Space | Half Acre Beer Company

63 Reviews

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-05-2012

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Photo of beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark citrus and husky toasted grain make for a predictable yet honest smell. Some herbaceous qualities round out the otherwise clean qualities.

T: Begins off-dry, with strong green herbaceous hop aromatics, a bit briny, as well as attendant spiciness suggestive of significant yeast phenolics. Crystal malt is mild yet present, coming across as unmodified by the fermentation process. Acidity is also mild into the middlewhere flavors become more bready and less influenced by the hop flavors. The finish is predictable, with appropriate bitterness, surging pine, and a mineral edge.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer struggles to generate much interest, despite its rather bold display of sensory qualities. Nothing seems particularly out of place--in fact the texture is appealing--but it stops well short of being inspirational.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Half Acre taproom grand opening, served in a pint glass.

Pour: Dark orange with a finger plus of off white sticky head. Pretty thick. Leaves heavy, thick lacing.

Smell: Pretty grassy hops, with some pine and citrus mixed in. Earthy malt profile is interesting.

Taste: Malt forward, big time. Very caramelly, with some pine to balance. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Too much malt makes for a cloying mouthfeel.

Overall: Too balanced of an IPA for my tastes. Fans of two hearted and ambers will find this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of tewaris
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan! Bomber split with a friend. Burnt amber hue, medium clarity, good head and retention. Fruity and floral aroma, lush and juicy. Tastes good with peach and apricots but has its faults: an odd nuttiness and a watery finish spoil an otherwise flavorful and respectably bitter IPA. Apt body and carbonation... not bad but not great either.

4, 4, 3, 4, 3

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Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep brownish amber with a foamy white head that leaves a bit of intricate lacing.

The smell is fresh for one thing. Definitely sells like summit.

The taste is of summit too. It is acidic and tomatoey, just a small hint of onion/garilic. It is a bit spicy. The malt bill is great in this one. Bitterness is medium.

The hops in this one aren't' my style, but it is a well-crafted brew.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The pour is a hazy, faded caramel color with orange edges and a frothy white cap. The head fades to a film and leaves a few spots of spotty lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some light grapefruit and firm pine hoppiness to go along with a smooth caramel breadiness. The flavor starts sweet with a honey caramel toasted bread flavor, but dries out quickly and moves to a spicy pine hoppiness. There is not a ton of complexity with this beer. It drinks on the fuller side of medium, with

For some reason Half Acre is starting to churn out routine tasting limited releases, and I am starting to get tired of it.

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Photo of KDawg
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a good foamy head

Nice aromas of hops, navel oranges and some citrus tones. Not all that deep and doesn't jump as much as I expected

medium/full bodied with excellent flavors of navel oranges, citrus notes, some florals and hops. Good depth on the flavors, but there is no mid, but a nice finish

This was a bit disappointing. It just came more across as a run of the mill DIPA than a great one

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Photo of LANDRY
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for sending this one along recently.

Beer is a rather deep amber color and darker than I would have guessed. Beautiful, thick/creamy head with excellent retention. Lots if thick sticky lace.

Aroma is your first hint of a more assertive malt character. Check that, the color was... Anyway the aroma is toasty with a light fresh hop aroma.
Interesting balance here.

Wow, very toasty flavor. Lots of malt character with some bready notes. Some vegetal/green hop flavors as well. Interesting. Flavor profile seems more like a suped up APA vs a DPA.

Body seems a touch light to me but still appropriate. Just a touch of carbonation on the tongue.

Over all a nice little beer. A nice change vs some of the basic DPA's. (I see this is listed as an IPA.... all comments adjusted for this!)

Thanks Alex, always a treat to try some Half Acre goodness.

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Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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 wschmit
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. No dates.

A: A lovely, reddish caramel-hued, just-hazy body sports an off-white, lofty head with solid retention, large bubbles slowly popping away.

S: Grassy hops in all their unfettered glory. Probably mostly Cascade here. 95% hops on the nose, with a bit of caramel at the end.

T: A nice, even hopping throughout, from green, vegetal start to mildly malty, earthy finish. Not overwhelmingly bitter--in fact, it's quite balanced. Just enough sweetness to check it.

M: On the sweeter side of IPAs, which I personally prefer. Alcohol is there, but not prominent. Body is relatively full, and the carbonation prickles but doesn't annoy the tongue.

