Navaja | Half Acre Beer Company

63 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.

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Photo of Denotoole
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Prager62
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pint can dated 08/16/16 poured in a Half Acre snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent gold color with a small finger of white foam. A little lacing is left behind as it settles.

Smell- Juicy passionfruit, pineapple and mango. A whiff of butyl emerges in the back.

Taste- A spicy floral flavor takes center stage, along with grapefruit, pine and a slightly peppery finish.

Feel- A resiny slick start turns spicy and slightly hot.

Overall- A lot of Half Acre beers have that same underlying flavor profile to me like many of Lagunita's offerings. This one is a completely different animal with a much spicier floral flavor as opposed to tropical fruit with a dose of malt sweetness found in most HA beers. It has a prominent dose of alcohol heat in the finish as well. A big and bold DIPA that breaks the Half Acre mold.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from CNRowland (thanks!). Canned 8/16/16. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two and a quarter finger cap of dense, white foam. The head dissipates to a wispy haze that stretches to a fluffy crown, leaving some large curtains of lacing.

Aromas of tangerines, mango and a lovely bready, boozey sweetness. I like it a lot.

Citrusy hops pervade the flavor. Mango, tangerine, bread, citrus peel, pine and some sugary booze. Hops are no doubt the star but there is a beautiful "balance" of sweet malt that works very well.

Slick, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The slightly bitter finish is like tropical and citrus hop bread.

It has been a while since I had a great malty example of the style and Navaja is a mighty fine double IPA. Hops are in charge but I really enjoy the sweet backbone that keeps things in a delicious equilibrium.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA - a little bit fruity and piney on the nose, and citrusy and hoppy flavor. I especially like that it's a little more malty than some DIPA's, I like that a lot. Carbonation is good, and the hops give a very "crisp" finish, kind of like a good pilsener, but much more intense. My only criticism is that it's either not hoppy enough or too boozy. The hops aren't enough to completely cover the alcohol, so you get a little bit of boozy flavor that is not typical for a DIPA. I usually prefer a DIPA to either be a 100 IBU hop assault (e.g., many by 3 Floyds) that will cover whatever booziness there is, or to have a little lower alcohol level so as not to show through in the flavor (e.g., Pliny the Elder).

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

16 oz can. Pours bright orange, little haze, two finger fluffy head just sits there. Resiny pine and citrusy aroma. Taste a big melon and citrus, lots of pine and grapefruit bitter hops, touch of alcohol presence . Dry finish, thin to medium slick feel. This brew was delish.

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Cloudy orange. So cloudy I can't see my fingers on the other side. Light lacing, but I can't see if there's carb because it's SO CLOUDY. Hop forward smell. Taste is wonderful blend of hoppy bitterness and zesty lemon. Mild feel for a double IPA.

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Photo of FBarber
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Qbdoo
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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 barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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 JacksonCR1
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange pour with a good inch head and foamy. Aroma of orange and pineapple with a malt backbone. The taste is spicy, citrusy, and a bit sweet. Great complexity. Very smooth.

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

Poured out of an awesome new can

A: Pale golden yellow
S: Pineapple, mango, guava, passion fruit, sweet, tropical
T: Tropical, mango, passion fruit, bitter hops, berry, sweet malt, pineapple
M: Lighter for the advice
O: I am not as into Imperial IPAs as I used to be but this is definitely one of the best local examples

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

Out of the new cans (which look terrific), canned on 7/14/16. Dark yellow gold in color, mostly clear, slightly hazy. One finger of creamy looking white foam. Retention and lacing are good. The aroma is excellent and intense immediately out of the can. Tropical fruit, grassy, dank. The taste is again, big tropical fruits, grassy, and dank. A malty sweetness balances out the hops, this is a nicely complex DIPA. The mouthfeel is superb. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and exceedingly smooth. A bitter, balanced finish. I'm extremely impressed...and thrilled that this will be around year-round!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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 terp101
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark honey/light copper color. Smells kinda like sweet tropical fruits (my beak is picking up lots of pineapple) with lovely dank hoppy overtones. Hop bitterness all the way through the taste with a punch of tropical fruit juiciness in the middle of the mouth. Finish is super dry and long. Great stuff!!!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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 tmryan21
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden/orange hue.

Smell: Tropical citrus fruits - mango and pineapple at the forefront. All little funk and grass from the mosaic hops.

Taste: Citrus galore - mango, pineapple, peach. Almost like fruit juice.

Feel: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid IPA from HA as expected. Probably the best I have had from them. I had on tap and from a bottle, and I thought it was better from the bottle.

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Photo of timc100
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking bright hazy beer. Very crisp, fresh tropical juicy hops asserting out the glass. Has a midwest-eastcoast fusion of style, very fresh and clean bright tropical favors that is juicier and more astringent. A great Chicago IPA

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

At the taproom, pours a clean golden orange with silky white head

Nose: cotton candy, pineapple, tropical fruit, orange. Fantastic

Taste: big juicy boozy orange and tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, guava) with some burnt sugars, floral sweet malt, finishes with citrus and candy

Feel: light-medium bodied, lush, slight booziness

Fantastic dipa, crazy fragrant nose and lush body with tremendous flavors

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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 kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
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 larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright ruby orange in appearance with a sticky dank look to it that sure looks appealing.

The wonderfully fruity scent of orange and pineapple are balanced beautifully by a firm spicy malt backbone.

This is marvelously sticky, citrusy, tropical, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel has some bite, but goes down smooth in the end.

Overall, I wish I lived closer to Half Acre, because they keep putting out some damn good brews!

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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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