Navaja | Half Acre Beer Company

78 Reviews

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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 Ready4aHeady
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 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 kojevergas
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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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 kevanb
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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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 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 brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy copper capped by a decent head that does an even better job lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit with papaya, lychee and a hint of tangerine

Taste: Opens with a tropical fruit cocktail flavor filled with all the tones detected on the nose; the bitterness never really builds to the extent I expected but the flavors linger and bring on a bit of alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Overall, I was expecting a bit more, particularly from Half Acre; still, an enjoyable beer even though it never scales the peaks

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

A Very pale gold

S sweet citrus, green mango, sour candy

T much darker and bolder bite than the appearance and smell would indicate, not overly hopped the maltiness hangs throughout and beyond, strong but not boozy, hoppy and bitter a little bit of skunk

M very clean and smooth almost as it evaporates as it hits your mouth leaving you high and dry and ready for another

O Good verging on great beer im always game for a double

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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 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 BeerAdvocate
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Intense, Bitter, Boozy, Brash

Appropriately named after a folding Spanish fighting blade Navaja cuts deep with its hop sharpness. Bitterness is unrelenting with layers of hop flavor that makes for a longer finish. Warmth from the alcohol reminds us sip to sip that this is truly a DIPA. Big Cheers to Half Acre!

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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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 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 Qbdoo
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange gold color with a solid white head. Aroma is on the sweet side of citrus: peach and orange. Taste is similar but there's a lot more malty sweetness than I've come to expect from Half Acre. But this is not a criticism. The touch of brown sugar complements the hops rather well. Feel is slightly creamy, slightly crisp. A really nice beer.

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Photo of FBarber
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and opaque - light orange color like the flesh of an orange. Thin white head dissipates leaving some nice lacing and a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell is a lot of orange and pine. Strong notes of orange zest, flesh and piney sap. Its a more simple aroma profile, but the aromas there are strong, distinct and aromatic.

Taste has notes of orange, peach, and pine. Initially some fruit but quickly gives way to a nice hoppy bitterness. Strong malt backbone really balances the strong hop presence and bitterness. For a very hoppy DIPA its remarkably balanced.

Medium carbonation up front. Smooth feel with a touch of sticky sweetness - its clearly a DIPA on the feel. Nice dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Overall an outstanding DIPA from Half Acre. Glad this is a regular offering in cans now.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 rlee1390
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear yellow, one finger head with some lacing

S-has malt (Sam toasty ness as the daisy cutter) good deal of citrus hops, very tropical

T- well balanced, starts with a toasty malt. End with slight bitterness and lots of tropical and citrus hops

M-medium bodied, nicely carbonated, some hop resins

O-A well made DIPA, could have used some more bitterness to become elite. Still a well crafted balanced brew.

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