Horizon | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration beer brewed for Next's "Tour of Thailand" menu, to be paired with a beef cheek curry dish. Made with hibiscus, mangosteen and a dash of pomegranate.

Added by GbVDave on 07-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip at Aviary.

The beer itself pours an orange amber color, mostly transparent with a slightly hazy center. A small but lively tightly wound white cap rests on top, fading to a thin film and leaving some generous lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fairly sweet, with light bready malts, a touch of honey, mangosteen, and hibiscus working to build an interesting nose. Behind the sweetness there is a bit of a fruity tartness, some wheat, and some floral notes.

The flavor follows the lead of the nose. It has been a while since I have had one, but mangosteen provides the most noticeable fruit flavor. Of the other named ingredients on the bottle, the hibiscus is fairly reserved, and I get pretty much no pomegranate flavor. Soft wheat provides a bready sweetness and moves the body from light toward medium. The rest of the mouthfeel works well with the flavor as well. The carbonation is moderate and somewhat creamy, and despite a soft tartness in the middle, the finish is quite clean.

It was definitely fun to try a beer out with more unique ingredients, and even better to be able to try it in an atmosphere like Aviary. Horizon is light, creamy, sweet, and a bit tart, and I had no problem finishing the bottle. However, the flavor started to lose its novelty as the bottle continued on, leading to more middling scores. I would be intrigued to try it with the intended panang curry.

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Photo of marmora
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Bright orange/copper color with a thick head that quickly receded to about half a finger. Smells sweet and fruity, but when swirled a smell like overripe tropical fruit comes out, which does indeed smell a little like vomit.
Thankfully the taste does not follow the unpleasant part of the nose. Fruity, floral and an overall delicious ale. Good carbonation, really makes this a refreshing drink. I did let the beer sit for about 10 minutes to see if any new tastes or smells else came out of it as it warmed. No new tastes or smells came out and the carbonation that brought life to this beer was nearly gone. Shouldn't have waited.
Incredibly refreshing, no noticeable alcohol taste, but it certainly tastes like a beer, unlike some fruit beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a red/orange color with no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Fruity, some wheat, sort of like rose water actually from the hibiscus. There is thai hot spice at the end.

T: Fruit forward with some passion fruit and hibiscus. There is a bit of wheat and pepper spice. I was a little disappointed that the thai chili spice on the aroma didn’t really show up in the flavor profile.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Better than expected. I can definitely see where this beer would pair well with thai food. While drinking it I had a craving for some.

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Photo of nkersten
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this with my panang curry at Next. Poured from bottle into tulip, color is a pink orange with a one finger white head that quickly recedes to a bubbly collar. The aroma is made up of pilsner malts, creamy wheat, slightly tart fruit, and a fresh floral finish. The taste is very soft - crisp and malty at first followed by tropical fruits and a bitter floral finish. Not a big hop presence but well balanced. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium carbonation and a smooth wheat coating.

I am not sure what came first, the curry or the beer, but regardless the pairing is perfect. The floral aspect of the beer compliments the aromatic curry while the crisp, malty wheat flavor and finish cool off any lingering heat from the chilis. This beer on its own would be good, but drank the way it was meant to be, along side the curry, it is pretty amazing. I cant imagine a better beer to serve with the curry. A very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tfidler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of iadler
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened while in line at FFF 15th Anniversary.

A- Pours a dark orange with a one finger head that dissapates into a thin cap.

S- Very floral, with some unusual ripe tropical fruits. Some sweet wheat is in the background with some peppery spice.

T- Again, very floral with the hibiscus being noticeable, peppery spice, tropical fruit juice along with wheat that provides some sweetness. A hint of tartness is present with pomegranate. The funky tropical fruits come out more as it warms up.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body.

O- This was better than I was expecting with some interesting floral and fruit notes. I'm curious how it paired with the dish, but it seems that it would work with spicy dishes with the sweetness.

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Photo of Askchucky
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to the crew at HA for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, deep amber-orange with a surprising amount of creamy, light-orange head on top. Retention was good with a thick bubbly collar remaining after a solid five minutes of foam. A nice assortment of spots and ropey lace was left stuck to the glass.

S: Faintly musky fruit, toasty wheat, herbal notes, and a faintly sweet cut grass or hay type aroma.

T: See above. As it warms the pomegranate asserts itself as do the tangy mangosteens. Heath picked up a slight pine flavor that we attributed to the mangosteens, as well.

M: Starts with a bit of fruit sweetness before turning decidedly dry and astringent for the finish. During the middle a welcome tanginess comes about briefly, too.

O: Hopefully this becomes more than a one-off brew for one dish at one restaurant. We really dug the ingredients that went into this. C'mon, mangosteens? Yes!

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Photo of irishgurl4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AgentZero
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this. Cool bottle.

A - Golden colored, slightly murky beer. Off-white head that had some decent retention and left some decent lace and spots.

