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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with Vienna malt and Citra hops.

Added by MasterSki on 08-19-2013

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 368
Photo of gregdafdxguy
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, so, I loved this. This is my dream beer, I would drink it every day if I could, in quantity, so yeah, perfect 5. Here’s what I can tell you about it, from the 2014 canned version, poured into a wide-mouthed glass. This batch is much better than the last batch (last year, I think): Smells of strong citrus, pine and an aroma I can only describe as "sweet", like smelling a sour fruit candy -- it smells sweet but you know it’s both sweet and sour. It pours a radiant golden orange. Very hazy, intimidating, and inviting, if you’re into cloudy beers and such. I am... The taste/palate must be spoken of together. There’s enough carbonation to hit the right fizzy expectations, which lifts the intense but balanced strong citrus and light bready tastes, with a punch of alcohol you feel rather than taste. An amazing melding of hops, malt and alcohol. I can’t tell where the tastes begin and end, from the zigzag different citrus flavors to the malt sweetness and a savory flavor I can’t describe. I can taste the beer an hour later, and that’s a good thing. It’s like Zombie Dust, but made with love and not hate, and more alcohol. Perfect. I hope it becomes a regular offering when the new expansion (BEHIND MY HOUSE!!!!) is fully operational. I heard it’s a 100% Citra hop beer, so I doubt it will be available all year, but maybe more often? And yes, there’s a Star Wars reference here.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that lingers for a while. Decent lacing. Big citrus on the nose with hints of dank and earthiness. Honey sweetness on the front of the palate then lots of grass, melon, citrus, and a finish that shifts to biscuit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, an outstanding IPA and a fantastic showcase for the Citra hop.

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Photo of FFreak
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 16 oz can to glasses and shared on the deck on a warm evening. It's a hazy bright orange-yellow with pure white head that slowly fades. The nose is pure bliss - big citra tropical fruits - mango, passion fruit, pineapple, followed by a hint of sweet pale malt. Taste is fantastic - some dankness, lots of fruit, a little bit of pine, and a nicely sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, average carbonation, pretty much perfect. Overall, this is one fantastic American IPA. How do I get more?

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Photo of SeanBond
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

About my favorite citra-hopped beer, and one of the few beers I not only buy at its limited yearly release, but I also buy multiple. I'm a huge DIPA guy, and this is the only non-DIPA on my list of best pale ales.

For all the Zombie Dust hype, this is my vote for the best citra beer in the Chicago-area. Not quite as balanced as ZD, but just as delicious, if not more so. My only regret is that Half Acre hasn't started canning this and distributing it on a regular basis (it was canned in 2014, but not 2015, and is only released once a year).

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Photo of MCain04
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle a little over 1 week fresh poured into a HA glass.

Pours a golden hazy color with a nice eggshell white head of great thickness, retention, and lacing.

Smells of bright citrus fruit with grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, and mango, with freshly cut pine needles.

Taste is where this shines, the citra hops really coming forward in full force with the aforementioned fruit tastes and hoppy pine and bitterness. Incredibly balanced with a good malt backbone without being overly sweet and solid bitterness (I'd guess 80IBU) without being overwhelming in any regard.

Mouthfeel is medium, definitely light enough to throw down quickly, dry finish, carbonation is medium and appropriate, definitely nice feel here.

Overall just an outstanding IPA. Half Acre makes a fantastic IPA and for once they have bottled one - having had it fresh and bottled it is equally good in both regards. Track this down if you can.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle!
Poured in to Half Acre pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy opaque bright orange with a thin layer of white head.

S - Bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Tangerine, peach, pineapple and papaya notes specifically come through. A slight honey malt sweetness is also present.

T - Crisp bitterness up front that is nicely balanced by a caramel sweetness that provides a perfect malt backbone for the hop base while still letting the hops shine. Fresh tangerine, pineapple, mango and peach notes are present along with a slight pine presence.

M - Medium body. Some nice sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed one of these last night thanks to my man totalbangover, who threw this bomber in as an extra...and what an extra it was! He was raving about this beer as all he drank while at the HA taproom and I can see/taste why.
Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter. Quarter to half inch of nice white head and very fragrant! Sweet citrus and hoppy!
First sip was excellent and flavor was just as fine as the aroma...citrus ad the perfect amount of hoppiness.
As the level in my glass lowered, everything about this sweet nectar stayed the same...flavorful and sweet to the nose and good to the last drop!
Really a very enjoyable beer and given the limited quantities (this was procured by my buddy as from the HA employee stash) and how fun it was to drink, I'm very impressed!

