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Navaja | Half Acre Beer Company

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56 Reviews

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the first time we're pulling a Double IPA out of our scabbard. Attacking your ability to make good choices, this bully quickly becomes your best friend.

Added by MasterSki on 05-14-2013

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice amber golden color with initially white head thats fluffy but after that nothing
S - huge tangerine, peach, papaya, passion fruit, orange, citrus pith, grapefruit, pine
T - big pine, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, papaya, peach, pith, passion fruit
M - medium mf, alc covered, aftertaste is orange, papaya, tangerine, passion fruit, pine, etc
O - good ipa. Could be better.

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Photo of blackcompg
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours about 2 fingers of dense eggshell foam, gentle carb rises through a lightly hazed golden light amber body. A solid striped suit of lacing remains in my glass, just incredible.

Smell - wonderful tropical nose of pineapple, papaya, mango, ripe cantaloupe, and blood orange, smells ripe and juicy

Taste - wow! really bold ripe cantaloupe and honeydew melon - the sweet flesh and the drying melon rinds both arrive at the same time, papaya and mango are here too, just barely ripe - transitions to drying citrus piths and peach pit on the tongue, with traces of tropical melon sweetness remaining in the mouth corners

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium, but in a very good way - the flavors are so bold and distinct as to fill the mouth - the weight of the beer is not overly heavy for 10%ABV, no trace of alcohol either. Carb is nearly medium but silky smooth, with a few bright edges at the sides of the tongue - just enough to transition to the flavors in the finish.

Overall - Just Fantastic. If you like tropical hop flavors, especially those that lean towards ripe summer melons, then this is a must try. I can't believe this is 10% - and dangerously gulpable, control must be exercised with this one. Great balance and complexity - 5's across the board for me. I will buy the entire stock on the shelves every time I see this one.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange to golden hue. Light to medium clarity. Thin well defined white to clear round bubbles.

S: orange peel. Citrus pith. Play dough. Resin. Tropical fruit juice.

T: much more bitter to taste. Pine. Resin. Lemon peel. Orange zest. Grass. Sap.

F: crisp and bitter bite and aftertaste.

O: pretty solid DIPA. Could be a bit more balanced but still nice.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A mostly clear gold color.

Tastes like mango, grapefruit, and sweet candied orange. A subtle dank flavor and bitterness. Some lingering pine. Solid malt base. Fairly full bodied.

Nicely balanced overall, and the alcohol is masked well. Great beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a slightly hazy gold color. There was a moderate white head with good retention.
Dank, citrus, tropical fruit aroma.
Wow! taste. Mango, melon, grapefruit, a lot of malt. This is just so much fun to drink. Would never have guessed 10% ABV.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is tropical fruit/light pineapple, fruit and mildly dank hops. The flavor is tropical fruit/mild pineapple, citrus, malts and a tart/bitter finish. A lot more mellow than expected, easy to drink for a dipa.

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/31/16 canning date

A: Clear amber pour. Tall, frothy tan head. Quite good head retention but spotty bits of soapy lacing.

S: Mango for sure. A little grapefruit?

T: Oh yeah, sweet mangoes for sure up front. HUGE burst of grapefruit and spicy pine to boot. Fairly mild bready malt followed with a wave of bitterness into the finish. Dry finish funnily enough, surprising in a 10%...anything. Lingering pine, tropical fruits and citrus.

M: Somewhat heavy, dry finish.

O: Monster DIPA. Plethora of bold hop flavors. Great balance of flavors despite the strength and complexity. Not crazy bitter but shockingly dry for the ABV. Very nice.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good dipa that I've been wanting to try this since half acre has been distributing to the rockford area.
Nice clear deep gold appearance typical of a west coast ipa.
The aroma is peach, mango, citrus, floral and earthy hop notes along with some bready malt sweetness.
The taste is peachy mango up front along with citrus and a big floral earthy hop bitterness. Also has a nice malt backing to smooth it out. Some spice from the alcohol as well. Really nice and complex.
The palate is medium with a good mix of resiny hop bitterness and lingering malt sweetness that lasts well.
Overall this is an excellent dipa that I would love to get a four pack of. Another winner from half acre.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured in a pint glass canned 9 1316

A: amber in color slight Haze may be due to the coldness head is a creamy small bubbled small Affair about a quarter inch.

S: pineapple Citrus rind grapefruit little bit of a candied hop smell and a little bit of crackery malts sweetness on the end.

T: smell Translates Okay into the taste it's a little bit more bitter, alcohol is very noticeable not as sharp defined fruit flavors.

