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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   ABV: -
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In 2008 we’d been selling contract brewed beer for a while and were in the throws of building a brewery. Matt stepped away and traveled to Boston for the Craft Brewers Conference. During his stay, Dan and Dave from Maine Beer Company came across Matt roaming the conference. They called him over and realized that they were all going through the same challenges trying to erect a new brewery. Time had us both finding our legs and landing on solid footing.

Recently, Maine Beer Co started moving some beer to Chicago so they flew out to make beer with us. Collaboration beers boil down to enjoyment spiked with the opportunity to learn. Dan and Dave came to visit our brewery after nailing down a recipe. We discussed approach, what’s happening in our local and national brewing worlds, ate great meals and the beer was brewed. In the fall we’ll travel east and spend time in their world, which is drastically different from our own.

All said, we’re lifting our heads up from our work to dig into someone else’s perspective and experience. As breweries, we make beer in much the same way, but have sharp contrast in our visual ends. This time, the result will be a hoppy session ale worked up from a joint recipe that was named and designed by Maine Beer Co. In the fall, we’ll again work on the recipe together, but Half Acre will name and design their beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vandc01 (103) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Poured from a bomber with no bottling date. Bottle from kaser Aroma - Honestly, a very good aroma. Tropical goodness Appearance - Clear golden color with plenty of bubbles coming up. Taste - Very bubbly at first, then a bitter end. Completely different from the front and back. Palate - lots of bubbles lingering, about what I would expect from a session IPA Overall - Not bad...I would definitely have again

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11088) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium earthy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew that exceeded my expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pour from a bomber, thanks to tmoney99 for sharing! Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin white head. Leaves a few bits of lace. Light to medium body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Nice grassy zesty hop character. Clean bready malt, but definitely hop forward. Moderate bitter taste. light sweet. Great, tasty bright and refreshing session IPA.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (356) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
変な香りと苦&# スッキリだけ&

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1516) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Enjoyed from draft on a great early summer Saturday hanging out in the park. Appearance is a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Aroma of light hop spice, leafy dry hop, smell is nice. Taste is great and session able, nice light hop profile, very enjoyable. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Poured from draft at half acre taproom. Orange with white head. Not much aroma. A little fruity nose. Taste is light. Wheat Carmel malts and decent bitterness and hoppiness. Nice fruity tropical taste

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Draft at the taproom. Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, pine, some light grapefruit citrus. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, light cereal, some pine hops, grapefruit, pineapple, with a dry, bitter, pine finish. A nice pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Draft on tap at the taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a golden glowing hue, mellow haziness compliments well with frothy whitish head as a firm layer, nice lacing and stick around as a firmly coating film. Aromas are a bit dry and bitter, mellow fruit and earth meet, some florals and gentle earthy grains, subtle bread and mellow fruit. The nose ends up with subtle melon as we get further in. Initial is cleaner and light in body, some gentle citrus, mellow melon and faint honeydew element. Gentle citrus, subtle florals meet crisp grain, bready malts. Middle is a bit more melon, nice gentle jabs of citrus, decent florals and a bit of fuzziness starts to grow. Decent to middling bitterness picks up. Florals, subtle green leaf, more melon and gentle fruity quality. Clean, light, prettyu crushable. The flavor element grows over time, no blunt force strike up front.. Instead picking up some power as a wave. Nice melon, gentle citrus and a good floral and decent bitterness tack on. Some touches of fruit, crisp grain, clean bitter hops and earth finish this bad boy. Not complex but nuanced and well constructed, I could drink a good deal of this if offered. But as far as potentcy or "wow" elements, it lacks compared to other Session IPA types I’ve had at comparable ABVs. Still quite soundly constructed and pretty easy to put down. Distinct melon, fruit, and good complimenting hop elements that work on this crisp, light winner of a session beer. Nice. The nose may not deliver but the ber itself does.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
A hop coward wheaty beer. Some grapefruit poking through. Pours a cloudy yellow from a bomber. Bought this from half acre. Crushable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (351) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft. Pours clear orangey gold. Aroma is very pleasant crackery malt, citrus zest, grassy hops, grapefruit, watermelon. Refreshing. Taste is crackery malt, peach, lemon zest, lime, pine, almost halfway between a pale ale and a hoppy pils. Light, slightly watery. On a hot day like this, Plain Jane, while a little plain, is hard to beat.


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