Half Acre / Mikkeller Guest Lager
Half Acre Beer Company

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American Imperial Pilsner
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brought to life using a lager yeast strain, this beer is a sensory pounder. Ignoring the idea of a traditional lager balance, Guest Lager hops the line and intentionally scales the flavors tied to the ale spectrum. This 8% ABV style bender wrangles an impressive canon of flavor into one place. Did we mention hops? This particular lager hosts enough Nelson Sauvin & Falconer's Flight to soothe any weary traveler.
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a Duvel by Parra chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful clear, golden straw color with over a finger of fluffy white head that eventually fades into a nice sheet at the top of the glass.

S: Lemon peel, resin-y pine, faint grapefruit, and that unmistakeable Half Acre maltiness.

T: Follows the nose, though much more pine presence than citrus. In fact, I'm not picking up much citrus at all. Crackery malt in the mid with a crisp, bitter, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with ample levels of carbonation; quite refreshing.

O: A fantastic collaboration between Half Acre and Mikkeller, and probably one of the better non-staple beers Half Acre has churned out. Very solid for the warmer months, as this is quite refreshing.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured vigorously into a Half Acre pint glass.

Pours a sunny yellow/straw with a hop haze but otherwise clear. Nice tall head and great retention. Looks like a Belgian witbier. An impressive sheet of lacing coats the glass

Smell is out of this world. Definitely a good IPA hop smell with some grapefruit but also a different smell, maybe the lager yeast? Similar to Vallejo. Whatever it is, it's interesting and inviting.

The first sip brings the hops and a lager bite. Crisp clean but so much flavor for a lager beer. Really interesting and unique. It's a flavor that is hard to describe. You have the nice fruity hops with a lasting bitterness that combines with an earthy flavor and a long finish. Great balance of malt backing the very strong hops that shine through.

The mouthfeel is medium/full and the brew is crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation is just right.

I wouldn't change a thing with this experiment. I hope they can revisit this on occasion as it is definitely one to seek out. A truly unique creation and one of my favorite collaboration beers to date. Half Acre getting better and better.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale clear yellow orange with a light haze. Lots of drippy lacing and a frothy collar around the edges of the glass. Lasting skim on the surface.

Pungent and hoppy, getting a Nelson Sauvin sweet lemon tea note, a fistful of resiny greenery, vague sandalwood.

Resiny bitter hops, orange peel, citric and oily hop vibes. A vague fruity sweetness flashes quickly before segueing into a long resiny bitterness in the middle and lingering into the aftertaste. Some trace lager yeast character. Light bodied and super hoppy. Overall very drinkable considering the abv. Paired well with Rutger Hauer in Blind Fury.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Half Acre's Taproom. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent pale golden body.

S - An abundance of hops here, with a delicious mix of tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, and hints of chive and cattiness. Malt character is very understated and neutral, with perhaps a hint of cracker to it. No perceptible alcohol.

T - The taste is similar, with a massive amounts of pine and citrus peel and perhaps less of a tropical emphasis. Again, malt is understated with hints of sugar and cracker in the periphery. Bitterness is on the lower end of medium, and the finish is crisp, clean lager.

M - Medium body that's perhaps a tiny bit watery for 8%. Lower carbonation, no alcohol presence, and a clean, crisp finish with only a mild dose of lingering oily hop resins. Goes down super fast.

D - Great beer, and totally on point for summertime. I could crush a 16oz can of this no problem. May have to go back and attempt to skirt the one 4-pack limit on this one. Wish I'd gotten a pint rather than the taster.

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Half Acre / Mikkeller Guest Lager from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 62 ratings