GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can from Unclejedi. Thanks Jim!
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big but short-lived white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves spotty lacing.
For a blonde ale, this one is pretty hoppy in the nose with some herbal grassy notes and a little lemon zest. There is some toasted grains and light crisp biscuity malts.
The taste is very crisp with lightly toasted bread, but there is a much more prominent citrus presence with lemons and orange peel. Finish is clean with a dry, hoppy kick.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and really, really drinkable.
Clean, crisp and highly hopped for a blonde, this is one of the better versions of the style Iíve had.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(16oz can thanks to blutt59) gold pour with mild effervescence and a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of paper, gold raisin, cracker. Taste is crisp, lager-like, cracker, well carbonated. Linger of bread.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice easy drinking Blond Ale. A great summer session beer, not overbearing flavors but nicely balanced and tasty.
Reynolds314 (2007) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another well made offering by this gem in chicago. Cloudy blonde pour with a crisp mild hop bill. Notes of doughy yeast and spicyness with a crisp refreshing finish.
madvike (2522) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours yellow with a foamy white head. Has a metal note in the smell along with a bit of yeasty wheat. Real light. Taste is better, with light floral hops, smooth light malt, and nice carbonation. Simple, but would be very nice to session or on a hot day.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can
A solid introduction to Half Acre this beer is notable for coming in pint size cans. That makes it great for trips - I wish more breweries would try this out for their day to day beers.
Aroma and appearance - The transparent bronze/golden body sparkles under direct light. An offwhite head is bright with lazy carbonation occasionally escaping its grasp. Malt, sweet honeycrisp apples, and a texture like cotton candy give this a light wispy feel.
Flavor and palate - The soft mouthfeel is like a homemade apple cider cooled to room temperature. Honey, melon, and noble hops accent a delicate touch that is the ideal session experience for a summer afternoon. Assuming other Half Acre beers are done as well this brewery has potential to make a name for itself.
HogTownHarry (5976) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
November 13, 2010 - Waterloo tasting with blankboy, jerc, mabel and tupalev. My 16oz can. Clear, oily-looking gold with an absolutely minimal white head. Acetone/ketone aroma with a funky/skunky hop bitterness and extremely oily cereal grain malt, even kerosene - barely a 5. The taste, however is solid - grain, with tart, almost salty fruit, grassiness and some vaguely Belgian golden ale yeasty crispness - but the pungent bitter grassiness eventually overwhelms it a bit (7-). Average body, acceptable carbonation, a quick, somewhat bitter grassy finish - an odd 2-stroke lawnmower aftertaste - so: perfect lawnmower beer, I guess. Meh.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from the brewery. One of the beers Iíve had a few times, but I havenít rated. Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head. Some nuts and herbal notes complement the pale malt aromas. Pale malt flavors with a touch of sweetness with an herbal hop bite that is almost peppery the way that arugla is. Solid and really drinkable. Better than I remember this one. Get this brew fresh. 8/3/8/3/15
VertBaconStrips (2013) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 2010 - on the bus via a growler. Clear gold and a creamy cap. A bit of grassy stuff, a bit wet, light herbal, fresh citrus aroma, grapefruit, clean grains, pine. The taste was decent but there was a weird wood flavour. Dry crackers, grains,†huge smooth hops, light honey and some floral bits, quiet citrus. Smooth and tasty and does back quickly.
raradel (312) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinking again at the Palmer House bar. Pouring out of the 16 oz can, light and crisp with a nice citrus bite. Lower ABV and a name I donít understand, but nose is ok. Flavor is good and it goes down smooth, and on a warm day in the windy city this is pretty good. If its the only craft beer option, give it a try.