Cipher | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 02-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of quirkzoo
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rmalinowski for this extra.

Golden yellow with 1 finger of soda like head that recedes quickly.

Holy Belgian Yeast Batman. Tons of cloves and spices, bright citrus fruits, not much else discernible. Pleasant but a bit one note.

Again pretty one note with lots of Belgian yeast and a dry minerality.

Light mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Nice light Belgian but after you scratch the surface there isn't too much complexity.

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Photo of wfcubsfan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife grabbed this for me in Chicago. Enjoyed on 5.20.12

A - Pours a hazy, light honey-orange with a one inch near-white head. Solid retention.

S - Light Belgian yeast comes through and some subtle lemony citrus.

T - Lemons and Belgian spices, just as it should be.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Good Belgian-style without being overly spicy.

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Photo of AaronBurr
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored with a medium bodied white head. Good retention with spotty lacing.

Aromas of chalk, rock candy, belgian yeast, black pepper, some clove and bubblegum phenols as well. An almost barnyard character as well like it's a bit "shitty".

Phenolics come through nicely, some toasty malts, light noble hops on the finish, a bit grassy with rounded belgian yeast ester and belgian spices. An odd off flavor on the finish and long after that really messes things up. Otherwise a nice beer. More like a triple or blonde than a BSPA.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pilsner like pale yellow color. Steady bubbling, good head, and full on film o' foam for all twenty two ounces.

Clean, dry yeasty fruit with a little lightly toasted pils malt. Astringent hop profile. Maybe Saaz or Styrian hops aroma.

After some warming up, there's still some tinny mouthfeel hanging around this brew. Lightly toasted pils, dry Belgiuan yeasty, fruity flavors. Pretty light fruity, yeast flavors. A little warm on the lingering finish. Nice and crisp, yet dry yeasty palate. But there's a little warmth from the abv. that lingers after each sip.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Gotta love a bottle o' beer that challenges you mentally while you drink its contents... This stuff pours a very lightly hazy golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises banana peel, clove, wet wheat, light toffee, very light buttery biscuit, and a touch of cashew. The taste follows fairly closely, but there's a stronger sense of vague sweetness now, and this clashes with the Belgian yeast, creating a somewhat strangely nigh-funky flavor on the tongue that just doesn't sit well with me. The wheat and toffee come through strongly, along with heavy amounts of clove and black pepper. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an alright beer, but one that suffers from a disconnect between the yeast and the rest of the beer. Just didn't do it for me...

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Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a half finger pure white head forming on the pour. The head recedes quickly to a very thin ring.

S: Yeast, light fruity esters, some wheat and pale malts all fill the nose at once.

T: Some peppery yeast and some fruitiness are up front. The pale malts and light grassy hops shine mid-palate. There is some light creamy wheat is on the finish.

M: Light and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is medium and the finish is wheaty and fruity. The drinkability is high.

O: A very solid beer. Nice combination of yeast, fruity esters, wheat and malt. The creamy texture is nice and I could drink multiples of this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear straw color with an aggressive white and whispy head. The head is short-lived and leaves no evidence of ever existing once it's gone.

It smells of phenolic yeast, clove, and straw.

The banana is a little more pronounced in the taste. Clove, straw, and finishes with a very light peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately light, and prickly carbonation.

Another fine offering from Half Acre. These guys can really make some well-put-together beers, regardless of style.

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Photo of RTrain12
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of geoffsm12
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy but quite clean golden and straw yellow color. There is a nice lively head that forms up to about 0.5 inches. It is white and the bubbles are about of medium density.

Nose starts off with some nice clove and wheaty and malty sweetness. Nice pear juice notes and some slight sweet apple. Very mild nose but still refreshing with some slight yeasty phenols.

Flavors starts off with some nice sweetness. Tons of pear juice and apple juice. Nice sweetness. There is some nice bready notes with malt and earthy grain as well as some mild phenols. Slight spice and some mild heat from the alcohol. They all play very well together.

Pretty good BSPA. True to style and delicious. I might have liked some more spice. Still good though.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- pours a clear pilsner with a 2 finger white head. Nice waves of lacing remain.

S- pale malts, banana, clove, lemon

T- pilsner malts, lemon zest, banana, with a light crisp hop finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Has a acidic finish.

O- very good for the style, but not my favorite styl so wouldn't drink this regularly.

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Photo of Agold
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a perfectly clear golden color with a very short white head that has pretty nice retention, but leaves no lacing at all. Aroma is pretty spicy and phenolic with some aromas that are grassy or vegetal. Not bad, but nothing outstanding. Flavor is nicer, but still nothing outstanding. It is a bit bitter, with some grassy notes, peppery belgian yeast, not a ton of the fruitiness that I associate with the style. Mouthfeel is nice. Light to medium, good carbonation, refreshing and enjoyable. I very much like this beer, but it is not outstanding.

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Photo of KDawg
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear gold color with a small head

nicely balanced with good depth and aromas of creams, oranges, hops, florals and some spice tones. Good complexity with good depth as well

medium/full bodied with a good smooth feel. It is lacking a bit though on the mid and not really fat either on the attack. Good balance with nice flavors of oranges, creams and some spices

The aromas are sadly much better than the feel and flavors. A good beer nonetheless, but I was hoping for a bit more from half acre here

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Photo of markrmoser
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of quilty
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dry tulip glass. A rinsed glass seemed to negate the head completely. Hazy golden tone, thin cap of white foam that settles slowly after a few minutes. Minute carb trails rising from around the edges. Foam eventually breaks on the surface, leaving island clusters of larger bubbles. A dense collar of lace is left behind after a few sips.

Initial sulfuric note blows off quickly, becoming fruity with banana and pear from the yeast esters.

Creamy and smooth, slight phenolic spice in the form of clove and pepper to a lesser extent. Banana and pear notes in the middle with some vanilla tapioca creaminess throughout. Medium bodied with delicate carbonation. Dry finish with a light aftertaste of earthy vegetal hops. Very flavorful and fresh, an interesting take on BSPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up by AgentZero - thanks bro! Served in a flute glass at Stella's spiffy Oscar party.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent golden body with visible streams of tiny bubbles.

S - Phenolic Belgian yeast, with some spicy and peppery qualities to it as well. Very low sweetness, with some toasted grains, perhaps some wheat, and minimal hop presence.

T - Taste is a touch sweeter, with some stone fruits mingling with the prevailing Belgian yeast and grain character. I think there's a bit more balance here.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower carbonation and minimal alcohol. Somewhat juicy, with a long lingering finish.

D - Pretty easy drinking beer, but nothing really special or mind-blowing (other than the cool label art). Still, no major flaws and a solid Belgian offering from Half Acre.

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Cipher from Half Acre Beer Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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