Half Acre Beer Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #194
Ranked #3,302
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned 5/12/16; drank 5/30/[email protected] the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy bright white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Pine needle, fresh cut grass & cat piss notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pine needle & faint grapefruit flavors up front; bitter dandelion & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

A dry, bitter bomb; I'll pass next time.

Nov 19, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried from a can.

Pours a pale gold. Incredibly fragrant, with a zesty hop aroma that fills the olfactory senses. Malt drops out, leaving it hop forward. Delicious.

Oct 26, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.79
Purchased: Sept. 7, 2018
Consumed: Sept. 13, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on July 25, 2018 at 11:02 a.m. PT

Nice to see Half Acre out in San Diego as I had Deep Space about a month earlier from Bine & Vine. Picked this one up at Windmill Farms for a great price of $2.79, albeit it not as fresh as I wanted it (July 25 COD). Online description called it. “An India Pale Ale we brewed with coastal spirit. This hop crasher sharply dives into the very deep waters of bitter beers.” Huh. Vague much?

Poured a semi-hazy gold color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up at different parts of the glass. Excellent uneven layered foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a couple of different hops, mainly Nelson, Citra and Simcoe. Also guava, mango, papaya, white grape, garlic, onion, orange, peach, pineapple, herbal and grass. Hops come out more from the can, getting a nice blend of Nelson and Simcoe, but also appeared to be Citra and Mosaic. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted about the same as the nose. In order got Nelson, Simcoe and a little bit of Citra. Also guava, mango, bitter orange peel, papaya, white grape, onion, garlic, peach, pineapple, herbal and grass. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this overall. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

Oct 24, 2018
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orange color, aroma is faint, taste is light than most Half acre brews, almost a light beer aftertaste, which is minimal, I get a lot of citrus too, overall not a bad beer, and you can have a few, very drinkable, just not a Daisy Cutter etc.

Sep 09, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vallejo pours a hazy golden color, with a small, but long lasting lacing head. Big dry aroma, big fresh hoppy flavors, can't get any better. Flavor is big, and dry, with a great floral hoppy flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, a big flavored IPA, great flavors, great dry body.

Aug 31, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - A nice unfiltered west coast style IPA
S - A mix of Midwest meets Nelson Sauvin hops, def some tropical notes on this but nothing off-putting - clean
T - Again, delivers a straight beam of west coast hops with a little Pacific twist on the palate. Clean (did i mention that?)
F - Great not overly carbonated; balance is among the best for this kind of IPA; in some ways a great replacement for what "used to be" Alpine's Nelson beer. Seriously.
O - An IPA I'd never kick out of my bed or fridge. It's not quite up to Space (HA) but it's just so clean, well brewed and carefully presented.

Aug 29, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

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

Keg @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours cloudy yellow with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Citrus at the front - blood orange/grapefruit, malty notes. Taste - As aroma with hints of pineapple, resin notes, dry medium bitter finish. Solid old school IPA.

Aug 27, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

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

Pretty easy pour creates a beautiful crystal clear light gold beer with a nice foamy head and sticky lacing. deceptively soft mango nose, and a big bitter pop in the mouth full of grapefruit and a tailing off hint of orange, underscored by just a bit of earthy maltiness. Finish is fruity, bitter and not a bit dry. Really great beer.

Aug 19, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark yellow, with a large white head. The aroma is heavy fruit and some piney hops. The taste is a ton of tropical fruit with a hint of pine in the background.

Aug 13, 2018
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BethanyB from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big bubbles of carbonation accumulate beneath a soapy off-white head which doesn’t last but still manages to leave behind traces of lace. The pale gold body is foggy until held to the light. The scent is a nice, unassuming balance of grass and fruit, with kiwi, nectarine, peach, and other particularly sweet varietals at the forefront. While the aroma leans more toward the fruit, the taste seesaws toward the earthy grassiness, with a toasty graininess helping to highlight the bitterness. The crisp, medium-light mouthfeel and medium high carbonation give a nice, refreshing impression, as does the moderately dry finish, all both typical and desirable for the style. Overall, it’s a good, tasty beer with qualities to please a variety of hop preferences, but there are no standout, extraordinary qualities here, and unless you’re paying close attention, the finer points get lost in an overall “meh-ness.”

Aug 11, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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

Canned 28 June.

A clear light yellow with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is delicately fruity with kiwi, citrus, melon and a little stonefruit. Some weed as well. The palate opens clean with a bright fruit note, a blend of kiwi, honeydew melon, a little white peach and a touch of Valencia orange. This is followed by a mild grainy flavor with a touch of biscuit. The finish is dry, mildly grainy with lingering kiwi and nectarine. Light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is pleasantly refreshing. Lovely fruitiness

Aug 10, 2018
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Treb0R from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA if you're bored of fruity and tropical versions, but I think a fruitier yeast strain would help to balance the catty-ness of the flavor here. Dankness is always welcome, but the cat pee hop has got to go. There is definitely a hop that I don't agree with in this recipe. The flavor needs to be bolder. Easy-drinking, but not memorable.

Aug 09, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 05/25/18 pours a hazy gold thin-looking body into a pint glass and briefly floats a 1/4in soapy off-white head. Constant rising bubbles give some interest.

