Beer Hates Astronauts
Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
American IPA
Ranked #19
Ranked #789
4.36 | pDev: 7.34%
Aug 28, 2022
Aug 19, 2013
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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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Rated: 4.5 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Timfromthemainland from New York

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light golden orange. I get a pleasing, mellow honeydew melon with pineapple and a light cotton candy touch from this.
Soft and rounded hop finish. It’s good.
Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jul 12, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy apricot color with a 1 finger white head . Smell is fruity ,tropical . Taste has citrus - oranges and grapefruit ,some pine resins berries. And mango . Mouth i sweet it does have lingering pine and mango bitterness with nice finish
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by stanale from Illinois

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Unfortunately, the first impression is not a good one. Again, it's that ridiculous and unattractive stark white foam on top of the brew. It's not a true beer head, it's foam. It always recedes unevenly and is often proof there's too much wheat in the wort. Mouthfeel and taste are likely to suffer as well. A great deal of patience required, a pint can has finally been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The beer is a cloudy orange-amber. There isn't much aroma, not that one would expect a bouquet from what is becoming an obvious wheat beer. It drinks shallowly malty at first. It is moderately sweet, but it's a thin sweetness, not like the one you get from one well brewed mostly with barley malt. The taste is OK, as the hops are mild enough to not overpower the starch backbone. So, this is a balanced IPA, but not a standout. More barley malt couldn't have hurt. The mouthfeel is thin, the glass lacing erratic and sparse. This just slips into the tolerable grouping because of its balance and moderate hoppiness. But much is lacking to make this a truly good IPA.
Jun 13, 2022
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Rated by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great Double IPA that manages to avoid some of the odd flavors typically associated with ipa's from this brewery.
Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased at Pennridge Beverage, Perkasie. PA. 4pk/16oz cans.

Pours a hazy, opaque golden color. A nice, one finger head on the initial pour. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass after a few sips.

Wonderful, tropical, fruity aromas.

A delicious IPA. Notes of pineapple, mango and citrus on the initial sip. A nice tangy, bitter aftertaste. The ABV is well hidden, easy drinking.

A medium consistency, moderate carbonation.

A well done IPA. Top-notch. I would gladly seek out in the future. Well done, Half Acre…cheers!
May 28, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a hazy orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, mango. Taste is the same as the aroma, some peaches, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.
Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Lobina from Arizona

Oct 19, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 fl oz can ($16.99 USD plus tax per 4-pack in Colorado):

"Citra-hopped India Pale Ale."

Stupidly well balanced. Orange creamsicle, 2-row, refreshing floral hop flavour, tangerine, orange juice. This is Citra used properly, and to its fullest.

An unreasonably drinkable IPA that rivals Kern River with its use of Citra hops. Easily one of Half Acre's best beers, and that's saying something.

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by sdjkp from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had from a growler, consumed two days after being filled. This one pours a beautiful slightly reddish amber with just a touch of haze and still a nice white head after sitting in the growler for two days. This one is seriously impressive on the nose. It smells like creamy caramelly oranges with touches of tropical mangoes and pine on the back with a nice sweet and citrus peel smell in the middle. The taste on this one is seriously out of this world. It follows the nose exactly and no description that I could write could do it justice. The buddy I shared this with nailed it when he said "I've had more complex IPAs, and maybe even some with more flavor but I couldn't drink any of those all day. I would drink this one all day." It's nothing fancy, it's a single hop, single malt IPA, but wow it's well done. It goes down super smooth and had a down the best IPA I have ever had, and possibly the best beer I've ever had.
Jun 10, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can purchased off the shelf as a 4-pack for $18.49. Canned on 4/26/2021, so this is 5 weeks and a day old.

Look: Appearance is orange / copper colored and somewhat hazy. The head was initially a very frothy meringue appearance, dissipated to a very thin fluffly layer.

Smell: Nice citrus aromas along with pungent hop notes. Notes up front of mango, peach, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Nice floral component along with some dank notes and pineyness as well. The nose finishes a bit vegetal with green bell pepper. Smells great.

