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:
73
Ratings:
634
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
21.65%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
147
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 634
Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 TTen
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half Acre Vallejo IPA

L: Slightly hazy yellow straw. 3.75
S: Grapefruit and some tropical. Malt isn't evident. 4
T: Bitterness is firm. Little if any malt makes it through. Hop character comes on late and is fruity. Finish is dry. 4.25
F: Medium body. Bitterness and carbonation work together nicely. 4.25
O: Tasty, hoppy IPA. Citrus is there and just enough malt to support it. 4

Canned 4/1/2016

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Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance
Straw with 1 finger of tight white head. Slight haze with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Dank, lemon, pine, bright florals, peach, Fruity Pebbles, and candy sugar.

Taste
Dank greens, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Honey and candy sugar backbone. Pine sap, bright florals, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, semi-juicy, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Grapefruit, lemon, florals, and honey. Great hop profile, but more bitter than I anticipated. Either way, nice job.

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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 pinyin
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 jmasher85
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the slightly more interesting IPAs I've tried recently. Pours medium-pale, not a ton of carbonation or lacing, but still has a nice body to it.
But the smell is really interesting. Resin and pine stick out, but so does vanilla, light fruit like pear or apricot, and only mildly citrus. Taste is also fruity, dropping the vanilla (not sure where that came from), and remaining a bit sweet, with only the littlest bit of bitterness. Overall, easy to drink, juicy, light, and interesting, while also restrained.

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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 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 tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 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 Bugs318
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow with generous white foam. Nose features deep piney hops with waves of grapefruit, lemon, and wood. Taste is resinous without being bitter. The hops bring some pine up front but fade into a toasty malty base. The flavor is well balanced, with a surprisingly light amount of bitterness considering the smell. The mouthfeel is light, carbonation is high. Overall, a very aromatic and drinkable IPA with a nice piney profile.

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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 Maryobeerian
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect IPA for summer. Nice grassy nose and taste with clean, bitter end. Carbonation throughout but smooth and not fizzy. Thought it might be about 5 ABV so surprised to find it at 6.7%. It's a keeper!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Vallejo from Half Acre Beer Company
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