Vallejo | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

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:
75
Ratings:
649
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
21.65%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
151
For Trade:
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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow with a foamy moderate head and clingy lacing.

Skunk! Snoop Dog would be all over this dank smelling madness. Skunk is pretty much all that comes off nose, but there is some lemon as well.

Flavors actually transition into a vanilla cream covered pineapple, cut by bitter hops and a dry finish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

I do love that owl-squid motif... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy tawny-straw topped by a couple fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, vanilla, orange zest, lemon zest, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a touch more orange zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a good little IPA, but there isn't all that much there to impress or anything. I'd drink it again, though.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Condition - canned and about 1.5 months old.

Aroma - weak intensity for the style. Passionfruit and onion hops. Minimal malt. Clean yeast.

Taste - much better than the aroma. Passionfruit and lemon with a little dank in the finish. No idea what the hops are, but I'd guess Galaxy, Chinook and Azacca. Nice flavor. Subtle minerals. Smooth booze.

Overall - I don't need to be blasted with aroma to enjoy an IPA. This one had a nice flavor and a questionable aroma not worth sniffing too often. So I guess I liked it well enough.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @Prager62 for this midwest beauty.
16 oz can
Fairly vigorous pour...WHOA NELLY! About 4 oz in to the pour and I've got 4 fingers of fluffy white bubble trying to pounce out otf the glass. Golden and somewhat cloudly. Slowly taperd off to a light white layer of tiny bubbles. Even with the initial explosion of foam, there was little aroma. What did come through was lightly citrusy in the orange meets grapefruit direction. Flavor is more of the same yet hints at piney too. Good flavor, slightly sticky while being a tad thin at the same time. Like the difference in mouthfeel between your typical Session IPA vs. your standard American IPA. Finish stays with you for a while carrying a pleasant orange zest meets grassy hay.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can received in a recent trade.

This one pours a golden clear orange, with a long lasting 3/4 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite piney, with a heavily hitter aroma, and a little bit of grapefruit aroma as well.

This isn't the best Half Acre IPA I've had, but it's still pretty tasty. Quite earthy, bitter, piney, and grassy, with just a very minimal grapefruit presence, mainly of the bitter rind type. Not much malt character here.

This has a crisp mouthfeel, not all that juicy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was a good effort, but not entirely well executed unfortunately. I would, however, drink it again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy light amber in color on earlier pours. Fairly cloudy on later pours. Forms a moderate white head that reduces to a moderate surface coating leaving a moderate amount of lace on the way down.

S: Lots of hops and virtually no malts. Juicy citrus hops, yeasty bread, mild lemon, and grapefruit. A slight note of pine and a touch of alcohol.

T: Oddly yeasty for an IPA. Actually this one reminds me a lot of a HA saison. It's not bad, but it is odd, especially considering HA Saisons seem to have this same unique yeasty characteristic. Flavor is dominated by yeasty bread, then lots of citrus hops. Passionfruit, and a bit of light lemon. Finish is fairly quick.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Milky mouthfeel.

O: Got to say, given HA's reputation with the IPAs and the description of this beer, I was expecting a bitter, hop bomb of a beer. What I got was a mildly bitter, overly yeasty, fairly middle of the road IPA that could easily pass for an APA. Personally, I don't expect much from HA's stouts, browns, or Belgians and I expect even less from their BA beers. But I do expect their IPAs to be top-notch and this one just isn't.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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 mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with no freshness date or canning information on the can. No abv listed on the can anywhere either. My third beer from Half Acre Beer Co.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a fairly light cloudy golden-yellow-orange body. Much lighter in color than expected from a 6.70% abv IPA. One finger of soapy frothy white head that settles to a thick ring. Looks pretty juicy and delicious.

S - The aroma is a bit on the bland side of things: dried, herbal, & grassy. Very subtle piney, citrus hop elements. Notes of oranges, grapefruits, bananas. Lightly fumey at times also, to my surprise.

T - An interesting flavor, to be sure. I would be interested to know which hops were used here. A fairly light hop profile: citrusy with notes of orange peel, lemon, & grapefruit. Subtle notes of pine, and a vague malt profile. A slight alcohol bite, but the beer is juicy and easy-drinking. A slight orangey / phenolic alcohol finish.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Not an insane level of hop bitterness, but there are some pine resins lingering on the palate. Medium-light bodied and easy-drinking for the 6.70% abv.

Overall, a fresh and easy to knock back IPA from Half Acre. It grows on me more with each sip. A decent offering from Half Acre, although they have yet to truly blow me away with anything. A unique IPA to be sure.

Half Acre Vallejo -----4/5.

