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 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 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 emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Half Acre taproom in a 13 oz. snifter. Thanks Jay!

This is the 2nd glass i've had of this, and it's pretty impressive.
Color is a bright and saturated orange jewel tone, with a finger of white foam on the surface. Some spotty lace around the edges, forming some spindly arcs here and there. Surface coverage is good, and lasts for the first half of the glass.

Smells overwhelming, very lush and fruity with pulpy grapefruit and mango aromas. Dank.

Flavors are big on the fruit too, grapefruit and mango notes from the dank resiny hops. This is tempered towards the middle with some pale malt and a possible wheaty note towards the end. Medium bodied, a slow sipper to be sure. The abv is somewhat hidden. This almost came out on top during a side-by-side with Galactic DDC, but ultimately they are different and "tied" after revisiting Navaja again.

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

Lacking a bit in complexity but has the easy drinking and crisper feel that sets Half Acre apart from most of their Chicago area compatriots when it comes to DIPAs. Grapefruit, grapefruit pith, maybe a touch of canned pineapple syrup, bracing bitterness, alcohol rises in the middle.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so my to tenderbranson69 for sharing this Can enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is golden amber with thin white head with great retention and lace that sticks with very fine bead and translucent clarity. The smell is great -lots of fruit aroma from the hops with slight tropical quality and a mild white grape aroma with slight tangerine and grapefruit scents with low malt in the smell. The feel is excellent with moderate bitterness with low astringency and mild sweetness to support the hop spice and mild alcohol with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is great -a very good choice of hops to blend as the tropical fruit and citrus dominate. There is a mild tangy citrus flavor and some grapefruit type bitterness with a mild nelson element that is adding a floral/gooseberry taste. I loved this IPA and would say seek it out if you enjoy a strong IPA with lots of hop aroma without a ton of bitterness

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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 MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Half Acre. Served in a 13oz snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind near-solid lacing. Transparent golden orange body.

S - A mix of dank weed, onion, zesty grapefruit and orange, and doughy, sweet malts, with perhaps a hint of caramel mixed in for good measure. Definitely on the balanced side, but sufficiently assertive hopping for my tastes.

T - The taste is a tiny bit sweeter, with more sugar cookie and doughy malts coming through and less of the herbal and dank flavors. There's still a good amount of juicy citrus flesh and peel to it. Fairly low bitterness here, but enough to keep things from getting overly sweet.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, a dry finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - A very nice midwest DIPA. I generally like things a bit more attenuated, but I'd happily order this again if it's still on-tap at the Half Acre Taproom. Hopefully this joins their regular rotation of hoppy brews.

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

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on August 21, 2015. Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt can on August 5, 2016. Look is hazy light amber, medium head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is tropical fruit, bitter citrus and sweet malt. Taste is pineapple, orange, dank hop and a hint of pine. Feel is medium to full in body with a nice balance of bitter and sweet in the finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks stillmatic2232 for the chance to try this one.

A DIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe and Centennial? Sign me the hell up.

Pours an amber orange color, with a one inch head that descends to an oily film on top, with a lot of soapy lacing.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, lemon, and some bitter alcohol.

This one tastes great, but is quite strong. The alcohol is present, but is a good flavor within the beer. There is a strong pine resin bitterness, lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors, a bit of cattiness, some lemon, grapefruit, orange, and mango, and sticky sweet malt behind it all. A big bruiser for sure, not particularly "complex" but incredibly tasty.

This one is medium bodied, with a sticky sweet mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable, even with the ABV.

This is quite an excellent hop bomb, with a pretty righteous label too.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 08/16/16 printed on the bottom of the can. Poured into a snifter. Navaja is a fantastic double IPA. Tons of citrusy hops in the nose. The taste is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. Orange color with a thick, white, frothy head. Big head especially for the size of the pour.

S-Hoppiness reminds me of resin and pine. This one also gives off that oniony aroma as well, I wonder what hops they are using here. Not to be outdone, the citrusy hoppiness is pretty formidable as well.

T-Flavor really jumps with grassiness. Some herbal and green onion hops as well. The citrus is more impressive in the flavor. The malt isn't super full and I have no problem with that. It lends just enough generic sweetness to make the hoppiness more palatable.

M-Crisp and bubbly. Medium bodied. High bitterness. Resinous.

O/D-A tasty hop-bomb with some interesting hop-derived aromas and flavors. I would have no problem taking back a few pints of this.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, PKGD 07/21/16 "Don't Park on the Grass". I was really excited to get my hands on a can of this!
A - tall, frothy, ivory head holds excellent retention atop a hazed peach colored ale
S - big hoppy citrus nose of orange and grapefruit, slightly tropical, with some pine and mango
T - great flavors here with hops accentuated brilliantly; notes of pine, mango, passion fruit; fruity orange & grapefruit zest permeate the palate with pungent bitterness while a nice caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check
M - full body, resinous hop oils stick to the palate, moderate carbonation
O - this was great! If I ever see this again, I'll be buying more.

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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 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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a slightly hazy gold color. There was a moderate white head with good retention.
Dank, citrus, tropical fruit aroma.
Wow! taste. Mango, melon, grapefruit, a lot of malt. This is just so much fun to drink. Would never have guessed 10% ABV.

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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 Dope
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/31/16 canning date

A: Clear amber pour. Tall, frothy tan head. Quite good head retention but spotty bits of soapy lacing.

S: Mango for sure. A little grapefruit?

T: Oh yeah, sweet mangoes for sure up front. HUGE burst of grapefruit and spicy pine to boot. Fairly mild bready malt followed with a wave of bitterness into the finish. Dry finish funnily enough, surprising in a 10%...anything. Lingering pine, tropical fruits and citrus.

M: Somewhat heavy, dry finish.

O: Monster DIPA. Plethora of bold hop flavors. Great balance of flavors despite the strength and complexity. Not crazy bitter but shockingly dry for the ABV. Very nice.

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

Unique can info: Canned 9/13/16

Golden body displaying lots of effervescence and a decent, creamy white head. Pine and citrus aroma; some floral and baked bread notes, all from over two feet away!; very fruity and berry-like; strawberry and pineapple. Bready, fruity, spicy flavors abound; solid hop bitterness builds up nicely midway and lingers at the finish. Heavy body yet airy and smooth; mostly dry finish.

It has been a long time since I've experienced a "wow" moment with an IPA of any pedigree. This beer is damn near stellar, especially in the aroma and taste departments. Complexity and depth presence is incontestable here. I won't try to wax poetic (beyond my meager talents) about this beer, but I will highly tout its exceptional tone and balance. Hop heads and fans of bitterness should swoon at getting ahold of this beer. A very fine offering from this brewery!

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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 Florida9
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HA Tap Room.
Clear light amber in color. Served in a bulbous tulip with a small, bubbly head. Moderete lacing. Some patchy lacing. Pleasant aroma. Mostly citrus, primarily citrus with a little grapefruit and some pine. Taste us similar. Orange, mild sweetness, some light grapefruit and a hint of pine. A very "typical" tasting DIPA. Medium bodied. Lower carbonation level. Appreciable bitterness. This is a very well made, if not overly exciting, DIPA.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first try at an Half Acre beer, I was impressed. It had a very nice aroma, the taste was complex and delicious, and a very nice nice kick!

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Navaja from Half Acre Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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