Half Acre Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #61
Ranked #1,305
4.25 | pDev: 8.24%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: Originally brewed under the name Daly Double. This beer is a tribute to a friend that passed away. Space was his nickname as a young man and this beer will be a regular offering at our brewery only; our way of keeping him a regular.
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Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Similar to the imperial version, deep space. Still has intense citrus and some tropical fruit, but hops are more complex and lush despite being a single ipa, but still a touch too much malt. Feel is a touch shallow, but flavors are solid enough to pull through. A very enjoyable ipa, easy drinking

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Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a flight because I couldn't decide between so many amazing hoppy brews. Stopped by the brewery on the way to the Cubs game.

This one is unique and intense. Super malty and spicy with a special hop profile. Must be the falconers flight. Not a huge fan of it but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Hazy orange. Smells of citrus and a little pine. Touch of caramel malt. Tastes citrusy. Orange and grapefruit behind it. Bready and toasty malt. Mild bitterness. Medium body. Very good, but not my favorite of their offerings.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky bronze with two fingers of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, and resin. Flavor profile is citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, with a little lemon zest. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a slight graininess to the fizz. Overall, it packs quality notes in a well balanced format.

Served in a 16oz pint glass. Draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of Quinn3333
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from the tap room 12/28/16. A very well balanced, hop forward IPA. Citrus, pine resin and a balanced malt finish make this a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-01-29 at the Half Acre Taproom in Chicago, IL on tap.

Orange and pineapple flesh, light on the grain flavors, light pine and pepper. Plenty of crushed hop bud aroma and flavor. Soft feel. Very, very good.

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Photo of Danny206
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at the Half Acre Tap Room. In dim light it was a dark golden brown, the color of maple syrup with a thin head of very small white bubbles, reminded me of sea foam. The smell was a citrus blast: oranges, pineapple, and melon. The taste followed the nose but with a spike of minty pepper coming through after the citrus. Very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at the Half Acre taproom. Pours a dark amber with a creamy white head that sticks around and leaves substantial lace.
The aroma hit me as pineapple and orange juice.
The taste began with tropical fruit then a bit of pine with a touch of sweetness before a long-lasting, finishing resinous finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy.
Really good IPA. I think it was my favorite beer that I tried at the taproom.

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Photo of jshusc
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer out of a howler straight from the brewery. A little darker than expected for an IPA, but not in a bad way. The nose was on point and this was a well hopped, but not overpowering IPA. Mouthfeel was good, but the howler probably lost a hair of carb. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Still one of the best IPAs I've ever had, and I've had a lot. When I think of what an IPA should be, should taste like, smell like... this is it. Only other one that comes close is Cumbre's Elevated IPA.

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Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, March 2015 release, poured into a green Half Acre willibecher glass. Enjoyed on 4.2.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice amber color, good clarity with orange hues and a finger or so of foamy head, great retention and lace. The aroma is pleasant, lots of piney hops, citrus rind, dank and grassy, almost a Half Acre signature, lightly floral with a strong breadiness. The flavors echo the nose well, loads of piney hops, resinous, sappy and sticky, very earthy and bitter, the dank grassy and floral notes are really prominent as well, grapefruit peel adds a touch of citric tang while the malt profile is strong and assertive, lots of amber and caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, sticky and sappy, plays well with the flavors, coats the mouth quite well, low to medium carbonation with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Half Acre, makes for a good standby. I'm not always one for a really pine forward IPA, but this works for me, good balance, easy to drink and has a refreshing quality to it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i liked space better than their other, lighter, more tropical ipa. this one is pretty awesome, with some red color to it and quite a bit more body than the other one. the head is tall and just off white, sticking high to the sides of the glass. citra hops or some similar varietal seem do be the dominant hop in this one, fruity and a little tangy and really forward. the malt is a little sweet for me in the taste, my only real critique, but i like what it adds in terms of depth and body, and its not like so many over balanced hoppy beers, its dosed correctly. i get a little more hop aromatic than flavor in this, suggesting a heavy dry hop. citrus is there, but its more mellow than juicy i think, and maybe thats do do with the sweetness of the malt. yeast is nondescript, and the beer finishes dry enough despite the front and middle. mellower carbonation than some of the other half acre brews, but it slows it down i think and suits it well. excellent beer, i think perhaps a tad bit inflated on the ratings, but really well done on the whole. drinkable for miles, even at 7% abv.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Had this on tap at the Half Acre brewery - formerly the Daly Double and now Space. Pours a fantastic amber with a nice head. Such a great smell initially and the hops are so well balanced .....I am tired of writing. Good beer. Bring me more.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours ruby, clear, with a beige head. Smell is surprisingly muted, but bright and hoppy. Very nice.

