Beer Hates Astronauts | Half Acre Beer Company

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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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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

June 2014 release on tap at Half-Acre.

A: Cloudy apricot in color with less than a finger of foamy white head that settles into a light cap, leaving a light lacing around the crown of the glass.

S: Textbook citra hop character upfront: chivey and citrusy, but not overwhelmingly fruity or perfumy. Some pine, some sweet malt and alcohol.

T: Some grass, some citrus rind, but mostly I'm getting that chive taste that just doesn't sit well with me.

M: Light to medium body with sufficient carbonation. I can see this being someone's favorite hot day beer.

O: Folks are raving over this beer, but it's just okay to me... nothing special, and definitely not the shining citra showcase it's been made out to be.

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Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, out of the cask with extra citra hops added (Gnarled Winslow) and out of the bottle. This review is of the bottle version.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thicker collar that leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Pure citra hop up front. Some nice grapefruit, lemon and orange flesh character. The Vienna malt comes through with a nice grain bread sweetness. Great balance between the two with the Citra really being showcased.

T: Again, the balance between the two is there and it's really nice. Sweet cereal grain Vienna malt with a nice balance of orange flesh and light grass from the Citra. Mild lemony bitterness in the periphery as well.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finish is sweet and citrusy.

O: Really nice balance of hops and malt. Simple and clean with a little more emphasis on the Citra which was a nice. Another drink and refreshing IPA from Half Acre, color me surprised.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

GHA pours a vibrant, light yellow-orange color, slightly hazed, with a fat finger of sudsy white head. The head lasts quite a while before leaving strong lacing.

It has a delicate and refined grapefruit aroma, with hints of papaya, orange, peach, nectarine and white pepper behind. Reminds me of some of Singlecut's recent offerings, but not as in your face. It's quite nice.

It's light-to-medium bodied, just slightly syrupy, with a nice carbonated prickliness upon swallowing.

The taste has less grapefruit and topical fruit, although there are ghosts of each still there, and a bit more pine, along with a strong dose of citrus rind that mixes with a lingering hop bitterness and a little burst of caramel malt sweetness. The taste isn't as delicate as the aroma, but it's still on the light side.

Overall, a pretty great IPA. Shout outs to King Tiger Eating a Cheesburger and Gnarled Winslow.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, poured into a Half Acre SquidOwl Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a bright copper color, hues of orange and gold, clear complexion with a slight haze with a soft, cloudy white head that rises about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of bright citrus, lots of grapefruit, wildflower, pineapple and sweet, sticky malt that draws out a bit of alcohol. Flavors are in line, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lightly floral, with a healthy backbone of rich malt. The fruit flavors are nice and pungent, juicy and ripe, while the malt helps to settle out the tangy flavors and the bitterness nicely. The mouthfeel is good, juicy and full bodied, carbonation is lively but on the lower end of the spectrum, coats the mouth well with a nice smooth finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Half Acre and a great showing of the Citra hop. The malt isn't too overpowering, which I find tends to happen more often than not with beers solely hopped on Citra, as it is quite a delicate hop. A good balance of fruit flavors, bitterness and malty sweetness, which really lets the hop flavors shine.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely looking pale brew, topped by a lively white head. Aroma promises plenty of juicy, citrusy hops, along with a hint of dank herbs.

Flavor follows, with a Citra-forward profile that provides plenty of juice and a nice level of bitterness. Pale malts provide a clean, slightly sweet, bready backbone.

Feel falls a touch short, at times feeling syrupy and flat (not uncarbonated; just lacking).

This is a solid IPA, and definitely worth seeking out for Citra fans.

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Photo of ARoman
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet grapefruit with a light, but noticeable herb spice. It pours clear amber orange with white soft soap head that leaves a wispy surface and a moderate light ring. The taste is a balanced medium high bittersweet. The texture is oily with a soft, fizzy carbonation and a medium full body flavored with citrus, grains, and herbs. It's finish is crisp with a citrus swell and a waxy and bready touch. It's also a bit soapy and grassy in feel and leads to an aftertaste that's lightly bitter and waxy with a flavor of toasted bread.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold orange. White head with a lot of lace. A big amount of orange cotrus. Lemon zest. Bready malts. It's fairly juicy. Earthy and floral. Nice bitterness.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from jermy in the recent pipeworks box. This was an afterthought on the trade "hey, you want me to add a God Hates Astronauts?" Yes. And thanks.

Murky copper color, clean billowing white topper that left a quantity of meringue-like dollops. A big floral and citrus hop aroma with very little pine or dank. A solid caramel backbone that shows up more in the taste.

Nicely balanced IPA that has a good burst of citrus up-front which is complemented by the light malt notes at the end. This does have a nice, crisp finish with only the faintest trace of lemon zest as an aftertaste.

Quite good. Wish this would make it into the regular rotation and find itself in 16oz cans alongside Daisy Cutter....


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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap: poured into a chalice, color is light orange/opaque gold; head is off white wig fine bubbles.

Aroma is clean malt, then light biscuit and bread quickly overtake by the hops, big, fresh and bitter.

Taste amplifies the aroma with a bready almost doughy character, then big bitter hops with citrus rind and lighter earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not sweet and a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Overall, great beer with funky bready presence and flavor and solid hop bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a fluffy head that leaves some dots of lacing .