M: medium body to a little bit fuller has a little bit of a cling to it coats the tongue.

O: it's a solid double IPA but it's nothing to write home about and look for.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first try at an Half Acre beer, I was impressed. It had a very nice aroma, the taste was complex and delicious, and a very nice nice kick!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Orange rind, tangerine and pine. Building dry, bitterness. Attenuated. Fairly clean tasting. Easy drinking for a double ipa. Nice.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can given to me by a coworker after a business trip to Chicago. Packaged 08/31/16. B:468 V. Enjoy your tater babies. Served in a nonic pint.

Pours a mostly clear pretty golden with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Smell is citrusy, yeasty, a little floral hoppiness.

Taste is moderate honey, pine bitter, floral, increasing bitter finish. Definitely a citrus characteristic -- maybe a little more lemon than orange.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, slightly sticky, resinous. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 08/31/16

Pours golden amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like ripe mango, peach, orange, some grapefruit, papaya, passionfruit, guava, bready caramel malt, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Tastes like mango, peach, orange, grapefruit pith, papaya, passionfruit, guava, bready caramel malt, with dank earthy herbal grass, some oniony cilantro, and spicy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and thick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice double IPA.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/4/16

A: Pours a solid orange-gold with deep gold at the core and some tangerine around the edges - mostly clear, some chill haze - pours with a small dense white head, fades to a very small collar and just a few wisps of a cap

S: Aggressive and hoppy - orange but mostly grapefruit - citrus oil, zest, pith - hop resin, sticky pine, grassy hops - dank and weedy - spicy - sweet tropical notes and some peach - sweetness at the base with some bready malts, touch of caramel, and fairly obvious booze

T: Loads of citrus, with some orange and grapefruit - grapefruit oil, rind, and pith - above-average bitterness that lingers - sticky pine, herbal hops, grassy hops, weed - a touch of onion - dry tropical fruit, if that makes any sense - lightly sweet bread, crackers - some earth - straight-up alcohol, surprisingly obvious even for 10% ABV, forces it to be a sipper

M: On the heavy side of medium, oily, mostly smooth, finishes with some lingering oil

O: I see you've played knifey spoony before

I wanted to really love this, as I've enjoyed just about every beer I've had from Half Acre. I feel as if they were trying to make a super-aggressive, malty, high ABV DIPA possibly akin to other DIPAs from the midwest (e.g., Three Floyds). But the hop profile is overly oily, and the malts kind of fall flat, leaving behind a trail of booze. I may revisit it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 08/16/16 printed on the bottom of the can. Poured into a snifter. Navaja is a fantastic double IPA. Tons of citrusy hops in the nose. The taste is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique can info: Canned 9/13/16

Golden body displaying lots of effervescence and a decent, creamy white head. Pine and citrus aroma; some floral and baked bread notes, all from over two feet away!; very fruity and berry-like; strawberry and pineapple. Bready, fruity, spicy flavors abound; solid hop bitterness builds up nicely midway and lingers at the finish. Heavy body yet airy and smooth; mostly dry finish.

It has been a long time since I've experienced a "wow" moment with an IPA of any pedigree. This beer is damn near stellar, especially in the aroma and taste departments. Complexity and depth presence is incontestable here. I won't try to wax poetic (beyond my meager talents) about this beer, but I will highly tout its exceptional tone and balance. Hop heads and fans of bitterness should swoon at getting ahold of this beer. A very fine offering from this brewery!

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark yellow, thin white head.

S- Slightly fruity, pineapple and orang with a hint of mango. Also pick up some hoppy bitterness.

T- Decently balanced. Sugary booze with some bitter, grapefruit-y hops.

F- Reasonably heavy for an IPA. Smooth, slightly dry finish.

O- One of the better year-round IPA's around.

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Photo of brewskis
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma consists of tons of overly-ripe mango and pineapple, sweet orange, tangerine, orange peel, juicy peach, candied grapefruit, and floral. Just getting a sugary sweetness and slight breadiness from the malt.

Taste is full of juicy, fruity hops. Get candied orange and grapefruit, juicy mango and pineapple, juicy peach, and orange peel. Just a nice sugary sweetness and ever-so-slight bread from the malt. A citrus peel and pine resin bitterness with some juicy orange and mango notes are there on the finish. Dangerously smooth for 10%.

Medium body. Smooth, creamy, and clean for the abv.

This is a smooth masterpiece of a DIPA from Half Acre. I love that this is year-round. This is up there with NvU by Pipeworks for the best year-round DIPA in the city.

