dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Copper color with a really nice and foamy head. Creamy mouth and body. Sweet flavor of caramel and sugar. Really nice hop finish and very well balanced. The alcohol is super hidden. For 9.5% this is incredibly easy to drink. Aroma is sweet citrus. Well done Half Acre! DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012
I finally got to try more Half Acre beers when I hit Maria’s in Bridgeport for the first time. This is in a 9 oz. goblet and $5 draft on a Monday! Slightly reddish color shows through the dim bar lighting. Thin is thin, yet sassy as satisfied. Smell is of worming alcohol and a touch of, well, I say, red wine. The taste has alcohol up front, but it has brought its friends along: more cherry/fruity malt esters, and snarky American hops. A flat out great, big beer. Malt profile stays at the fringes, but stays to the end help dust you off. cfrancis (3535) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Thanks to wimperoo for this. Pours a dark red with a medium frothy off white top. Aroma is rich earthy malts and a subtle aroma of pine hop. Taste is malt forward with earthy, caramel and toffee with a backing of hop bitterness. Great beer. brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Growler from the brewery. Imperial reds are a rarity and the Chairman does a good job representing the style. One thing i liked: it’s an imperial that doesn’t blow out your tastebuds with hops, and it has a smooth, full bodied maltiness with all the flavors mentioned in the other reviews. It has a strong abv content but you won’t notice it in the taste. Have it during a cold weather porch session. andyhwcinc (1884) - 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.
Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Cloudy dark red. Little head but what’s there is long lasting. Halfway between a bareleywine and an IPA, I’d say. Big hops w/ a tasty earthy hop presence and deep sweet malts. Good slow sipper for the wintertime. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Pour from a bottle received as a a nice extra in a trade. Amber red in color with an off white head. Aroma of pine and sweet malt. Very smooth on your palate. Rich crystal malt with a solid hope backbone. Finish is balanced with moderate bitter hop presence. I liked it and am a sucker for the imperial red style. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2011
64 oz growler from the Half Acre Tap Room. Deep, dark reddish pour that shines like a jewel in the light. An off white head sits on top that fades into a thin, sticky film that clings to the glass. Aroma of red fruits, cherries, citrus hops. A few notes of pine, red cake, cherries and mango. Flavor is mildly hoppy, red fruits, plums, cake malts. Some caramel. The hops are bright, grassy and piney, yet understated. Mild sweetness. No detectable alcohol. Pretty solid. I would have assume they would have hopped the hell out of this since it’s an "imperial red" but I respect their artistic decision not to. Beerman6686 (6607) - 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. wedgie9 (2702) - 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.