Half Acre Deep Space

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Half Acre out of Chicago. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Half Acre Beer Co. has two breweries on the north side of Chicago. We brew classic american micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Our aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey. Built in 2008, the Lincoln brewery is the original. It houses our retail shop, a tap room with a full kitchen , and brewhouse. Our Balmoral brewery was built in 2015, granting us the opportunity to further our abilities. In September of 2017, we opened the Balmoral Tap Room & Garden ~ with its own kitchen and beer list.”

Random: My local beer store gets a lot of Half Acre beers, so I was happy to see this newcomer on the shelves.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, copper-brownish color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with citrus notes, specifically grapefruit, but quickly transitioned into apricot and peach. The flavor had slightly more fruit. I picked up apricot, peach, mango and pineapple. There was pine sap as well. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was on the thicker side, without being overwhelming and had enough carbonation to go down easily. The finish was sticky with mango and pine. I thought this was a great beer and one that is worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre Big Hugs

I saw this beer on the shelf during one of my beer runs. The beer manager recommended this as well. I love Half Acre beers and I don’t think I’ve ever had one of their stouts, so I wanted to give it a shot.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial Coffee drinking Stout. This beer is a thug. Available each year sometime in December, we work with Dark Matter Coffee to keep each batch as ruthless as it is tender. 10% ABV. Big Hugs has two variants packaged, Vanilla Big Hugs and Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Hugs.”

Random: Val started watching a Netflix show about cat shows. I can’t imagine what would happen if we tried to show our cats.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation, due to the color of the beer. The nose had some roasted malts and a touch of coffee, but not much else. The taste had a bit more than the nose. I picked up coffee, roasted malts and a slight sweetness. There was vanilla as well and a burn from the ABV. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with roasted malts. This beer was expensive at $5.00 for the pounder can. It broke down to $.31 per ounce. I enjoyed the beer a lot, but this beer was definitely very expensive.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre Wand

I haven’t been out to Chicago in over ten years. When I went, I was young and had very little disposable income and was not super into beer. I think a return trip is in order and this brewery is on my list to visit.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Half Acre Beer Co. has two breweries on the north side of Chicago. We brew classic american micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Our aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey. Built in 2008, the Lincoln brewery is the original. It houses our retail shop, a tap room with a full kitchen , and brewhouse. Our Balmoral brewery was built in 2015, granting us the opportunity to further our abilities. In September of 2017, we opened the Balmoral Tap Room & Garden ~ with its own kitchen and beer list. ”

Random: My local beer store has a lot of Half Acre beers now that they’ve made it to NJ for distribution.

The beer poured with a fluffy, two finger head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body had a haze to it and was a bright yellow color. The nose had a lot going on. I picked up a lot of apricot and peach and then it went into dank, pine resin. Booze was present as well. The taste was much of the same. It started with dank pine and grapefruit pith. It quickly went into peach and apricot and then a light tropical note with some pineapple. The booze was more apparent than I would have liked. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was sticky with grapefruit. A pounder can was $4.25, which broke down to $.27 per ounce. I thought this beer was good and had some nice flavors. It’s worth a try if you can get it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre Dungeons

Now that Half Acre is readily available in Jersey, I’ve started to see some of their beers pop up that I’ve never seen before, like this one.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The word dungeon comes from French donjon (also spelled dongeon), which means ‘keep’, the main tower of a castle. The first recorded instance of the word in English was near the beginning of the 14th century when it held the same meaning as donjon. The proper original meaning of ‘keep’ is still in use for academics, although in popular culture it has been largely misused and come to mean a cell or ‘oubliette’. Though it is uncertain, both dungeon and donjon are thought to derive from the Middle Latin word dominio, meaning ‘lord’ or ‘master’. In French, the term donjon still refers to a ‘keep’, and the English term ‘dungeon’ refers mostly to oubliette in French. Donjon is therefore a false friend to dungeon (although the game Dungeons & Dragons is titled Donjons et Dragons in its French editions). An oubliette (same origin as the French oublier, meaning ‘to forget’) was a form of prison cell which was accessible only from a hatch or a hole (sometimes called an angstloch) in a high ceiling. The use of ‘donjons’ evolved over time, sometimes to include prison cells, which could explain why the meaning of ‘dungeon’ in English evolved over time from being a prison within the tallest, most secure tower of the castle into meaning a cell, and by extension, in popular use, an oubliette or even a torture chamber. The earliest use of oubliette in French dates back to 1374, but its earliest adoption in English is Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe in 1819: ‘The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.'”

