Navaja | Half Acre Beer Company

78 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 eppCOS
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Lord, HA. What have you done? This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA/IIPA that gives the beer aficionado of the smooth and bitter stompdown they are about to experience. From the looks of it, you'd have no idea - other than some of the lacing, but one smell and you know it's just dankalicious. It is an endless well of great, bitter taste, nicely balanced, smooth enough, with very little afterburn from any alcohol. This beer ruins me, but I love it. Hard to just have one.

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

Pours orange with a little fog to it. Head formation is two and a half fingers and white with good retention. Very little lacing. Aroma is orange and tangerine with biscuit malts. The citrus start fades a little to let the malts show more before leaving way for a citrus finish. Flavor profile is orange and tangerine. Biscuit malts show up secondary, just before finishing with a resiny, tangerine hop taste. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fine graininess and fizziness to it. Overall, a flavorful pale ale with a citrusy, sweet start, and a bitter, resiny finish. Nice dynamic between the two.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden tangerine color with a couple fingers of very oily, fresh, and greasy looking white head that took its time fading into a soft, greasy, film and lingering collar. A sticky network of thick lace was left down the glass.
S: Fresh, juicy, and sweet smelling notes of sweet citrus. I get notes of tangerine, sweet orange, and a moderate amount of tropical fruit. Resinous and sticky hop oil pokes through especially as the beer warms.
T: Follows the nose with dominating hoppy flavors of sweet citrus tangerine/clementine mixed with naval orange juice, tropical fruit nectar, and hint of grapefruit rind. The finish is full of resinous hop oils with a slight dank and pine-like edge. Malt backbone is pale, crisp, and light, without any overly caramely, toasted, or malty flavors, so the fruity hops notes really shine.
M: Medium body with a greasy, sticky, slick, but drying mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Soft, creamy carbonation has a nice chew to it. Bitterness and alcohol mix in the finish, but neither are harsh or distracting, and in fact, the alcohol is hidden quite well.
O: As delicious and easy to drink dipa as best as the rest. I much preferred this over double daisy cutter. The alcohol is very well hidden, and the flavors are bright and smooth.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice mango orange blush. Fluffy white head of 2 fingers, doesn't fade fast at all.

Nice aromas of galaxy hops; Also mango, pineapple, orange, orange peel.

Flavor starts off nice and juicy, but fades to melted plastic almost immediately. Lots of super glue. Slight onion, garlic, feet.

Feel is creamy and moderately carbonated.

Overall, anything that tastes like melted plastic and super glue, despite its redeeming fruity qualities is pretty much a drain pour. I'll see how the other one holds up, but I'm pretty sad here.

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Photo of jhavs
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Aroma has hint of booze, caramel sweetness, and earthy resinous hops. Not much fruit, hint of candied peach. Old school DIPA aroma.

Malt sweetness up front, hint of caramel and toffee, hint of bready malts and piney resin hops. Canned peaches and a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a bit higher than medium bodied.

Nice old school DIPA flavors, smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can....PKGD 1/10/ a little over a month in the can

Pour is on the lightly hazed side, lighter, near yellowy amber, light khaki cap, lasting nicely, then leaving low sheeting and some scattered mini fields and strands of lacing

Hopped up nose with tropical fruit salad coming to mind, as well as a back note of onions/scallions

Bold and flavorful brew with more ripe tropical fruit notes, more scallions, some minty bite and a resiny finish...well crafted and highly enjoyable stuff...

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Slightly hazy amber orange, smells like malty sticky pine sap, musty hops, booze, hints of cooked peaches, taste is malty sweet up front then musty gin like bitterness, finishes with candied hops, thick and creamy. Solid OG DIPA, malty bitter equilibrium.

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Photo of Peterock27
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 16 oz can into a snifter. Can is stamped " To the moon! 1/10/17". Pours an amber/copper color with a hint of haze. Smell is very pungent with tropical, citrus, papaya and slightly lingering chemical smell that I get from a Lagunitas IPA (but much stronger). This DIPA definitely is in its own category...not quite east coast and not quite west coast. I guess Chicago is making its mark. Taste is a little sweet with some bitterness...goes down dangerously easy. mouthfeel is very very light and smooth. Overall a very different DIPA that I would definitely seek out again. It's great in its own favorite Half Acre brew to date.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up randomly at City Swiggers when I saw a bunch of other people buying it.

Look: Beer comes in a light copper color with very light haze and about a pinky of bright white head.

Aroma: lots of honey sweetness with some peach in there as well.

Taste: taste follows the nose but it's less flavorful than the nose would suggest. That said it has a nice piney bitterness perfectly counter acts the sweetness you get on the aroma making this beer super drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation here but not much creaminess

Overall(style points): This beer very much sits in its own category. Its definitely not a NE style IPA but I would call it a west coast style either. The honey sweetness on the nose complements the piney bitter taste very nicely. Definitely my favorite Half Acre beer 89 points.

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Photo of Quinn3333
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, smooth, citrusy. Brilliant orange in color. Smells of piney fruit. An excellent drinking double IPA that does not overwhelm with alcohol. In my top 5 of DIPA's in 2016

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy straw with a thin white head.

Aroma is a sweet candy like orange.

Taste is more of that candy orange with a bitter herbal note at the end.

