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Vallejo | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
664
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
21.36%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
149
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 664
Reviews by FreshHawk:
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass, a perfect two fingers width of creamy foam settles and sits on the surface for a good while, and an ever present skim on the surface that lasted for the duration of the glass. Sea spray lace patterns wedged in between concentric rings of foam that materialize after each sip.

Tangerine, citrus forward with some light pale malt in the middle. Woody hop element with some sweet herbals that reminded me of tarragon.

Citrus peel, punchy bitter lemon and grapefruit peels. Smooth feel, moderate bitterness, ample hop character. Light bodied, about on par with Daisy Cutter, maybe a little softer. Honey in the aftertaste. If this was year round instead of Daisy Cutter it would be a new staple beer. Although it's yet another riff on Half Acre's many similar IPA variations, it's an excellent one that is seemingly flawless overall and extremely drinkable.

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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 jwjon1
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the taproom. I've had a very similar beer before. Societe's Pupil. Big fan of that beer. Honestly, bigger fan of this beer, by a hair. But I'd drink both all day if I could.

This one carries more of the Nelson. Probably explains my preference. Great beer. Great beer! Can't wait for can.

Edited: Ordered another pint at a local bar and it was far from the same beer. Bartender promised she poured the right beer. Night and day from the tap room. Can see why (perhaps) this is so low rated. So different from the tap room.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, really good! Tons of big bitter, grapefruit bite. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this one. Super enjoyable, go drink it!

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can
$8.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Willowbrook

Vallejo is the palest of oranges, perhaps even golden. Yes, golden. A thin haze runs throughout the body, enough to hinder any book reading you may like to do through beer glasses. The foam is dirty white , a little dish soapy as a matter of fact, and rises to a finger on the pour before eventually settling to a skim cap that leaves thin, sticky lacing down the glass.

I'll start by saying that the malt base is at it's lightest. A barely there sweetness of cracker. The nose is bright, pungent and bold with a very complex and unique hop profile. This beer is big in the tangerine and pineapple department but it's not shy with orange marmalade either. What brings the uniqueness is a touch of earthy cantaloupe and a breath of mary-juana. Mouthwatering indeed.

Well, what can you say? Pineapple leads the way. The tangerines has fallen by the wayside and is replaced by papaya. the middle pops with a bright fruit salad of flavors. All the while there is a complimentary herbal undercurrent. Earthy melon again with a tropical and citric finish that just lingers with freshness. The malt is a little more noticeable with a little honey graham cracker note. This is damn good beer.

I would have to say that the body sits comfortably in the middle of the spectrum, weight wise. The carbonation is lively and soft, there's no buzzsaw of bubbles yet the body moves at quick pace which makes for a lighter, easier drinking feel. This beer is flat out juicy, until it's not when the finish dries up instantly which accentuates the moderate bitterness and leaves you wanting, nay needing more.

Since this beer has been canned I probably drink it more often than any other beer on the planet. The nose is bright and pungent. The flavor is bold , complex, and deftly hopped. Drinkability and the body fit like a glove. This is what beer in a can should be like.

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

Golden pour, medium head
Small to medium amount of hop aroma
Taste was very balanced hops/malts.
A very easy beer to take down, this was a 16oz can and it went down easy.

A great midwest IPA

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 4/20/16. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow, with a 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves loads of lace behind.

Smell is mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows with an explosion of tropical fruit upfront, and gently tosses in some pine and grapefruit very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a little dry, and it is hard to put it down it drinks so easy.

Overall this thing is really awesome, wow thanks @jzeilinger for this one.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. It is all tropical on the nose. Citrus, pineapple, resin. The taste is much the same. A pleasant fusion of all the tropical notes. Made me feel like I was on the beach. A great offering from a Great brewery.

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Photo of delaced21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ravenz98
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TTripp725
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Hoppity1
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 mrw1zard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rosethoj
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 664 ratings.
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