Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Bottled less than a week ago.
A: Pours a clear orange color with some yellowish hues to the body. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick cap. Sticky sheets of a lace are left down the glass.
S: The Kolsch yeast is present on the nose with a slight hint of that German style hop. Light amounts of cat pee with a fruity twist. Some light cracker malts with a hint of sweetness as well.
T: The Mosaic hops are much more present on the taste than the nose. Fruity, light hints of citrus and a little bit of sweet lemon. Restrained Kolsch yeast with a smooth cereal grain malt sweetness to it.
M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Smooth and extremely drinkable. "Crushable" if you will. Nice sweet finish.
O: The Mosaic hops really shine through in the taste while the malts bring in a nice sweetness to balance it out. I’m enjoying the high drinkability of this. I’d like to see this a more regular brew, or at least a yearly release as I think it’s good enough to warrant it.
Serving type: bottle
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my HA snifter: Pours a clean coppery golden hue with an fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has light dankness, mango, blueberries, peach, herbal earthiness, pils malts and a touch of honey. The taste is moderately bitter, fruity, mild biscuity malt with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is clean and uber refreshing, perfect summer ale. This is indeed crushable, wonderful use of the hops in normally light boring style. (This should indeed be listed as an APA and not a Kolsch)
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at HA. Pours a bright gold, sticky white head. Nose is citrus forward, light gooseberry and black currant. Subtle blueberry notes. Soft malts and clean. Catty with a cedar note as well. On tasting, medium high bitterness. Fruity hops with the blueberry more prominent. Super clean and refreshing. This beer is great.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep gold with white head. Aroma has loads of clean mosaic hops, really piney, some spruce, hop resin, mangos. This is clearly one hop that can go it alone. Flavors have some sweet candied juicy citrus, resiny, clementines and dried apricot, some fruity yeast finish. Not as clean as other half acre hoppy offerings. Malt bill is a bit sweet and doesn’t really work with the hops, perhaps Munich malt was used. In the end this is a solid beer, great aroma, not a Kolsch or a German pale but a really hop forward apa. Wish it didnt cost $9 for a bomber but whatever.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer amber hue, mellow haziness, good orange amber glow through the body, a darker middle with some dulled yet pretty featyures. Mellow carbonation, a frothy offwhite head atop dies to a firm filmy layer, laces ok and sticks around. Aromas offer gentle bready malt, touches of melon, faint tropical fruit. Grain, some lemon and orange, mellow florals. A bit restrained some earth, and some gentle gumball. Initial offers mellow sweetness, gumball and lemon, some gentle melon and faint tropical fruit. A firm dryness, the middle shows bready malts, some mellow sweetness, a bit of gumball, tropical fruits. Firm bready malts, a faint toastiness, grainy and dry. The maltbill in the middle shows a little life. Backend offers toastiness, dryness, a bit of pithy citrus, florals, and grass. Firmly grainy, a bit toasty, good firm dryness as we finish up. The fruit element is mellow to decent, grows and sustains at times, gets covered up by a more malt driven body at others. An American hop feel offers some life, keeps this interesting. Fruity at some key times. Solid, if a bit forgettable. Seems a strange style or concept to produce. The hops are fun but not the focus really. More well rounded.
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
13oz pour at the source... Pours an orangey brown pale copper hue and topped with a frothy solid white head... Aroma of semi-dank tropical fruit, pineapple with more of an emphasis on juicy citrus for the most part. Touch of herbal pale grain notes in the backend... Flavors deviate very little. Semi-sweet dank tropical fruits and tangerine. Small amount if pale lagery grain backing. Medium bodied with semi-lively carbonation. Nice and drinkable but starting to taste familiar to some of their other offerings. Would drink again though.
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Half Acre with TheAlum. Pours a clear golden orange appearance with a white head. Somewhat spicy, grapefruity, light citrusy, peach tropical fruity aroma. Easy drinking, nice sweet malty, lightly bitter, peach/orange citrusy flavor. Grate.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big glass at the Half Acre tap room. Golden orange color, low white foam residue on top. It carries a subdued and balanced aroma that’s sweet and malty. I didn’t pick up on much of the hops in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and juicy fruit hopped with peach, mango and apricot, as well as some mild earthy and grassy aspects. Palate was medium bodied and satisfying. The noticable carbonation gave I a lighter feel that helped make it very drinkable. I can’t weigh in on whether it fits in better as a German kolsch or an American pale ale, but regardless I bet you’ll polish it off quickly and then you’ll want to order it again. It’s real good stuff.