Half Acre Beer Company

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IPA - American
4.41 | pDev: 7.26%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing Company

Anicca IPA is single hopped snake juice showcasing the Mosaic hop, a plant throwing off a cornucopia of fruit flavors. Bitter sweet and full of force, this IPA bends your brain into a tropical storm of writhing glory. As the philosophy explains, Anicca will come and go, so come sip this before all is gone.
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mothman from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this after the chicago marathon 2014. Review from notes. Golden orange in color. Lots of juiciness and citrus. Grapefruit. Tropical flavors. Easy drinking bomber. Worth a try.

Aug 21, 2015
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DVoors from Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter

a - Poured red orange and beautiful with 2 finger white lacy head.

s - Smelled like tropical fruit candy. Very appealing.

T - Tastes Wonderful. Tropical Fruit, Candy, the candy malt flavor goes perfectly with the fruity hop character. I am not too familiar with Mosaic hops, but it tastes like a mix of Citra and Equinox. Finishes with a pleasant sticky bitterness to balance it out.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect for an IPA. Sticky but refreshing.

O - A wonderful beer. I would definitely seek out.

Feb 04, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a huge fluffy white head. Cloudy in appearance. Typical 3 Floyds. Malty and sweet. Good hop juiciness on the finish, but dry. Medium bitterness.

Jan 26, 2015
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hoagzzz from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a two week old bomber from a very thoughtful friend who travelled to Indy. Overall really impressed! Very dark almost maroon pour which I normally do not like. But nose and taste off the charts. Very well balanced and I enjoyed the moderate Abv.

Jan 09, 2015
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dmgeng from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome bottle art and I had never heard of this 3F's offering so I had to try it.

A - Deep orange and hazy from dry hopping. Course white head coming forth from a subtle pour. Good lacing.

S - Very wet hop in the nose. Tons of tropical fruits, some citrus, light herbal and maybe some floral. Nothing other than hops present in the smell

T - Has the tropical hops but right in the middle and on the way back raw onion flavor. Mosaic hops tend to have an onion flavor during late additions and this beer is no exception. The pungent tropical fruit, pineapple, and citrus do help combat the onion and after a few sips the fruits prevail. No lack of hop flavor and there may be a light malt flavor. The bitterness is very mild and obscured by the overall hoppiness.

M - Lighter mouth-feel with mild carbonation. Pretty clean and crisp on the finish more like an APA than a typical bitter IPA.

Overall, a good tropical fruit representation of an IPA. That initial burst of onion is enough to make me not love this beer but the pineapple, and mango are amazing after that first taste. This beer is similar to "Go-To IPA" from Stone but with a little more in every aspect (flavor, body, ABV). Though Mosaics are not going to surpass my love for Amarillos or Simcoes I did like this beer. I would recommend this if you have never tried Mosaic hops before or if the label art is too enthralling.

Glass- Imperial pint

Jan 08, 2015
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joeseppy from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper pour with some clarity and ruby hues. Cascading rush head yields a solid inch off white merengue head. Quite lovely.

Robust aromas. Juicy red Texas grapefruit, sweety malt and spice. Zesty. A nose that satiates the olafactories.

Taste is big red juicy bits of grapefruit and welcoming pithy rind. Malt shines with extremely well balanced bitter and sweet. You have to taste to believe.

Medium body. The mouth is coated well with creamy sugars and malt. Bitterness lays pleasantly on the tongue with a lasting finish.

Mosaic, I believe is tough to master. I adore mosaic and few brewers mastercraft this, ie. Green Flash. An absolute cracker! A brew I've been on the look out for a long time. Lately I've given up on beer searches-just because. But I've always banked in my mind what to look for. Lo and behold yesterday a local grocery store had a case sitting on the shelf. Anicca rang a bell and I grabbed a few. No need to go west coast, we're doing fine right here. Tremendously tremendous!

Jan 01, 2015
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rodlavers from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a few bottles of this at FFF the other day, and I'm hoping to stop by Half Acre for draft and cask. In a word, Anicca is fantastic. It's smith rich and fruity, wonderfully balanced and entirely drinkable.

Dec 23, 2014
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zoober911 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a deep hue of orange. A fingers width of pure white head forms. A ring of bubbles are left behind that cling to the glass. Lacing is great.

S - Smells a bit of citrus and tropical fruit. Piney. You can smell the bitterness.

T - Not quite what I expected with the aromas that I had picked up. Not as citrusy as I had expected but more restrained. Bitterness is more of the show stopper. Linger for some time to follow.

F - Medium in body with enough carbonation to tickle your tongue.

O - Overall I would recommend this. It is worth picking up. For a beer that I had never heard of before receiving it in a trade, it's flying under the radar.

