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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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 46
Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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 WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery and shared with friends. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Opaque orange-brown body.

S - Aroma is unusual - a mix of zesty citrus, tangerine, and grapefruit over top of a yeasty, slightly peppery, and musty Kölsch base. Reminds me a little of The Crusch, but with less hop intensity.

T - Taste is quite similar - a blend of citrus hop flavors, German-style yeast, and sweet lightly toasted grains. Finish is citric, but not particularly bitter - I guess Citra is pretty low in alpha acids.

M - Creamy medium body, smooth texture, some moderately active carbonation, and a fairly clean finish. Pretty easy to drink.

D - I didn't like this as much as Tasty Waves, but it's a surprisingly successful hybrid ale. If Half Acre is going to step outside their wheelhouse, this is a pretty sensible direction for them to take. I liked The Crusch a bit better, but this was solid too.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Florida9
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of Sean9689
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for grabbing a growler of this to bring to our UFC tasting. Poured into a Bell's tulip as Case de AgentZero's.

A - Pours darker orange, frothy white head, sticking lacing, thick collar, and thick cap.

S - I pick out the yeast and Kölsch aspects right away, which is then followed by some light hoppy notes. Not too sure what I think about this interesting because it's so different but it's also different, which is interesting. :-)

T - Kölsch + hops...kinda weird. Slight banana sweetness, hay, hops, yeast. Again, not sure if I think it's cool or weird...

M - Light body, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - I [i]think[/i] I like the attempt, but not sure I dig the final product here. While I like Kölsch's and I lie APA's, I'm not sure I really dig the hybrid attempt that is Mr. Ouroboros. Unique...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Treebs
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Piece, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clears dark straw with a large fuzzy white head. It subsides to a thick collar and pillow film on top which leaves nice sticky sheets of lace. Looks great.

S: Massive citra hops hit you in the face and wraps around your brain. I love me some citra hops, but this didn't really off anything else besides a residual light piney bitterness and some slight malty notes. But the tropical fruit notes were very nice.

T: The taste was slightly more subdued and complex than the nose which was a huge push in the right direction. Great citrus fruits, oranges and pineapple with a little bitter starfruit in the finish. The Kolsch yeast isn't really noticeable. A malt body does show itself, but it does take a backseat.

M: Light to medium bodied with great carbonation and the drinkability is off the charts. I could drink this all day, every day.

O: A highly drinkable pale ale with citra hops? Sign me up for more please. Not the most complex beer, but very good and as I already stated I could drink this all the time if given the opportunity. Half Acre, bottle this please.

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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 WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz growler into a wine glass

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden color. There is a one finger, off-white head with decent retention.

S: A good yeasty bread smell from the Kolsch yeast strain. Some floral pine notes and mild caramel in the background.

T: Grassier in flavor than aroma, but it is a good sort of grassy. Floral and dank. Kolsch yeast strain continues to make a notable contribution to the flavor. Some of the tropical flavors associated with Citra are present but subdued. The finish is quick and earthy.

M: Relatively thin. Lowish carbonation.

O: A delicious, easy drinking beer. I could easily throw back a few pints of this and feel good, especially on a warm summer day. Good flavor profile despite its easy drinking nature. Love it.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my lagunitas mason jar, deep orange color, slightly hazy, not much head retention.

smell is very floral, mango, perfumey. very nice.

taste is slight citrus rind, floral. moderate but clean bitterness. faint toasted malt sweetness to balance it out. clean yeast profile, helps accentuate hop character. really good.

mouthfeel has a touch of hop oiliness that sticks a bit, but overall finishes pretty clean and makes this a very enjoyable beer. get some while you can.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden color and a whittish head that holds nice clumps of foam.

S: Faint floral note and subtle spicy hop..

T: Dank, sticky fresh hop burst and a smooth finish and dry malt with a tangy note on the back of the tongue. Like the nose there is a floral quality that is nicely accented. Some tangy grapefruit appears as this warms.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and medium mouthfeel bring a smoothness and a very crisp finish from the Kolsch yeast that has a real German beer flavor.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of the Kolsch style but this one is very good. A unique collaboration from Peace and Half Acre.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say that I wasn't expecting much from this beer. However, reading the first couple of reviews piqued my interest. Mr. Ouroboros delivered.

Pouring my fresh growler, the beer had a glowing orange color, with little hues of darkness. It's clear as day.

In the nose, I was immediately sold on this beer. On the front you get a hefty whiff of green mango, pine, honey and mild malts. On the back of the nose, this beer brings a stanky, peppery funk...which I fell in love with. Using wet Citra brought amazing results. You'd expect over the top tropical aromas, but they were actually really mild and green, bringing a new feeling to the varietal.

In the mouth, talk about balance! The malt bill brings a hefty weight with a touch of honey. The bitterness is apparent but really integrated. Lot's of pleasant acidity, a touch of tropical fruit and finishes with that dank earthiness.

All in all, this beer over-delivers. An amazing addition to their wet-hop beers, a killer rendition of a pale ale and an all around fantastically balanced an tasty beer.

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Photo of ratatat
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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 troupis
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
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 sbbear
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler the day it became available at the brewery. It pours a very rich deep orange color, thick lacing and light carbonation. The nose is heavy, really nice, huge floral, cut summer grass, pine, and a touch of earth. The taste is a beautiful APA, nice stickiness with the perfect amount of bitterness. This is a great beer...I hope they bottle it some day.

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Mr. Ouroboros from Half Acre Beer Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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