Random: This is a seasonal IPA.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head. It took awhile to go away and left generous lacing on the pint glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow with a lot of floaties visible. The nose started with notes of lemon peel and lime juice. There was also a tropical note as well, specifically mango. The taste leaned more towards the tropical fruit side. I got mango and pineapple up front. It then went into white grape must and lemon peel. There was also a tart orange note. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. A can of this was $4.50, which came to $.28 per ounce. I thought this beer was good, but it just didn’t stand out in this category.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Half Acre Navaja Double India Pale Ale

Tonight’s beer is one from Half Acre, which became distributed in the Jersey area about a year ago. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Half Acre Beer Co. has two breweries on the north side of Chicago. We brew classic american micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Our aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey. Built in 2008, the Lincoln brewery is the original. It houses our retail shop, a tap room with a full kitchen , and brewhouse. Our Balmoral brewery was built in 2015, granting us the opportunity to further our abilities. In September of 2017, we opened the Balmoral Tap Room & Garden ~ with its own kitchen and beer list.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer that is available April through August every year.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with some floaties visible and very little carbonation apparent. The nose started with a lot of fruit. I first picked up peach and apricot, but it quickly went into pineapple and mango. The taste was fruit forward as well. It started with peach and apricot and quickly went into starfruit and pineapple. There was milled grain that came through with some sweetness. It also had some moderate bitterness with pine as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The alcohol was well-hidden as well. The finish was sticky and lengthy. A pounder can of this was $4, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was a solid beer and one that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre GoneAway IPA

I picked this beer up from a store in Pennsylvania by our local Target. From the outside, this place looked like a total dump. When I went in, I was pleasantly surprised that the selections were outstanding and plentiful. This was hidden in a cold case and I completely forgot that Pennsylvania gets Half Acre distribution.

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ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Available September-March, this beer is a western charged firecracker, a conjuring of classics laid to rest on a bed of pale malt. Deep gold and ready to travel the distance. 7% ABV”

Random: This is a September to March seasonal.

This brew poured with a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. It left a thick crown on top of the body. The body was a medium-yellow color and cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was really grassy. It also had some pine, but was mostly hay and fresh-cut grass, almost more like a pale ale. The taste was also really bright and grassy. There was some malt, but it manifested as crackers as opposed to sweet, caramel malt. There was also a green herbal note that tasted like mint. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and vegetal with mint and grass. A pounder can of this was $2.37, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This beer was really easy drinking, despite the elevated ABV. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre Akari Shogun

It’s finally my weekend. Since I have to work Monday, I left earlier this afternoon so I could spend a little bit of time with Val. I’m waiting for her to get home from running errands and watching “Jeopardy.” During the first round, the contestants missed almost every single question. In their defense, the questions were insanely hard. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A ridable ale hosting some wheatey nuts & juicy Motueka hop bolts. The deliverer of this truth: Akari Shogun, He who harnesses light will usher this summer force into your life.”

Random: We’re having lobster rolls for dinner. I am very excited for this. We haven’t had lobster in almost a year, and it’s so much better eating it at home.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick cream-colored head. It was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was lemon-yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of wheat with lemon and tropical fruit as well. The taste was light, yet hoppy with wheat and grass. Citrus made the beer really bright and the tropical fruit made it very interesting. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus and wheat and bright. This was a really impressive beer that would become a go-to for me, if it were available in New Jersey. If you see it, give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0