tmoreau (2289) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared friendís growler, and poured to a sampler with a clear, golden hue, white, bubbles & light cream, quickly diminishing head foam, and a modest amount of dots & dashes as lacing. The aroma was light graininess, herbal, and earthy, with a slight funkiness. The flavor offered full palated bitterness that was even, but not overwhelming. No sweetness to speak of, but a touch of silkiness enhanced the mouthfeel, and a subtle dryness finished the deed. Sessionable, and Iím sure Stevie would approve.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jake Melnickís. Pours a crystal clear, golden colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big floral fruits up front with a nice herbal and grassy hopping. Some pale, grainy, slightly bready malts with a light sweetness. Flavor is similar. Grainy, pale malts up front with a light, bready sweetness and a good amount of floral fruits. Definitely some smooth oats in the middle with a few fruity esters before this finishes crisp and dry with a light, grainy, grassy and herbal, fruity bitterness that leaves a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Light-medium, crisp, smooth body with a soft, crisp, medium-high carbonation that works really well with this. Overall, a really nice bitter. Well balanced, easy drinking, and flavorful for such a low ABV%. I liked this one.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery enjoyed on a Sunday evening (Chicago, IL). Had high hopes for something like this. Pours a darker yet firm glowing golden hue, faint haziness gives it a gentle warmth, with a frothy whitish head that sits atop and sticks around, laces ok overall. Aromas are fresh hops mixing with some biscuity and bready malts, gentle oats and grass, florals, earth. Just a touch of citrus, remarkably fresh on the nose, with a touch of fruitiness. Initial is lighter bodied yet flavorful, offering crisp cereal grains, bread, and gentle touches of toast. A decent touch of fruity esters, gentle effervescent carbonation makes it a touch prickly. More malty essence and firm hopping into the back dry out the beer more, grass and florals mesh, leaving some crisp malts and dry hops lingering into the finish. Very well balanced, playing well on the palate with excellent light flavors, drinkability. Very surprised this offers up at 5.0 ABV. Liked this.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler... medium gold with a bit of copper... the aroma is tons of oat with wet dog, nails the style but not enjoyable... easy to drink nice hops and oats, solid
HonkeyBra (3249) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Sampled in an imperial pint glass. Big, bright golden pour with a medium sized head. Very active visible carbonation. Nose has a lot of herbal and grassy hops, sweet pale malt. Fruity twang as well thatís kind of a curve ball in the aroma bit in a good way. Flavor is clean with slight graininess, herbal hops, fresh grass. Fruity, very interesting tasting. I kind of laughed at the idea of Half Acre making a Bitter before I tried it but this is pretty a perfect combination of the traditional style and Half Acreís brewing talents. Nice, high carbonation and creamy palate make for high drinkability. Iím shocked that this beer is 6%. Wonderful.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a nice lpoking, lightly hazed deep gold with a frothy white head. Nose is nice. Fully grainy notes and a nice herbal hopping and fresh cut grass. Perhaps a note of currant? Light English ester as well. On tasting, the carbonation is a touch high. As it opens, nice clean and full malty notes, grainy as well. Clean and fresh hopping and balanced bitterness. Oats contribute a creaminess across the palate as well. Really nice and different for HA.