Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs | Half Acre Beer Company

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We recently invited Phil Wymore, former Half Acre brewer and current mastermind behind Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, to the brewery for a collaborative brew sesh. The outcome is Two Tugs, a brawny 8% brown ale that unites two corners of Illinois. The aroma presents elements of molasses, toffee, and dark cherry, adds elements of licorice, hazelnut and chocolate to the taste, and finishes strong and warm with stone fruit on top of more sweet chocolate. Related to Thunder & Son in style and spirit, but more of a smaller cousin than a twin brother.

Added by MasterSki on 11-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
70
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
27.48%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by scruffwhor:
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with dark ruby highlights. Nice head after the pour and strong tan foam for most of the twenty two ounces.

Great roasty malt aroma with some dark, fruity undertones like black cherries. Notes of mild chocolate and coffee and just a little simmering alcoholic warmth simmers beneath the aroma.

This is a pretty yeasty brown ale. Dry, maybe chalky palate, fruity flavors mixing with dark roasted malt flavors like coffee and chocolate. Pretty good sipper, but the palate is a little too dry for me. I'm glad I tried this brew though.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown and very thick, which I was surprised poured only a one finger head.

Wafts of chocolate, malt, slight bourbon? Appealing nonetheless.

Very chocolaty and on the back end, I'm still getting hints of bourbon, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick as it poured, a lush and very sweet palate pleaser.

Overall a damn good beer, but the chocolate does get to be overbearing halfway through the bottle, would pick up again.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a:very dark brown. about a finger and a half tan head which subsides to a small cap fairly quickly

s: slight roastiness. hints of chocolate. grainy malts.

t: milk chocolate accentuated with very slight hops. roasted malts.

m: creamy. medium body. medium carbonation seems just right. bit sticky on the finish

o: This is a solid beer. I'm not usually a big fan of this style but this one is very easy to drink. I know this is a one-off but I don't think I could drink more than one serving of this as I could see myself might getting tired of it for some reason. But that one time drinking it was great. Glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oddly named with an equally goofy label, thankfully the beer itself is good!

Pours a tawny brown into a tulip glass, light tan head of foam ebbs away slowly. Minimal spotty lacing, a finger of foam settles to a bare string of wispy bubbles around the edge after awhile. Reddish glints in the light, somewhat transparent.

Dry earthy aroma, a combination of roast malt and vague hops.

Flavors are dry and bitter, big roasty malt rides alongside dry bitter bakers chocolate, though there's a hint of carob and creamy chocolate sweetness. Some grassy chlorophyll from the hop additions. Nice creamy feel, light carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes very clean and smooth with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Sort of style-bending, drinks almost like a Black IPA/IBA, though brown in color with all the essential greenery.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A: Pours a rich woody brown with a nice tan head.

S: Light mocha, thick molasses and dark bread, cocoa. Robust aroma.

T: Charred grain, light citric hoppiness, chocolate and brown sugar, lightly nutty.

M: Thick and chewy. Great mouthfeel.

O: This tastes pretty good, and really shines in the mouthfeel. Whoever came up with the name should be fired, though.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: Pours a shade of deep chestnut, just shy of pitch black. Immediately, one finger of khaki colored cream forms on top and displays excellent retention. A bubbly skim leaves a surplus of lace stuck to the inside of the glass.

S: Dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), dark chocolate, black cherry, Whoppers candy, fudge, tiramisu, pan roasted nuts, roasty malt and a hint of anise.

T: See above with more emphasis on the dark chocolate/fudge flavors as well something akin to rum raisin bread pudding. Frigging delicious!

M: Creamy and full with just the right amount of hop/alcohol spiciness. A lingering bitterness spreads itself over my tongue during the long finish.

O: What an excellent beer. Not marketed as a "holiday beer", but that's exactly the feeling I got while enjoying it. The spirit of collaboration is alive and well between these two breweries. Hopefully it's the first and not the last...

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass.

Is it weird that it took my buddy's fiance to get me to see the double entendre at play here? Regardless, this stuff pours a fairly deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted barley and watered-down maple syrup. A slight bit of vague nuttiness appears as well. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a twinge of lightly-acrid coffee. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a meek beer, one that just seems like it may have been trying too hard to be something better than it is.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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