Tasty Waves | Half Acre Beer Company

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Tasty WavesTasty Waves

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Brewer's notes:
As fall hits and summer fades we throw out one last toast to summer. This beer is about summer today and yesterday, a mindset, an ease...Tasty Waves is the summer session pale that glides in and around your long days soaked in sunshine. It's a 5% cruiser we're putting into 22's and growlers. Put down your ambition and ride these tasty waves while it's hot.

Added by GbVDave on 10-07-2011

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 67
Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-09-28 in Napperville, IL at the Pour House on tap.

Hazy gold with a 2-finger head. Smell is citrus, dank and pine. Nicely bitter finish. More dank than I like in a Pale Ale but tasty nevertheless. Good feel. I like it but would rather have their Daisy Cutter.

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Photo of ARoman
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into an 8oz tulip. The aroma is a very potent, fresh grapefruit with a light toffee undertone. The beer is a murky, dull orange-yellow hue with a soapy white head that laces well and retains a moderately light ring. The taste is a medium bitter with a supporting, medium sweetness. The beer is oily with a fizzy carbonation and a medium fruity body. The beer is bitter up front with fresh grapefruit and caramel, as well as bread crust. It finishes zestier, with a brighter grapefruit and a grass character. The aftertaste is dry and lightly astringent with remnants of grapefruit, bread crust, and a bit of toffee.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy bright deep orange body with a strong carbonation of off-white head that is a bit bubbly on top.

S- The full hop aroma comes through during the pour with a herbal hop pellet and musty green aroma followed by some citrus juicy perfume hop notes and a fresh pale malt flavor peaking through before the orange peel and pungent green hop qualities finish the sniff.

T- The nice pale malt with a touch of biscuit malt soon give way to the citrus hops and a nice full pungent green hop finish that has just a touch of bitterness to it.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz on the tongue that leads to a crisps finish that compliments the hop flavor.

O- This is a delicious full hops flavored beer with a nice big hop depth to it and good support by the malt flavors. Everything taste very fresh with just enough bitterness to compliment the hops yet not overpower them.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mcc1654 sent this in what I hope to be the second of many trades. I'm a sucker for Half Acre beers and am happy to try another of their offerings. Cheers and thanks, Mike!

Poured into a 3 floyds pint glass. This is a hazy light orange with gold highlights. Foam formation was decent - 1 to 2 fingers - and off white. Lacing clinging to the glass as this settles down.

Upfront citrus hops in the nose slanted towards lemon and grapefruit. Not picking up much in the malt or yeast ester department.

Snappy, supportive malt backbone provides foundation for firm bitterness and a solid amount of grapefruity, citrusy hops. Medium, dry finish leaves a lingering grapefruit juice reminder of the hop presence.

Moderate-low in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

Overall another enjoyable release from the folks at Half Acre. Well-formed flavors, good balance, and a repeat sipper for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Richard.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a big, soapy white head. Plenty of citrus and floral hop notes with only a subtle bread/malt aroma. Pretty simple aroma, but quite nice. The flavor has lots of citrus flavor and a bit of floral character with a soft but sufficient bitterness. A light malt sweetness in the background. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying a bottle of Tasty Waves Pale Ale from Half Acre and the beer is GOOD! The beer pours a hazy straw golden color with thin white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is tangerine/citrus with pine along with hop bitterness. The taste has more pine than citrus, but it is a good balance. the bitterness comes in at the end and makes the taste hang on the pallet. Themouthfeel is a light medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty dang good beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with minimal head despite a fairly aggressive pour.

Pronounced citrus aroma - orange, pineapple - smells great. Citrusy hops also dominate the flavor. It is hard to pick up any malt character - this is really a showcase for the fruity hop flavors.

Pleasant lingering bitterness and very dry. There must be some malt backbone to keep the bitterness feeling so balanced, but it is well disguised.

Good body with just the right carbonation to pick up the palate a little from the hop assault.

A tasty beer that is all about the hops.

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Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with some yellow. There is a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Bitter citrus peel hops, some juicy pineapple and tangerine. Light and crisp malt is in there too, but the hops are the star.

Taste: Just like the smell thank goodness. A good amount of light malt balances out some really nice hop bitterness. This is definitely one I would have again. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Really good beer. Reminds me a bit of the Daisy Cutter. Would definitely have more given the chance.

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orange tinted yellow in color, though it does seem to clear a bit as it warms. Forms a decent sized off-white head. Decent retention and some light lacing.

S: Smells wonderful and inviting. Orange, mango, lemon and a bit of biscuit malt. Even just a hint of pine in the mix.

T: Unfortunately the taste isn't nearly as inviting. Starts off with an unripe dry lemon flavor then develops a rather astringent graininess before leaving a very dry, somewhat dirty, aftertaste in the mouth.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with good carbonation. Very dry to the point of chalkiness. Astringent bitterness.

O: Very drinkable and with a great nose, but the flavor is way off for me and the bitterness is overdone with virtually no malt character to balance it out.

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Photo of iadler
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy light gold with a two finger head that slowly dissipates in a thin cap and leaves some spots of lacing.

S- Tropical fruits including mango and pineapple with citrus zest, grass, biscuit malt and floral hops.

T- Follows the aroma with tropical hops including mango, pineapple and peach, citrus notes of pink grapefruit, lemon zest and orange. Pine and grass follow after with some biscuit malt.

M- Low carbonation for a pale ale with a medium body. Finishes dry.