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16 oz can into a large tulip.
Pours a hazy blonde to light tangerine color with a solid finger of head.
Smells so citrusy, mango and tropical fruit. Some good dank notes as well.
Taste is fantastic, one of the most Vermont DIPA style tasting beers Ive had outside of the Green Mountains.
Mouthfeel was great with perferct carbonation.
Overall, this is a WOW beer. A fantastic, delicious DIPA.

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Photo of y0tommyb
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could smell this beer right when the bartender brought it up to me. Before I even took a sip, an explosion of tropical fruit and citrus!! Hops everywhere!! This is one of the best beers I've ever had and I tried Founders KBS right before it!! Try it if you can, Half Acre and the Chicago craft scene does it once again!!

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Photo of caponeduke
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange with a slight white head. Relatively clear.
S - The best thing about this beer. Citra hops on display and do not disappoint.
T - A citrusy treat from start to finish. Not too bitter and with a clean and balanced finish.
M - A bit thin but the citrus blast helps

O - Amazing beer. Very glad I got to try many of these on tap. Highly impressed with this place and this beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine offering from Half Acre. Pours a hazy golden/yellow hued with a generous head. Citrus and tropical notes on the nose. Heavy hop profile - the citra hops shine here with a dankness and bitterness really coming together in perfect union. Assertive malt backbone makes this an uncompromising IPA from Half Acre. Top notch.

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Photo of dstanmyer
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Incredible balance and smoothness to this 7% IPA. Major hints of grapefruit and melon Including the requisite hop profile yet far from overwhelming or too filling. Love the light orange color and the white head with moderate lacing. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this stupendously good beer at the Half Acre Tap Room. Pours a beautiful golden orange. Strong scent of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is similar but much more intense. Body is medium and after a day of golf and mowing the lawn this beer went down oh so smoothly. Just wish I could take some home with me.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured from a can that was thrown in as an extra by my favorite trader. Have been hearing excellent things about this beer and wanted to give it a shot, myself. Besides, who wouldn't go for a Citra-hopped IPA? It's a month old, so we'll see how it's held up. Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A- Fairly aggressive pour resulting in almost two fingers of creamy white head. Color is a blend of orange and grapefruit juice. Murky and faded orange. Hardly any lacing is left on the glass.

S- Yup... This was hopped with Citra. Wonderful showcase of this hop. Citrus bomb. Sweeter fruits (mango) and some sweet malt. Pretty dank, too. Not quite "cat piss", but it has a punch.

T- Not quite as dynamic as the aroma, but this is wonderfully crushable. Citrus juice and citrus rind bitterness, with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the flavor. Think I'm also getting the mango here, as well. Honestly, the finish is much drier than I would have anticipated, given my previous experience with the Citra hop.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Just a tad watery, though not in a way that is devastating to the flavors. Mouth is coated with Citra hop flavors and it is pleasant.

O- I'm really glad this held up so well. Citra hop was employed wonderfully in this beer and I wish they'd make more of it so I could trade for more. Excellent offering from Half Acre.

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Photo of Nicole15
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ones been sitting a little so the boozy notes are more present than in a fresh batch. First sip is boozy with lots of grapefruit peal. Pours a hazy orange with a nice head. I also get a lot of hop resin with this one. Great beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, bright sun burst golden orange with a two finger head of plump foam.

Big bright juicy tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango, guava, peach, and melony aromas.

Flavor follows aroma to the T, juicy mango, pineapple, guava, and peach flavor dominates the palate.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, juicy, slightly tart. Yeasty slickness.

Overall, had both on tap at Half Acre and took a few bottles home and while the aroma and flavor match, the version on tap had a bit more yeasty haze and slickness which gave a slightly different mouthfeel. Both amazing.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has the look of bright peach-orange juice, incredibly hazy and opaque (juice-like). Near half finger of essentially white head, solid lacing, poor retention.

S - Tons of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Citrusy deliciousness. Smells like it could easily be a personal top 10 ipa/iipa. Slightly resinous.

T - Initially big delightful pineapple/mango/orange flavors. In the middle a hint of sweet/boozyness (almost medicinelike but not unpleasant) mix with sweet juicy fruits. The finish continues down that path with a bit of sweet malts (mixing with the sweet fruits). The result is a pear/apple type flavor at the finish. Aftertaste is only miniscul-y bitter, mostly apple/pear and a hint of orange rind.

M - Medium/lighter bodied, very well carbonated, very easy drinking

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mjohnson17!

Perhaps the best IPA from the Midwest I've had to date. I wasn't expecting much, after being a touch disappointed with Anicca and never really falling in love with Three Floyds's hoppy beers, but this was something different entirely. Fantastic, juicy, ripe citrus notes, fairly big bitterness (but enough that it hampered the drinkability), mild malt backbone, and a little bit of resin/pine. Fantastic, and quite the surprise. Looking back on it, I should have known better. Half Acre does fantastic hoppy beers. Daisy Cutter and it's brothers are all fantastic, as was this one.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from Bottles and Cans in beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: Poured with a two finger head, vibrant golden color, very slight haze, excellent head retention. Nice tight small bubble carbonation.