Aroma and flavors match. A melange of fruity and bitter. Mango, citrus pith, pine, apricot, grapefruit, and a bready malt.

Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, based on the look, but a solid medium feel that coats the mouth, and it falls away without sticking.

Overall a full flavored beer that is just fine right out of the can.

Aug 05, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high layer of white bubbles covering the surface, that faded away and left a thin film on the surface and a narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of mangos along with notes of orange citrus. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very "juicy" in the taste and goes down very easily.

Serving type: can

Aug 03, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: AUGUST 2, 2018... OCCASION: finally finished with the front porch, we celebrate by catching up in the new season of Battle Bots... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... pours a frothy, thick clump of off-white head that rings its cavern with an expansive web around the glass... the body is gold, hazy, and lively, suggesting an East Coast influence... brilliant pineapple, heavy mango, toasted oats, honey, orange citrus, light pine, flowers, and some late resin--a potpourri of alluring aromas! Each sip welcomes the next, with a medium-bodied ease and a slightly textured finish that remains... this is one IPA that gets balance, from its citric/resin pitch to its toasted malts, from its bitter hops to its mellow draw... this drinks like a pale but packs enough flavor to be an India... besides its active, artistic can design, this beer laces well and leaves an agreeable experience behind....

Aug 03, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, light gold color. Modest, but long lasting, head. It leaves a good blanket of lace.

Initially, I pick up some light grapefruit rind-like hop. I then get a sweet, almost like a wort, nose. Some apricot in the background.

The hop bitterness is not complex and shows up on the very beginning of the sip. Oddly, the malt flavors come next, like the smell. They are semisweet with a malted barley touch (and lightly toasted white bread). Good body with lower than average carbonation. The finish returns to a light bitterness. Moderate aftertaste.

Jul 21, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a hazy straw colored beer. As light as a lager but mildly opaque.Smells tropical and dank,(pineapple,mango,lemon rind, and background notes of fresh dough.Taste is exceptional, a fruit bomb that has not forgotten it is a IPA. Feels smooth well carbonated and well balanced. The note on the page says "the deep waters of bitter beers", I do not find this bitter really. It is outstanding -

Jun 14, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a dense layer and laces nicely.

S: Tropical fruit, white grape, zesty citrus, slight grassy herbal notes, a little crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Bright, white grape, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, and plum, citrus, grapefruit and lemon, faint grassy herbal notes, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: A little on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation,

O: Bright refreshing brew. I like it.

Jun 14, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, pale golden beer with a fluffy white head that leaves a generous amount of lacing behind. Piney, tropical and malty aromas waft from the glass. The taste is lightly sweet with a dose of pineapple, grass and malt. Really solid beer.

Jun 08, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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

Light golden yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Mellow tropical fruit aromas with light pineapple and sweet melon note and medium light maltiness. Medium bodied with lazy, soft, medium carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel through the middle with mild warmth near the end. Citrus and spicy hop flavors up front with a solid sweet malty backbone. Medium bitterness through the middle followed by sharp citrus notes, light herbal hop flavors and maltiness to the end. Finished with medium malt flavors followed by light citrus orange hop bitterness that transitions to light pine hop bitterness. Citrussy, spicy, sweet and malty. Great balance with a variety of hop flavors and just enough bitterness to temper the malty sweetness. Great look and feel. Mellow and easy drinking.

May 23, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice and clean IPA with subtle but enjoyable fruity notes and a late bitterness that would satisfy the hopheads of this world. Medium mouthfeel.

May 15, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4/19/18, consumed 5/6/18

This is definitely a West Coast style IPA. Honey color, slightly hazy, small head, nice lacing.

Nice balance of danky and piney hops with tropical and citrus fruits notes. Taste follows aroma. Solid on both fronts.

Feel is medium but thin. Seems lighter than it is, which is good for drinkability I guess. Some real deal bitterness.

Overall, solid IPA. I probably won't seek this one out again, but it's definitely more than adequate if you don't have access to a bunch of danky IPAs.

May 07, 2018
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Gmann from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a tight creamy off white head. Good head retention, settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma has a mixed note of citrus, pine and grass. Grapefruit and orange seem to stand out. Light dank pops through.

The taste has more tropical fruit notes. I pick up pineapple and mango. Perhaps a touch of grapefruit. The finish is dank with pine and resin flavors.

The feel well bodied and quite smooth. Has an almost creamy feel. Good balance between sweet and bitter. A tad sticky in the finish.

Good hop profile, good range of hop flavors. Great feel. A bit too dank for me.

May 05, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/2/18: $4 16 oz draft pour in pint glass at The Garage. Hazy golden pour, light white head and milky lacing. Citrus and lemon aroma, sweet and somewhat strong. Dry hops offset by citrus taste, nice balance. Mild carbonation, dry mouth feel, crisp easy drinking. Overall very good offering.

May 03, 2018
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Johnny_Hops from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Love the IPAs from Half Acre. This one is one of my favorites from Half Acre along with Gone Away. Half Acre products are available in the Chicago area. This is a seasonal beer, but I’d like to have it all year long.

Mar 03, 2018
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