Half Full Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,048
Ranked #45,787
3.51 | pDev: 11.4%
Half Full Brewery
Connecticut, United States
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 12oz can pours into a goblet with a deep orange to light amber body and a sturdy, foamy white head. The crown has good retention and falls to a large pillow atop the brew. Lace sheets warp around the glass plentifully.

S- Citrus hops give notes of grapefruit and orange while the hop profile is rounded out with floral, pine, melon and slight stone fruit hints. A hint of caramel malts and yeast bread and esters as well.

T- Soft and relatively easy going with notes of grapefruit, papaya and sweet melon leading into floral, pine, herbal and spicy hop hints. Nothing really pops out too much and it is all balanced out by a touch of cracker, bread and slight sweetness. Gets better as it opens up with more hop strength.

MF- Smooth and fairly creamy with a pretty foamy feel as the high end carbonation really causes it to puff up. Ends with a a light, soft hoppy bitterness.

Seemed to be a bit reserved but a few sips really opens it up with a soft but well balanced hop profile and a clean overall brew.

Aug 16, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned 9/08

Pours an over aggressive huge frothy head that forces me to stop pouring even the smaller can, lots of messy lacing, very clear slight copper orange color.

Nose dull fruity hops, generic fruity with a little orange slice sangria aroma, sweet caramel amber malts, candy sweetness, a little spicy hop note, maybe a hint of booze

taste brings sweet malts, caramel toasty malts, amber reddish malts, a touch biscuity, semi sweet and almost syrupy, into plenty of herbal slight spicy hops, a bit fruity with hint of orange slice, some warming tingly booze, a lot more than should be for 7%.

Mouth is med bod, a little syrupy somewhat sweet, tingly warming booze, fair carbonation.

Overall meh, not a very good IPA, lots of sweet malt, a lot more boozy than it should, hops are also meh, for an IPA this is very very lackluster.

Jun 10, 2017
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can with A best by date of 10/10/17. Pours a clear amber color. Nice nose and palate with a certain malty sweetness in addition to the mildly-citrus hops tones. Not particularly bitter on the finish. A nice, smooth IPA.

Jun 03, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/24/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and some citrus come in. The hops presence is mild for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

Mar 24, 2017
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DoreenAndDave from Maine

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a murky,hazy amber with a thin ivory head. Nose: biscuit, malt, alcohol, clove, grapefruit. Taste is malty up front that quickly gives way to a bitter finish, with notes of bitter lemon and something slightly herbal. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. It's a fairly substantial-feeling beer. Overall: to be honest, I can't quite make up my mind. It's a bit heavy, in terms of the taste as well as the mouthfeel. This isn't a bright or clean beer. But it also does have some interesting notes.

Dec 07, 2016
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Beglane from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a hoppy brown ale to me. It's not a bad beer, but if it's called an IPA, The hops should be a bit more pronounced. That being said, I actually like it as a brown ale. It's got a very solid sweet malt backbone, nice lacing and good head retention. Just don't be in the mood for an IPA when you drink this one

Dec 09, 2015
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CTBeerBari from Connecticut

2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Tried this from the can and was glad I opted to only buy it as a single. Appearance was pleasant enough, but it tasted like a mouthful of molasses. I'm unsure of the freshness date on the one I had, but would tend to support other locals before trying this one again, as there are no shortages on IPAs in Central CT.

Oct 27, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/28....pours dark rusty amber, white foam with thin bubbles that settle quickly. Toffee/malt nose, soft grassy hints. Bright peppy lemon with a wall of hops surrounded. Forceful. Bitter hangs out. Blends well.

Oct 25, 2015
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Given the chance, I'm always willing to try a local beer, especially when it comes to IPAs. Enter Pursuit IPA by Half Full Brewery in Stamford, CT. Poured from a 12 oz. can with a 6/22 sticker on it. Good start. Deep copper hue, nontransparent, minimal head and minimal lace. Smells of dish detergent, lemongrass, a touch of citrus and faint hints of pineapple. Taste is much the same, but there's something not meshing with this one and I believe it's the malt backbone. It hit the back of the throat in an off-putting manner, at least to my palate. Not a lot of IBUs in this one, so if you're looking for bitter kick from the hops, look elsewhere. Finish is very thin, and watery. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this beer and, despite the review, it won't deter me from future Half Full offerings. With the abundance of really good IPAs on the market right now, this does nothing to separate itself from the pack.

Jul 20, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure of the date on this one, but poured into a pint glass. Amber, nice head, some lacing. Smell is malty, sweet, some hops in the back. Taste is not so good. It's sweet, light, malty, hints of caramel, bitter, maybe a touch of hops. Medium bodied but this tastes like an amber ale, far from an IPA.

Jun 15, 2015
Pursuit from Half Full Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 59 ratings