Navaja | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
570
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
88
For Trade:
2
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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber pour, cloudy peach color with a thick white head quickly reduced to thin white lacing. Aroma is subtle but pine with strong tropical fruits-- mango, and peach, with some dank notes. Taste is unusually sweet, very fruity -- mostly citrus and peach -- with pine flavors and a mildly bitter finish. Nice carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Not overly complex but very drinkable. Could have a few of these a week.

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Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is papaya, pine, pale malt, and grapefruit. Heavy bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an above average imperial IPA. While I prefer other IPAs and Half Acre beers more, this is worth a try.

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3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label calls it a "double india pale ale." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with black unbranded pry-off pressure cap and somewhat confounding label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery's reputation and Duff27's judgment.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. No real creaminess to speak of. Retention is subpar - less than a minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pale orange-copper. Quite clean; no floating yeast particles or yeasty sediment is visible. Average vibrance.

Overall, it's a generally attractive appearance for an imperial IPA, but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. There are no obvious flaws, but it just isn't that remarkable.

Sm: I'm loving the rich piney notes and resinous hop oils. It's also got some nice nectary character going on. Floral hop character is there too, but is far from dominant. Based on the aroma, this is my kind of hop build. These complex hop notes are well complemented by the pale malts. Doesn't seem too bitter or too sweet. As it warms a bit, I pick up hints of onion/garlic; was amarillo used in this? One thing it isn't is citrusy. Nice to experience an IPA aroma that isn't all grapefruit for once. I'm really excited to try this.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. I don't find any soapiness or other common imperial IPA off-notes, though some might be turned off by the onion.

A pleasant assertive aroma of medium strength.

T: I pick up some tropical fruits - primarily mango, with maybe a bit of orange (but thankfully no pineapple) and some great resinous hop oils. Pretty estery but still quite clean. The pine isn't as prominent here as the aroma suggested, but it's in there, lending some complexity. It's got a nice pale malt base which isn't too sweet. I don't find any caramalt character here, which was a good call. It's fairly oniony, which doesn't bother me. The hop bitterness is well hidden by the simple pale malt approach.

Balance is good, but not perfect. It's a very cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. Pretty good complexity. it's not the most subtle or intricate beer in its class. I do like it.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

The aroma promised a better beer than the flavour profile deivered. I really want more piney and nectary hop notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thinner than you'd expect, but that aids drinkability. It's got a medium body. Moderate weight on the palate. It's got a nice presence on the palate, but it isn't ideal - I want more of an assertive bold presence. Even some bite would be excusable. It's a bit overcarbonated. Quite clean. Crisp.

Not sticky, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'll easily finish this bottle alone. It's solid work coming from Half Acre, but it's far from world class. Certainly an enjoyable imperial IPA, and I'm glad it's not chasing the grapefruit-heavy west coast hop trend, but it's not incredible. I look forward to trying more Half Acre brews and I'm glad I got to try this.

Thanks again, Duff27!

High B-

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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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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3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, July 2014 release, poured into a Half Acre Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a nice orange-copper color, hues of apricot and gold, lightly hazy with a decent amount of bubbles racing around in the glass with a thick, finger or so of white, soapy head that has nice retention and leaves behind a great amount of sticky lace. The aroma is of bitter pine, light grapefruit and tropical fruits, but it's predominately piney, earthy and grassy with nice hop spice but sticky malt counterbalances fairly well. The flavors mirror well, plenty of piney hop bitterness, hop spice, grapefruit peel with some layered tropical fruit and thick, sticky, sweet malt linger behind. The mouthfeel is okay, a bit light, but with nice carbonation levels, moderate to low, coats the mouth well, but feels very sticky and sappy, very dry finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Half Acre, perhaps a bit too piney and bitter, without much depth or complexity, but balanced within itself. The sticky body plays well with the piney elements but not my favorite hoppy offering from Half Acre.

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3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 570 ratings.
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