Beer Hates Astronauts
Half Acre Beer Company

Beer Hates AstronautsBeer Hates Astronauts
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - American
Ranked #11
Ranked #556
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Beer Hates AstronautsBeer Hates Astronauts
Notes: Imagine a comic book. The kind with superheroes and punching and stuff. Now imagine that most of those superheroes are kind of total jerks. Add in a lot of profanity. No, more profanity than that. Ok, now throw in felonious owls, spectral bovines, gorilla arms, lots of bears, unplanned pregnancy, and 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan. And then a little more profanity. And be sure to include almost nothing about theology or space exploration.

Now imagine—and this is key—being able to drink all that. And then imagine it's called Beer Hates Astronauts, because that's what we're calling it. And we're calling it that because it's the beer version of God Hates Astronauts, which is the actual comic I completely failed to properly evoke above.

This is just the latest step in creator Ryan Browne's attempt to dominate the world by means of one of the most unsummarizable comics in existence. Having recently Kickstarted the deluxe hardcover edition of God Hates Astronauts with massive success, he has joined forces with Half Acre for a groundbreaking venture in distributing comics in hoppy liquid form.

Beer Hates Astronauts will be set free from its containment unit here at the brewery on Friday, August 30. It is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with Vienna malt and Citra hops.
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 607 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of arizcards
arizcards from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop cooler 6-22-20 for $4.19. Canned 5-19-20; consumed 8-24-20.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is nice, tropical fruits are up front and very prevalent.

Taste is really well balanced leaning towards a hop bite. A good sized malt base combines nicely with the mango and passion fruit forward hopping and some orange and a light touch of grapefruit in the background. Finishes with a touch of rind bitterness; 6/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall another nice IPA from Half Acre. These guys do a nice job!

Aug 25, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Back in June 2017, I was able to have this twice in one week, once at Nick U's place, once at the Milwaukee Ale House during our reunion event. Liked it both times. But 4.37/5? I dunno, let's get into it.

Pours a light amber color with 1/2" white head. Slightly cloudy. Aroma was definitely dry hopped, but beyond the Citra hop doing Citra/citrus thangs, there is also a milder undercurrent of Vienna malt affecting both the color and the aroma.

Taste was nice, the Vienna malt largely works like a lighter crystal malt here, but it pairs well with the tangerine, orange and grapefruit notes. Carbonation is fine out the can or on draft. Did seem to have the alcohol and bitterness restrained without going full on gloop glub ipa. Leans just a tad on the sweeter side of your average non milkshake ipa.

I've always said that the Midwest lacked very little in the beer game, but the lack of a world class 1st tier elite hoppy bangers are the only thing missing (apologies to the exceptions to this rule, like Zombie Dust). This is good, but solid 2nd tier stuff.

Aug 06, 2020
Photo of Holderness
Holderness from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned... sometime in May? Canning date is very smeared along the edge of the can

L -- Pours an amber-orange hazy body with two fingers of dense white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Orange candy, sweet herbal aromatics, kiwi, alcohol fusels, hint of honeydew melon
T -- Yellow peach, apricot, orange zest, sweet basil, lime sorbet. Has a very slightly 'compost pile' off-taste that I often get with hazy IPAs and I haven't yet found a good descriptor for
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Slippery
O -- No-coast does East Coast! It's pretty good, especially for the time when it was first released. Nowadays a bit more in the middle of the herd


Jul 01, 2020
Photo of Drank
Drank from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I look forward to every year from HA, and it never fails to amaze. Beautiful hazy orange/gold color, citrus and tropical aroma. Full mouthfeel and awesome citrus/tropical flavor. Moderately hoppy finish. A finalist for desert island beer.

Jun 12, 2020
Photo of Mdog
Mdog from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Pretty strong citrus, dank.

Taste: Moderate sweetness to start, some tropical fruit notes, moderate bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Got a 4 pack over the 4th of July in the Quad Cities. Very good beer, in the sweet spot for IPAs for me--not too orange juicy.

