As you could tell by my last few posts, I’m in Columbia, MO for a golf tournament. We’re out on the course and I’ve already had a Two Brothers Outlaw IPA my friend Joe brought back from a recent trip to Chicago. He also brought back this one from Half Acre Beer Co. It was hard to review it on the course, so Joe shared another can with me to take a little more time review later in the evening.
Location: Enjoyed in the can at Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Columbia, MO.
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, ~ 160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: When I poured it in a glass, it was dark golden in color with some orange hues, and slightly hazy. It had a big foamy head on it, which stuck around for a bit and left some very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. There was a nice, big grapefruit aroma with some resiny and piney notes.
Taste & Feel: The body was light-medium and the mouthfeel was smooth with a bit of crispness on the end of each sip from the hops. There was a quick moment where I tasted a honey-like maltiness, but it was a very quick moment before the hop bitterness and flavors took over. The bitterness took hold in the middle, opening up the finish, which was a big grapefruit hop flavor with some resiny hops in the background. The grapefruit hop flavors stuck around for quite a bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer was filled with citrusy, grapefruit flavors. I think I’d pair it with something a bit lighter and let the big hop flavors take center stage. My preference would probably be to pair this with something like fish tacos, as the citrusy flavors would mix nicely with the light fish, greens, and lime zest.
Overall Impression: I’d heard a couple of people mention this beer, and was interested in trying it. When I opened this beer, I was immediately struck by the foamy head and the big hop aroma. The flavors followed the nose, as it had plenty of citrusy, grapefruit-like hop flavors. I’d consider this a very hoppy pale ale, and not considered an IPA only because of its lower ABV. Even though it was quite hoppy, it was drinkable and refreshing out on the golf course. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer, but I’d need to be in the mood for something fairly hoppy (which I often am!).