicago

appearance: served in a goblet, hazy orange-amber body, light beige froth

smell: earthy, tea-like hops, a touch herbal, roasted nuts, toffee

taste: english ipa's dont really get me excited, but this did grow on me - very much different from the 3 floyds interpretation of the style, half acre is heavy on the herbal hops, green tea, and earthy flavors. the hops are clean and fresh and dont overpower the dry malts.

mouthfeel: a touch oily, light lingering bitterness

overall: good, but nothing to get too worked up about

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Regional Growler GIF. Thanks!!!

Poured into a shaker pint. Couldn't get a head out of this. I was worried it was flat. Has a sort of dark honey amber color.

Aroma is different. Hard to explain. I'm assuming it's the English hops since I've never had an English IPA before. Slightly malty. Smells good I just don't know how to describe it.

Taste is solid. Very easy drinking. It's low carb probably because of the growler but I kinda like it like that. Has a nice englis hop taste and bite. It's very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is low carb and smooth/easy drinking.

Overall I really like this one. Wish I had something like this to buy in 6 packs by me. Thanks again for this treat.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 morimech
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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 uberez8
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fun beer to try from half acre with amazing label art and design. May the beer gods bless Phineas Jones.

That aside, another solid, hoppy brew in the great traditional English IPA style. When first poured it had a very deep, amber hue to it with a nice one finger head. The aroma was solid; I could smell the citrus notes a few inches away from the glass. As for the flavor, it had a nice mix of an earthy start with a zesty finish. In a way it reminded me of an aggressive SN Torpedo with a little more bang. The carbonation sat nicely and felt well balanced, enough to have a light fizz but let the flavors linger afterwards.

After having this, I'd love to see some more IPA styles from Half Acre and wish that one day they'd add one to their canned line up. They seem more than competent with crafting a great IPA after having this delicious brew.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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 akward
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a faux crystal goblet at a favorite byob, Meat Wave pours a hazed copper amber, a thin layer of white foam settles across the top, in a pattern resembling cirrus clouds. It eventually fades to a broken skim.

Caramel malt aroma, mild hop spice, grassy with subtle yeast notes. Hard to pull out much from the aroma, the fresh growler a couple weeks ago seemed to have more of a hop presence.

Tea like flavor, grainy malt, lightly bitter aftertaste, bready and slightly nutty, some vague dried citrus. Medium bodied, with easy going carbonation.

A traditional English IPA, very mild overall, not especially groundbreaking, but true to style.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 vrbulldog22
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgoro
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of iadler
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a light tan two finger head head. Small lines of lacing are present.

S- Floral and herbal hops upfront followed by some pine and funk. Biscuit and toffee malt in the background.

T- Citrus hops such as orange and grapefruit, with floral and herbal and black tea notes. Biscuit and toffee malt are present as well. There is a bit of cherry, brown sugar and oak. Lot's of different flavors going on.

M- Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, slightly oily mouthfeel and sweet finish.

O- Didn't really know what to expect, but it was an interesting beer. There is a lot going on with the taste and quite different from any IPA I've had. Not one of my favorite offerings from
Half Acre, but a decent offering.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLeege
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 osubuckeye99
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium Copperish. Thin white head.

Smell - Some sweet hoppiness, yet a rich fresh flower aroma

Taste - nice spiciness, and maltiness- but a crisp light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in mouth, nice medium carbonation, perfect amount of bitterness to cleanse palate.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of MarkFy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Half Acre today itself, poured from 22 oz. into pint glass.

A: A nice copper, cloudy pour with thin head that goes away after awhile out.

S: Pretty average for the style, nice, slightly floral hops, but that's about it. Maybe a slight hint of orange peel.

T: Again, slightly floral and grassy hops with just a touch of malt. I can't really discern much else except maybe the bitter orange peel on the finish.

M: Pretty much what you might expect for an IPA. Nice carbonation, nice body.

I'm really liking this one even though I sense a lot of Daisy Cutter. It's like Daisy Cutter with a little more body and a touch more malt. On a nice warm day like today, I'm having no trouble enjoying this bomber to myself.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with about three puffy fingers of eggshell colored foam on top. Retention was excellent with some pretty spider webs of lace left behind. A few flecks of suspended sediment were visible floating in the murky body. Gorgeous!

S: Suprisingly bright and fresh floral hops jump right out of the glass. Not too much malt presence until it comes up to temp and it takes on a decidedly English bent. Interesting spicy yeast aroma, as well.

T: Very much like the smell in the way that it's tempurature dependant. Waaay hoppy when cold and then the malt and yeast gradually creep in as it warms.

M: Bitter and dry. Was expecting something more along the lines of a sweeter and smoother EIPA...not disappointed, though.

O: An excellent take on a classic style...and not totally within the guidelines. True to Half Acre's tendency to color outside the lines!

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Photo of bstyle
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Meat Wave from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 122 ratings