O- Somewhere a cross between Daisy Cutter and Zombie Dust. It certainly was one of the better Half Acre offerings recently, but $10 for a bomber was a bit steep for me, especially when you can get a six pack of ZD for $12. Worth trying though.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Half Acre pint glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold, thin film of white head, zero retention, some lacing

S: mango and tropical fruits come in big up front, some notes of honey and lemon as well. Smells similar to the hop profile used in Daisy Cutter, this one doesn't have as much malt presence on the nose

T: starts off slightly sweet and fruity, notes of grapefruit and mango, this becomes quite bitter with notes of pine on the finish. Nice and refreshing, super hoppy.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: another well balanced pale ale from the folks at Half Acre, not as tasty as Daisy Cutter, but there's loads of hoppy goodness from start to finish.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice balance crisp of a yellow golden. a bit murky. simple but wonderful beverage. nose of amarillo notes of pine, green pepper and walnut. nice brisk why a mild carbonation. english yeast small not that sticky but rich protein. good malt character with a mild note and great dryness. great for the amount for alcohol. great summer beer.

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Photo of vande
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect way to say good bye to summer!

a: somewhat typical golden hued pale...bit of carbonation and action going on here.. very little in the way of head..

s: instant smile. Fresh hops all over the place on this beer. Big citurs/grapefruit. A nice nugget.

t: see smell!

m: not bad, but very easy to drink here.. some what lighter to medium bodied beer.

o: a pretty damn good pale. glad I've got one more bottl!

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly bought this beer for the Endless Summer/Rocky Horror mashup label. It's pretty close to Daisy Cutter, with a different hop profile, and slightly more biscuity malt. Wait I have to write more?! ;)

Tall weizen glass with soapy foam coating the insides, foam lasts for a few minutes before fading to a frothy island in the center. Hazy, glowing saturated orange.

Pungent citric hops with some grass clippings and pale malt bleeding through, a la Daisy Cutter. Clean and pretty straightforward.

Bitter and grassy, fading into a bready multigrain center, ending on a bitter note of grapefruit rind. Sweet orange, segueing into the pale malts again, biscuity for a second, then a dry grassy finish. Light bodied, easily drinkable. Textbook style hallmarks with a nice hop presence throughout.

Drinking a growler sample side by side with a can of Daisy, in a blind test it was virtually indistinguishable.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for picking up a growler of this stuff. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, white frothy head, thin cap, spotty lace.

S - Rye, smooth bitterness, nice hoppy bouquet. Lots of hops, lots of rye, and that's about it. Pretty straight forward here, but still very solid.

T - The rye notes stick out a lot more to me on the palate then the nose. A nice dose of citrus and floral hoppy bitterness mix well with the rye.

M - Light, refreshing, dry hoppy finish.

O - One of the better HA brews I can remember in recent memory. The hops and rye work well together and it's just simply easy to drink lots of this. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Half Acre on Friday. Shared with friends while watching some MMA. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving a few splotches of lace. Hazy peach juice body.

S - Zesty citrus, tropical fruits, hint of pine, and a kiss of rye. Pretty much all hops here, with minimal malt character beyond the rye.

T - Again, it's mostly citrus, tropical fruits, a bit of pine bitterness, and a touch of zesty rye. Finishes clean, with medium-low residual bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, crisp medium-low carbonation, and an extremely dry finish.

D - Probably Half Acre's best offering since Callow Knife. I'm glad they bottled this one instead of Mr. Ourobouros, as it'll be a nice beer to share with my regular trade partners. APAs and IPAs are Half Acre's niche - they should embrace it like Alpine or Pizza Port, instead of wasting time on all their experimental fruit beers.

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

A - Pours a orangish yellow color with some some brown highlights. White head that faded to some slight spots and a partical cap.

S - A bit of rye spice, tropical fruits, nice malts, a little grassy.

T - Nice malts and crystal rye. Hops are a good mix between tropical fruits and resin bitterness. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation.

O - Nice beer, real easy drinker, and if you like a slightly more bitter APA, this one is for you.

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Photo of vespahulb
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm definitely picking up what Half Acre's puttin' down with this brew.

Pouring her out, it's got that bright orange homebrew-esque haziness that's becoming signature Half-Acre-Pale-Ale. In the nose, you get a hefty bombardment of tropical fruits. Lychee, musky pineapple, passion fruit in the front with a little bit of piney aromas in the back.

In the mouth, I immediately noticed the lighter abv. The malt profile was quite dialed back in comparison with the hop aroma, which caught me off guard as a little disjointed...but once my buds got accustomed, it was smooth sailing from there. I think I killed my bomber in about 15 minutes!

I can definitely see the comparison to Daisy Cutter, but it's certainly unique in it's own right. Half Acre's definitely carving itself a real niche in being able to produce sessionable Pale Ales absolutely packed with flavor.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a perfectly hazy pale gold with snatches of suspended sediment. About 2 fingers of creamy, bright white head spring up before quickly melting down to a thin collar. No lace was left behind.

S: Hmmm. Sort of Daisy Cutter-esque with a stronger malt presence. Quite bright and fruity with hints of cut grass and berries. **Note** Got to try a bunch of this on draft at the Half Acre pop up cheese shop yesterday and noticed that it's way grassier in the nose compared to the bottled version.

T: See above. Just slightly maltier than Cutter. Which is awesome.

M: More malt means a fuller and smoother mouthfeel compared to Daisy Cutter. Very nice!

O: I hate to keep comparing it to DC but that seems like a jumping off point for this. A valiant attempt to keep summer around for a few more days...

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Tasty Waves from Half Acre Beer Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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