The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise | Half Acre Beer Company

BA SCORE
77.5%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 71 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There was a time when children ran around loose and fearless, getting filthy and being perfectly reckless. Kids kicked the crap out of each other and instantly let it go, they built unsafe structures to call their own and lived far more free of the burden of being broken. At some point helmets took over, little hands made cel phone calls to check in and parental reign created a claustrophobic, false sense of safety.

In remembering a time when kids ran wild, we brewed The Hammer, The Bullet, & The Vise. A nutty and soft english brown beer brewed with all German malts to lull your mind.

Added by MasterSki on 02-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,439
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
71
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
9.87%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so while i was drinking this, i was thinking to myself that this might well be the best brown ale i have ever had. straight up that is, no barrels or chocolate or anything. maybe even with those other things, this is near the top of the list. its big in body but the english yeast does a nice job of drying it out in the finish, coaxing the most interesting flavors out of the malt, and adding a familiarity that is comfortable for me. its much darker than the style standard, looking more like a heady porter in my glass, with notes of vanilla and dark toast coming in the aroma. in the flavor, i get some darker chocolate notes, a brown sugar raw sweetness in the middle, a fleshy grainy cereal thing, and finally the english ale yeast. its rich but drinkable, perfect for the morning and perfect for cold weather. i would have called this my favorite brown ale of 2014, but then i had their coffee brown, which took things to an entirely different level. from wonderful to unforgettable.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

Here's a tip: don't use all three in conjunction... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger of cream-khaki foam. The nose comprises dark barley, light greens, very light walnut, very light oak, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of light, slightly watered-down coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice sessionable little brew, one that seems to demand to be cask-conditioned.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source. Served in a GI Black Friday taster pint.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed but largely transparent nut brown body.

S - A mix of herbal and grassy English hops with altbier-esque malts - toasted grains, light toffee, nuts, powdered cocoa,

T - The taste has far more of the malt character, and minimal hop flavor. Toffee, nuts, red fruits, toasted bread, dash of cocoa. There's a definite mix of altbier and English brown flavors here, but in a largely successful way. Fairly low bitterness.

M - Medium body, nice English cask-style medium-low carbonation, soft and smooth creamy texture, lightly dry and toasty finish.

D - This beer isn't likely to blow anyone's mind, but it's a nice easy-drinking session beer that successfully fuses elements of both English and German styles. I had multiple pours of this one throughout the evening, and finished off the rest of the growler the next day. Half Acre does some really good work with session beers, and this is another solid effort

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep brown that shows some reddening when held to the light. A creamy, dark khaki colored head reaches about 3 pillowy fingers thick before settling down into a thin collar and whispy skim. Lots of lace left behind.

S: Nose full of toasted nuts, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, nougat, and sligtly burnt grain. Wonderful.

T: Just as above with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the toasted nuts and chocolate flavors.

M: Full, rich, and creamy. Just a hint of prickliness on the tongue. Exactly what I was hoping for, and they delivered.

O: Spectacular take on a classic British style. This one knocks it out of the park.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 71 ratings
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