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Photo of moysauce
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I definitely thought this was a solid brew. As far as Half Acre beers go, though, it's probably in the bottom half of stuff I've had. Really, the only thing that really threw me off was something a little off-putting on the back end. I can't really describe it. Will gladly drink this beer and all, but Half Acre sets one hell of a standard for their beers.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - cloudy and nearly opaque pineapple juice color with a creamy white head
S - very juicy nose with pine, lemon-lime zesty citrus, and grapefruit rind
T - very hop forward and very juicy with plenty of citrus notes: grapefruit, lemon, and lime zest; pine, passion fruit, faint pineapple, mango, and grass in the mix too; not much for malt - maybe some pilsener, slight light caramel but that's about it
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes with lingering zesty bitterness
O - a hop bomb for sure. Great hop flavors, but I can't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Very pungent. Heavy grapefruit. Some grassy and herbal notes. Cracker malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. More of an emphasis on the pine and herbal hops. A hint of doughy sweet malts, but again it's mostly cracker. Intensely bitter. Lingering pithy grapefruit hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter. Medium body.

Overall - Well, it's advertised as brash, and it is. Harsh bitterness, but I don't mind it.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a huge head that was close to two fingers high. The nose is only mildly hoppy. The hops are somewhat more assertive in the flavor profile.

This is an easy drinker that can sneak up on a person.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Lucky's Last Chance in Philly, served in a pint glass.

Vallejo looks the part, bright gold, some spots of faded bronze, a rising of bubbles forming a cream colored cap of foam leaving some sqiggles on the glass. Looks like an IPA. Smell is tropic fruit forward with some bubblegum appeal and light graham cracker/biscuit. A nice burst of lemon some pale/crystal malt, a God down to earth IPA, nothing more, nothing less. Smells very fresh and tastes very fresh with a west coast tropic fruit vibe and an underlining sweetness mid palate that balances everything all nice. Not very bitter, juicy with orange, papaya, pale/crystal malt. Body is at a step below medium with a ice chugging capability on this one, easy drinking, some bubbles felt on the tounge. I drank two pints back to back, something don't normally do, I'll keep an eye out for this one, but perhaps Half Acre is experimenting with IPA's possibly for a future new year round release. Heres to hoping.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, light-colored beer with light piney scent and taste. There's a bit of citrus to go with a slight but not by any means overpowering bitterness. Though brewed in the midwest, this is clearly a go at the west coast style. This is an easy-drinking, straightforward, yet still flavorful IPA.

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Photo of SmangTown
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- hazy light amber in color. Little head and lots of lacing.
S- citrusy with hops balanced in well. Intense fruitiness and piney.
T- very crisp hops & piney taste. Some citrus but subtle compared to it's hops. Dry bitter hop after taste. Taste great nonetheless.
F- light and foamy mouth feel but doesn't feel over carbonated.
Overall- enjoyable. A nice IPA by a great brewery. Refreshing.

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Photo of FBarber
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy straw color with a 2 finger thick foamy white head.

Smell is pungent with notes of pine, citrus, apricots and undertones of mango.

Taste follows the nose with a strong piney flavor followed by notes of citrus, some mango and apricot. Very bitter finish from the generous hopping and dry. It works pretty well. The hops are pretty potent and mask much of the malty undertones. Not much in the way of balance here.

Feel is quite crisp with medium carbonation. Some people described this as easy to drink, and I can't really agree there. The bitterness is pretty strong, its not one you can just knock back.

Overall a very nice offering from Half Acre - certainly get some points for originality. Well worth trying if you get the chance. Also, not beer specific, but the can artwork is one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotches of lace. Hazed peach-flesh body.

S - Great hop aroma, with a delightful mix of dank, citrus, tropical fruits, and perhaps a hint of onion. I'm thinking a hefty dose of Citra with perhaps a hint of Nelson Sauvin? Minimal malt character and very West Coast in vibe.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't leave up to the promising aroma. There's a hefty dose of citrus again, but it peters out into a flaccid, yeasty, and somewhat watery finish. There's minimal bitterness present, and not quite enough malt flavor to support all these hops. Not bad, just a bit of a missed opportunity.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry texture, and a clean finish. Goes down very easily, and drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA in some ways. A bit of lingering hop oil.

D - A nice hoppy brew from Half Acre that could be an excellent one with a few tweaks to it. I had a few pours throughout the evening, but it just didn't stack up to the Edward we also had available. Still, I'd order this if I saw it on-tap somewhere as a change of pace from other other local hoppy offerings.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 cjohns73
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat light yellow color with a thin, full head. At the time the color seemed off and somewhat unappealing. Smell is quite tropical, as is the taste. Overall taste and feel were a little thin, but that got better as it warmed up. The finish was bitter, but just not quite right at the very end. Someone below noted this as well, hard to pinpoint exactly.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting good beer with a fresh lager feeling with an IPA hit. This beer is easy to enjoy and fun to take down when eating a kick back meal. It's a minimal hoppy beer w/ a pineapple beach citrus flavor. A great beer chill out IPA from Half Acre.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 cherche
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy orange with two fingers cotton white head. Nice retention and lacing.
S: pineapple, melon, tropical fruitiness
T: similar to smell but there is something slightly off with the finish...can't put my finger on it
M: average carbonation
O: very good IPA.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.11 out of 5 based on 649 ratings.
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