Smell: Super pungent, I could smell this across the room. A burst of ripened papaya, candied orange, Ruby Red grapefruit, pina colada, weak lemonade. A touch of dankness and herbaceousness.

Taste: Candied orange, grapefruit zest, fruit cocktail from a can, a touch of grass and floral notes. The malt bill is beautiful and biscuity. The citrus especially really pops as it warms.

Feel: Medium to the light end of heavy bodied which is shocking for a 7% beer. Slick, coating, a bit oily. Really nice mouthfeel overall. Just enough carbonation to avoid being syrupy.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden, sunny, hints of orange, rocky bone white head.

Aroma: citra, citra, citra. Bright citrus, tropical,fruits, pineapple and resins, with touches of crackery malts.

Taste: again, high citrus, and tropical notes, light pale maltiness, medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light body, clean crisp finish, dry, overall a joy on the palate.

Overall: a shining citra hopped ipa. Great body, wonderful nose and taste. Excellent through and through.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Half Acre on numerous occasions. Also had a few bottles. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Hazy, darker orange body.

S - Big onion and orange peel; no surprise for an all Citra beer. This year's crop seems unusually chive-heavy and dank. Vienna malt imparts dry, crackery, and bread crust malt flavors and minimal sweetness. Very West Coast vibe here - love it!

T - Surprising bitterness here, as Citra is generally pretty low in IBUs. Some citrus flesh sweetness, but heavy on grapefruit peel and dank, onion, and chive flavors. Again, minimal malt sweetness; the malt character is evocative of Saltines actually. Bitterness is a bit palate fatiguing, but on the whole this is a nice IPA.

M - Very dry, with a sufficiently hefty medium body. Pleasant carbonation and oodles of lingering oils. No alcohol. Just what I like from this style.

D - A real West Coast palate bruiser, with unexpected bitterness for Half Acre and for Citra hops. Love the dry, clean malt bill; will have to re-evaluate the efficacy of Vienna malts in SMaSH beers after this one. Very much in Half Acre's wheelhouse, and a very Pizza Port-esque Midwestian IPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours hazy light orange color, finger white head with great retention and lacing. Tropical fruity aroma. Taste is tropical as well, fruity wit a little citrus and a light cracker malt backbone for sweetness. Grapefruit and pine come out in the finish. Medium soft slick mouthfeel. Excellent IPA by Half Acre, the best I've had by them so far.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and murky orange. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Huge citra hop. Bright orange. Some lemon. A little bit of sweetness.

Taste - Tons of orange hops. Sweet tropical fruits. Some sweet malts, but very minimal. The faintest of grainy textures.

Mouthfeel - A little sweet. Medium body. Minimal bitterness.

Overall - This is really impressive. Delicious IPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by oline73. Thanks Steve.

The beer is moderately hazy and straw yellow. The aroma is fabulous. Dank hops and resin with citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor follows suit. Hop forward with alcohol well masked. Terrific. Highly drinkable. Bonus points for label art.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date that i can see. Released mid-2016. Interesting label art on this one. This beer sold out almost instantly at my local bottle shop (i managed to get the last bottle), so let's see what all the hype is about.

Poured into a Maudite snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice murky golden with lots of fine sediment particulate visible when you look for it. One finger of good soapy frothy white head that stays awhile and leaves nice scattered fluffy strands of lacing. Apt carbonation, with some smalls bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is good: strong fresh fruity floral hop presence. Notes of juicy fruits (berries, mango, tangerines, grapefruit, papaya, subtle notes of piney dankness. Very bright & floral, with some good fresh, earthy, herbal elements. Very pungent, with slight horseradish-esque spiciness.

T - Taste is the same: fresh, floral, fruity, juicy - notes of mango, papaya, grapefruit, orange, citrus rind, slight notes of piney / herbal dankness. Very nice fresh pungent Mosaic hop presence. Feels like pale or crystal malt, very light, not nutty or particularly malty. The hops really shine here.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, clean, juicy & fruity. Very nice levels of hop bitterness / resins clinging to the palate. Nicely carbonated stuff; very easy drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv. (though it wouldn't hurt amping the abv up a tad, in my opinion).

Overall, a nice fresh fruity floral IPA, but nothing really out of the ordinary. Particularly good when you are able to catch stuff like this fresh, so i can definitely see the appeal. Maybe as good, but definitely not better than, some of the fresh Pipeworks DIPA's that are put out. Still, one of the better beers I've had from Half Acre, worth seeking out if you are a fan.

Half Acre Beer Hates Astronauts -----4/5.

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