Navaja Double India Pale Ale
Half Acre Beer Company

Navaja Double India Pale AleNavaja Double India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #179
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,288
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
698
From:
Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Navaja Double India Pale AleNavaja Double India Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
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Bluecrow from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-hazy golden can pour with a fine foam cap and an aroma of sweet malt and citrus hop notes.
The flavor is full. A bready malt is prominent with orange, and grapefruit zest behind.
There is a bit of alcohol sweetness.
The mouthfeel is quite smooth, very good.

Jul 02, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 3-25-20 for $4.74. Canned on 2-26-20; consumed 6-9-20.

Beer poured a chilled golden orange with a nice white head that has some very nice hang time.

Nose is very nice, fresh citrus is front and center.

Taste is a huge yet light feeling pale malt base that has a large amount of grapefruit tinged hops with a nice subtle peach and mango undertone in my aspirations. Finishes with a nice pine bitterness; 8/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and comes across as refreshing despite the gravity.

Overall a really nice dank west coast inspired triple ipa that i would have again!

Jun 09, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/26/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, melon), pretty nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, melon), pretty nice pine note, nice sweetness. Full body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Glad to see it around. Would never know it was 10% ABV.

Apr 27, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/20/2020. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy, honey-orange color with a small, milk-white cap and thin film of lacing. The smell is highly aromatic and features tangerine/orange, grapefruit, lemon peel, pine needles, a whiff of caramel, and fragrant floral hops. The taste pops with tart, bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, and resinous pine from the Mosaic and Citra hops balanced nicely by nutty, toasty malt. The Simcoe and CTZ hops provide a clean, bitter, and slightly spicy finish. The various flavors blend very well and produce a delicious result. The ale is surprisingly lite and crisp for the 10% ABV. It's big enough pair with a hearty meal but is super drinkable. I received this can from @fbarber but I'm happy to say that it's distributed in New Jersey. I will certainly not pass it by again.

Apr 10, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super beer with great look and taste. Awesome packaging from a great brewer. Love seeing this fresh in the east coast. Had to pick up a four pack at Wegmans when I saw it. Enjoying my first can. Poured into a glass and great copper color with a nice head. Goes down easy to start but as it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent. Very tasty and looks good. Glad I have three more. Highly recommended

Mar 20, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another winner from half acre, no doubt.
L: it's a pretty one. clear amber brew with a large head that dissipates quickly.
S: little bit of pine, lemon, a hint of sweetness. very nice
T: builds on the nose. bit of grapefruit, some pine, hoppy bitterness, balanced with sweetness. hops linger so you remember it's a dipa. i could have used more carbonation but i feel like i'm quibbling.
F: smooth and rich. as befits a topshelf brew

Mar 10, 2020
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Sup_Sippin from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opulent at first blush, headaches, swells on the back of my mouth, tickles the throat, starched or bleached fruit, warm sternum, bitter cheeks, more skips than hops, jitter belly, frothy scorched-ahi burp, missing something at the front of the mouth, no effect on the tooth, goldfishy, alcoholic/ burns the upper bowels, drink from the snout/top of the mouth or the back, not the middle of the tongue.

Nov 26, 2019
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Ego from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
cool art on the can (will not reflect in my score obviously, but pretty cool, like a skeleton version of Captain Grievous), orange hue with a slight haze, head calms quickly even though there is an active carbonation stream rising up from the bottom of the glass, lacing is OK, nothing to write home about here

nose...
piney lemon spritz, right before the hops overwhelm the malt is sensed, for a second, the more you get used to the hops the easier it is to tell that this has a massive malty backbone to support the ABV I suppose

taste etc...
hefty ale, just enough carbonation to keep things proper above board, in a way this is a very sneaky beer, it is kind of underwhelming at first, but like a well spiced dish it builds, the bitters seem to multiply as you sip on, the alcohol pulls up next to you at the bar and before you know it you were engaged in conversation for half an hour, the hops linger in the back of your mouth as nice reminders, you don't want to reach for an immediate second serving but the craving does come into the station on it's own time on the schedule, this is bigger than it let's on, very well brewed

verdict?
ten minutes ago my review would probably be different, patience pays in this case, call this a DIPA sipper ? if there is such a thing, my only nitpick is that just a hint more carbonation would help this, aside from that this scores big on all fronts, it satisfies my big hop crave, my bitter bent and at the same time told me to sit my ass down (ABV), this is a balanced beast, and it is a beast.

