The Chairman | Half Acre Beer Company

The ChairmanThe Chairman
48 Ratings
The ChairmanThe Chairman

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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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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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this on tap at Maria's I decided to get a bottle to go.
Here's to Lumpen, a great local magazine chock full of politics, arts, and culture. Has it really been 20 years? That's really impressive!

Nicely saturated deep ruddy copper hue, sticky and creamy head of foam that lasts for the duration of the glass. Drippy arcs of lacing hang inside the glass.

Spruce tips and cantaloupe, some brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Some light toasted multigrain bread with honey.

Definitely a fall/winter sipper here. Lots of specialty malt, caramel toffee, nutty breadiness, with some resinous herbaceous hops lurking around the edges, lending a moderate bitterness from pine and orange peel. Dry bitter aftertaste of pine needles and toasted malts. Smooth feel, burly heft, sticky on the lips. It's a big beer, and admittedly this isn't my favorite style, but it's nuanced enough to keep things interesting. Finishing the bomber wasn't a problem, just take your time with it.

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

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

A: Pours a rich, deep amber color with a creamy/pillowy plop of off-white foam on top. Retention was just ok with the head quickly melting down to a thin collar that left a suprising amount of lace.

S: Pan sauteed peaches, orange zest, and a healthy amount of toasty caramel malt. Light, field fresh strawberries on the nose as well.

T: Just as above with slightly more of a toasted flavor to the maltiness.

M: Rich and creamy with a healthy amount of spicy alcohol and hops. Dry during the middle and finish with a suggestion of a berry-like tang.

O: We liked this. It's not really a go to style for us and frankly it got a little tiring towards the end with the (relatively) high ABV, but the creamy balance of the mouthfeel really saved this from being too one note.

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as much a this style has to offer all that bases are hit with a nice warm belly feeling. The toasted malt i could see being a bit troublesome with the abv and could have a booziness. Pour is red and mildly lacy. Nose of citrus hop. No alcohol noted here. Palate is rather savory dry. Hint of toasted malt, and chocolate. A lingering bitter note that clings to the toasty. Great for cheese.

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