Aug 17, 2019
Photo of sweetleaf71
sweetleaf71 from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, smooth, pineapple/papaya aroma, relatively thin head, inconsistent lacing but the mouthfeel of the beer is impeccable. Its not overly sweet, or bitter. Hoppy yet poundable, overall delicious IPA, would definitely get again

Jul 31, 2019
Photo of Eyedoc27
Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Had from can. First offering I’ve had from half acre but I would put it up there with pseudo sue and half hearted ale. Not over bitter, very smooth

Jul 13, 2019
Photo of Beerbadger55
Beerbadger55 from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a snifter type glass, nice golden color with a white head, good retention. Heavy on the Citra hops is evident as the tripod cal fruit smell comes through nicely. Velvety mouth feel, really smooth with just a slight alchohol burn (that I like). Refreshing and an excellent take on this style. Definitely recommend.

Jul 13, 2019
Photo of TreyIsWilson
TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger creamy whtie head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit.

T - The taste is tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a light hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Killer IPA. Flavors are big bright tropical fruits with a light hoppy back end. So good.

Jul 09, 2019
Photo of defunksta
defunksta from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium orange, medium cloudy orange color with a subtle and mild white head. (3.75 Average)
Aroma: Strong aromas of tropical fruit but primarily pineapple and mango. It's not too airy. Not dank or earthy melon. Just in the middle of ripe pineapple, mango, and orange in that order. (4.0)
Flavor: Taste follows the nose with lots of ripe pineapple, mango, and orange juice. No pine or florality. Some bitter pith follow. A slight pale malt sweetness. Don't really get any Vienna malts here. Overall, it doesn't finish sweet nor bitter. (3.75)
Feel: Body is medium. Slightly under-carbonated. Crisp and clean, not creamy. Finishes not sweet nor dry. Nothing left on the palate. (3.25)

Overall: I am drinking this 2 months after the brew date. Maybe it's too old or maybe this is a bad batch?... It really just doesn't hit me as anything special. I really like the hop flavors of pineapple and mango, but otherwise I don't think I could separate this from your average IPA out of a bag. It's undercarbonated, and the flavor and aroma don't impress me. Not sure what I'm missing. It's good, but based on previous reviews was underwhelming per my expectations. (Final Rating 3.71)

Jul 07, 2019
Photo of SierraNevallagash
SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - dated 05/22/19 - poured into an IPA pint at 45F

The beer pours a mostly hazy honey golden hue, with a fingrr of bubbly white head, that quickly recedes to a healthy collar. It's a beautiful beer in the glass, with an attractive amount of haze, without being murky or muddy looking.

Nose: The sweet smell of Citra. Some beautiful toasted malt surrounded by juicy, succulent, sweet ripe fruit. Papaya, melon, tangerine, Muscat grape, and some ripe yellow mango, and honey. Some very expressive fruity yeast lurks in the background. It isn't overly complex on the nose, but it's ultra saturated, juicy, and very cohesive. Zero rough edges. Very polished.

Palate: This beer does not hold back. Based only on the aroma, one may easily expect this to be a light, modest beer, and exclusively dry-hopped. Not the case. Instantly, you're greeted by a moderate sweetness, and a pleasantly bright acidity. Juicy mango, papaya, tangerine, and melon flood the palate, dancing over a bed of classically beautiful lightly toasty malts. That fruity yeast is detectable, but lays very low amidst everything else. Then, without warning, the resinous bitter bite of boil hops comes in. It turns the flavour dial up to 10, and provides a wonderful counterpart and level of depth. It's the very type of bitterness that most modern New England-style IPAs go out of their way to avoid. Not here. It's bold, drying, pithy, and sharp. The juiciness is still there, only with a tannic pithy dryness behind it. The bitterness increases as you get into the finish, slowly but firmly, until well after the swallow. The resinous bitterness clings and lingers with impressive tenacity. There's no earthy, musty, dank elements to it, or are there any grassy/green or unripe notes in the finish. It's Citra through and through.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, with a perceived aspect of fullness to it. The mild acidity makes for a very bright presence. There is also a softness, but it's more of a slick smooth feel, rather than fluffy or creamy. The bitterness makes for some drying, especially towards the finish. Not overly sweet or sticky, and comes across feleing very balanced. Exceptionally lively effervescence, bordering on fuzzy. Very textured.