Oct 30, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%

The beer comes in a dark amber reddish color.

The beer pops of fresh fruit of Mosaic. Pineapple, tangerine, blood orange. The beer sweetness and breadiness in the middle, but flies off like Three Floyds brews. A dank resinous quality in the back.

A clean drinking brew that tastes towards an amber IPA.

Oct 21, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Half Acre Tap Room in Chicago, IL. 12oz served in a pint glass 10/18/2014.

A- Dark, hazy light copper body, one finger white head. Lacing present in splotches. [4]

S- Tropical fruits, mango, papaya, oranges, grapefruit. Very juicy, accompanied by a nice grainy sweet malt backbone that barely balances out all the juicy Mosaic hop goodness. Smells delicious. [4.5]

F- Mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges galore. As in the nose, its very juicy and there is a mildly grainy pale malt backbone that keeps the hop quotient from turning this beer into a mess. It does so quite well indeed, there is even a nice resinous pine-like bitterness on the back-end to finish things out. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp and has a nice pop. Makes the hops stand out even more. Moderate bitterness, reasonably drinkable. [4]

O- Phenomenal beer. Glad to have drank this on tap- this is one of the best beers I've had from Half Acre, and could very well be one of the best locally produced IPAs in Chicago. [4.5]

Oct 19, 2014
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a darker, brownish shade of orange. Forms a moderate sized sort of yellowy colored head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is decidedly hoppy, with notes of tropical fruit, mango, and papaya. However, there is another aspect to the aroma, something more earthy. Sort of like a cross between blueberry and pine. It’s not bad, but it takes away from the from the tropical juiciness. Taste is similar, but tropical fruit mixed with the light caramel backbone blends together more harmoniously than it did in the aroma. Light sweetness complements the juicy tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Mild to moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. This is good stuff

Oct 13, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz pour, served on tap at the Half Acre Tap Room, poured into a Half Acre stemmed flute. Enjoyed fresh on 10.11.14, review from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a medium amber color, strong hues of reds and oranges, hazy and murky with an off white head, about a finger or so with very nice retention and great lace. The aroma is really piney, dank, earthy, sticky and resinous, quite bitter but with an ample malt backbone. The flavors are in line, sticky pine, dank, earthy, grassy, resinous hoppiness with the same, caramel malt backbone, helps cut the bitterness a bit but the balance is a bit rougher on the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, sticky is again the best fitting word, full bodied, coats the mouth super well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Half Acre and Three Floyds. The mosaic hop is admittedly one of my least favorite hops, but this was really enjoyable. Piney, bitter, sticky and sappy, the flavor profile is a bit on the heavier and darker side of the spectrum for me, but this hits the spot for a nice hop kick, really nice on tap.

Oct 12, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Big thanks to both Matt and Mark for grabbing me a bottle of this nectar. Cheers, fellas! Anicca is ruby red and absolutely glows when around any amount of light. A good amount of haze clouds up the body while an off white head, bordering on yellow, sits atop like a crown. The foam grows immediately dense and frothy leaving big, fat clumpy lacing down the glass.

Mosaic brings fistfuls of fruit to the party. Tangerine and apricot, pineapple and papaya, underripe berries, grapefruit and orange, this beer has it all and every swirl of the glass brings a different facet. The malt base is soft and remains in the background with a neutral sugar cookie sweetness. This beer is all about a Mosaic showcase.

Each and every drink of Anicca has the ability to slightly change, just like the nose suggested. Leathery apricot gets it going with tangerine close behind. The underripe berries pick up in the middle along with grapefruit and orange. The tropicals really pop on the backend with pineapple in the forefront and papaya to clean it all up. A simple sugar cookie maltiness lays the base. There are even undercurrents of pine sap here and there. Delicious!

A moderately weighted body combined with a soft but active carbonation make for a luxurious body. It's light enough that I'm drinking far faster than I should and the bitterness eventually reaches just below moderate. Anicca is ridiculously easy to put away.

Last years bottles were from Three Floyds and this years were from Half Acre. Both were fantastic. Not often do you come across IPAs with this much juiciness and when you do you take notice. An excellent beer!

Oct 11, 2014
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker amber in color with a nicely retaining head. Smell is incredibly fruity, loads of guava, notes of mango pineapple Papaya and kiwi. Nice Carmel malt aroma in the end. Taste follows the nose with incredibly fruity hops hitting the palate first with flavors of guava orange mango and papaya. Slightly herbal hop bitterness is very mild. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sticky and very drinkable.

Oct 07, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, bstyle!

