esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2013 gregdafdxguy (13) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I was blown away by Iron Brass, released (quietly) today at the brewery and tap room. Served very cold in a 20oz imperial pint glass -- for $6! Iron Brass has that normal Belgian tripel clove/fruity/bubblegum aroma, which doesn’t explode out of the glass (which I attribute to the beer being very cold), but is easy to detect. Smells just great. Has a beautiful golden hazy appreance; the guy next to me wanted to try some just because it looked so beautiful. Absolutely outstanding taste and palate: no trace of alcohol (VERY DANGEROUS for a beer this strong), thick but not cloying mouthfeel, very filling but in the best way. Taste is rich malt, spices, a very satisfying light fruitiness that reminded me of apples, bananas, pears.
I’ll go crazy and say this is the best beer I’ve ever had from Half Acre, and I’m the guy who loves the lager and porters/stouts. Certainly the first beer here that made me jump online and rate it. They said they made 30 barrels, I intend on drinking one by myself during the next few weeks.
Really glad to see my hometown heros make something other than another pale ale/IPA featuring a hop. Iron Brass shows how talented this brewery really is.
On tap at Half Acre. Murky amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is bready with sweet malt, yeast and light tannins. Fruity and yeast with esters, black pepper and a spicy finish. zebra (2313) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
on tap @ original gansta tap takeover @ dryhopchicago. i thought orangey, but the friends i was with thought peachy. i did think it was peachy in its second sense, "unusually fine". HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
On draft, rating from notes. Bright, shining, golden pour with a thick white head. Fruity, tart aroma with pronounced red apple and bear notes, some malty graininess as well as nondescript fruitiness. Apparent booze, some honey and macintosh apple notes. Flavor is quite boozy with some herbal hop bitterness, lots of sweet malts with mostly apple and pear fruity notes. Medium bodied, finishes with quite apparent alcohol. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A bit of pepper and light floral. Faint earth and a touch of light nuttiness on the back end. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
On tap at Half Acre, Clear golden pour, little white head. Aroma of banana and other light fruit, taste of light fruit, floral and a bit of clove.
kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Had a draft at half acre. Fruity as hell. Sweet apricot aroma. Aticky head. Don't like this style but a good beer Christpuncher (3251) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Excellent tripel from half acre. Really fruity and smooth. Light yellow in color and smells fruity.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
This one I feel is a bit too potent for its own good. Rotten peach, garlic, booze. Too much for me. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Draft on tap at the tap room (Chicago, IL). Guess I’ll rate this while I’m here. Pours a deeper golden orange hue, some haziness, darker body with some orange golden glow on bottom and edges. A small frothy whitish head atop dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are gentle sweetness, bready, dough, some straw. Grainy cereal malts, kiss of orange and faint earthy heather, grass. Mellow yeasty elements come into focus, mellow strength as it warms up. Gentle spice, clove, pretty clean though. Mellow fruity and cereal sweetness. Initial is apple and a bit of spritzy cider feel, some grainy malts, dough, green apple and gentle pear. Some mellow yeastiness, spice, and touches of dough, bready malts, faint honey. More fruity, a bit tart. More dry crisp backend, mellow sweet dough, some grass, faint honey. Crisp yeast provides mellow spice. Lighter body, mellow warmth but well attenuated. A bit fuzzy and dry into the backend and finish. Linger apple, some dough, gentle pear. A lot of apple, gentle sweetness. Quite dry as we finish up. Tasty. A lot different than the typical American take on the style. This isn’t girthy and sweet, laden with honey and fruity esters. It’s more gentle, the fruit and sweetness still crop up but are well integrated. The back and finish, dry and a bit spicy. Nicely done for a style I generally loathe. Aroma ends up a bit tame, but solid. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Draft at the tap room. Not sure how I missed this tapping. Anyway, pours a clear gold with a persistent white head, maybe a hint of haze? Nose is quite fruity, some banana and citrus, along with white pepper. Low pilner malt aroma. Low hops. On tasting, it is quite bitter. Between alcohol bitterness and hop bitterness, it’s too much. Good fruity yeast character limiting the phenols. Nice enough but far to bitter with a sweet finish.