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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.

Added by MasterSki on 10-04-2012

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 657
Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out hazy, almost golden, with a modest head that drags a few shards around as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Bright, floral and tropical, with orange, pineapple and papaya aromatics

Taste: Bright, tropical and juicy, with pineapple, orange and papaya flavors; a hint of caramel malt builds, underneath, but the finish is as juicy as the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have tasted a Half Acre beer but this one reminds me of the fond memories I have of previous tastings

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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 Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for sharing the can with me -enjoyed in a glass chilled.

The color is golden with translucent clarity and thick white head. The smell is sweet herbal with a light citrus smell with gentle peppery aroma. The feel is nicely bitter with a mildly sweet middle and lightly fruity accent and mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with a slight tangy citrus and spicy herbal hop profile with a gentle lemony eleent and mild toast in the malt flavor with some orange-like hop flavors and peppery dry aspect in the finish. Overall this is a great IPA, I think it is solid in every way with highly drinkable attributes. This is not a hop bomb but it is sufficiently hop flavored and I would not hesitate to have this again

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Light golden / yellow body, mostly clear, half inch of bone white head. Hop forward aroma and flavor. Light bodied with tropical citrus. Delicious and easy drinking. Score.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was on a recent visit to The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore when I stumbled across this beauty in a CAN. The approved pic shows a bottle, but the graphics as transferred onto a CAN are no less than stunning! I recently attended Crown CAN School & knowing the process makes it all the more impressive. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

The Crack! really caught me off guard as there was an immediate spray that went for a good distance! Once it had a chance to calm down, I could see that it was not just brimful, but it was overfull. How did they do that? I have had CANs that I inadvertently dropped & dented that seemed & acted like this, but this CAN was intact! I CANmenced a gentle Glug, but even then, I was getting a lot of foaming. I backed off & allowed it to settle into two fingers of foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a welcome lemony citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was citrusy, landing somewhere between the light tartness of lemon zest and the intense tartness of grapefruit rind. It melded rally well with its inherent malt to give it a biscotti-like flavor. I have said it before, but if you find yourself in Pittsburgh's Strip District, be sure to hit Enrico's Biscotti. I was very impressed by the interplay between the hops and malt in this beer. I am a self-avowed/described hophead, but where I used to really dig hop-saturated beers, I now realize the importance of a malt backbone, which this evinces. Finish was dry, but not so bitter as to be off-putting. The relatively low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for a party crasher. Thanks, Half Acre!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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 MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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 tone77
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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 BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 oz bottle. Tasted in a 16 oz pint glass from draught at Firkin on August 5, 2015 for this review. Look is very light orange, nice head and lingering lacing. Smell is strong but a nice balance of piney hops and complex tropical fruit notes especially mango. Taste is also a fine balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Feel is medium with a clean finish. I'll be looking for the cans if I can find them.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle, nice burnt orange, sunset color. 1 finger of a super tight, bright white head. Looks really good.
Smells really dank. Lots of pine and tropical fruits. Not really detecting much malt.
Tastes much more tropical than I thought. Very nice malt backbone that really balances the beer nicely.
Finished try, really wants to me take another sip right after. Slightly under carbed, but I didn't really miss it. Medium body. Really easy drinking. Good beer.

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

Aroma is very floral and grassy, with big pine notes, a hint of tropical fruit, and grapefruit adding complexity.

Flavor is resiny at the base, with biscuity malt and a moderate amount of grapefruit juice, and a dry, moderately bittger finish. Pine lingers in the aftertaste.

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

Canned on 4/20/16.

A - Medium orange color, nice clarity, and a frothy white head.

S - Crisp, crackery malt, bright citrus with some spicy rind. Peach, sweet grapefruit, apricots. Overall aroma is light.

T - Fruity spicy presence with crackery, crisp malt. Apricots, some spice, peach, and some grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with some nice bitter fruit rind with a hint of crisp malt sweetness underneath.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation, dry.

O - This beer is well designed and crafted. I think I'll have another one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Mildly hazy yellow golden color, white head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Not too bitter - cracker grain and flowery hop flavor. Nice soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 tangerines..love 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 jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is a mix of citrus, pine, hops and fruit. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, biscuit malts, hops/slight hop resin and a bitter/dryish finish.

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

Look: the classic West Coast IPA look - golden hues, two fingers+ of pure white head.

Smell: citrus all OVER the place. Grapefruit is really prevalent, but I get lemon and mango, too.

Taste: superbly fruity, the grapefruit smacks you upside the melon, but the lemon adds another dimension.

Feel: a little oily, but not too much.

Overall: a Chicago brewer offering a world-class West Coast IPA - perfect. I love Half Acre's Daisy Cutter (a world-class APA), and this magnificent beverage is every bit Daisy Cutter's equal. I do not type that lightly.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
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 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 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 mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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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