Mr. Ouroboros | Half Acre Beer Company

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Mr. OuroborosMr. Ouroboros

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mr. Ouroboros is the follow up wet hop beer to Sticky Fat. Both are brewed with freshly picked, whole cone hops straight from the harvest. Both are hop forward, juicy potions demonstrating the perfume quality you can extract from the cones. And, both are odes to the lore of the fields. We were joined by friend and fellow brewer Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewpub to bring this beer to you. We utilized a kolsch yeast strain and bags & bags of whole cone Citra to land on a beer all its own.

Added by GbVDave on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lovely shade of copper-gold. Clear. Forms a fluffy white head that sits upon the beer before gradually falling to a thin ring around the edge. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Toast, autumn leaves, grapefruit, and some yeasty esters.

T: Starts of toasty and dry, with a flavor similar to brown rice. Turns the slightest bit citrusy, before becoming rather earthy and autumnal with a slight taste of plastic. Finishes is crisp, with notes of green apple.

M: Lighter bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Dry. Mild bitterness.

O: Not much of a wet hopped beer when the hops barely show up. And supposedly this uses Citra, a hop I've brewed with myself, and I'm just not getting that characteristic Citra juiciness from this beer. From reading the reviews from this year compared to last year, I wonder if something has changed, since I am simply not picking up on any of the citrus qualities that the reviewers last year continually mentioned.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the Half Acre brewery today to pick up some samples and the gentleman working was offering up I partook in the Mr. Ouroboros and it was very good. The color was a clear rich copper with nice white head. The smell included all the beloved characteristics of the Citric hop...nice citrus and spice. The taste was a brilliant balance of malt and hop. There was a nice spicy citrus balance with decent malt. There was just a slight twang on the aftertaste...but other than that ...NICE JOB!!!! The mouthfeel was perfect....great flavor and not over the top ABV. Overall...outstanding!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color and crystal clear. There's a ton of bubbling activity yet the head is whispy and thin.

The kolsch yeast strain really dominates the nose. It's grainy and grassy with muted citrus.

This is more if a slightly hoppy kolsch than an APA. I'm a little disappointed the citra doesn't dominate. There's light orange peel then a lot of grass. The finish is buttery.

Mouthfeel is clean with active carbonation.

I'm a bit disappointed in this one. As I said before, the yeast makes this more kolsch than anything else.

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Photo of troupis
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first growler from Half Acre is a winner. It has distinct and all-in hops. It's unapologetic in flavor and stays with you long after each sip. It tastes home-brewed and and is addicting in that each taste varies from fruity to hoppy to bitter to dusty. For me, that artisanal quality is what makes a beer a 5.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Piece Pizza this past Sunday.

Appearance – Served in a pint glass. The beer has a slight orange color with some slight white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – The guys I am with are not huge beer guys but all agreed they could smell the beer as it was being handed to me (and thought the aromas were nice). Heavy citrus, mainly tropical (tangerine, lemon, and mango). Also, heavy on the floral hops with a hint of earthy pine.

Taste – Spot on to the nose. Massive citrus flavors, a hint of bitterness, a nice floral note comes through midway. There is a slight sweet malty backbone and I get very little of the German yeast used to be honest. Overall, from start to finish it is very citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy, decent carbonation, and a crisp finish.

Overall – I really enjoyed this beer. I got three pints of this and wanted to get a growler (but the waitress said they couldn’t despite it being a collaboration between Piece and HA?). Anyway, if HA made this in a can or bottle I would pick this up nonstop. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery.

Poured into a 12 oz. wilibecher glass. Thin compact layer of white foam, about the size and shape of a buttermilk biscuit, unbuttered bitch. Bright orange shot through with a light haze, otherwise fairly good clarity. As the glass is drained, a crown of intricate webby lace adheres to the sides. After 10-15 minutes the skim fades to a floating island.

Dried papaya and mango, tropical hop notes front and center. As it sits in the glass it becomes a little more citric and catty.

Kolsch yeast gave it some white grape flavor in the first glass, and subsequent glasses seem to be all citra, if you like that sort of thing. Sorry, but who doesn't? Oh yeah... moving on. Behind that is a bit of pale malt and light rye that dries it out a bit. Clean and dry finish, lingering citrus rind and still a persistent tropical impression minus any sweetness. Light bodied, fairly simple construction, allowing the citra herps to take centerstage, which they do, no derps whatsoever. Papaya and passion fruit, grapefruit. Nice stuff to wind down the indian summer with.

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Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this from growler into a pint glass

Nice solid orange color with a nice and foamy head from the first pour.

Very nice nose that shows the hops, but they aren't too dominant. There is a resiny smell along with some orange peels and tropical citrus

Extremely good medium/full feel. The feel of this really makes the beer. It has a fatness to it and a real smoothness. There is a slight herbal/resiny aftertaste that I enjoy, but may not work for lots of people.

This is a pretty darn good PA. There is some real good complexity and this is a style that half acre does a great job with.

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Photo of frankman71
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a hazy, glowing amber with a meringue-like lump of just off-white head on top that reaches about 3 fingers thick before leveling off and slowly melting down to a thin skim and creamy collar. Lace was plentiful but the carbonation was on the lazy side.

S: Huge nose full of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Very pungent. Hints of pine and caramel as it warms. Heather picked up a touch of honey, as well.

T: See above. As it warmed, I noticed some spicy apricot and more herbal, grassy flavors.

M: Full and sticky with a killer amount of peppery hop spice. I think the low-ish carbonation enhanced the fullness of the mouthfeel, but that works for this beer.

O: We really dug this beer. They have it advertised on their blog as an "Americo-German Pale Ale" wet-hopped with bags of fresh-picked, whole cone Citra hops and Kolsch yeast featuring the talents of Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewpub. Well whatever it is I hope my classification as an APA will suffice. We're really liking their wet-hop experiments and hope they continue with them next year.

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Photo of ratatat
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant beer with a very unique taste. Surprised me in several ways.

A-carmel brown, very clear. Nice lacing, but little carbonation.
S-light, but beautiful, nose. Fruity and sparkly in aroma.
T-unique. Dry and crisp. Hops linger on your tongue.
M-again, pretty dry, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel of an IPA.

Great collaborative between two great small brewers. I could drink it everyday and not get tired of it for a long while.

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Photo of JRBecks
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for the growler share.

A - Brownish-orange color with a lot of white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Some citrus notes and a little bit of spice and some kolsch yeast. Also, it smells like soap, which I found unpleasant.

T - Taste is better than the nose, but there is still some of that soap in there. Some hops, grain, yeast, a little citrusy, slight soapy taste. It's not bad and easy to drink, I'll give it at least that.

M - Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O - Not bad, has a few things going for it that make it a somewhat unique session beer, but I've had better.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Double-dippin' the Half Acre pales at Fountainhead today. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lettuce, light grapefruit zest, and very light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more lettuce and some stronger toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an okay pale, but one that seems to miss out on all that Citra goodness I've tasted elsewhere. Maybe this keg was a tad old? Regardless, it's drinkable, but nothing to be impressed by.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep gold, some head, no lacing, nice clarity

S: dank citra hops, grapefruit, caramel, tropical notes, some maltiness in the background

T: wet hops provide nice fruitiness, follows with a fair amount of bitterness, notes of caramel, pine, resin, good balance

Mf: medium to high carbonation, light body

O: drinkable and tasty, lots of citra goodness, a touch of kolsch/German influence

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Mr. Ouroboros from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 46 ratings