A gorgeous IPA. Very sticky with an incredibly persistent head. Asides from that, this is an above average IPA, and very good by Midwest standards. A nice collection of bitterness along with some dank, citrus, and pine notes. Drinkable, and impressive for the Midwest. That being said, if this was brewed in San Diego, people would overlook this as just another average IPA. The inflated scores on this beer are some of the most ridiculous I've ever seen. Why hype an IPA? Just drink it, fools.

Sep 15, 2013
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RhyminBelmont from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister for making the trip to Munster and snagging me a couple o' dees.

bomber into Belgian tumbler

A - Lovely warm reddish amber. Some visible carbonation rising through a slight haze. Custard/white creamy like cappuccino head, one and one half fingers dissipates to a millimeter film over a minute or so. Left a considerable amount of lacing.

S - My first thought was just, "This smells like a FFF beer." I guess something in the hop character they go for, or maybe the house yeast. Always has light citrus tinge and a bit of sweetness that comes through enticingly well. This is the case here, as well as some grassiness lightly sprinkled with cat piss.

T- Not as hop forward as I thought, although i accidentally smoked a spliff about 15 minutes ago. Whoops. Mostly some pine, which sticks and lingers, but a nice fruitiness too. Bitterness dominates towards the end, but my palate is neither wrecked, ruined, younger, etc. Real nice juicy grape fruit as it hits the tongue. Sadly not wildly malty, little bit of caramel gets to the tip of the tongue, but this is definitely one for the hop heads.

M- Pretty light bodied, medium carbonation. Not super sticky, but still a bit of dryness.

O - Two of my favorite breweries, so that's fun. I kinda wish they had gone for something a little bolder together, but then again, with things like Navaja, Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, the Dust, etc. this is comfortable territory for both. Is that a good thing? It's certainly drinking well. Reasonable at $8 bucks a bomber for novelty/limited availability, but don't hate yourself if you miss this one.

Sep 13, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The prides and joys of Chicagoland brewing collaborate in a nearly transcendent IPA. Half Acre Brewing and Three Floyds have demonstrated the ability to conjure up world-class IPAs on their own, so this incredible ale is no surprise.

Bright copper and with glimmers of gold and amber, the beer pours near-brilliant clarity to show off its vibrant dance of carbonation that streams from below. A creamy, cottony white head builds on top the beer and shows sturdy retention and well defined rings of lace. Its the quintessential look for IPA.

Highly vivid aromas are chocked full of citrus and tropical fruit hop character. Juicy with ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, apricot, mangoes, pineapple, papaya and passion fruit, the beer's aromas are mouthwatering right from the start. Softer notes of pine needles and herbal botanicals rise as the beer warms and after getting past the fruit.

And to taste, the thin caramel sweetness serves only to give the fruity hop character a riper, juicier and richer taste. All those tropical and citrus fruits seem as if they come straight from Tropical Fruit Punch and freshly squeezed oranges. Its dry malt backbone is slim of graham crackers in support of hops. Finishing softly resinous, its bitterness is smooth as it is accompanied by light pine sap and almost cannabis-like.

Medium-light in body, the beer is dry without sacrificing any thinning. Creamy in its early carbonation, its fleeting malt sweetness is surplanted with playful acidity and clean bitterness without astringency to finish. Its quick and snappy finish lingers delightfully with the same fruit flavors that control the beer throughout.

The exacerbated fruit flavor that's squeezed from those hop cones has Three Floyds written all over it. Nearly teeth churning and achy in the way it coaxes the teeth and taste buds, Anicca has several of those intangible flavors that set good IPAs apart from great ones!

Sep 09, 2013
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Half-Acre tap house

A) Beautiful and vibrant dark red color, copper hugh, and two finger head the lingers. Lots of lace

S) Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, papaya, citra ending.

T) Same as the smell, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, clementine

M) Smooth coats the mouth

O) Great beer Always enjoy collaborations between these two breweries. Half-Acre brews some great beer

Sep 03, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Churchkey during the Craft Beer Conference 2013.

A: Poured a pretty, glowing, red-orange color with a soft chill haze and slight pillowy white ring around the brew.

S: Tropical fruit paradise city! Mango skin, papaya, pineapple, and good bit of hop sizzle thrown in as well. Malt backbone? We don't need no stinking malt backbone!

T: Just like the nose only more intense. The finish was quite harsh, but in the same sort of way that Daisy Cutter is. Lots of raw, plant-like, almost peppery spice on the end. Excellent flavor though.

M: More about that bitter finish. I happen to think Daisy Cutter is one of the most unique PAs on the market because of this and I could easily pick it out in a line-up. This bitter finish gave it character to my mind and I thought it was fun to drink.

