Beer Hates Astronauts
Half Acre Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #11
Ranked #532
4.37 | pDev: 7.32%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
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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.
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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 596
Photo of Mdog
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.

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Photo of sweetleaf71
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

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Photo of Eyedoc27
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

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Photo of Beerbadger55
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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)

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
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!

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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 .

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Photo of eppCOS
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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?

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Photo of beergoot
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of Bluecrow
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.

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Photo of haines710
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
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.

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Photo of Hookstrat
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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

In the glass is a bright clear amber and a fluffy white head . Scents of dank hops with a mild fruity background. Nice pleasant bitterness , oily, juicy, nice big level. Not sweet. Light to medium mouthfeel, clean finish.great beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into sniffer. Clear yellow/orange with a 2 finger white head and some spotty lacing. Very aromatic hops that showcase citrus, tropical fruit and light resin. Vienna malts give it some bready caramel sweetness. Flavor has tropical fruit like pineapple and mango with citrus notes. The malt is very light and only adds a hint of sweetness for balance. A lighter body and ample carbonation that finishes slightly dry. A good IPA, but something is missing for me in the flavor.

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

Canned 5/23/2018 and poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, golden-honey color with over a finger of fluffy, bright-white head and copious lacing. The nose is fragrant with tangerine, lemon, ripe melon, onion, vanilla, and soft floral hops. It has a really nice flavor opening with tart lemon and a hint of grapefruit. There follows a touch of melon and sweetness from the Vienna malt. The Citra hops add a nice bitter bitter taste but without a strong bite. I think the best thing about this ale is its mouth feel: plush, creamy, and silky smooth; it feels great going down. It has pleasant carbonation and the 7.5% ABV gives it a nice pop for a single IPA. Overall, I really like this ale: in a world of gimmicky IPA's, a simple brew featuring Citra hops and Vienna malt is always welcome. Beer Hates Astronauts is big enough to accompany a meal of seafood or a burger but it's fine for casual drinking. In fact, it's hard to limit yourself to a single can or pour. I'm glad this beer made its way to New Jersey fairly fresh and I'll look for it again.

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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a collar consisting of medium sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular along with some notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste follows the smell but has even stronger flavors of citrusy hops with slight hints of pine. There is some dankness and a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is bursting with strong aromas and flavors of citrusy hops. It tastes both fresh and juicy.

Note: Canned on 5/24/18

Serving type: can

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