Jun 10, 2019
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into snifter. 02/19/19 along with this printed on bottom of can“ nothing is real.” One finger white head fizzles down to thin white cover. Hazy light golden straw color.
Scent of tropical notes, followed by spice, bready pine hop. Scent really evolves as it warms.
Taste of citrus, hops and a taste that hits the back of my throat that I can’t put my finger on. Nothing bad but different. Slight booze, dankness at finish. A smooth ending with a tingle on the tongue.
Rich feel, not syrupy, I’d give it a medium feel.
A very good beer but is the most different style of double ipa I’ve had. That said a delicious beer with a complex flavor profile and a 10% that is notable but not obvious. If you enjoy the double side of life than this ipa should be considered.

May 27, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 7/14/16; drank 8/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy white head; strong, frothy lace.

Grapefruit, lemon & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & banana flavors up front; mild caramel & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Nice DIPA; not going to change your life but a worthy quaff.

May 27, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium copper color with thick creamy white lacing, low carbonation.

Bright citrus and citrus rind aroma, light spiciness.

Taste is extremely resiny, dank, and very juicy. Peppery and garlic midway through that lingers all the way through the end.

Medium body and very dry on the back of the tongue.

Fantastic and highly recommended.

May 27, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 4/4/19 poured into a tulip
A: Clear orange, 1.5 finger head, small bubbles
S: Tropical fruit, orange, honey, a bit of pine
T: Matches the nose, but more pine than honey
M: Medium to full-bodied, though as others have said surprisingly not full and the abv is completely hidden
O: A well-made, tasty DIPA

Apr 28, 2019
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JRed from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark orange in body with white soapy head that stays. Aroma of oranges, grass, pine, honey, booze. Tastes of oranges, citrus candy, pine, honey, grass, booze, and bitterness. A bit slick in mouthfeel. Heavy bodied with active carbonation.

Mar 31, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Navaja pours a dark amber orange, slightly murky with a well composed 1-finger light yellowish head with moderate retention and spotty lacing. The smell...it's hop forward with a bready malt, some melon sweetness and ripe tropical fruits with a hint of booze coming through. Doesn't drink as big as a 10% beer, with a good tropical fruit flavor of guava and mango with a bit of grapefruit and a sappy hop bitterness. A bit sticky on the finish with a touch of boozy heat.

Mar 19, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. canned 2/7/18, so well past optimum here. Oh well, here goes.

Deep hazy, bordering on murky, apricot/orange body. Small bright white head leaving quite nice lacing.

There is an odd malty type aroma.

The expected malt bomb, given the age. Thing is, it's not unpleasant at all. A little sweet, and even a hint of bitterness toward the end. Also still some warmth mixed in from the abv.

Mouth bordering on full, finish sweetly malty with a slight bitter bite at the end.

Overall, maybe it's the Brit in me, but some of these old american IPA's/DIPA's actually end up with a nice English-style IPA balance. (Warning, some do not)

Jan 13, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours from the can with a pleasing orange-tang glow. Sweet citrus on the nose, squeezed mandarin and tangerine. Drying finish, full bodied. Hides its strength. Tried it at six weeks from canning and still good.

Oct 04, 2018
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Treck from New York

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10% alcohol? This doesn’t taste like it. The booziness is there in the background but the citrus is the overpowering flavor. a few different layers. Really interesting. Would jump at the opportunity if I saw it available at a restaurant.

Aug 07, 2018
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labisch from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A resionous sappy goodness attacks your palate with grass, grapefruit, and citrus undertones. It's well-spiced and the kick of ethanol at the end of the sip is well-obscured by its brilliant complexity. This is truly an outstanding beverage. It's so juicy and delicious.

Aug 06, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Almost over ripe tropical fruit, stone fruit, and a little melon, citrus, earthy herbal notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, papaya, guava, mango, apricot, and melon, citrus, candied orange, grapefruit and lemon, grassy earthy herbal notes, a touch of spice, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy, holds its % beautifully.

O: I thought this was gonna be a total monster, but it's sneaky. About as smooth as a 10% DIPA can be. Impressive.

Jun 27, 2018
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Sandis from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Half Acre beer I've had an opportunity to try and this one is delicious. Resinous. Tropical aroma and flavor with just a touch of booze. Just plain tasty!

