Vallejo | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 10-04-2012

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Photo of Psquared93
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHMD_Brewing
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa from can.

A: Big hazy lemon peel coloring has a dense nature and a firm, bready textured head that stands firm. Macro-bubbles, loose density, has a mid-range rate of rise. Thick milky ring lacing around the glass. Really love the juicy lemonade coloring, and NE haziness. Big love.

S: Freshly squeezed oranges and lemons with juicy citrus, wet and plentiful gives a strong first impression. Tropical notes, pineapple comes along with a nice level of awareness.

T: Citrusy hops has a nice brassy entrance for the flavor, flowery, lightly dry, with some dried tropical pineapple opening things up. Oranges-lemons have citrus appeal, bright and bitter with some light tart lemon peel dryness. Nice accents of grapefruit, with a gentle dry hopping, gets you ready for the next sip. Juicy resinous hops and tropical delight.

M: Edgy carbonation, juicy pulp like body gives you a nice hold and feel. Crisp and sharp, just how i like my ipas.

O: A nice NE style ipa, in appearance and flavor. Juicy hops and tropical notes are bright and forefront giving a very drinkable and juicy tart delivery. Case worthy, multiples highly welcomed, and a sleeper that many may have not discovered. Retained my interest and excitement from start to finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of HOLTMAN44
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Orny18
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C_Adams
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uniform haziness in the pale yellow body, puffy white head that achieves the solid-from-lupulin state and lots of sticky lace around the glass. The nose is a fun, refreshing conflict of soft fruit flavors like melon and passionfruit, sweet carrot, and bitter pine resin. The flavor is pretty much identical, although the harshness of the bitter pine element moves up in priority, to the point where any fruit flavors are a fleeting glimpse. And yet, it only seems especially harsh because the fruit flavors are so passive; in a lineup of IPA's, the bitterness would be middling at best. The body is light-medium, with some zippy carbonation.
This is more like a pale ale; both hops and malt were too timid to warrant a full-blown IPA designation. The fruitiness was mild but enjoyable, the pine was perhaps too much but didn't derail it. Artwork was cool, and put this above the threshold into one that I would purchase again.

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Photo of tgp202
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass from 16oz can. Yellow/gold color, one finger head. Didn't get much of a smell off this. Dry, hoppy, some pine and citrus. Clean taste. Similar to a NE style ipa or pale ale. Very good IPA, especially for summer. Nice can art is a bonus

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Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbavi360
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 07/25/17

Pours hazy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh citrus, clean grapefruit, lemon, orange, lime, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, apricot, crackery caramelized bready toasty malt, with floral dank resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes real citrusy, malty and resinous with crackery caramelized bready toasted malt, fresh grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus, lime, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon rind, gooseberry, apricot, with bitter floral dank resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice and balanced IPA.

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Photo of Mdog
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Yellow-gold, lots of particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Dank, then citrus rind bitterness.

Taste: Some sweetness, then moderate citrus bitterness and a hint of tropical fruit. Some breadiness to the feel in the finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA from Half Acre. I like how their hoppy beers are big on hop flavor but also have a balancing malt flavor coming through.

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Photo of freshbeer7
4.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of baldy00
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the can, on a train, they got me with their package which was very cool and artsy

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Photo of Yancey82
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 7/25/17. Pours a pineapple juice-like hazy light yellow fog, with a huge wave of head and lace. It just destroys the glass.

Aromas of cantaloupe, melon, mango, and tangerine. Some light sweet candy smells.

Flavors are : a powerful wave of resin and pine. A follow-up wave of mango, dry cheese, grapefruit, cracker, and lemon zest. Very slight super glue action going on towards the end, like Navaja did, only to a lesser extent.

Crispy feel with lots of neat, congregated carbonation. A resiny, oily finish with hints of dryness.

Overall, this thing is just super powerful. Alcohol is tasted. Pine, resin, grapefruit, and dry cheese. Definitely not one of my faves but I can see people getting into this big time.

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Photo of Karenremom
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 08/10/17.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-golden bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency to it. Slight finger's worth of white foamy head slid off adequately/at a nice pace. Lace was slim and coating, looked nice to me.
The aroma had a sly sweet to eloquent hop spice with a grassy bitterness and a little bit of white pepper starting to come out as it warmed. Some crisp sweet citrus and then an underscore of bitter piney hop edges.
The flavor presented a nice ample sweet to stiff bitterness coming across in a slight nice melon/honeydew sort of sweet way. Not much of an aftertaste, maybe seemed just a bit piney to melon with some hop oils.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right on par. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was just a tickle towards a sly stickiness, but honestly, it's super hard to really tell. Ended up slight hop oils starting to come across in the finish.
Overall, I really liked how this came across in it's own unique or perhaps Midwest/Illinois sort of way, if I lived in Illinois, I'd probably make this one of my go to beers. It's just really well done!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. 08/16/17.

pours a lightly hazed straw yellow. bright white, tightly frothed head with good retention and lacing. really fantastic hoppy aromatics from this IPA. mango, guava, citrus rind. flavor is incredibly hoppy, while also remaining low enough on bitterness that gives this an insane ability to drink. more of that sweet mango hop flavor leads the way with sharp citrus edges. really good stuff here, these guys can make some good hoppy stuff.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drhall36
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
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