Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013 jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Light copper with good, creamy, white head / Bright nose of weed, cut pine, and citrus / Medium body, lively, sweet with some stickiness, toasty, with good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of orange peel, spun sugar, baloney, pine, toast, grapefruit, and weed / An interesting pale with an Oktoberfest caramel kick.
On tap at the brewpub. Literally tasted like moldy feet. We sent it back, had two people at the bar taste it (they said it was fine) and it still tasted the same to us. I’m really hoping we just had a bad barrel or this is just really not my style of beer. fuertecorn (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Great utilization of fresh citra. Works very well with the kolsch yeast. Pours a clear golden hue. The aroma has all the hallmarks of citra with the kolsch yeast in the background. Together they form an aroma similar to a Riesling, beautiful. The flavors follow suit in every way but perhaps with the kolsch yeast being a bit more present. brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Pint at the Half Acre tap room. This has to be one of my favorites that they brew. It has an orange, gold, hazy, color and a thin layer of film at top. Smell is fresh, juicy hops and the taste is more of the same. It avoids the grapefruit puckering effect while still executing a strong hop presence - the bitterness is mild yet assertive. The palate is fairly light and it has a slippery-wet mouthfeel. I will definitely get this again the next time I’m at Half Acre, and I’d like to see it become a year-round member of their rotation. dwm1034 (785) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
This is not a kolsch...but I love it. Pours a rich yellow / orange...nice head from one of great new 32 oz growlers...great idea HA! Hoppy nose...nicely balanced with sweet malts and those fruity / citrus hops...this is one excellent APA...wish they’d do this one more often.
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2012
16oz glass, poured from a growler. Pours A hazy light amber color with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, mango, pineapple. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor Is sweet, bready, cereal, hitter pine hops, some orangey citrus, with a light bitter citrus finish. Really good. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap at Half Acre. Pours clear dark golden with some orange tints and white head. Aromas of fresh orange citrus, grassy hops, and fruity yeast note. Flavors of juicy hops, orange citrus, some grass, fruity yeast, and bit of a earthy spice note in there as well. Finishes clean and refreshing. Nice IPA. kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pint at village tap. Golden pilsner lookin pour. Creamy and frothy beer. Dank yeasty aroma. Earthy and wheaty taste. Not that great in my opinion. Easy drinking. Had 2 huge beers before this and that probably fucked up my palate for this style. ryecatcher (1467) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Got one of these way-cool new ’mini-growlers’ (32oz) at HABC this afternoon. Pours a relatively clear light amber color. Nose is more malty than anything, hint of some kind of hops (not the trademark Citra though... something else). Little in the way of head, no noticeable lacing. Mouth is hoppy in the front (somewhat citrusy, but almost a Saaz back end) and a malty backbone. Nicely bitter through the mid and then fades out with a hint of cereal. More like a full bodied lager than the Pale Ale I was expecting. Average... especially by Half Acre standards (still drinkable though). Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Had on tap at Piece, served in an imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a clears dark straw with a large fuzzy white head. It subsides to a thick collar and pillow film on top which leaves nice sticky sheets of lace. Looks great.
S: Massive citra hops hit you in the face and wraps around your brain. I love me some citra hops, but this didn’t really off anything else besides a residual light piney bitterness and some slight malty notes. But the tropical fruit notes were very nice.
T: The taste was slightly more subdued and complex than the nose which was a huge push in the right direction. Great citrus fruits, oranges and pineapple with a little bitter starfruit in the finish. The Kolsch yeast isn’t really noticeable. A malt body does show itself, but it does take a backseat.
M: Light to medium bodied with great carbonation and the drinkability is off the charts. I could drink this all day, every day.
O: A highly drinkable pale ale with citra hops? Sign me up for more please. Not the most complex beer, but very good and as I already stated I could drink this all the time if given the opportunity. Half Acre, bottle this please.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-27-2011