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 paumase
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft from a pint glass at the brewery

Grapefruity tropical citrus on the nose and palate with a hint of pine that finishes hoppy but well balanced with great mouth feel overall a great IPA that I cannot wait to get more of. My favorite brew from Half Acre and I have tried a fair amount of their beer.

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Photo of rynegne
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly crushable hoppy IPA at 6.7%. I could drink 4 of these in a sitting no problem. Nice apricot/peach in the opening with light pine and citrus on the finish. Probably my favorite from Half Acre.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 HeadyHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't say this lightly -- this is as close to a Vermont IPA (Heady, Lawson's, Hill Farmstead) as I've had from Chicago. 16 oz draft pour. Hazy brilliant yellow, tasted of citrus with a nice bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel was phenomenal for an IPA. I had Daisy Cutter and was impressed, but Vallejo might be even better. Half Acre is on its game right now.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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 vikingpillager
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty big fan of this IPA. Love the anodized can. Bought fresh last week, and this is extremely drinkable! Well-balanced but not overly malty. Great "lighter" IPA option from Half Acre!

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Photo of jwjon1
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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 paco1029384756
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mango, apricot, sugar, some pineapple, sharp citrus, resin and dry, leafy hops in the scent. Bitter citrus and resin up front, with flavors of sweet mango and pineapple quickly rushing in, and more resin on the finish.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Meyers1023
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Budinetz
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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 tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 hopflyer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 hoppytobehere
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tallboy dated 3/29. Beautiful can

Hops: Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin (at least that's what I found on the internet)

Had this a few years back at their taproom but this is first time having in a can. It's an outstanding example of a West Coast IPA. The Nelson works well here. Dry and moderately bitter, as soon as you put it down you want another sip.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a perfect golden color. light aroma of hops. Drinks incredibly smooth. I could crush a lot of this.Flavor is very nice. Hops in the front with a well balanced finish of malt. Leaves a slight hoppy after taste which I really like. Great beer

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Photo of blackcompg
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 MikeWard
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 SomethingClever
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into nonic pint no date

A: fine light orange and gold color with a touch of haze and a small very bubbly head looks like good carbonation

S: peppery and Earthy nose light cracker malts some juicy citrus notes

T: lots of nice citrus notes almost bordering on pineapple very smooth a little touch of malts to balance out the citrus

M: medium feel very clean on the finish crisp

O: This is another very easy drinking beer from Half Acre nice citrusness to it but with a very clean finish. Beer reminds me a little of MBC Another One which is a great beer. The beer advertises its bitterness but I don't think its bitter at all.

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Photo of pinyin
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at 38F from the 16 ounce can, into a 14 ounce tulip. Canning date 4/10/16.

I really like the color of this ale. Slightly hazy straw color. I cannot see from one side of the glass to the other, but it's not turbid, just translucent. Looks great in the glass.

The nose on this beer is very unique. A hop varietal that I have never tasted or smelled before. Slightly piney and dank, somewhat astringent, but also smooth. Powerful aroma for the ABV. Like if you were in a greenhouse growing baby fir trees. Not overwhelming like a double ipa with simcoe, but similar, only more refined. Just the right amount of pine, and some nice artisanal bread thrown in. I'm guessing this is a newer hybrid hop of some sort. Very pleasant aroma.

Great tasting ale. Just the right ABV. Nice dry finish. This ale tastes very similar to how it smells. Piney, but not like simcoe or mosaic. Like a lighter and more lingering simcoe bitterness. Baby pine trees with thinner sap texture. Bready malts make a nice backdrop, but are not too omnipresent. Really nice hops used for the bittering and dry hop. Not too overbearing, but also not weak or watery. Just a really tasty well crafted ale with a perfect ABV%. Very smooth yeast profile, and yes, the gravity seems like they actually allowed it to finish out at 1.010. so many breweries nowadays are too anxious and don't let their ales finish properly and they end up as sugar bombs (Southern Tier, Dogfishhead, Victory, Sam Adams). Half Acre does the right thing here and produces a very original recipe with a well rounded and finished product.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very lightly hazy golden light amber. Creamy white head of good retention and some lacing. Nose wafts citrus primarily: grapefruit and tangerine. Taste is similar, quite dry and moderately bitter, medium linger. Medium bodied with medium and fairly sharp carbonation.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very light yellow and slightly cloudy, looks more like a wheat ale.

Smell is very fruity and vibrant, greatly inviting.

After getting big whifs of fruit and hops in the nose, there is not much to speak about after that. Taste does not complement the smell of this brew. Slight citrus and dull hops, boring.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, just bland.

Overall this is a tasty beverage, but not worth the $10 price tag or pain in the ass obtaining it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body with a cream colored head that is about a finger wide. Smell jumps out of the glass. Dank with citrus rind meets ditchweed sort of a smell. The mouthfeel is slick and resinous. Truly a west coast style IPA and maybe the best version of the style I've had from Chicagoland. The taste borders bitterness and sweetness with huge grapefruit juice, pineapple, and grass. The finish is slick and a little more bitter than the front end. I wish I would have bought more of these. Really a delicious IPA and as good as I've had from the local market outside of Three Floyd's.

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Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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 joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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