boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with RB/BA folk... Poured clear golden with a white head. Hoppy and bitter with fruit and bready balance. Hops were earthy with some spice with a soft, clean finish.
andyhwcinc (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Half Acre Brewery in Chicago, IL; enjoyed with a good friend on a hot muggy Chicago night. Appearance dark amber with frothy off white head. Aroma strong on the English fuggle hops, also a bit of bready biscuity malts. Taste is finely balanced between bready malts, the fuggle hops, and English ale yeast. It definitely has the English IPA flavor where the hops arenít the central focus. Good mouthfeel, smooth, enjoyable.
17thfloor (2440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
MMMEEEEAAAATTT WWWWWAAAAAVVVVVEEEEEE! Best spoof of an Onion article ever! Neat-o trick here fellas. Crisp grassy dry citrusy, lemony, light caramel aroma, reminds me a bit of centennial with some citra. Really pulls off that interesting English thing very well, this is more what an Americanized IPA would be. Dry and piney with some bright citrus, light caramel, plenty of pine needles, dry resin, bit of toasted crystal malt on the front and finish, very quick finish. Medium/light bodied, quite dry and crisp carbonation, little bit of alcohol on the finish. Very cool!
dwm1034 (714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split bomber...fresh from HA...with sherm1016. A soft IPA....not has hoppy forward as Iíd like...soft / fizzy / fuzzy IPA....good but not great....have had much better from Half Acre....
sherm1016 (1255) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Half Acre, split with dwm1034. Pours a hazy amber color with an off white head. Aroma is citrus, hoppy. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, but soft, mild, not as hoppy as the aroma. A nice beer, but I would have liked to see a more hoppy flavor.
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at co-prospertity. doughy, earthy cereal malt backing. touch of nuts and raisins. earthy pine and tangerine hops. pretty good.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drat at the Mariaís Party. Pours a murky deep reddish brown amber with an off-white head. Nose is quite earthy, even spicy. Almost comes across as a rye beer. Hops arenít particularly bright, there is some fruitiness but mostly just resiny continental type hops. On taste, itís a touch rough, in a good way, with a bracing bitterness that works. A touch sweet as well. Kind of a muddled beer. I so wish this had been a smoked IPA...
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one of those beers that the flavor and aroma are all in order but other elements are out of whack. Itís very cloudy orange w/ very little head. The hops tend towards pine and earth and bitterness is well balanced w/ sweetness. However, itís a bit on the flat side compared to what I like in an IPA and that takes it down a bit. I am looking forward to trying some more batches of this because I feel that at its heart it is a nice beer but this batch seemed a little rushed.
hombrepalo (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from the brewery. Clear copper orangish with a fantastic fluffy head. Aroma was a bit muted, but smelled clearly of aromatic hops; citric rind, floral hops, with a touch of cereal grain. Taste is malty with a bit of spice. Quickly leads to orange citrus, floral bitterness, light toffee notes, Inexplicably, tastes more of chemicals than hop and malt.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a growler of this at the release Friday, 5/20/11. The low-ish scores donít reflect how much I liked the beer for what it is: an easy drinking, light-hopped, truly British tasting IPA. They nailed it. Not an extreme beer in any way, instead the kind of beer you could get a pint of on lunch break at the pub and still go back to work, which is the English way.
Not much aroma, light hops and a lttle sweet malt. Beautiful dark gold color. Mild, barely hoppy tasting, a little sweet, goes down really easy for 6.5%abv. Thicker, satisfying palate than I expected. Much better than any of the real English IPAs Iíve had.
Still prefer my American hop bomb IPAs, but I dig that Half Acre is totally committed to making beers that taste good (as opposed to weird beers) and are fun and easy to drink.