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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
We’re scheduled to release a new beer on 11/11/11 called the Chairman. The Chairman is in celebration of Lumpen Magazine’s 20th anniversary.

We opted to brew an Imperial Red Ale; a mostly balanced, ominous, reigning force easing you into cooperation. In honor of their creativity, three different labels were designed for this beer. Each one takes its own slant towards the spirit of Lumpen and its Boring Theoretical Party. The Chairman will be available at our brewery store and at Maria’s Packaged Goods in Bridgeport. To Lumpen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
On tap at Jake Melnick’s. Pours a very lightly hazed, deep amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a solid caramel, dark fruit, and citrus hop mix. A light resin to the hops, a touch of bready toast, and a bit of a lemon and spice sticking out from the hops. Flavor is sweeter up front with the caramel, citrus, and dark fruits. A bit bready in the middle with some nice floral grapefruits, toffee, and light resins. Finishes with some toast, a nice caramel sweetness, a light resin, a light spice, nice citrusy pines, and some dark fruits that dry with a light-moderate bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, very smooth, slightly sticky body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Sweeter malts balanced well with a nice, citrusy, somewhat resiny hopping and dark fruitiness. Well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Tasted on 12/9/11 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Half Acre. Pours hazy burnt orange with an average beige head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is more caramel malt than anything else, with a bit of grass and resin hops, bread, and earthy yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet caramel and bread malt up front, moving to resin, citrus, and grass hops, with the same lightly earthy yeast note from the nose. The body is full with an oily, lightly sticky texture, average, stinging carbonation, and a long caramel, bread, and nicely bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Purchased at Half Acre Brewery, enjoyed with a good friend while hanging out on his 30th birthday. Appearance is a dark red/brown with rich off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is heavy on the malts and hops, bit of spices as well. Taste is heavy on the malt, not so much caramel though, maybe a bit bready. Definitely heavy hops, rich in body, medium carbonation, nice bitter finish. Thought this was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
22 Oz Bottle - nice deep reddish-brown color with a good head, but a pretty average beer. Very boozy with a bitter hops aftertaste. Not one of Half Acre’s best beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
bottle... this beer has some serious problems, especially when a Sam Adams beer is univerisally preferred by a group of super beer palates, this is hot, way too much alcohol, disturbing grass, off caramel... big time pass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle sample in line @ FFF 15th. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma had caramel, toasted bread, grapefruit, resin and spicy notes. The flavor had a caramel and toasted malt base with a decent level of grapefruit and resiny hops. Some earthy bitterness to the finish. Spice notes increased with some warming. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Draft on tap at Maria’s (Chicago, IL). Been awhile since I’ve been in. Pours a dark reddish copper brown hue, touches of haziness, healthy glow with a darker center. Small tannish head sits atop and rings ok, small lacing. Aromas are caramel and toffee, toast and biscuits pairing into decent earthy and gentle citrusy hops, some lemon and grapefruit, touches of gentle dark fruit, carmelized malts. More grapefruit and spicy hops grow as it warms a bit. Initial is medium bodied, offering dryness and florals up front, touches of spice, citrusy grapefruit. Some decent toast, toffee, and caramel. Dry PNW hops jab in and out, touching with just a bit of bigger heat, the sweet sticky malts taking a touch more focus into the middle. More toast, toffee, and some dancing touches of dark fruit, caramel. Finish is dry, a touch of heat dances in, mellow sweet finish with some gentle dancing florals and spice. Overall, it’s a bit big and spicy for me. The hops give a bite but peel off as I go on. Not a style I usually like (Oakshire’s Belly of the Beast being the exception), so I wasn’t expecting much. Meh. A bit strange for me..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a nice deep reddish-brown, good head retention, but utterly average. Malty,boozy, bitter hops aftertaste. Not really a distinguished brew considering what Half Acre has done in the past, and certainly not worthy of the price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with an offwhite head. The nose is somewhat restrained, lending some fruity cherry-type notes and light resiny hops. Also shows some booze and phenol notes. On tasting, it is quite bitter, hop flavor is moderate tending towards a somewhat fruity pine note. A bit odd. Also picking up some pepper phenols as well. Somewhat astringent as well. Definitely not one of my favorites from HA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
This poured a ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma was caramel, some dark fruits, citrusy hops and some cracker characteristics. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, a great balance between fruity bittering hops and the mlats. Good ASA.

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