Alpenglow | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This winter glider is a concept reserved for the haul, the long push, the times when the day extends into the night. Roast punch and hop slice make this black ale your solution to winter sessions.

Added by GbVDave on 12-22-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this from a growler and poured into a pint glass. No real head to it but pours a solid brown color.

Extremely good aromas of roasted nuts, caramel, malts and a touch of hop aromas too. Very good depth accompanies this as well

light bodied with a nice feel, but lacking a bit. Well balanced with flavors of roasted malts, caramel and a touch of hops on the back end

a nice session ale. If the feel and flavors were as good as the nose, this would really be something. Still, it's enjoyable as is

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

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours cola-black with some reddening at the edges. Capped by a 1 finger layer of off white foam that quickly receeded down to a thin and creamy collar that didn't leave much lace.

S: Suprising amount of hops in the nose. Awesome citrus hops do a bit of a battle with some roasty malt and bakers chocolate...with the hops being the victor. The second pour netted a definite piney edge to the hops.

T: Strong hop flavor with more roasted malt and chocolate than in the smell. As this warmed, I picked up the faint addition of chocolate milk and a touch of Whoppers candy. Char flavors increase as it warms, as well.

M: A rich and full mouthfeel that I wasn't expecting with such a low abv. A creeping prickle from the hearty roast and spicy hops. A nice complimentary dryness that lingers long into the finish.

O: Like Sticky Fat's smaller brother with similar hop and roast profiles, but with almost 1/2 the abv. Supremely drinkable! A pretty neat trick for them to release this just 3 days after Big Hugs 2011. Proof that they can nail the Black Beers, no matter what the abv!

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

The second runnings of Big Hugs. Maybe this is better somehow?

A - Dark brown/blackish beer with a big tan head. Nice splotches left on the sides of the glass with some cascading sheets.

S - Nice roast with some piney hops. Pretty much what I would want from a black IPA. There's a bit of citrus bite on this one that makes it smell pretty crisp.

T - Taste falls slightly flat of the nose, but the nose was pretty big for a 3.5% beer, so this is expected. Still, some nice roasted malts and pine and citrus hops. Slight bit of cocoa taste and maybe just a little burnt coffee.

M - Almost medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - A nice session beer. Some of the heavier flavors make it feel bigger than only 3.5%, but it goes down pretty well. Good stuff, wouldn't mind drinking this again.

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Served in a shaker pint glass at SmallBar Fullerton.

Gotta like a craft brewer that will make a true session beer (no correction necessary from Ding this time...). This one pours a dark, garnet-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises light-ish roasted malts, light leek, blackened pretzels, and yellow grapefruit peel. The taste holds notes of light leek, light vinyl, darkly-/bitterly-roasted coffee, and a touch of the underside of an orange rind. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a fairly nice CDA, but yet another one that can't find a pleasant balance between the roast and the hops. Instead, the two factions clash more than the Hatfields and McCoys. Shame, really, as the rest of it's pretty good...

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