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Quakerbridge | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We welcome the cold and greet these holiday-rich days with Quakerbridge Barley Wine. An incarnation of a Half Acre favorite, Marty Stouffer’s Wild America Barley Wine, this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance. Whether your mug is beside a Thanksgiving gobbler or a holiday ham, let our bottled elixir join you and your family on its collision course of celebration. So, pull a cork and belly up to home – this hulk of a holiday hazer will settle any family retreat into a warming submission hold of mirth.

Added by MasterSki on 11-13-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by falloutsnow:
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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Half Acre brewery, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle, purchased January 2013
Glass: Tulip

A generally well-balanced American barleywine, Quakerbridge features strong grapefruit and pine hop influences alongside rich malt flavors. While the ensemble is certainly not disappointing, I didn't think the beer was anything that warranted being revisited.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is somewhat above average, the head lasting for slightly over one minute as it descends to a thick ring around the glass with a small island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present, but not particularly noteworthy, a few dots and lines scattered haphazardly across the inside of the glass. The body is a dark copper brown color, with light bringing out caramel color tones to the beer. Carbonation is visble, though fairly sparse and non-aggressive.

Aroma of fairly strong hops, grapefruit with pine, probably Cascade and others, with an equally noticeable background of caramel malt.

Front of palate finds rich caramel malts with subdued hop influence, which brings grapefruit and vague citrus flavors. Mid palate is of rich, sweet caramel malt with strong jolts of grapefruit and pine from the hops. Back of palate features rich caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops with mild ethanol. Aftertaste of rich caramel malt, with strong lingering bitterness and hints of ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity. This results in slightly foamy, but primarily smooth and liquid mouthfeel. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickines across the palate. Ethanol heat on the back of the throat and nostrils, increasingly obvious as the temperature of the beer increases.

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2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear garnet body with a sticky beige head of creamy that leaves spots of foam on the glass with each sip. There is a slow carbonation working its way to the surface.

S- The full green hops aroma has some woody and slightly mint hints to it.

T- The bright but dank green hops have a cream flavor to follow and a lemon tartness to the hops that grow in the finish. There is some pale malt that is slightly dry in the finish that blend into some more bright hops that linger. There is some caramel malt sweetness that grows in the background as the beer opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a light body and big bright hops that were very fresh and a nice malt support that grew as it opened. I wouldn’t describe this as a barleywine as it doesn’t really have the luscious malt that I enjoy, but this beer was delicious whatever label you want to stamp on it.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber-caramel color. It has a heavy looking body and a huge dense tan head. Great lacing.

Piney and herbal hop aromas with brown sugar. Nice smells, just not very aromatic. I really had to huff this one to stimulate the olfactory nerve.

Super bitter with mild sense of astringency. Herbal, piney, caramel and brown sugar.

Hefty body moderate carbonation, mouth puckering.

Overall, a decent barley wine. Hopped up but overly bitter and astringent.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber red with a similar khaki red finger of foam.

Dark fruits, leather, tobacco, pine, and some slight citrus notes.

Heavy leather and tobacco flavors, citrus, dark fruit, and a hint of caramel.

Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, bitter earthiness, slightly fruity, finishes dry.

Overall, a bit too heavy on the earthy/herbal flavors, not enough hop to cut through the tobacco and leather flavors.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good barleywine. Would recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and saturated reddish amber orange. Sturdy cap of off white foam leaves behind a few irregular arcs of lacing. Retention is good, head lasts for awhile initially. Later the foam recedes to a veil that eventually parts across the surface.

Big cantaloupe and melon at first, becoming sweet, later woody and spicy like sandalwood. Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

Earthy and sweet, dry and bitter, alternating modes equally large in the hop & malt departments. A bit bitter and biting with the higher abv, earthy and vegetal middle, a flash of light fruity sultana sweetness at the very beginning. Hops and booze really dry it out in the bitter chalky finish, oily and resiny in the middle. Overall a good one to share while fresh to pick up on the fresh hop aromas and flavor, but will likely age nicely.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Quakerbridge from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 90

Bottle is from the 11/19/2012 release. Served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a bourbon color with a thin layer of off-white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Piney hops, dirt, mango, peaches and caramel malt. Tropical citrus and a mild "earthiness" too. The nose screams IPA/Barleywine hybrid. 4/5

Taste: Much maltier than the nose led on, but still decently hoppy. Lots of "dirty" and "earthy" caramel malt flavor throughout with overlays of forest-y hops. Faint onion. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, modest carbonation. Malty-sweet with a good hoppy kick. 4.5/5

Overall: Super solid "Behemoth" wannabe of an American Barleywine that is about on par in quality with New Glarus' Barleywine (when fresh) from last year. This is an excellent effort from Half Acre, but I still prefer both Double Crooked Tree and Behemoth.

Recommendation: Fans of hoppy, IPA-esque barleywines should give this one a whirl.

Pairings: Thai food.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. No bottle date but this was a holiday 2012 release, purchased in Chicago, IL late April. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a deep, semi-orange hued russet with a half finger cap of thick ecrue head. Head recedes to a thin layer that laces pretty well given the abv.

Smells of earthy, floral hops with sweet bread, faint raisins and a little pine.

Those earthy hops hit the palate first. Floral, mild citrus, piney toffee, bitter caramel, bread, dark fruit skins and a healthy dollop of booze. The alcohol is consistently present but fits in overall. Earthy and bitter.

Medium full, oily feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter earth and floral finish.

I really need to stop drinking American barley wines between 6-12 months old. It's old enough that the hops aren't as dominant as they would have been fresh but too young to have developed the deep, rich malts that this is capable of. Still an enjoyable beer and I had no issues finishing a bomber on my own. But I can't shake the feeling that this would have been much better 4+ months ago or 6+ months from now.

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Quakerbridge from Half Acre Beer Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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