Taste has a surprising and pleasant caramel nature -- very piney. I might call this a red IPA or an Imperial Red Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Overall excellent.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Poured on tap at Half Acre in a lovely 13oz goblet/tulip (?) pours a dark orange ambery orange with white foamy head with a slight reddish hue

Nose: candy caramel malt, orange, bright flowers, pineapple/papaya

Taste: orangey hop zest, subtle mint, muddled tropical fruits, bready malt with a soft nuttiness lingering (cashew seems very keen as Jason noted), some pine and tropic hop zest lingering

Feel: medium bodied, smooth, zesty, easy drinkin, fragrant

Wonderful IPA. Well balanced and delicious

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Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz "howler" from the brewery
L - deeper amber colored body, creamy ivory head
S - juicy, citric aroma with grapefruit, toasted grain, bold caramel; sweeter aroma, smells delicious
T - juicy and sweet up front with caramel and plenty of toasted grain, faint tea leaf; bitterness follows with grapefruit and orange rind, some pine, but still nicely balanced with the sweet juiciness riding through the bitter hops
F - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-dry
O - absolutely delicious flavor profile here! I'd get this again for sure.

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Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9 hours in a car yesterday to and from Chicago, too much money spent, and this is the first beer from the trip that I'm going to enjoy. Snagged a howler at Half Acre, pouring into a Spiegelau glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden color with a slight copper tone. About 2 fingers of white foamy head that reduces slow, and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S: Not a bomb, but a very well balanced citrus and spice combo. Some lingering sweetness in the background.
T: Nothing really takes lead on the flavor. I get citrus, I get spices and pine, and malty base, but not a single flavor pops. It seems to favor citrus at first, and as it warms up a but it seems to favor pine.
M: Sweet and smooth! Goes down fairly sweet, not much bitterness to speak of. My only complaint about this is it does feel a bit thin.
O: Very solid offering from Half Acre, glad I was able to try it. When I was there, it wasn't available in the Tap Room, just the shop next door. One of my favorite IPAs from Chicago to date, would love to see this available in cans!

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Photo of LANDRY
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got back from Half Acre Brew with a large haul but had to crack open the Space growler immediately. At first taste at the store I thought it was eerily similar to 3F Zombie Dust, apparently this is the re-branded Daly Double of which I had not had before. If you like/love ZD you will like/love this beer, but a clone it is not.

A Hazy light amber with a tiny cream head

S A very light aroma of citra hops and hay

T Rich and malty, but dominated by the intense hopping. Definatly Citra dry hopped with another smoky scorched pallet hop

M Rich and creamy followed by biting hops and a nice medium carbonation

O Great beer Overall smokier and more complex than most APAs easy drinking, this growler will not make through the night.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pint poured at the tap room on 12/26/13, poured into a Half Acre pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - amber-brown coloration, murky appearance (couldn't see or read through), initial frothy off-white head settled into a half finger glass lacing; tight carbonation bubbles arising off the bottom of the glass

S: 11/12 - wow, big dank, piney and resinous aroma fills it up; little detectable malt or alcohol aromas

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is a big dank hop presence likely supplied by ample amounts of Chinook, CTZ and/or Simcoe; however, there is a Citra presence that keeps it a bit bright (and maybe more cat pissy); in the middle of the mouth, I was expecting some caramel sweetness based on the color but thankfully got little except for balance and body; dry finish with little aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderate body for style; thick resiny hop oils luxuriously coat the tongue; subtle but present alcohol; moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - really impressed with this one - what a dank, piney American IPA should be; really showcases Pacific NW hops that could easily be overdone; again, this is a fantastic beer for the price point ($5 pint at the brewery), and is an stellar homage to a great friend of the brewery; prosit!

