The Chairman | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Chairman is in celebration of Lumpen Magazine's 20th anniversary.

We opted to brew an Imperial Red Ale; a mostly balanced, ominous, reigning force easing you into cooperation. In honor of their creativity, three different labels were designed for this beer. Each one takes its own slant towards the spirit of Lumpen and its Boring Theoretical Party. The Chairman will be available at our brewery store and at Maria's Packaged Goods in Bridgeport. To Lumpen!

Added by GbVDave on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at the release on 11/11/11 when I was in Chicago for the wood & barrel aged beer festival. Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a clear reddish brown, a usual pour produces a 3/4 inch head that is foamy and tan, and dissipates fairly quickly to a cap and ring, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass. Could be redder for a red ale.

Smells malty and sweet with some earthy, grassy hops.

Tastes of caramelized malt, sweet bready notes, a hint of milk chocolate and some mint. Finish is earthy and grassy, with just a little bitterness. It is an odd beer, after a few tastes it seems quite aggressive on the palate, but then then the palate adjusts and it gets more pleasant. The malt and hop levels are equal to the alcohol level. At first it tastes more malty sweet, but then tastes hoppier as it is consumed. It holds together, but its balance is constantly in question.

This has a burning sensation on the tongue from both the roasted malt and the hops. Body is medium and carbonation is light, and it has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

It lives up to its billing as an imperial red ale, in taste if not so much in color. After a few months of aging (kept in the beer fridge at 49 degrees), it is still nicely hoppy. Will make it a point to consume the remaining bottles soon.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle, from Maria's and shared with Steve. Malty English style red, comes across like a vintage ale, yet we know its still within a few months on the shelf. Toasty aroma and taste. Dark reddish colour with an off-white head, lacey. Steve noticed first it was a little oxidized. Hops kick in at the finish. Not bad.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a deep reddish amber color. Produced a good tan head. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- A grainy caramel-like honey sweetness. Subtle bits of pine with lemon and citrus.

(T)- Definitely heavily hopped with heavy citrus and a caramel and honey maltiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. An interesting balance of deep malts and zesty citrus. Almost like a red ale and the richness of a scotch ale combined.

(D)- Overall, a fun and enticing take on the style; definitely an imperialized red ale.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up a bottle at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar on the South Side.

A: Very dark red/brown that is clean looking throughout. It pour with a nice creamy beige head that stays around and laces the glass incredibly well

S: A very malty, sweet and a slightly hoppy aroma.

T: Fairly sweet taste but the end taste is just lacking. There seems to be a lack of bitter hop balance in this beer to even things out.

M: Heavy mouthfeel. I was expecting something thinner and with less body.

O: Was really looking forward to this since I LOVE HALF ACRE, but I was a little disappointed in this one. The flavor blend just isn't there with the hops and malts.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of the very generous people at half acre. Just one of the many amazing complementary beers they gave me. Thanks again for your amazing customer support!

A-Pours a very dark amber with a frothy two finger head.

S-Very biscuity and herbal with some jasmine shining through.

T-Some grape and and very wheat bread like. There is a bit of a burned caramel taste as well. There is almost some citrus in the after taste. Not too sweet but has a bitter finish.

M-Medium carbonation combined with the mild bitterness gives this an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Fairly light body for the abv and flavor.

O-I am a novice to the style, but this is a mighty fine beer. I enjoyed it more on tap but this was still a nice treat. I would be content if they released this in cans. The abv was shocking as I had no knowledge of it while drinking it.

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