Navaja Double India Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Navaja Double India Pale AleNavaja Double India Pale Ale
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Navaja Double India Pale AleNavaja Double India Pale Ale

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 Fremont897
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving: Can
Canned: May-15-2018

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

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

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

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

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)

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Photo of Blackrobe
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of BigMike
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenBechler
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of bixby1971
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chilmer
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
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.

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Photo of Csolsen
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from the can.

Appearance: Semi cloudy brew with medium bubbles to the body rising roughly half a finger's length off the body coming off a white color.

Smell: Floral and citrus, more on the citrus skin side of things.

Taste: Light more with heavy citrus and I know I this might sound monotonous but super citrus consisting of grapefruit and orange skin. Slightly sweet but doses of bitter.

Mouth: medium to full body with a subtle carbonation. Malty, finish makes you think this is a true thirst quencher.

Overall: Good brew, actually very good brew. Don't remember how much I paid for it but when I see it I will be on the re-up as we day in New York. Salud!

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Photo of mzablocki
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, golden yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Fresh, crisp, and spicy and citrus orange hop aromas with a mellow dankness and light boozy notes. Medium light malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy feel through the middle followed by prickly, boozy warmth to the finish. Medium malt flavors with light caramel malt notes. Herbal and spicy hop flavors with medium high hop bitterness through the middle. Light spicy hop flavors followed by sweet, citrus fruit flavors, and expanding, pleasant booziness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with a light malt note, spicy hop bite, light fruity notes and lingering boozy warmth. Well balanced with complex hop aromas and a solid malt presence. Malt and hop characters are well presented in a strong ale format.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wide dispersion of ratings here, on NAVAJA, which deserves better and disperses an amazing fruit aroma.
Canned 1/2018
a) Pours a energetic, airy, creamy 2 finger head that fades to a constant film and sheet lace over an amber hazed body.
s) Biggest nose ever, if you like orange candy, fruity hops, marmalade, catbox, and cannabis.
t) Follows that large nose with sugary, orange candy, treacle syrup, honey, with warming alcohol, and never really departs from a fruit salad of pineapple, papaya, guava, tangerine, orange, and only slight peppery finish. Off centered and not enough bitter balance. But Big!
f) Bold, sticky, a bit too candied in the mouth.
o) While this is an interesting big DIPA, with great, ample hops and big sweet shop malts it never balances so instead of rising higher at cask temperature, the rating gets pulled down.

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Navaja Double India Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 635 ratings