Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs | Half Acre Beer Company

BA SCORE
3.99/5
70 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
70
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Half Acre. Multiple 5oz pours.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Dark brown-red body with some transparency to it.

S - Roasted nuts, milk chocolate, milled grains, a touch of vanilla. It's your quintessential brown ale malt bill, but amped up a bit. Not much perceptible alcohol.

T - The taste is similar, but a tad sweeter with a molasses note creeping in amid the roasted nuts and earthy grains, and malted milk chocolate. Hop character is largely restrained, imparting a touch of grass and earth and mild bitterness.

M - Nice hefty, medium-full body with a mildly chewy and sticky finish to it. Not much alcohol presence, and pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation.

D - A very solid beer; even though it's 8% it drinks a bit lighter to me. I could have tackled the 13oz goblet with ease. Drinks like a bigger and more interesting Over Ale rather than a smaller Thunder & Son in some ways. Half Acre is doing some good work with their malty beers these days.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

picked this one up in chicago when i was there not too long ago. enjoyed from a half acre snifter.

a - brew poured an attractive glimmering brown that settled much darker into the glass than the pour. not much head to speak of and what was there was gone quickly leaving a thin ring of bubbles on the surface clinging to the glass.

s - classic brown with roasted malts. some coffee, some toast, mostly roast...some chocolate.

t - again, big roast on this otherwise seemingly classic brown. some coffee, some chocolate, but big roast. there is definitely a brown ale underneath as opposed to something more stouty without all that roast.

m - big and bold.

o - overall a nice brown but with the roast turned up to 12. i love a good brown and this is a good brown. the roast is a bit heavy and i wish it was dialed back a hair, but it is still a solid beer and one that i would drink again and again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Half Acre / Perennial Two Tugs from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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