Space | Half Acre Beer Company

64 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 StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 Jason
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

Its like getting slapped in the face with a bag of oranges while chewing on a marmalade sandwich. A big IPA that almost straddles the line between AIPA and DIPA. Seek a bottle out if you can.

LOOK: Orange amber, clear with a beautiful lacing

SMELL: Citric zest, mint, faint caramel, fresh pine sap, tobacco, pineapple skin

TASTE: Macerated whole oranges, very smooth, medium body, marmalade, bread crust, hop bitterness, warming alcohol, cashews, peppery, papaya

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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 MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - An ample white foam settles to a thick cap, thicker collar, and a few splotches of lace. Surprisingly dark and hazy orange-brown body.

S - Some nice pine and citrus hops, lots of tropical fruits, a bit of sugar cookie malt, and a hint of earthy and herbal undertones. I initially thought this was a Nelson Sauvin beer, but apparently it's Falconer's Flight, Citra, and Warrior.

T - Tropical fruits, a bit of the chive note I get from Citra hops, plenty of sweet malt, caramel, and sugary sweetness. More balanced than the aroma suggests with surprisingly low bitterness.

M - Medium body, chewy, smooth texture, and a dry, crisp finish. No alcohol presence, and nice soft medium-low carbonation.

D - Another hoppy winner from Half Acre and a fitting tribute to a loyal customer. I may have to go pick up a few more bottles of this one before it's gone. Hopefully this will make it in to semi-regular production.

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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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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 barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you SO much to biglobo for hooking up a new IPA from one of my favorite breweries. this one came courtesy of the growler BIF round 3.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip (my go to IPA glass) - poured somewhat straw yellow that settled in the glass as a deep amber with a finger of frothery classic white ipa head. lacing was chunky but didn't stick and slid down the glass in chunks.

s - sticky, sweaty hops. beautifully balanced, beautifully fresh and beautifully in your face. really nice, but very sticky and sweaty. some earthiness in there.

t - follows the nose in being really sticky and sweaty, but not nearly as pleasant as the nose. really enjoyable, but the nose was supreme and the flavoring is nice, but just sticky and sweaty...not as balanced (although the nose isn't really balanced, it just smells so wonderful) as the nose is.

m - medium bodied, good carbonation if not a bit heavy, but it works. leaves a tingle. this one is a hop explosion and one for the hopheads (i'm a reformed anti-hop-head turned hop head).

o - overall, this is one for the fans of the sticky, gooey, sweaty, in your face, hopped out to the max beers. cool concept for a brew, and certainly a wonderful tribute. thank you again brendan for hooking this one up... very much appreciated.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 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 Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mildly cloudy orange-amber in color. Forms a small white head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Strong aroma of citrus and orange with notes of pine and some tropical fruit.

T: Tastes like a Half Acre beer. Lots of citrus: orange and grapefruit. Some lighter caramel malt lends a mild sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Low bitterness.

O: If HA does one thing well, it is making IPAs and this another one of their fine hoppy beers. Rather enjoyable and easily drinkable.

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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 homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep gold with generous sticky white head, tons of lacing

S: huge aromatic hops up front, syrupy grapefruit and lemon, some papaya in there as well, notes of honey and caramel come through as well

T: super fruity with considerable amount of sweetness, notes of grapefruit and apricot come through the strongest, a bit of a bitter pine ending

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

O: another hop bomb from Half Acre, delightful aroma with a great balance of tropical fruit and citrus character

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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 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 GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a completely hazed deep orange color with a slightly off white layer of cream on top. Retention was good with a few specks of lace left behind on the glass.

S: Quite piney with grapefruit rind, tangerine flesh, pineapple and a bit of toasty caramel melt.

T: Much like above with some minty alcohol as it warms. Pine and tropical fruit were the dominant fetures though.

M: While we managed to pick out a bit of alcohol flavor, it's presence was practically non-existant in the feel. Lingers for quite awhile on the tongue with a dry prickle that went well with the fruity hops.

O: I don't know what's in the water over there at Half Acre but they are killing with the hoppy beers as of late. This was a total winner that I'd get again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a Poker BIF box from AgentZero.

Pours a hazy, deep amber. Small, but robust head that leaves a thick lace down the glass.

This beer smells amazing! Its a floral bouqet in a glass. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had in a while. Smells like fresh, wet, oily hops.

The taste is crazy good too. Very bold, bitter hop presence. There is no doubt it is an IPA, almost DIPA territory. As I swallow, the bitterness really kicks in as it goes down.

This feels like a super fresh beer should. The hops feel 'wet' and oily. The body is medium and creamy.

This is a damn good beer. I wish I had easy access to this. I could definately get used to drinking this.

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Photo of jshusc
4.4/5  rDev +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 jegross2
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Daly Double, a single IPA from Half Acre Brewing Company.
Score: 92

Bottle from the 01/06/12 release, served in a Half Acre tulip glass, and enjoyed 01/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, translucent dark reddish orange color that fades from a red amber color at the bottom to a yellow straw color at the top when held up to light. Two fingers of foamy cream colored head at pour gradually settles into a thin layer. Pretty awesome lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Has a very malty, earthy citrus smell. Barley malt, fresh grapefruit, zesty lemon, dandelions and dank dirt-and-plant aromas. Smells like an amped up Daisy Cutter. 4.5/5

Taste: Very bitter, earthy hops flavor upfront. Strongly bitter citrus on the mid-palate with a dry maltiness. Finishes with a bitter citrus hops flavor that really lingers. Tastes like Daisy Cutter would if it had mid-palate flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Lighter carbonation makes the earthier, bitter flavors sit on tongue rather than "pop." Finishes bitter, but not very dry. 4/5

Overall: This is an excellent single IPA that is in plenty supply at the brewery right now. Too bad it's not a year round beer because it would be a go to IPA for me for sure.

Recommendation: Bitter hops haters should avoid, but all others will enjoy. If you like Daisy Cutter, seek this one out.

Pairings: The organic, earthy hamburgers that they sell at the Old Fashioned.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of grover37
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber picked up from the brewery by a friend for $8. Poured into two snifters at 44* and shared with my girlfriend.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a dark orange with copper edges. A finger and a half of light cream head reduces to a thin layer with a thick ring and some bubbles on the surface. Not quite clear due to chill haze and plenty of streamers. Lots of sticky, thick lacing all around the glass at the top and spots here and there further down.

Aroma (5): Pine bomb. A smooth caramel mixes beautifully with some mild citrus notes such as tangerine. Lots of dank, resinous pine notes that smell a lot like weed; imagine a really fresh bag of orange and white haired buds. Girlfriend says earthiness and leaves; reminds her of fall. Unique and well integrated.

Taste (4.5): Strong caramel and toffee malt backbone right off the bat. It was there in the nose, but it's surprisingly strong and well balanced. Hops are not what I would call subtle, but not pronounced; they round the beer out nicely and show up throughout each sip, particularly through the finish with some strong pine and grapefruit/orange notes. A touch of sweetness throughout balanced by a nice dose of bitterness - neither dominates. Again, not the hop bomb the nose indicates, but that resinous, dank character hits pretty hard in the middle and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel (5): Smooth and a touch creamy, especially in the finish. Ample carbonation brings out that nice hoppy finish. Medium bodied on the full side and medium carbonation also on the high side, especially for a bigger IPA like this.

Overall (5): A fantastic IPA that is unique in that it's balanced yet the hops still shine with some nicely different flavors that don't always dominate other hops profiles - dank, resinous, pine and more subtle citrus. This benefits from being super fresh, and I hope they bottle more at some point. Bravo.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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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