Vallejo | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale we brewed with coastal spirit. This hop crasher sharply dives into the very deep waters of bitter beers.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at The Bayou in Bethlehem, PA.

Pours a light, golden color with a thin white head that dissipates moderately. A thin, frothy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as I sip.

Smells of dank, citrusy hops with an earthy finish. Definitely a pungent Oder that stings the nostrils!

Tastes initially a bit sweet from the hop balance and then finishes bitter. This beer leaves a nice dry feeling on the palate as I sip. Licking my lips allows that dank, citrusy hop flavor to come back for a short while and then the Sahara desert sets back in.

Mouthfeel is typical of an American IPA of this stature. Mildly prickly on the front from the carbonation with a punch to the palate of hops. Mouth feels super dry after 4 sips.

Overall a solid brew from HA. I would seek this one out again for sure. These guys are brewing solid beers and this is one of them.


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Photo of HopBomb515
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a nice size white head and great lacing. Citrus dominant aroma. Notes of grapefruit pulp, citrus rind, salt less cracker, and some light grass. Lighter end of medium, crisp, clean and lingering bitterness. Simple, nice IPA.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy golden straw color with two fingers worth of bubbly white head. The nose is citrus peel and pine in a good combination. The flavor is juicy and piney all at the same time you get juice upfront right before a delicious bitter bite of pine hits your tongue. The feel is medium and good carbonation. This is an Outstanding IPA. I love when one can balance that much bitter with juice to make it easy to drink but still have a bite.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass. packaged 8/17/16, so 6-7 weeks old.

hazy yellow body, small but thick frothy head. great lacing, good carbonation

great citrus/piney hops hit on the nose.

manages to be both smooth and bitey

a tad below medium on the mouth, good hop wash with a slightly bitter finish.

overall, a very good ipa, think i prefer this to daisy cutter. This calls for a side by side!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Mildly hazy yellow golden color, white head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Not too bitter - cracker grain and flowery hop flavor. Nice soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

canned 7/8, having on 8/31. poured into teku, a nice golden yellow with a white rim of head that leaves lacing. slight haze on the body.
nose has nice lemony and grapefruit citrus peel. bready character as well.
taste matches, well balanced. got some bitterness there, pine.
nice body, between light and medium, yet it drinks kinda like a DIPA as far as drinkability. some could consider that a compliment because it means there's no dearth of flavor, but if i wanted a DIPA i want the abv with it. still an excellent beer, wish i didn't forget about it in the back of the fridge and had it earlier. had it on tap 3 weeks ago and liked it even more.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Light golden colored...1/4 inch frothy white head...

S-Sweet fruits and malts....peaches, apricots, and pineapple combined with a bready maltiness...

T-Juicy fruit flavor..same as aroma and added citrus as well or how the malt bill seems clean and allows the hops to impress with their juicy notes.

F-Medium bodied...clean feel to this....smooth and not harsh at all..

O-Excellent IPA loaded with juicy fruit flavors..

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 07/07/16 into a tumbler. Pours hazy light golden with thin layer of variable density head that left sporadic lacing. Nose is tropical with citrus undertones. Grapefruit, lemon and pineapple dominate. Taste is more balanced between the tropical and citrus, with perhaps the citrus being slightly more dominant. Finishes with plenty of astringency and mild bitterness, astringency lingers a bit. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side, very easy drinking, and the carbonation on the higher side. A damn solid IPA that I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and grassy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront scent of citrus hops with some orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Light malt hints of cracker, grains, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and grassy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good IPA. Solid citrus and piney hop flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, pine. Taste is tropical fruit, pineapple stands out, oranges, light pine, not much in the way of malts, lots of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of eggshell white. Heavy lacing. I smell Cyrus hops. I taste a blend of floral mosaic and tart citrus hops. The mouth is lightly creamy, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

clear golden straw color with a dense white head. decent retention and a bit of lace.

mango, orange, pineapple, citrus zest, grass, and pine on the nose - hints of cat and garlic as it warms. palate follows nicely - sweet, tropical fruits up front, citrus zest, bready and doughy sweet malts and a resinous pine on the finish. mouthfeel is pretty light and a bit watery for my taste. otherwise a really excellent beer, definitely worth trying!

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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Clear pale gold with extensive white head, smells of sweet citrus zest with a mild pine bitterness and sweet biscuits, taste is sweet bread malts and candied citrus peel that transitions into bitter pith that lingers, the feel is creamy and finishes dry. A sweet and bitter treat, beautiful can art too.

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Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer found at bodega on way to Ferry (from Chicago). Glad I found it. 16oz.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden, with a stout one finger head that last and cascades lace all the way down.
Smell: Bright, floral (Colorful like the can) and tropical, with orange, pineapple and a bit of cat, garlic, and grassy aromatics.

Taste: Bright, colorful, plentiful, blaring, tropical, juicy, with orange and papaya notes; a backdrop of caramel malt builds, and finishes peppery, wet, juicy, complex. A flavor bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, juicy wet finish.

Overall: A must try - will seek. Try 24.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/8/16

Pours a cloudy banana yellow color with half finger head. Tame bubbles leads one to think carbonation is on the lower end.

Smell is ripe peach and apricot like and a lot of bready malt aromas. Hops are really subdued in the nose. Little to no pine and not in your face citrus. Nose isn't absent by any means but it's all subdued.

First taste is a smooth blend of bread and apricot. Little sweetness and a little bitterness. Neither the hops or malt outdo each other. Some lemony citrus comes thru too to give a subtle bite along with some grassy flavors.

