Taco Day | Half Acre Beer Company

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you’re anything like me, there were certain days you’d look forward to every month when the school hot-lunch calendar was released. Days that stood head and shoulders above the rest. The days when your absolute favorite cafeteria item was being served. Whether your food of choice be chicken fingers, tacos, pizza, french toast sticks, cheeseburgers, or country fried steak, those days were the best of all the days. The days when you could feel the electricity in the air as the seconds passed before the lunch bell would ring. With those memories in mind, we hope to elicit the same feeling of excitement with our newest brew: Taco Day. Taco Day is a 6.7% strong pale ale of the single hop varietal. We used an experimental hop from the Pacific Northwest. This beer has a subtle, floral taste with notes of berries in the aroma.

Added by MasterSki on 11-06-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with tortillas, cilantro, and freshly made al pastor from Cemitas Pueblas...

A: Clear darker golden color. Forms a fairly large and relatively stable light tan colored head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Predominantly citrus. Lemon and orange with a bit of grapefruit pith and a little bit of toast.

T: Starts off with some mild pale malts and some toast. Lemon, orange, and some light grassiness. Again, I'm getting a lot of lemon out of this one, though its not nearly as lemon-forward as Sorachi Ace.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Lightly sweet. Minimal, almost non-existant, bitterness.

O: Overall, a very respectable APA. Ended up enjoying this one quite a bit more than the last two pales I've had from HA.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dohm179
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of the Sprawler Series of one-off pale ales. This one features 'super apollo', which was new to me. The guys there filled me in that it is a new experimental hop variety that will hopefully replace the extinct-ing apollo hop. I hope this is all true because it's got a wild flavor.

If blueberry kush could be reduced to a beer this would be it. Huge resin, this vibrant and curious blueberry that is unique to this beer, intense concentrated pine. The image I have of the hop is that of dank crystallized marijuana flowers. Very bitter and sharp on the palate, dominated by resin and the blueberry.

This is a wild beer, really fantastic. Half Acre's own Blueberry Kush Pale Ale.

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaycase
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akward
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy bright orange, high clarity in the glass, big head of creamy white foam builds to a head, and leaves a bunch of drippy lacing behind. Second pour yields a massive head with irregular peaks and plenty of sticky lacing.

Fruity in a mild earthy and citrus vein, very mild floral aroma with a vague pale malty hint there also.

Taste is juicy with fruit and dry grassy hops, interesting single hop variety on showcase. First impression was a mild mango and citrus, peanut buttery malt and a moderately bitter vegetal hop presence. Fruity and bitter marmalade. Dry lingering hop bitterness in the finish, trace citrus, clean and light feel. Interesting use of a one-time experimental hop that's a little different than the usual parade of Half Acre's pale ales, a first recipe from a new brewer there.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjd315
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz Howler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lightly tarnished copper color. Sticky, bright white head reaches about 1 1/2 fingers before slowly melting down to a thick skim and ring.

S: Light pine and earthy herbal hops mix it up with some bread dough and toasty malt. Interesting in a slightly rough sort of way.

T: See above. Bits of mango and perhaps a little bitter orange peel?

M: Started slick and then took on a slightly cleansing/astringent feel that left our mouths feeling suprisingly clean.

O: We really liked the earthiness of the hop flavors and the grainy maltiness.

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Photo of moysauce
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of eyemustard
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Half Acre. Poured in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours a deep golden orange color with great clarity and a thin beige colored head cap that disappears quickly. Not much lacing on the glass.

S - Initial whiff is hop bursted grassiness. The finish is dominated with floral earthy tones and wheaty bread. There is a doughy smell that gives underlying smells almost resembling peanut butter.

T - Not much hoppiness, but the malt and earthy tones balance perfectly, leaving very little bitterness. A little citrus, grassy, floral, bready

M - Light-Medium body. Really smooth and creamy. Not heavy on the carbonation, but it kinda works here.

O - Goes down really easy. Drinkable. Very easily drinkable. This one is very sessionable. It's definitely unique.

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Photo of invalid665
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Taco Day from Half Acre Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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