Delicious beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Featuring Golden Promise malts and Mosaic, Columbus, and Hallertau Blanc hops... 1/10/17 canning... Rich golden color, good clarity, two fingers of ivory foam atop, some lace lags behind inside the glass... Fruity, citrusy, floral, and herbal on the nose... Got wine grapes, grapefruit and pineapple right off the bat on the taste, with a robust, sweet malt undertone... Medium-weight, moderate carbonation; nice bitter roundedness on the tongue trails behind with a little pine tack left behind... Drying finish with a taut shellac on the tongue... A DIPA that's right up my alley...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a globe.

A: Brassy golden color. Creamy white head settles after a time. Wispy lacing.

S: Grassy, spicy, hints of earth and pine, subtle scallion. Undercurrents of lemon, pith, and white grapefruit. Graham cracker and honey.

T: Grassy, earthy, pine. Orange peel and lemon underneath. Bitterness is firm but controlled. Big honey-sweet malt body to balance. Big, warm alcohol presence. Trailing green and spicy hop finish lays in some gripping bitterness that is tough to shake.

M: Thick, chewy, and smooth body. Full and weighty. Lower carbonation. The

O: A big, well-proportioned and balanced double IPA. Kind of a throwback at this point. It's a bruiser, and you know it from the very first sip. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Good, but it wears on the palate after a time.

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Photo of Ri0
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Dark and hazy gold colored with a nice 2.5 finger foamy head. Retention is great and there is sufficient lacing. A powerful aroma of tropical, floral, citrus hop notes. I get nice pineapple, tangerine, mango, and passion fruit. There is bitterness, but more of a grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel and honey sweetness round it off. Big pineapple and tangerine, with mangos, passion fruit and other tropical flavors. Malts of caramel and honey are in the middle, but remain light despite being a IIPA. Finish is more of the citrus bitter. I think this is a delicious IPA. Good carbonation, medium bodied with a slick feel. Half Acre knows how to brew an IPA. I really enjoyed tropical blend. Welcome to WI!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2027-01-24 in Warrenville, IL at World of Beer on tap

A - Hazy orange with a short white head and excellent lace.

S - Ripe orange flesh, overly ripe pineapple flesh, mango and cracker.

T - Pineapple, pine, orange zest, melon, some breast malt, pepper, bold bitterness that doesn't stay strong too long. Alcohol is subdued; impressively so.

M - Medium body and Light-medium carbonation. Lightly resinous, prickly.

O - A very good DIPA with a Half Acre flavor profile. What's not to like?

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best-tasting 10% DIPA I've ever tried! Pours clear, perfect amount of head, smells exactly like a good Pale Ale should, and feels surprisingly smooth for the high octane. Another winner from Half Acre!

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Photo of laketang
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can pkgd 12-21-16
poured into a tulip
hazy orange color
medium white head
hop forward aromas
tropical, pineapple
good bitter-sweet balance
leans towards bitter
a touch of honey in finish
medium mouthfeel

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden to light amber color with a good bubbly white head that sticks to the glass til the end. Big aroma of what reminds me of a classic west coast DIPA showcasing pine and citrus, balanced with a sweet malt profile and an alcohol presence to seal it off. Pine and citrus all the way backed with a sugary breadiness in the flavor, with a good dose of alcohol, especially as it warms. Good bitterness, but balanced, and a sticky medium mouth feel yet easy and smooth to consume rather quickly. Overall, this is a great double IPA, and had no idea it was 10%. Very good. Cheers!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat transparent a,bell color with an inch of off white head. Citrus hops, soap, pine hops, resin, fruity malts, and floral notes. No bitterness and moderate body with light carbonation.

Overall a nice beer with some soap and floral notes to it, but very hoppy and no bitterness which I like for the abv.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a large white head.

Smell is pineapple, vanilla, pine, with a dank ending.

Taste is bitter pine, smoothing caramel, and sweetening pineapple.

Frothy but really dry.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Brooklyn brewery tulip glass. PKGD: 11/21/16 stamped on the bottom of the cab along with "What's this now?"

Pours a mostly clear, golden color with a white filmy head that does not last long. Beautiful web lacing is present all around the glass as I sip.

Smells of dank weed, I mean hops. Definitely simcoe, prolly a good amount of the 5 C's. very little malt presence detected on the nose.

Tastes initially of bitter piney hops, and then finishes dry and crisp with escalated bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick on the tongue and then finishes dry like the Sahara.

Overall a solid DIPA, and honestly in my top 5 overall. Half Acre knocks it outta the park always.


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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Woah, this is the best IPA (IIPA) I have had this year. I normally don't like IIPA's with this high of ABV as I think they become too sweet and malty so (like an unsuccessful american barley-wine...) But this is just a just an onslaught of pine and fruity hops!
L- light golden
S- pine, citrus, and "dank" hops (a tad bit of onion).
T- follows nose, with a bold amount of sweet fruity hops, pine, citrus and slightly oniony hops (I'm sensitive to this and it is actually very enjoyable, not overbearing). Followed by a wave of hop bitterness. It reminds me of "Enjoy By" a lot but maybe a tad less alcohol presence?
F- While you can feel the sweetness and booze which makes it a bit slick, it feels more like a an 8% IIPA (like Pliney). than a 10%er. Bitterness, sticks on the tongue, although not a harsh beer by any means.
O- Love this beer, have been extremely impressed by everything I have had from Half Acre.

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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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