Taste: Woa. This is interesting and not what I was expecting. I was expecting this to be a New England IPA, and it's not but I am certainly not disappointed. While up front this beer has its share of sweet and tropical notes, the finish is still very dry and I perceive an interesting mix of spices coming through (peppery, woody). The best part of this beer to me is that it is so well balanced and drinkable - not too sweet, not too hoppy, has a nice malt base.

Feel: Very soft, plush mouthfeel. Super smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I think that many would not characterize this as an Imperial IPA at 7.8% ABV, but I would prefer to characterize it as an Imperial IPA. This is one of the better higher alcohol IPAs that I have had. I love how drinkable it is at 7.8% ABV, and it's not overly sweet or overly bitter. A very nice, balanced single/double IPA (depending on your opinion).

From the website: Thanks to Ryan Browne this beer gets weirder every year. What holds true is its intense focus on Citra, one of hop farming’s niftiest tricks. Some years back, we moved the yeast to London 3 to plump it up, and it’s served this beer well. The beer LANDS. Strawberry and cream set on pillows on top of pillows. While bone dry IPAs have a foothold in the sensory moonscape of Half Acre, big, plush blooms of flavor like this, have a big bunk in our little hostel.
Jun 02, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by craigbelly from Iowa

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
4/19/21 born on my date. Should have tried finding this year's ago. Still hangs with some of the best hazy IPAs out there, which isn't really a surprise to me considering the quality of every beer that Half Acre puts out. Prost!
May 29, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by BigIronH from Michigan

May 23, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Nunya from Ohio

May 16, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop cooler 6-22-20 for $4.19. Canned 5-19-20; consumed 8-24-20.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is nice, tropical fruits are up front and very prevalent.

Taste is really well balanced leaning towards a hop bite. A good sized malt base combines nicely with the mango and passion fruit forward hopping and some orange and a light touch of grapefruit in the background. Finishes with a touch of rind bitterness; 6/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall another nice IPA from Half Acre. These guys do a nice job!
Aug 25, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Back in June 2017, I was able to have this twice in one week, once at Nick U's place, once at the Milwaukee Ale House during our reunion event. Liked it both times. But 4.37/5? I dunno, let's get into it.

Pours a light amber color with 1/2" white head. Slightly cloudy. Aroma was definitely dry hopped, but beyond the Citra hop doing Citra/citrus thangs, there is also a milder undercurrent of Vienna malt affecting both the color and the aroma.

Taste was nice, the Vienna malt largely works like a lighter crystal malt here, but it pairs well with the tangerine, orange and grapefruit notes. Carbonation is fine out the can or on draft. Did seem to have the alcohol and bitterness restrained without going full on gloop glub ipa. Leans just a tad on the sweeter side of your average non milkshake ipa.

I've always said that the Midwest lacked very little in the beer game, but the lack of a world class 1st tier elite hoppy bangers are the only thing missing (apologies to the exceptions to this rule, like Zombie Dust). This is good, but solid 2nd tier stuff.
Aug 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jul 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned... sometime in May? Canning date is very smeared along the edge of the can

L -- Pours an amber-orange hazy body with two fingers of dense white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Orange candy, sweet herbal aromatics, kiwi, alcohol fusels, hint of honeydew melon
T -- Yellow peach, apricot, orange zest, sweet basil, lime sorbet. Has a very slightly 'compost pile' off-taste that I often get with hazy IPAs and I haven't yet found a good descriptor for
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Slippery
O -- No-coast does East Coast! It's pretty good, especially for the time when it was first released. Nowadays a bit more in the middle of the herd

Jul 01, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by EdFed from Illinois

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Drank from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is the beer I look forward to every year from HA, and it never fails to amaze. Beautiful hazy orange/gold color, citrus and tropical aroma. Full mouthfeel and awesome citrus/tropical flavor. Moderately hoppy finish. A finalist for desert island beer.
Jun 12, 2020
Rated: 3.13 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by CreightonSM from New York

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by Noahallen23 from Illinois

Aug 09, 2019
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