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz Growler
Half Acre

Space sports a copper body with gleaming gold highlights whenever any light is in the vicinity. A touch of haze runs throughout. A dirty white head rises to a finger then fades to a short cap. As it recedes chunk lacing decorates the glass and will be tough to wash off.

Oranges dressed up in every which way. Marmalade, candied peel, raw fresh. Brown sugar broiled grapefruit makes an appearance but the orange rules the roost. Pine sappy and mildly herbal. A soft toast and caramel maltiness make up the canvas. Smells juicy!

Again, the flavor profile just bursts with big, bold orange. It's sweet and bitter. Pine and grapefruit are mere support. Buttered white toast and a dash of caramel make up the base. I don't think I've had a beer in the past that packs this much orange.

The body has moderate weight but the carbonation is active and makes for a quick flow. A semi dry finish accentuates a bitterness that grows to no larger than medium. There's not a whisper of alcohol and this beer is dangerously easy to put away.

Space has been a favorite of mine since the tribute, Daly Double. A great, slammable, orange-in-your-face IPA. I appreciate this beer being on tap fairly often these days.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep clear amber in color with some slight red hues. Head is about 1 finger and has nice retention.

Smell is great, lots of citrus hops forward. Grapefruit is the main aroma that dominates this beer but there are also some hints of pine and herbal hops. There is a nice grainy mildly sweet smelling malt aromas that helps balance the beer.

Taste is also great. More pine comes out in the taste then in the nose however there is also a nice mildly sweet citrus and herbal hop presence. Bitterness is mild and balanced nicely with a nice grainy body.

Mouthfeel is good lots of hoppy oils and a medium to light body. Moderate carbonation keeps this soft and very drinkable.

Overall this is a good ipa. Love the grapefruit aromas and it's well balanced grainy malt body.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ the brewery

served in that dope half acre stemware - bright coppery orange body - this is a great IPA - nice waves of tropical fruit, sugary goodness, pine needles, sweet sappy goodness. Really nice stuff - apparently my palate was just blown when i tried this at GABF, because I really liked this at the brewery.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-copper in color with a slight haze.

Fresh pine, orange zest, resin, white and yellow flowers, tangellos and a lightly dank quality.

Citrus, pine needles, resin, nutmeg, light brown sugar, roasted malt.

Medium bodied and very clean on the palate. Just the right amount of bitterness.

While some of the descriptors are sweet, there is nothing sweet about this beer. Great balance and a masterful use of bittering in the hops to just the right proportion. Finishes wonderfully clean and smooth. Really well done.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep orange, nicely carbonated two finger head, some lacing

S-Good deal of hops, the toasty malt I've noticed with Half Acre Brews. Citrus and tropical hops.

T-Starts toasty with wheat malt, ends with nice bitterness. Well balanced good deal of citrus and tropical notes

M-medium bodied, nicely carbonated, good deal of hop resins.

O-What a beer. The best of the tap room. A must try any visit to Half Acre.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at tap room 20 oz.

Poured a hazy, very dark orange to light brown with a small fingers worth of white head. Hop forward nose with orange teases as the citra hop shows it's lovely character. Palate follows the nose closely with a huge citra hop presence. Big tropical fruit hits mid sip. The finish is a great balance between malt and dry hop. Really nice medium mouth feel as it isn't quite as big as I have become accustomed to. Low carbonation makes this ale extremely drinkable really enjoying this. Overall, damn, I now know why Half Acre is so highly looked on with those that live in their distro area. Super friendly staff at the taproom bartender Adam is great. The tap room is cool concrete bar with a fake bear head. All in all I will be coming back here for growers once my bottle stoppers are in. Cheers.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 505 ratings