Archive for the ‘Half Full Brewery’ Category

Tonight’s beer comes to me via Connecticut. I’m always surprised at how few breweries are in the state. It reminds me of New Jersey before the laws were changed. I’ve had two other beers from them and neither were impressive. I think at a certain point, the craft beer bubble is going to burst and we’re going to see some these middle of the road breweries closing. With that being said, I hope that the selections from these guys continue to improve and maybe I’ll get to see the brewery.

peachwheat

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This is a summer seasonal for Half Full.

Random: I find peach beers to be so hit or miss. It seems to be one of the harder fruits to work with and execute well.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose had peach notes as well as mango with honeydew. There was some wheat as well. The taste had peach extract with mango. It didn’t have much wheat, but the artificial peach wasn’t great and overwhelmed the palate. It had a thin body with light carbonation and needed more. The finish was quick with wheat and peach extract. This was $2.39 for the can ($.20 per ounce). This was another beer from Half Full that just didn’t do it for me. I love peach beers, but it just didn’t work. It tasted like fake peaches. For that reason, I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I finally completed my blog project of updating every post with the corresponding Untappd rating. Now that it’s finally done, I can tackle some blog posts from before the move. Here we go…

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ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “IN PURSUIT OF PASSION. OF A BRIGHT IDEA THAT MATTERS SO MUCH IT MOVES YOU TO ACT. OUR PURSUIT IS A NONSTOP ADVENTURE: DITCHED STABLE JOBS TO DRAFT A PLAN, GATHERED A CREW TO CONVERT AN OLD FACTORY, BUILT AND BECAME HALF FULL. AND WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. HALF FULL PURSUIT IPA, THE PERFECT INSPIRATIONAL PAIRING FOR WHENEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF…IN PURSUIT OF PASSION.”

Random: Their descriptions being in all caps irritate the crap out of me.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that was slow to dissipate. It left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, warm brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine and a weird medicinal scent that I couldn’t exactly place. It was almost like green NyQuil. The taste was also piney, but incredibly medicinal. It also had a minty note, which just didn’t work for me. It also was only mildly bitter, which made it very odd for the style. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long, medicinal finish. For $1.99 a can, this breaks down to $.17 per ounce, which is relatively cheap, but since IPAs are a dime a dozen out there, this wasn’t worth it. I wouldn’t have this again, even if it were handed to me. The medicinal taste was too much to handle.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

The Eagles play the Cowboys tonight and I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous. I have little faith in Sanchez and our defense isn’t the greatest. Plus, if the Eagles lose, one of my friends at work is a die-hard Cowboys fan so I’ll hear him talk a lot of crap. I also have Sproles and Parkey in Fantasy Football and I’m up to second in my league. I guess I’ll just have to look at the glass as being half full…like this brewery.

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ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THAT BRIGHT IDEA. YOU KNOW THE TYPE…YOUR MIND RACES. YOUR STOMACH FLUTTERS. YOU FEEL ALIVE. A CONFLUENCE OF EVENTS SPARKED MY BRIGHT IDEA; BEERS ON NIGHT IN NYC, A LIFE-CHANGING TRIP, AND A PUSH FROM A FRIEND ALL LED TO…’I’LL OPEN A BREWERY!’ HALF FULL BRIGHT ALE, THE PERFECT INSPIRATIONAL PAIRING FOR WHENEVER YOU WANT TO ENTERTAIN THAT BRIGHT IDEA. STYLE: A CRISP INSPIRING HYBRID”

Random: The Rockettes look like they’re freezing. You think they would give them festive jackets or something.

Despite a relatively careful pour, this one had a huge and thick, white head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing. The body was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had lemon and light grass with orange. The taste was a bit on the light side with lemon and grass and not much else. The finish was long with lemon and a touch of wheat. This beer was not absolutely terrible and for $1.99, I guess it’s worth a shot. It’s not one that I will be having again, despite the reasonable price. As you can tell, this is a beer that I’m on the fence about.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0