S - I'm honestly not sure what that smell is. Strange fruit, reminds me of something I had when I lived on a tropical island that they told me tasted good even though it smelled horrible. It then tasted horrible but they told me if I kept eating it then it would start to taste good. Not real motivated to keep going with that one. Hibiscus is not quite as pronounced as Ambrosia was, but it's there on the end with some sweet floral notes. Malts are sweet and kind of thick with the fruit.

T - Tastes kind of like some sort of chewey, gooey, fruit that is mildy sweet. Some hibiscus and flower finish along with what might be a hint of pomegranate, although it is kind of hard to pick up on. I'm guessing this taste is mangosteen, I don't really think this belongs in a beer. The combination of mushy fruit and flowers just isn't doing it to me. Not particularly tart at all. Maybe it pairs better with food, specifically curry. Guess it will give me a good excuse to go get some curry if I ever find another bottle of this (not that I'm looking).

M - Somewhat juicy, medium bodied, very full feeling with soft carbonation.

O - Didn't really like this beer. The taste is unique, but off-putting. The smell is a turn off as well.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rare tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Nose isn't all that bold/impressive. Slightly sweet with some straw aroma. A definite floral note to it and a faint tartness, perhaps the mangosteen or pomegranate. A light spice and yeast note as well.

T: The tartness is a bit more pronounced on the palate. A definite pomegranate flavor as well as a bit of apple. More bitter than expected, though. Some bread sweetness with a hint of spice, definitely some floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not something I'd really care to have again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Brassy/rosy hue with a slim eggshell head. Great color.

Smell -- Gently tart with hisbiscus, pale wheat, bready malt, and a hint of fruity sweetness that I would assume comes from the mangosteens. Full discosure: I've never had a mangosteen.

Taste -- Nice hibiscus flavor - gently tart and floral - as well as soft fruity sweetness, pale wheat, and mild yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. It works.

Overall -- Very nice! Hibiscus beers don't always work, but this one hit the right tenor, and the fruit made for a nice contrast. I'd love to see this made again with a different fruit - perhaps lychee? Good flavors, good balance.

Additional Notes -- Had this from a growler some time later and it wad definitely not as good: lots of astringency coming out of the hibiscus.

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Photo of dwbrews
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of davidbowers13
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Thompson
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sean9689
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at a local shop. Cool label...

A - Pours a copper rusty reddish color, big creamy head, sticky lacing, thin collar.

S - Wheat, sweet sugar malts, and some other stuff that could possible be the original ingredients of the beer, but I'm not too sure. Overly sweet, IMO.

T - Much the same as the nose, way too much sweetness. Sweet sugars, wheat, some floral notes. I guess this was suppose to be with some curry or something, but jeez, not into this one.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet fruity finish.

O - Not my cup 'o tea, to say the least. Maybe it would have been better with the pairing(s) it was suppose to go with, but by itself I'm going to take a pass on trying this one again.

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Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a cervoise goblet. Split with my cousin's boyfriend who I'm starting to get into craft beer.

A: Pours a perfect amber with a nice fluffy white head. Recedes to a nice film across the whole top and leaves some splotchy lace down the whole glass.

S: Smells of sweet flowers and fruits. The hibiscus is present and there are some sugar qualities to it and just some other things going on that are hard to pick out. Still pleasant though.

T: There's a lot going on. Slight honey with some other sweet sugars. Semi-sweet pomegranate with a little tartness as well. The hibiscus is there with that dusty sweet flower taste. That slight awkward taste must be the mangosteen. Definitely a big blend fruits, sugars and flowers.

M: Medium bodied with a clean sweetness on the finish. Nice carbonation.

O: There was a lot going on with the taste and it didn't quite seem to click together. A decent beer for the style and I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Rogers Park Fine Wine & Spirits. Not sure how it ended up there, but figured I'd give it a shot. Served in an Orval chalice.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin ring, some wispy haze, and a few large bubbles. Hazy orange-brown color, and no lacework.

S - Hibiscus, mangosteen (and yes, I've actually had mangosteens before), and a slight vomit note. As it warms up there is more malt sweetness, and the vomit recedes to the periphery. Not a huge fan of this aroma.

T - Thankfully there isn't any of the vomit flavor in the taste. More fruity, with some tangy pomegranate notes in the finish. There's some mild citrus, and a bit of generic beer, wheat and yeast. Pleasant enough.

M - Feel is the best thing about this beer. Smooth, medium-light body, pleasant moderate carbonation, clean finish, no alcohol. Cuts through the hot salsa we were eating really well, so I imagine this pairs well with spicy Thai curry.

D - I drank half a bottle and it went down very easily. Other than the off-putting smell I thought this was a pretty solid wheat beer. I enjoyed it more than Ambrosia (which I'm assuming was the base), and I can imagine it being quite successful as part of Next's menu. Hopefully I'll be able to afford a meal there one day.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Horizon from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 28 ratings