Jun 22, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Canned: May-15-2018


A:
Pours a brillant gold with a decent-sized cream-colored head that drops to a film. Good retention; speckled lacing. (4)

S:
Apricot, mango, grapefruit, pine, earthy underneath it all. (4)

T:
Dry, sappy bitterness, grapefruit, grass, spicy hops. (4.25)

M:
Medium body, dry and resinous with medium carbonation and a touch of booze. Hip-oil-sticky finish. (4)

O:
Lovely looking, tasty, big, bitter IPA. Bitter orange and fir potpourri in both the aroma and the flavor. Fairly fruity-smelling with some earthiness as well. The flavor is more the latter with hints of the former. A touch alcoholy for my tastes but otherwise a solid IPA that I'd gladly have again. Great artwork on the label too. (4)

Jun 12, 2018
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 4/16/18 on the bottom of the can, 8 weeks since brewing.

Pours an unfiltered yellow-amber with a finger of loosely compact white head that dissipated rather quickly. Nose starts off quite sweet with a sweet dank citrus, over-ripened papaya, pine resin, soft caramel malt, wet earth, pink grapefruit rind, florals and a little bit of spice (pepper and clove). Definitely a blend between the two coastal styles. Tastes combines the aromas of the nose but puts the east coast in the back seat to a stronger than expected bitterness and dankness. A second sip brings in a bit of a dark grassy note. I wish I could of gotten my hands on something fresher than 8 weeks, perhaps the taste would of been more balanced. Aftertaste lies in the dank almost orange-y citrus blended with a pithy bitterness and the caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a resinous medium, nothing mind blowing but not underwhelming for a 10% ABV brew. Medium-high bitterness/dankness. I get an ever so slight taste that this is a 10% on the back end of the swallow, not fully hidden. Definitely an East coast meets West coasts brew that favors the west a little more (maybe due to the age). If you're looking for a higher ABV brew with lots of dank, bitter west coast vibes that brings in a little bit of modern east coast tendencies, this is for you.

Jun 11, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin are present in the nose along with hints of orange citrus, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste starts out with some flavors of pine resin and follows with notes of orange citrus and finishes with slight hints of alcohol. There is a light amount of bitterness and traces of underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a faint amount of crispness is present.
O: Despite the hints of alcohol in the taste, this beer drinks rather well considering its strength. It doesn't seem nearly as heavy in body compared to other 10% abv beers.

Serving type: can

Jun 11, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass. 12.29.18. consumed 05.19.18.

A: Dark and juicy orange coloring is dense with a steady moderate display of carbonation. Silky white head is 0.5 inches, has a creamy frothy consistency. Nice coloring, dense nature, with a retaining capping that provides a good sheet covering of lace on the way down.

S: Fresh blend of oranges and citrus on the nose, only light to moderate in strength per style. Some wet pine. The layover may have been a factor in this short coming of expectations.

T: The flavor provided a citrusy-grassy bite, and is bitter from the get go, dry and commands your tongues attention. High bittering factor makes up for the weak aromatic display, with tart orange-citrus and pine, Wet tropical hops add a modest background along with some juicy hop resins and spicy hops. The alcohol comes through on the finish providing a bite, unaware of first of its high nature, you will soon recognize. Barley grains and juicy tangerines round things out.

M: Mouthful is surprisingly light, creamy, a bit spicy on the hold from the hops and alcohol, and turns to a frothy feel on the inner cheeks.

O: A light nose is soon redeemed by the abundance of hops and alcohol on the flavor, perhaps to much alcohol at times which may have drowned out some of the hop complexity. Almost liquor like and very strong, and spicy the alcohol at times outbalances things. Favorable first impression, hoppy, bitter, decent drink-ability, but of course limited to a small serving. Spicy heat but still very good in a modest serving.

May 27, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/16/18, consumed 5/9/18

A juicy, well-rounded West Coast style DIPA. Honey color, not completely clear, small head, little lacing.

Terrific strong, citrus juicy fruity aroma. Could even be considered heavy, but I like it. Much prefer this in your face vs. the ones you really gotta try hard and sniff your brains out.

Taste follows, citrusy goodness with some tropical fruit notes. Secondary notes of earthy hops and sweet malts.

Feel is Medium-full, great carbonation, solid bitterness, dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty great DIPA. Maybe not the most refined feel, but I totally enjoyed the bright, strong aroma and flavor.

May 10, 2018
Navaja Double India Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 698 ratings