O: A successful tribute to a hop-lover, but expensive for what it is, around 10 bucks for the bomber. I threw this into the cart because the store had held another sweet release for me. A fine quaff for a one-off, though, and bottom line a solid beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kwilliams81 for sending me this as a nice extra in a recent trade

Look: Pours a nice copper color with a 1/2 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Lots of floral and tropical hops on the nose with quite a bit of caramel. Real good nose

Taste: Very sweet caramel maltiness upfront backed up by the floral hops not much else

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: Not a bad dipa would gladly drink again and highly recommended

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Half Acre tap room. Served in a bulb tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a tooth colored head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thin film that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Flower and full of citrus up front. As it warms some light caramel malts come out to play providing a nice background sweetness.

T: Little grapefruit bitterness with a light caramel malt body. The finish is fruity, citrusy and slightly sweet from the malts.

M: Medium to light bodied with a sticky sweet finish. Pretty juicy, but easily drinkable with a medium carbonation level.

O: I definitely enjoyed this beer. Nicely balanced and easily drinkable, what more could you ask for?

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- cloudy dark caramel, with a 1 finger white head, and a ring of lacing remains a inch above the beer.

S- caramel, citrus (mainly orange and grapefruit), and some pine as well.

T- slighted toasted and sweet caramel malt, the citrus hops outshine the pine.

M- medium body, easy to drink and bitterness doesn't linger to long on the tongue.

O- good ipa from Half Acre. Very similar to Daisy Cutter with less bitterness and more citrus.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to immobilisme for the bottle!

Fairly bright copper with light tan head that subsides fairly quickly and leaves modest lacing. Maybe more of a red ale color than an IPA...but a pretty color none-the-less.

The nose is first and foremost spicy - maybe a little caraway with some orange and citrusy flavors sneaking around the edges.

Spicy hops dominate the palate with a good caramel backbone. Mouthcoating and a little peppery rather than smooth.

A rustic character and spicy quality make me think there is some rye involved, although I see no mention of that in the information from the brewery.

Not your typical IPA, but styles aside, a nice, refreshing and tasty beer. Worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recently completed trade. Thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed amber, pretty deeply hued as a matter of fact, and opaque at the center even to direct light. A moderate pour yielded two fingers of airy, elevated off white head that - despite mediocre retention - sports absolutely stellar lacing in its wake. Massive, frothy formations cling like crystalline soap suds to the sides of the glass, looming over a persistent surface film.

Aroma: Resinous herbal and piney notes dominate a roasty and sweet nose, fat with hop oils and bitter acids. Leafy tobacco, pine sap and woody juniper sprigs, and grassy spice notes mingle over a low and heavy malt backbone, toasty and warming with a moderate amount of residual sugar.

Taste: A step down from the aroma, but only because it's slightly less dynamic and more one-dimensional. Bitter, dry, spicy hop notes dominate, offset less than in the nose by sweet overtones and herbal overtones, as well as a hint of grapefruit citrus that was less apparent in the nose, though the bracing pine notes are amplified by the dryer qualities of the backbone, suggesting a mineral huskiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high on the carbonation front, with enough lift to augment the spicy and piney qualities of the flavor profile without being pushy or abrasive. Plenty of hop oil additions make for a bit of a slick mouth, but there's enough lift to prevent it from being slimy.

Drinkability: A solid if not outstanding IPA. Half Acre definitely knows hops - I've yet to have a substandard IPA from them - but this one is the least impressive of the batch, with enough here to qualify as enjoyable but not enough to have me seek it out again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and residual foam. Thick and sticky. Faintly hazey copper color with good bubbling.

Dry, earthy, musty yeast and bitter orangey, citric hop peel aromas. The smell is resiny, but bright and energizing.

Syrupy, sticky palate with lots of citric peel bitterness from start to finish. Toasted biscuit and cracker malts balance this hoppy beer, somewhat. Earthy, musty, and yeasty mouthfeel and flavor profile as well. This is an interesting DIPA. This is a great beer. To bad its just a one off.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with an inch of white head and sticky lacing. It has a nice contiuous effervescent stream of carbonation.

Smells of tropical fruit, peach, and pine. The malt is bready and brown sugar sweet It's very aromatic.

It has a pretty good balance of hop and malt, bitter and sweet. The pine is a bit more resinous than in the smell. Orange and peach. It has a sweet backing from the malt. The finish has a slight touch of dish soap and is very bitter.

Good carbonation, but the mouthfeel has an astringency that dries out my tongue. Medium body.

This is a re-review and I scored it out much higher than when I had it from the bottle. At least from my notes, the flavor and aroma were more pronouncedthis time around.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/amber with an off-white head. Some lacing.