O: A unique, tropical experience. This was neither an East Coast or West Coast IPA. Is there such thing as a Florida one?

Mar 30, 2013
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and hazy copper body. A nice dense half inch of head with spotty lacing.

It's one of the most pungent beers I've ever put my nose in. Dank, loads of tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and pineapple, some tangerine. I smells juicy as hell.

Great tropical fruit flavor. The tangerine and mango stand out most. There's a touch of pine in the finish and the finish is long and strong. There's a touch of fusel spice at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of moderate but good carbonation.

This is the best beer I've had from HA, and that's saying a lot. I wish it was bottled.

Mar 21, 2013
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Half Acre 3/3/13.

A: Served a cloudy/hazy deep tangerine color with a surplus of light orange/eggshell colored foam on top. Retention was killer with a sticky mess of lace left behind on te inside of the glass.

S: A pungeant treat for the nose! Tropical and fresh cut grassy, with a hint of cat & citrus.

T: See above. Super malty balance shine through as it warms.

M: Slick, spicy, resinous, spicy, resinous, etc... Hops do a prickly dance all over the place.

O: Whew. Loved this!

Mar 17, 2013
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WolfsbaneBloom from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives a clear amber orange with a perfect finger and a half of frothy and bubbly tan foam.

Smell: This one hits hard on the nose. Lots of sharp, tropical fruit notes (mostly pineapple and tangerine). A little sour funk on the end. Fairly pungent, in the best sense of the word.

Taste: The taste follows the nose almost exactly but hits even harder. Sweet and sharp citrus fruit snap, crackle and pop all over your tongue. There's maybe a touch of pine and caramel but its overcome by the sweet, tangy, bitter, and sour Mosaic hops that this beer was singly brewed with.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, crisp and effervescent. Fairly light-bodied.

Overall, this was a really interesting collaboration beer from two of the best breweries in the Midwest. It might simply be the power of suggestion but I swore I could taste a little bit of each brewery's trademark flavors. Really the best of both worlds here. This uber-refreshing beer packs a big, tangy citrus wallop that doesn't taste altogether different than a mouthful of Pop Rocks. With that said, this beer was almost too intensely tart and carbonated. After two pints my tongue was down for the count. Still, this is hugely flavorful beer and you've got to love that.

Mar 12, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Half Acre. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with some yellowish highlights. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice burst of tropical fruits. Mainly pineapple and mango with a some mild dankness to it. Light sweetness from the malts. Touch of caramel.

T: The taste is much more vibrant than the nose. Juicy pineapple, dank resin with a touch of bitter pine on the finish. The malt bill is slightly sweet, reminiscent of sugar cookies.

M: Medium high carbonation, a little prickly in nature, with a medium light body. So much flavor packed into this beer.

O: Delicious. I could drink pint upon pint of this. Very well balanced and highly drinkable.

Mar 10, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown with a murky haze, and a saturated orange glint in the bottom of the glass. Thin layer of foam on top with a lasting skim on the surface. Delicate ring of dripping lacework around the edges of the glass.

Pungent hop aroma, tangerine citrus, a little catty dankness and resiny greenery around the edges.

Pleasantly bitter with a resinous hop oil character, grapefruit zest and bitter fruit flesh. Light feel but approaching medium bodied, pretty smooth and well carbed. Resiny dry aftertaste. Anicca is a really nice drinker, hope they can secure the Mosaic to keep this in regular rotation.

Mar 07, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Half Acre. I've got a massive backlog of reviews, but felt this one needed a timely posting. Served in both a snifter and a pint glass.

A - Finger of lightly tan foam slowly settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and splotchy lace. Hazed dark amber body; unusually dark for an IPA.

S - The smell is an intense mix of dankness, zest grapefruit, light lemon, a bit of onion, tropical fruits and perhaps a touch pine and herb. The hops as nostril-shredding in the best sort of way. Light crackery and doughy malts in the periphery,

T - The taste is like straight-up tropical fruit juice, with a bit of spicy citrus and chive mixed in. Not as insanely hoppy as the aroma, but still quite good. There's a supporting dough and lightly toasted grain malt backbone but it's quite in the periphery. Some bitterness mounts over the course of a pint, but it never gets out of hand.

M - Medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation. Perhaps a tad light for 7.3%, but goes down super easy. Dry finish, and some lightly resinous and oily residuals.

D - If I didn't have somewhere to go, I could easily sit at Half Acre for the rest of the evening and fall out of my seat at the end after drinking multiple pints of this beer. Will probably go back tomorrow for more, assuming they don't burn through the entire batch by then. This is the best beer Half Acre has ever made.

Mar 01, 2013
Anicca from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 372 ratings