Smell: Bready, with tropical fruit tones of peach, pineapple, banana and grapefruit

Taste: Bready, up front, with peach, pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of banana; moderate bitterness builds through the finish, with the malt staying in balance throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Much more balanced that many of today's IPAs as the Vienna malt really makes an impact that is pretty unusual for the style

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Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Thanks for grabbing me a bottle last weekend, Mark! A pale orange, bordering on dark golden body glugs into the glass with a bit of a chill haze. A big ol' fluffy powder white head forms and remains as a thick cap throughout. Patchy lacing gets left behind as the beer gets drained. This beer is surprisingly pale when held to the light.

Wheat with a little twang and pale malt galore make for a foundation built to highlight hops. Banana, peach, pineapple, and lightly sugared grapefruit make up the fruity aspect of the hop profile while there's a touch of cut grass flashing through as well. It's not the most in your face or intense hop profile I've come across but it is one of the more complex.

Lemon oil, underripe peach, pineapple, and a little banana again sit over the top of malt that becomes dry and biscuity. Sugary grapefruit picks up on the backend and while this beer isn't necessarily bitter on the first few drinks the bitterness certainly grows with each successive sip. There's a nice tropical melange that's picks up as this beer warms. Is there wheat in here because I swear I get some twang.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. There's a welcoming dry finish that accentuates the hop profile nicely and not a touch of alcohol. The bitterness grows and grows until my gums are as numb as Rick James'.

I've been drinking Half Acre since the day they opened their store and I have yet to find a hoppy creation from them that's merely good. They're all worthy of even the most discerning hophead.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with big pillowy white head. Nice lacing. Smell is clean with mellow hops, lemon, with sweeter hard candy notes. Taste a mellow citus, bready, light melon rind, banana towards the end (guessing torrified wheat mixed in), with little bitter residual. Body is light and easy going, perfect for summer. This has to be the most interesting Half Acre ale I've tried as you try to dissect the different eliminates. Super clean and refreshing overall.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Gifted by my brother for my birthday, from Half Acre itself
Date: Released 2013-08-30
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

An excellent IPA made up of complex fruit esters and hop characters, with some balance provided by the Vienna malts. Would enjoy again if seen.

Pours a 1cm head of cream colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy-looking mass. Retention is average, the foam lasting only about one minute before descending to a thin ring around the glass with a larger island of wispy residual foam resting atop the body. Lacing is minimal, with a few small dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent (10-20% opaque) body, fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of hops, in a big way, mildly dank, with huge influences of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot and lemon on top of a background of somewhat lactose-like sweetness. Complex fruit esters coupled with complex hop influences leads to a fairly enjoyable aromatic profile.

Surprisingly balanced between hop bitterness, fruit-like flavors, and malt-derived sweetness, this is a solid, easily drinkable IPA. Front of palate finds sweet, juicy citrus and tropical fruits, with tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and lemon being the most noticeable for me. Mid-palate of moderate-high intensity bitterness, with strong fruit ester and fruity hop associations, with a background of slightly toasted malt sweetness provided by the Vienna malt. Back of palate finds moderate-high intensity bitterness with strong grapefruit flavor, reduced tropical and citrus flavors with bitter orange being primarily notable, much less tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Closes with moderate bitterness, residual fruit esters and surprisingly malt-accessible, with a bit of toasted graininess hiding in the back.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium-light carbonation, leading to a mouthfeel that is gently foamy, never fizzy, and generally pleasant and soft. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips. No ethanol detectable at any point during the drink.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy saturated orange, lazy rising carb trails, an initial finger of dense white foam. Lasting skim and a frothy collar around the edges. Spindly webs of lace in the glass.

Pungently fruity and dank hop aromas, mango, grapefruit, nectarine, sandalwood.

Citrus forward with tropical hop character, all the aforementioned fruits from the aroma play across the palate. A dry bitter finish with a little bit of wheat and pale malt in the middle. A little less intense than the nose. Light bodied but substantial, and pretty easy to drink. Not too far off from other solid IPA's like Shewolf and Annica, it's a very drinkable fruit-forward hop bomb.

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Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Timothy O'Toole's, Chicago:

Pours deep golden with a lasting thin head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits. Robust.

The taste is of big bitter citrus with a firm malt backbone. Spicy, long finish.

Alcohol well-integrated. Great texture.

A wonderful hop-filled delight!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour produces a smallish white head with some lacing. The color s hazy straw with honey and orange highlights.

The smell is focused on hops. Citrus at first then some pine. Resinous and dank with an aroma that's strong and lasting.

Taste has notes of the citrus hop plus a more intense pine component. Some light honey and biscuit base malt flavor. The focus remains on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium for the style with adequate carbonation for an IPA.

This was a nicely crafted brew with great illustration on the label which makes sense since it's a collaboration with a comic book writer. Another nice experiment from the hop meisters at HA.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep yellow-ish gold in color, fairly clear. Poured from a bomber, I've heard some tap versions have been hazier. Two fingers of white foam, retention is OK. Fantastic, hop forward nose. Citrus, tropical fruit. The taste follows, hop forward, with tropical fruits first. Bready malt makes a nicely balanced beer and a slight spiciness lingers. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation. Finish is balanced and only slightly bitter. Excellent citra poweredIPA.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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