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Photo of Denotoole
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-to-very-good double IPA, but I prefer high ABVs in the great-to-incredible range. I bought a 4-pack of Navaja about six weeks ago. The last one sat in my fridge for a month. I kept noticing it and thinking “Oh cool, I still have one left!” yet not drinking it. I was glad it was there, but, like a fire extinguisher or a pocket constitution, it has a limited application.

Last night I finally cracked the last one: It poured out a bright, regal gold, like the blood of Achilles. But hang on, son, I split this one with my wife. One great thing about a 9.5% beer in a 16 ounce can is that it’s an ideal splitter—you can split it with a homie and still feel you are getting a full drink. So I gave her a few ounces and myself a few ounces, and then when I poured out the last four oz into my now-empty pint-glass, the gold was no longer translucent but cloudy. Sediment? Temperature change? Can conditioned? (Is that a thing?) I don’t know, but I’m sure if I poured it all into one glass it would have a different hue than what I saw.

It sweet and finally balanced, not excessively hoppy, and the aftertaste lingers in the back of your palate like whiskey. Thus, Navaja is a fine sipper. Like an imperial stout, it’s a good beer for a long reading session or just sitting on the porch.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so my to tenderbranson69 for sharing this Can enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is golden amber with thin white head with great retention and lace that sticks with very fine bead and translucent clarity. The smell is great -lots of fruit aroma from the hops with slight tropical quality and a mild white grape aroma with slight tangerine and grapefruit scents with low malt in the smell. The feel is excellent with moderate bitterness with low astringency and mild sweetness to support the hop spice and mild alcohol with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is great -a very good choice of hops to blend as the tropical fruit and citrus dominate. There is a mild tangy citrus flavor and some grapefruit type bitterness with a mild nelson element that is adding a floral/gooseberry taste. I loved this IPA and would say seek it out if you enjoy a strong IPA with lots of hop aroma without a ton of bitterness

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Photo of Prager62
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pint can dated 08/16/16 poured in a Half Acre snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent gold color with a small finger of white foam. A little lacing is left behind as it settles.

Smell- Juicy passionfruit, pineapple and mango. A whiff of butyl emerges in the back.

Taste- A spicy floral flavor takes center stage, along with grapefruit, pine and a slightly peppery finish.

Feel- A resiny slick start turns spicy and slightly hot.

Overall- A lot of Half Acre beers have that same underlying flavor profile to me like many of Lagunita's offerings. This one is a completely different animal with a much spicier floral flavor as opposed to tropical fruit with a dose of malt sweetness found in most HA beers. It has a prominent dose of alcohol heat in the finish as well. A big and bold DIPA that breaks the Half Acre mold.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from CNRowland (thanks!). Canned 8/16/16. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two and a quarter finger cap of dense, white foam. The head dissipates to a wispy haze that stretches to a fluffy crown, leaving some large curtains of lacing.

Aromas of tangerines, mango and a lovely bready, boozey sweetness. I like it a lot.

Citrusy hops pervade the flavor. Mango, tangerine, bread, citrus peel, pine and some sugary booze. Hops are no doubt the star but there is a beautiful "balance" of sweet malt that works very well.

Slick, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The slightly bitter finish is like tropical and citrus hop bread.

It has been a while since I had a great malty example of the style and Navaja is a mighty fine double IPA. Hops are in charge but I really enjoy the sweet backbone that keeps things in a delicious equilibrium.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA - a little bit fruity and piney on the nose, and citrusy and hoppy flavor. I especially like that it's a little more malty than some DIPA's, I like that a lot. Carbonation is good, and the hops give a very "crisp" finish, kind of like a good pilsener, but much more intense. My only criticism is that it's either not hoppy enough or too boozy. The hops aren't enough to completely cover the alcohol, so you get a little bit of boozy flavor that is not typical for a DIPA. I usually prefer a DIPA to either be a 100 IBU hop assault (e.g., many by 3 Floyds) that will cover whatever booziness there is, or to have a little lower alcohol level so as not to show through in the flavor (e.g., Pliny the Elder).

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours bright orange, little haze, two finger fluffy head just sits there. Resiny pine and citrusy aroma. Taste a big melon and citrus, lots of pine and grapefruit bitter hops, touch of alcohol presence . Dry finish, thin to medium slick feel. This brew was delish.

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Cloudy orange. So cloudy I can't see my fingers on the other side. Light lacing, but I can't see if there's carb because it's SO CLOUDY. Hop forward smell. Taste is wonderful blend of hoppy bitterness and zesty lemon. Mild feel for a double IPA.

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