Overall: It's a nice change of pace to see a big hoppy new age beer use some hops in the boil phase, and not actively shy away from, or discourage bitterness. It's an inherent part of the India Pale Ale, and can really add some nice components to it. It isn't harsh or overbearing, but it really allows for a true, classic IPA experience, whilst enjoying the fruity, juicy perks of modern hopping methods. This is just a great beer, and if you're a fan of some bitterness, yet also enjoy the fruity succulent NEIPA format, then this is just simply a no-brainer, and is absolutely worth trying.

Jul 02, 2019
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, stamped "05/22/19 SATCHEL FULL OF SATCH". Thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try! Brilliant tangerine colored body with some yeasties suspended within; thinner ivory colored foamy head. Fantastic aroma of fresh tangerine, mango, and light caramel. Fruity and zesty flavors permeate the palate with orangey tangerine, mango, caramel, pineapple, and some pungent grapefruit on the back-end. Fuller body, sticky and zesty hops stick to the palate, ample carbonation, and a bittersweet finish. Such a good beer! Wow. I need more!

Jun 26, 2019
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/23/19.

A - Pours slightly hazy with a thick white head on top with good retention, carbonation is steady and moderate.

S - Juicy and dank tropical fruit aroma jumps out of the glass, fruit rind and a slight peppery presence.

T - Tropical fruit, lime, and grapefruit from start to finish, a little pithy. Finishes with moderate lingering fruit bitterness.

M - Medium body and very dry on the palate.

O - A nice example of Citra hops.

Jun 20, 2019
Photo of Dragginballs76
Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours hazy golden color with a nice white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Sheets of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit, light white grape. Mild floral hop aroma, and malt.

Taste - Taste is less sweet but still well balanced. Mango, pineapple, nice citrus peel, grapefruit. Nice bitter finish.

Feel - medium bodied nice sharp carbonation, just a hint of dryness on the finish.

Overall - Very well done IPA great flavors smooth easy drinking .

Jun 19, 2019
Photo of eppCOS
eppCOS from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Looks almost like a hazy IPA, but it's just unfiltered. Relax. Good head, good lacing.
S - Strawberry fields and dank pineapple, which are also evident on the ...
T - More berries, with some good hop punch, citric aftertaste, wonderful.
F - Good palate impression, disguises the alcohol well, but a nice full IPA here. Good carbonation.
O - Awesome HA beer as I've come to expect. The last one that I had (never) tasted prior to last night... life complete?

Jun 17, 2019
Photo of beergoot
beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-hazy golden body; somewhat thin yet lasting head, dense and creamy. Very organic aroma; ripe citrus; old orange. Excellent grapefruit taste with a modicum of orange; bready; fine hop bitterness. Medium body; slightly tangy with some hop bite; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

This is what I would call a solid beer, new-ish (i.e., somewhat NEIPA) yet still having some fine traditional English IPA malt qualities and a decent west coast hop profile. There is nothing earth-shattering here, yet it has a rather strong hop bitterness quality that should probably appeal to many.

Jun 17, 2019
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A pale grapefruit juice pour appears a bright tang orange in the vessel of a dense nature. The head is eggshell white in color, with a soapy consistency, bubbly, and stands 1/4 inch in height. The coverage was shortly lasting while revealing a thin full ring lace band.

S: Really fresh citrus juice, dripping wet grapefruit, with a sweet and tart lemony touch. Signs of fruitiness, white grapes, with some watermelon. Really clean, fresh and wet with a moderately strong sense. Some freshly sliced tangerines rounds things out.

T: Tangerines and oranges burst on the flavor scene with some wet piney hops. Lemony glimpses, tart citrus with a slight bittering finish of grassy pine hops that lingers somewhat on the finish. Wet bready malts with a warm alcohol sense and bittering hops.

M: Good creamy depth on the mouthful, slick and lush feel.

O: Overall has a really easy and nice drinkability factor, wet fresh start, hoppy, clean and crisp with a slight piney-orange bite. Good degree of alcohol, hoppy, well balanced, flavorful with a finishing bitterness of citrus. Its drinkability and ease of consumptioin is its strong point.