Body is on the medium side and the carbonation does fall on the lower side of medium. It is a bit creamy and doesn't have a stickiness to it. Leaves a subtle sting on the back of the palate but not an overly lingering bitterness. Semi-dry.

Really well done single IPA. This stands out against some of the overly hopped up palate destroyers many look for these days. I definitely like an amped up IPA myself but something like this really shows how well a decent hop profile can come thru without being overbearing. Another winner from Half Acre in my book.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very floral and grassy, with big pine notes, a hint of tropical fruit, and grapefruit adding complexity.

Flavor is resiny at the base, with biscuity malt and a moderate amount of grapefruit juice, and a dry, moderately bittger finish. Pine lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of laketang
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16 oz. can dated 6-08-16 into a tupil
a hazy orange hue with a fluffy white head
tropical fruit, earthy, a bit of pine
flavors of grapefruit, orange, and upfront citrus bitterness
medium feel, assertive .don't like your IPA's too sweet?
this is for you then, I like it .

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a bright yellow in color, completely translucent, with minimal white head that dissipates pretty quickly down to a very thin white ring. Small bubbles rising from the center.

Aroma: mild notes of pineapple and actual bitter pine. Nothing too overwhelming, but the subtle simcoe and perhaps Amarillo (??) notes are nice here.

Taste: dry, light malt, with a pretty solid amount of pepper in there. In addition to that spice note, this brew packs a hefty amount of bitter, with citrus pith and pineapple rind. Would've liked a touch more of the fleshiness of the tropical fruit here, but the hops overall are nice.

Feel: medium-bodied with a dry, bitter finish.

Overall: a solid first beer (for me) from Half Acre, and I'm intrigued to try some more.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a finger of just off-white rocky foam, body is a slightly hazed golden straw color, carb rises consistently through the body, nice laced rings left behind after each sip.

Smell - Candied pine, freshly cut citrus rinds and pith, and some under-ripe pineapple, smells fantastic.

Taste - Starts with a wonderfully crisp blend of yellow grapefruit with hints of pine and that same under-ripe pineapple, after some gentle carb scrub I get citrus piths and dried fruit pits, and maybe a few pine needles at the back of the tongue, and longer into the finish I pick up some dried basil, and a hint of pepper - excellent balance and transition.

Mouthfeel - The boldness of the flavors keeps this about medium, carb is lovely small sharp bubbles and very smooth, just enough scrub to let the hops finish on the bitter and dry side, making you want to take another quaff.

Overall - I really enjoy this, excellent flavors, bright and lower on the sweetness, very refreshing. This seems to be readily available so I'll be keeping this one in the fridge alot more often. No alcohol presence at all, great flavors, a must try, I think they would corner the market if they did a dipa version of this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was on a recent visit to The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore when I stumbled across this beauty in a CAN. The approved pic shows a bottle, but the graphics as transferred onto a CAN are no less than stunning! I recently attended Crown CAN School & knowing the process makes it all the more impressive. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

The Crack! really caught me off guard as there was an immediate spray that went for a good distance! Once it had a chance to calm down, I could see that it was not just brimful, but it was overfull. How did they do that? I have had CANs that I inadvertently dropped & dented that seemed & acted like this, but this CAN was intact! I CANmenced a gentle Glug, but even then, I was getting a lot of foaming. I backed off & allowed it to settle into two fingers of foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a welcome lemony citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was citrusy, landing somewhere between the light tartness of lemon zest and the intense tartness of grapefruit rind. It melded rally well with its inherent malt to give it a biscotti-like flavor. I have said it before, but if you find yourself in Pittsburgh's Strip District, be sure to hit Enrico's Biscotti. I was very impressed by the interplay between the hops and malt in this beer. I am a self-avowed/described hophead, but where I used to really dig hop-saturated beers, I now realize the importance of a malt backbone, which this evinces. Finish was dry, but not so bitter as to be off-putting. The relatively low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for a party crasher. Thanks, Half Acre!

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Photo of Redrover
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a imperial pint glass, the beer is a hazy gold with a big sticky bone white head. As an aside, I'm not sure who does Half Acres artwork but it always nice.

The beer has a big pine and citrus aroma. It is fresh and inviting.

The beer has pine, floral and citrus notes in the bitterness. There is a grainy aspect to the beer which works with hop varieties. There is some plum notes later.

the mouth is on the thinner side for an IPA but it helps make this one extremely drinkable.

This is another enjoyable beer from a brewery that just keeps putting out beers that I like.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for sharing the can with me -enjoyed in a glass chilled.

The color is golden with translucent clarity and thick white head. The smell is sweet herbal with a light citrus smell with gentle peppery aroma. The feel is nicely bitter with a mildly sweet middle and lightly fruity accent and mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with a slight tangy citrus and spicy herbal hop profile with a gentle lemony eleent and mild toast in the malt flavor with some orange-like hop flavors and peppery dry aspect in the finish. Overall this is a great IPA, I think it is solid in every way with highly drinkable attributes. This is not a hop bomb but it is sufficiently hop flavored and I would not hesitate to have this again

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Vallejo at Aurelios in Naperville. It was good but finished a bit bitter and dry. The beer poured a hazy yellow with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had bitter citrus. The taste was bitter through the drink and finished dry. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent and worth a try.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Passion fruit, mango, and light citrus.

Lots of that mango passionfruit in the taste. Not much citrus, but light and bright none the less.

Absolutely delicious to chug as I nervously watch the NBA Western Semi Finals.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA, canned 4/29... The grain flavors challenged the citrus and flower, and the beer ran lean and clean - bright and floral, more citric than pine, with a fast finish and a longing for another. Impressed.

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