The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imagine yourself deep in the metaphorical woods, laying metaphorical traps down to capture your metaphorical prey. You've got your sites set on the ravin, which you've been chasing for some time now, almost to the point of obsession. But as time elapses, and you find your thoughts drifting into the void, certain things rearrange, and the tables have turned. You're no longer the hunter, you're now the game, and you've been captured by your former prey.

Such a story, not to mention the song by the same name, was part of the inspiration for The Hunter gets Captured by the Game. For the brew, we blended smoked malts with caraway, laurel, and rosemary for an aromatic feast of a 6% ABV ale. The end result is herb-heavy, in both the nose and taste. This complex beast of a beer heads your way in a few short days, and pairs great with food of all sorts.

Added by Jason on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 34
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a deep tan body with a thin ring of big bubbles as a head and a gentle carbonation trailing up the glass.

S- The full aroma of cloth band aids has some herbal spice notes in the finish that grow into a full rosemary bite.

T- The cloth band aids is the dominant flavor with some rosemary dryness coming through. Softer hop bitterness lingers with some fresh ginger heat and a peppery hop flavor pokes through a bit as it opens. There is an herbal iced tea flavor that takes over the finish of the beer as it opens.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a slippery texture.

O- This is a big band aid beer with an odd herbal spice flavor to finish. I didn’t make it through the whole bomber and it took on an herbal toothpaste quality in the finish I had to stop.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give Half Acre credit for creativity... This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises light beech smoke, dry rosemary, powdered sugar, caramel, light flowers, and there is a kind of particular candy smell way in the background that I just can't quite put my finger on. The taste brings in more of the same, with the smoke, the spices, and the sweetness interweaving amongst and interpenetrating each other at various nodes, finishing in a dry grainy and lightly grassy flavor. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid beer, definitely an interesting combination of ingredients and subsequent flavors. I can't say it's my favorite beer in a while, but I'd probably have another were one offered.

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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazed darker dull orange in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Very little lacing.

S: Aroma is very herbaceous. Green, with a slight spice. And rosemary. Lots of rosemary.

T: Taste is interesting. There are some mild caramel malts. It's lightly sweet with a faint hint of smoke. But then there is rosemary character again and once I picked up on it, it's all I could taste. There is a slight bit of spice as well. Sweeter baking spice, but I really only seemed to pick up on this when the beer was colder. As it warmed, the rosemary dominated.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild spice-derived bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O: Eh, not so sure about this one. Not that's it bad, really it has more to do with my dislike for rosemary and it's prominence in this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz, March 2013
Founders Doom glass

A: Deeper orange color. Big bubbled off white layer of head. Dissipated quickly. Just a collar.

S: Smells like a spiced Fall beer with added smoke. Get that faint trace of campfire behind the spice and malt.

T: Right in tip of the tongue you get that nice campfire smoke. Some band aid flavor? Again, some spices similar to a fall or autumn brew. Thought it was clove or cinnamon. It's very drinkable at this low abv. Finish is fairly dry with lingering smoke character.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of bulldog91
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle, showing a reddish-orange/gold color into a snifter.
Immediate note of smoke, followed by a blend of spices.
Tastebis complex, yet strangely mild - nothing dominates.
A light beer with new flavors popping each sip.
I enjoyed this, but wished for just a bit more consistency.
Still, a good and fun beer

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Half Acre Taproom. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and plenty of lacing. Lightly hazed dark orange body.

S - A mix of smoke, toasted caraway seeds, and rosemary; reminds me of a savory broth or rosemary chicken a bit.

T - The taste reveals a bit more of the base beer, with bready malts, a bit of smoke, light doughy sweetness, and an finish with the aforementioned spices. The combination of bready malts and caraway evokes rye bread, although I'm not sure if there's any rye malt actually in here.

M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant carbonation, a lightly dry and clean finish, and no discernible alcohol.

D - This was alright, but it's a bit out there. Successful at what it sets out to do (and would probably be killer for cooking with), but it's not something I could drink in large quantities. If you like spiced and/or smoked beers give it a shot.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild smoke, softly complex array of spices. Light fruity esters. Grainy sweet maltiness

Light Grainy malt, moderately bright herbal and floral spices with a soft bacony smoke all over a balanced sweetness. Light fruitiness. Light hop bitterness. Grainy malt and herbal spice dominate the aftertaste.

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Very crisp

This is oddly welcoming. While the flavors are overall, moderately light, the complexities make it quite exciting.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lightly clouded amber-orange. 1 finger of off-white head sits on top and leaves a droopy, lacey mess down the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of smoke and hippy health food store.

T: The smoke is definitely there, but steps aside to let the herbs and spices out. Interesting.

M: Slightly drier and thinner than I would've like, but pretty good nonetheless.

O: Quite an interesting experiment. I really liked the interplay between the herbs/spices and the smoked malt.

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saturated orange color, bright clarity, an inch of white foam on top. Lasting retention with drippy lace, and a sticky collar around the edges.

Savory aroma of mild smoke and light spices, the initial whiff of yeast from the bottle was a little jarring, but as it warmed in the glass it opened up a lot.

Flavors of mild smoke, sage, very light caraway and rosemary, a mild bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of honeyed malt. Dry finish. Fairly light bodied, not a heavy or sweet brew, emphasis is on the smoked malt and added spices. Overall it's an interesting combination, though somewhat mild overall. A little more smoke or caraway would be welcome in the next batch...

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reading the description, one may think this will be a dark brew. It's not. The Hunter gets Captured by the Game is a clear amber beer with a minimal head due to the growler being popped yesterday.

The nose is strong and spicy from the herbs. Pepper and Bay leaf, Rosemary and Caraway combine for an interesting and unique aroma.

The taste is slightly smokey with a burst of of full flavor that is herbal, floral, spicy with a pepper bite. The Bay leaf and caraway are pronounced but the Rosemary is less discernible. It's flavor is much different brewed in a beer. This beer is complex and the herb flavors combine into a deliciously complex blend. The herbal/floral flavors last long then transition to a spicy, crisp ending.

Overall I enjoyed this one. It is a nice change of pace and a perfect winter offering. Unique, complex, one of a kind. I loved Half Acre's Sunday in Saigon brewed with Thai Basil so the herbal experiments are very good so far. Keep on experimenting Half Acre!

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