Nov 14, 2018
Photo of Act25
Act25 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

"GOD hates astronauts" is all I need to hear to understand the inspiration of this beer. Love it.
Of course, space is supremely hostile to human life and requires a new kind of drive and verve to survive it.
a) Looks like this will survive the chaos of space, big white head over a cloudy body that lasts and laces.
s) Big citra hop. Bright, brassy, grassy, orange. Some scat and lemon.
t) Follows this big smell and gets bigger. Lots of orange hops, tropical fruits, sweet malts, with grass, scat, earth.
f) Chalky rather than sticky, mineral, orange then into bitterness as it dries on the landing.
o) Vivacious, puckering, survival beer.

Aug 08, 2018
Photo of Bluecrow
Bluecrow from New York

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber tap pour with a slight haze. The aroma brightly hoppy and a tad sweet. The flavor is citrus-rich with mango and pineapple prominent. The hop bitterness is low. This is quite pleasant.

Jul 17, 2018
Photo of haines710
haines710 from Delaware

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goofy can but I had to try having enjoyed other beers from this brewery. Glad to see this in Wegmans in southeastern PA. Picked up a 4 pack for $11. Enjoyed one from the can with pizza on a hot summer day. Thought it was delicious. Glad I have three more. Great citrus and pine scent and taste is clearly Citra with nice bitterness. I detect a grape flavor and found it easy to drink. Another winner from Half Acre. Date on can 5/23/18. Enjoying on the east coast in easy July. Love it.

Jul 10, 2018
Photo of DenverHopHead
DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 6/11/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- an oily and minuscule sediment filled orange with a few streams of bubbles and barely a ring of white head; lacing is completely absent.
Smell- strong tropical and stone fruit, mango, passion fruit, guava, peach, pineapple, as well as some dank herb!
Taste - a delicious tapestry of tropical and stone fruit, hints of mandarin oranges and just a touch of dank herb to keep the fruit at an acceptable level!
Feel - light to medium oily body, superb bitterness that commands the palate but doesn’t over stay the welcome; and the ABV is hidden to make this a dangerously easy drinker!
Overall- this is so good, well worth the price tag, however, I always factor in price point in my review and at over $4/pint, you’re probably better off getting on tap if you can.

Jul 07, 2018
Photo of BeerImmediately
BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Never thought I’d dislike a Half Acre beer... but there’s a first for everything.

16oz. can into stemmed Pokal pint glass.

Aromas are somewhat floral/vegetal... but like a week old vase of dead flowers.

Flavors are no better... dull, muted, vegetal ... blah.

Mouthfeel might be the worst aspect. Pithy, with almost no carbonation.

Bummed that I bought a 4 pack.

Jul 03, 2018
Photo of Hookstrat
Hookstrat from Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Much better out of a glass than a can. Drinking from can it has a weird spicy/fruity character that persists through the finish, possibly exacerbated by carbonation. In glass it opens up and melds into a still somewhat unique but enjoyable pint. The spicy/fruity is still there in the nose, but not nearly as challenges me to drink.

Jun 27, 2018
Photo of ChicagoJ
ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/18: $8 20 ounce pour into tulip glass at Half Acre Lincoln Ave. Brewery. Golden murky pour, slight white lacing. Strong hops aroma, balanced with lemon and citrus. Bitter taste, hops strong and pleasant, with lemon and other fruit offset, nice balance. Firm mouth feel, thin texture. Great summer drinking, overall very good pour.

Jun 27, 2018
Photo of Tucquan
Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-19 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 16oz canned on 2018-05-24

A - Pretty clear gold with a 1-finger off-white head that drops quickly.

S - Very dank, overly ripe pineapple, pine, biscuit, earthy spice.

T - Resinously hop forward, pineapple flesh and orange zest. Lightly toasted bread. Some Vienna malt? Grassy and earthy spice. Pine. Semi-sweet. Moderate bitterness. Lingering crushed hop bud flavor tempered with orange and grain sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and resinous with some prickle at the end.

O - You can tell it is packed with top quality and high quantity hops. Expensive at ~$15/4-pack but a nice treat.

Jun 19, 2018
Beer Hates Astronauts from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 607 ratings