The Chairman | Half Acre Beer Company

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The ChairmanThe Chairman

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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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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 16
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of lnashsig
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought back to Houston from Chicago from my sister as a Christmas gift! Very welcome and appreciated new bottle that I have never heard of. Poured from bottle into Half Acre tulip glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber color, an off-white head, nice lacing. Smell- a cocoa aroma, some malty breadiness, and a little bit of a plastic scent. Not a huge detractor but its there. I don't get any citrus flavors here, it's all a darker, maltier aroma. Taste- some bitterness on the first taste that is followed by some saccharine sweetness. It definitely tastes a bit artificial. Some roastiness from the malt in the backbone, but other than that, this beer is not too complex. The ABV is def there, it's a little boozy. The hops presence is all there in the form of a bitter ending to this beer. It's not a great beer, not a horrible one. I would pass on it in the future though.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer, a bit of a lighter brown with a beige head that left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Very malty. There's a bit of citrus and fruit that seem to weight it down more than needed. Smells fairly sweet.

T - Kind of bores me. It's a bit of a malt bomb with some fruit notes. Needs some more balancing characteristics as the sweetness and malts taste too heavy. Could stand some more hops. I find it kind of boring.

M - Smooth, malty, too much body, probably heavier side of medium.

O - Maybe Reds just aren't meant to be imperialized, whatever the case, don't really like this take on it. Average beer.

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Photo of HosP
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dunt for this beer. Poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pours a dark shade of amber. Off white head, about a finger high with small amounts of lace left.

S- Sweet caramel malt aroma comes through the most. Maybe a bit of citrus in the middle maybe. At the end get a bit of toasted/burnt aroma.

T- Lots of malty flavors in this. Caramel malts give off lots of sweetness. Some fruit, citrus hop flavor really tries to come through, but the malts don't allow much. Still a bit of burnt flavor at the end.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit dry.

O- If you like lots of malty flavor this is for you. First Imperial red ale, and not my favorite style. Ok to drink just not my preference. Still thank you for the try Ryan, always love to try Half Acre.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Great fluffy head, almost a beige brown color. Great lacing. Hazy reddish brown in light, mahogany wood at rest. Very nice looking beer.

S- Malt, hops and some apple. Fragrant beer, some cranberry sour as well.

T- Seems like it should be more complex. Pleasantly smooth but just not a lot going on, malt, not too strong in the hops and almost no aftertaste. The more I drink it the less I like it.

M- Not that much going on. Not overly carbonated, very little mouthfeel. Smooth and malty and gone...

O- I guess a little disappointed in this one, Half Acre doesn't make BAD beer, this is a good one, just not great.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Half Acre - love the 'collect 'em all' label art. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, leaving behind no lacework. Transparent dark red body.

S - Plenty of red fruits, toffee, crystal malt, a hint of milk chocolate, and spicy alcohol esters. There's an initial note of American citrus hops, but it dissipates quite quickly.

T - Taste is very similar, with loads of caramel malts, milk chocolate, red fruits, and a lightly toasted finish. Alcohol is better-hidden here.

M - Medium body, with a toasted grain texture and dry finish. Some light alcohol warmth, but nothing excessive for 9.5%. Carbonation is pleasant but restrained.

D - Yep - it's exactly what you'd expect from an Imperial Red Ale. If the alcohol were hidden a bit better it'd be an enjoyable beer, but as it stands it's merely acceptable. I'd stick with the Ginger Twin recipe in the future.

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish red in color. Clear. Forms a large yellow-light tan colored head with good retention, but only leaves a light bit of lacing.

S: Toffee and alcohol. The alcohol is really quite pronounced in the aroma.

T: Loads of lightly sweet toffee, a little vanilla, and malty fruits. Caramel malts. Mild to moderate pine bitterness before the fusel alcohol takes over.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A decent beer, but far from a great one and I'd definitely choose Ginger Twin over this one. However, drinkability was good for a night with a little bit of a chill in the air.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Markfry hooked me up with this beer in what I hope to be the first of many trades. An awesome variety of Half Acre brews were included with this being the main initiator to make a deal. Thanks again, Mark for such an awesome box!

Pouring into my SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy, amber color with touches of orange glow. Foam formed a 1-2 finger very light tan and is already leaving sticky lacing along the glass as I intake the aroma.

Toasty maltiness percolates up first with its trusty caramel scented accomplice. Candied orange peel hops noted as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

More caramel malts coming through in the flavor along with a hearty, dark toasted bread. Subtle chocolate. Tangerine-like fruit signals the hop presence as does a dank/musty quality which is more noticeable as the beer warms.

Roughly medium bodied but feels thicker on the tongue that you might expect. Moderate level of carbonation.

All in all, I'm enjoying the chance to sample this beer but certainly had higher hopes. Somewhat off-kilter for a big red ale, would like to see more layered flavors here and a less noticeable boozy presence.

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a good 2' head

well balanced aromas of malts, caramel, toffee, and copper aromas.

medium/full bodied with a smooth feel. Very nice caramel, toffee, and malty flavors, but lacking a slight bit of body

an extremely good imperial red ale. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not too much

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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