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Half Acre New Belgium 2023m2

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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It’s with great pleasure that we collaborate with New Belgium Brewing Co on two beers. Each beer is motivated by the visiting brewery. So we brewed a beer driven by New Belgium here at Half Acre. Early next month we fly to Colorado to brew a Half Acre inspired beer at New Belgium.

The first, 2023m2, brewed at Half Acre last month, is a soft sour ale that features the delicate complexity of a well designed New Belgium beer. A partial kettle souring process and light use of Maresh and Sumac all lend an equal hand in delivering a full experience. The numerical name ties into the area measurement of an actual Half Acre. Our hope, though, is to again brew together in the year 2023 and send that beer to the first group of people living on Mars.

This project is underway and if all goes well, some wild folks will be living on the red planet. They’re going to need some beer.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Bit of a gusher on opening. Pours hazy orange amber with a small white head, which was surprising after all that gushing. Dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is honey, hay, a bit fruity. Flavor is medium sweet, very light tartness, honey, hay with a bit of grassy bitterness. Medium body, high carbonation, lingering bitterness. Not sure where the aim point was, but this one veered left.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2525) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey color, with a modest layer of off white, bubbly head foam, and light lacing. The aroma was light notes of yeast, fruit, and bubblegum. The light hop bitterness in the flavor was more prevalent than any soft sourness. Light bodied, with low carbonation. First ride with training wheels Sour, imo.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle from the Half Acre tap room. Pours a reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of red fruits, some orange, light lemon, some berry tartness. Some caramel and bread sweetness. Flavor is mildly tart, mostly berry and fruity sweetness. Lots of cherry notes. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Finishes sweet. Not the best sour.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Aaron, hazy orange-red pour with fluffy white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, slight spice, hints of grain, slight funk and hints of lemon. Taste is a mix of slight caramel, toffee, spice, slight grass, touch of grain, hints of biscuit, slight funk and weird plastic notes, finishing bitter, slightly dry.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6826) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle. Slightly hazy light orange pour. Smaller white head. Weak and muted everything. Bland and watery. Weak sauce.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4125) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle bought at brewery. Orange color. Some citrus. Some grape. Not really a sour beer or wild ale. Not getting any of that. Ok overall, but not one of my top Half Acres.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Amber-gold with modest, white head, light legs / Soft, lightly sour nose of citrus, pine, honey / Light to medium body, soft carbonation, some sweetness, mild tartness, with low fruit but solid hopping with some astringency, and lightly bitter finish / Mild flavors of orange peel, grapefruit rind, bread dough, pine, grass / Really not at all a sour ale, with just a hint of sourness. Lack enough fruit for the insufficient sourness to play off of. Drinks more like a mediocre pale. Oddly disappointing from the always reliable Half Acre.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7721) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Mild golden brew, some yeast notes, overall pretty mild, lacks a bit of complexity.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. Pours a bit hazy orange appearance with a thin white head. Tangy, orange citrusy goopy, spicy floral yeasty, lightly tart aroma. Hay, straw grainy, citrusy, a bit tangy flavor. Maybe a touch of tartness but not sour by any means.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft at HA. Pours a deeper near red. Nose is fruity and herbal, light tartness. Minimal funk. Caramel and herbal hops. On tasting, fruity with cherries and stone fruit. Clean with a mild tartness. Definitely soft, fairly clean but the use of caramel here is really distracting.


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