Avena Sativa | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Avena Sativa, an English Oat Bitter we brewed specifically for your Thanksgiving Thunderdome. Avena Sativa was brewed to ride your holiday through any twists and turns you make take. Slightly sweet, grain to hop balance with tactile oat fuzz, this beer is your holiday ally.

Added by GbVDave on 11-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist and for getting this for me while I was out of town.

A: Pours a perfectly clear, brilliant pale gold color. Immediately capping this was a 2 finger creamy/lumpy layer of bright white foam that, sadly, didn't hang around for very long.

S: Mildly perfumed and floral hop aroma. Oats turn up in a slightly sweet and toasty form. Crisp, clean, and restrained.

T: See above. First flavors were strongly of toasted grains and mildly floral hops. The hops gradually take on an herbal tone as it warms.

M: Smooth and full with the perfect level of roasty dryness and hop spiciness.

O: An excellent alternative to the typically gluttonous holiday beer. Crisp, clean, and quite refreshing. Very nice!

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for picking this up at Half Acre on a rainy, dreary, day. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thin collar, and nothing in the way of lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - Earthy and spicy hops, with some herbs and flowers present as well - very English. Malt character is largely toasted grains, with a kiss of toffee sweetness.

T - Taste is quite similar, but with a heavier dose of bread and biscuit malts and less overt hop flavors. Finish has a note of burnt toffee, and somewhat unexpected herbal bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - The feel is my favorite aspect of this beer. Medium-light body with cask level carbonation. Very smooth texture, no alcohol, and a clean, crisp, finish.

D - This is very easy to drink, and pretty much achieves what Half Acre set out to do. Unlike many of my friends, I secretly like English style beers. I doubt this will be a big hit with the beer nerds, but it demonstrates solid craftsmanship across the board.

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Photo of vespahulb
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this baby as a little pre-Thanksgiving action. Poured a beautiful golden caramel color with lively carbonation.

In the nose, this beer had a beautiful simplicity. Crushed leaves, earth, toasty grain, faint caramel and a little bitterness.

In the mouth, I immediately loved the lively carbonation. Not what I expected for a British style bitter, but the carbonation was really palate cleansing and refreshing. A streak of earthy bitterness cut through the beer, with a caramel-oaty-grain flavor. Not super complex, but then again, that's what I loved about it.

All in all, a stellar Thanksgiving day offer. Unbeknownst to most folks, HA does the simpler styles just as good as the over-the-top hop bombs and stouts....case in point: Wake of the Flood, The Empty Sea and now, Avena Sativa!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Avena Sativa from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 8 ratings