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Half Acre Lager

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Half Acre
Chicago, IL

Style: Lager

Jill’s Rating:
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If you’re going to start a new brewery in a city like Chicago, you’ve got some pretty big names to follow. Goose Island is the word in Chicago craft beer (though with some investment from a larger brewery, you can’t really consider them a microbrewery anymore), so any new guy has to put out something pretty good to be able to live up to GI’s standards.

Half Acre’s trying, and their first attempt, a lager, isn’t half bad. They don’t have any brewery space in Chicago, so they’re using a contract brewer in Wisconsin to cook up their recipe.

This lager pours a light caramel color with a big, foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. It’s clear and smells a little of what I like to call “roasty toasty,” as if something’s burned in the brewing process and you get a little of that burnt/roasted smell here.

On the initial sip you do get that burnt taste, followed by a fair amount of water. That burnt feel stays with you on subsequent sips, but the whole beverage does mellow out a bit as you enjoy the rest of the mug.

As I said, it’s not a bad beer, and hopefully that bodes well for future offerings from Half Acre.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on June 4, 2008.
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