Strong aroma of lemon, citrus, pine, and bready malt. Really smacks you in the face.

Upfront taste of bitter citrus, lemon/lemon zest. Bready malt middle. Bitter finish of citrus and lemon. Light sweetness at times too. Lingering flavor of bready malts with a slight citrus bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy/foamy finish.

Nice citrusy aroma and flavor ... fairly lemony. Good bitterness. Not a fan of the foamy finish--makes the mouthfeel seem too heavy.


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Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sypcow for the growler share.

A - Brownish orange colored beer that's a bit hazy. Pretty nice head that leaves a lot of stick on the

S - Pine resin, dank hops, some tropical fruit, and a bit of pale malts. Smells like it's going to have a nice bitterness for it.

T - Pretty dank, good pine, some tropical fruits. The Falconer is noticeable on this one and gives it a heavier taste than some of their other IPAs and APAs. Good dose of sweet malts and dank hops. Nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The hops have a more pungent taste that makes this one have a heavier mouthfeel than something like Daisy Cutter.

O - Solid IPA that's hefty enough to almost be a double. It's not exceptional, and I prefer Daisy Cutter, but this beer is fine. This really should be HA's niche, making IPAs and APAs like Daisy Cutter, Callow Knife, and this beer. Unfortunately whenever they try to do bigger beers and throw stuff into barrels it hasn't really been that good.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, another light/hoppy beer from Half Acre! Thanks, Chris! Growler poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/orange color, frothy off-white head, spotty lace, thick collar, and some wisps on top.

S - Pine and light tropical fruity notes, slight dankness & citrus. I would say this is in the "medium" range of hops and smells like a bigger IPA, which makes sense for 7%.

T - More piney resin notes, dank tropical sweetness, with some alcohol bite evident in there as well with some slight malty notes. Finish is dank hoppy bitterness that says with you pretty long.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, oily hoppy finish.

O - A solid IPA from Half Acre. I'm getting quite bored with APA/IPA's from HA, as they all basically run into one another with similarities. That said, it's decent and I'd have again, but I hope they brew other stuff that are as good as their APA/IPA's.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a FFF tulip

A - Deep, reddish brown with orange tint. Small layer of foam on the side.

S - Floral with sweet citrus, pineapple, light orange peel, and sweet strawberry. Very nice, complex and strong nose.

T - Slight pine bitterness with nice orange citrus in the middle. The strawberry comes in the middle to give it a nice sweetness. The floral and a slight bitterness that comes in the finish.

MF - Light body with light carbonation in it. Slight hop resin remains on the tongue in the finish.

O - Nice light hoppy beer with a lot of flavor. I like the strawberry and red fruits with the floral aspect. The strawberry fruit makes me wonder if they threw in Galaxy hops to get that flavor.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark rusty orange, with a slight haze to it. Compact layer of white sudsy foam that has a creamy meringue sheen to it's surface. Tendrils of lace stick to the walls of the glass.

Pungent hop aroma, catty and leafy green. Some earthy tropical papaya and light traces of herbal eucalyptus in the background. Less fruity than a growler sample a few weeks ago.

Soft pale malt breadiness, very similar to Daisy Cutter, with a bit more hop intensity: grassy, chive, papaya, overall a pretty interesting blend. Trace malt sweetness and lingering resinous bitterness that sticks with you for awhile. Medium bodied and very drinkable, though a bit similar to Half Acre's tried & true repertoire of IPA/APA's. Seems like a twist on Tasty Waves, or Daisy Cutter with amped up malt and hop bills.

This one is for Terry, rest in peace.

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Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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 TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I'd like to make it a true Daly Double, Half Acre... (Wow, that was pretty bad...sorry...) This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber-gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light peach, light mango, very light pine, ruby red grapefruit zest, mild caramel, and a light touch of cilantro. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, caramel, light biscuit, cilantro, orange zest, light lemon zest, light pine sap, very light wintergreen, and a hint of passion fruit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that maintains some semblance of balance despite the explosion of tropical fruity hops. Good times.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber orange color with a one fingered, THICK white frothy head that takes a long time to subside, mild carbonation.

S - Herbal and garlic nose, tobacco, earthy and a little vegetable-like.

T- Matches the nose, herbally, vegetable, mild garlic, and mild tobacco, and citrus. Taste is more mild than what the nose initially suggests.

M - Medium body and mellow on the tongue.

O - This is the first beer I've had where the nose and the aftertaste make this beer.

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